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Guide to Aberdeen for Families

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Aberdeen, known as 'The Granite City,' might seem large and imposing at first, with its off-shore oil rigs and immense castle ruins. However, that doesn't stop it from being one of the friendliest cities in the north, with warm locals and a keen attention to child care. Many of its beautiful parks and landmarks include playgrounds with special areas dedicated to toddlers, and feature popular event spaces for kid's birthdays and celebrations. This guide is here to help you sort through what family-friendly attractions Aberdeen has to offer, from activities befitting your littlest traveller to your eldest, as well as lots of all-age group fun! Sports, games, museums, outdoor activities and more await - have a wonderful trip!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

17 Places

3 City Tips

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17 Places

Aberdeen Science Centre

Science Museums

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Speciality Museums

Balmedie Beach

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Beaches

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Speciality Museums

Codona's Aberdeen

Theme Parks

Rambo's Adventure Playcentre

Game & Entertainment Centres, Playgrounds

Little Treasures

Speciality Museums

Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Gardens, Parks

KC Kangaroos

Playgrounds

Linx Ice Arena

Arenas & Stadiums

Seaton Park

Parks, Playgrounds, Gardens

Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life

Speciality Museums, Historic Sites, Gardens

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

Ski & Snowboard Areas, Sports Complexes

Hazlehead Park

Parks

Doonies Farm

Farms

Slains Castle

Castles

Breakout Games

Room Escape Games

Madison S's City Tips

  • Aberdeen can be quite chilly, even throughout spring and parts of summer. Be sure to pack some warm clothes, waterproof jackets and umbrellas, to avoid any unpleasant weather surprises.
  • Note that "tea" is used as a common term to mean any kind of food or drink in colloquial conversations. You might here this at a restaurant or while in conversation with a local!
  • The city center is relatively small, so getting around on foot (even with a stroller) isn't too rough, and maps are located throughout the city, to help explain the city layout.
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    Aberdeen Science Centre
    Science Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Satrosphere, Scotland's first discovery science centre, is all about getting up-close and hands-on with the subject matter. Designed to be educational and enjoyable for kids of all ages (and parent-friendly to boot), the Science Centre boasts over 50 unique exhibits, as well as plenty of live shows and special events designed to engage families. Best of all, many of the exhibits are interactive, and cover a broad range of popular subject matter - ranging from ancient dinosaurs to the futuristic planetarium, there's really something for everyone!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The gift shop sells a wide range of educational toys and games. Stop by for a visit if you have a real science buff in the family!
    • The Science Centre has a good onsite cafe, with coffee, tea, and nibbles to refuel with. This means no need to cut a visit short should hunger call.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • Interesting 19/06/2018
    • RE visit 19/06/2018
    • Aberdeen Science Centre
    Address:
    179 Constitution Street
    The Tramsheds
    Aberdeen AB24 5TU
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 640340
    Hours:
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Gordon Highlanders Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Gordon Highlanders Museum is a Scottish regimental museum, detailing over two hundred years of local military history. Housed in a large, cottage-style home, the museum's dioramas and interactive maps pull viewers of all ages into each successive time period, from Waterloo to World War II. Families can enjoy scale reproductions, original film footage, and memorabilia such as battle-worn uniforms and medals on display. Plus, despite being all about the past, some exhibits utilise modern touch technology, and all are housed in clean, contemporary spaces. A fun day out, especially for any military or history buffs in the group.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Gordon's staff are all volunteers, and thus, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs. So if you have any questions, just ask, they're a great help.
    • The museum's cafe is small, but well-stocked, with some simple light options for lunch or a quick, sweet snack.
    • The small gift shop onsite sells a range of truly unique and local items, so it's a neat spot to pick up souvenirs.
    • The museum is surrounded by plenty of parking options, for those travelling to it by car.
    • On occasion, the museum hosts "Living History" days, where costumed events and re-enactments take place. Check online to see if there is an event programmed during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A place of history and hospitality 20/07/2018
    • great museum 18/07/2018
    • The Gordon Highlanders Museum
    Address:
    St Luke's
    Viewfield Road
    Aberdeen AB15 7XH
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 311200
    Price range:
    US$ 8 - US$ 8
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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    Balmedie Beach
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Beaches
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    Madison S Says:

    The quiet stretch of Balmedie Beach is favoured by local families for is soft sand, easy swimming, and recreational amenities. With boardwalks and bike paths located in and around the beach, as well as BBQ area and an immersive children's playground, it's a great location for an athletic morning, a picnic lunch, or a day of swimming and swings. The beach is famous for its large dunes, and its rocky scenery, and makes a good option for an active family on a warm day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is disabled access to the beach via the Dune boardwalks, and to the onsite car parks.
    • The car parks at Balmedie accept donations in lieu of fees. As bathrooms are few and far between, be aware that the North Car Park features one of the beaches' only two toilet blocks.
    • There are horse stables near to the beach, and daily rides along the coastline are a common sight (and a cool option for a family day out).
    • Balmedie Beach is about 15 minutes by car from Aberdeen.
    • The beach is home to a few war-time bunkers, some of which can still be explored.
    • Barbecues can be hired for a cost per person/group, and is available April to September.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely beach 02/07/2018
    • Beautiful Beach 18/06/2018
    • Balmedie Beach
    Address:
    Balmedie
    Aberdeen
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1358 742396
    Other:
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    Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the tale of Aberdeen's early days as a fishing town, and the evolution of the city's industry as it shifted towards shipbuilding and offshore oil. It narrates the story in a larger-than-life way, with full-scale models, collectables, paintings, and even a 3D show. The museum's pride and glory however, has to be the huge mock-up of an oil rig itself, whose immersive attention to detail is bound to bring the old town of Aberdeen to life for adults and children alike.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum's mascot, Granite Jack, is generally around to help younger children connect with the rich cultural experience.
    • Free to enter.
    • There is a restaurant in the basement of the museum. Worth a try, if you're suddenly feeling hungry!
    • The museum hosts night-time events every once in a while, such as murder-mystery dinners. Check ahead to see if your visit will coincide.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent, a real gem 16/07/2018
    • Very interesting 15/07/2018
    • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Address:
    52-56 Shiprow
    Provost Ross House
    Aberdeen AB11 5BY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 337700
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Codona's Aberdeen
    Theme Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Bumper cars, bouncy castles, and claw machines: Here is Aberdeen's answer to the traditional theme park, complete with coasters and a Ferris wheel. At Codona's Amusement Park, there are both indoor and outdoor play options to suit all ages. Older children will love the log flume and some of the faster roller coasters, while younger kids have even more to keep them entertained, including a soft play area and a small animal farm. Add to this mini-golfing greens, bowling lanes, and food stalls, and you've got the complete family-friendly package covered.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Codona's outdoor amusements are closed October-April for the winter season, but indoor options (mini golf, bowling, arcade) remain open year-round.
    • There are two "Adventure Golf" mini-golfing courses at Codona: one indoors, and one outdoors.
    • Some ticket options include a free game at the bowling alley. Check with staff for ticket deals and options.
    • Don't go to Codona expecting modernity and super high-adrenaline rides! It's an old school, local theme park, and while a lot of fun for kids, it does show its age in places.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • Good and bad. 12/07/2018
    • Visited Congo bar and diner for unlimited pizza deal! 11/07/2018
    • Codona's Aberdeen
    Address:
    Beach Blvd
    Aberdeen AB24 5NS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 595910
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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    Rambo's Adventure Playcentre
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Playgrounds
    Madison S Says:

    If you have a special occasion to celebrate during your trip, Rambo's Adventure Playcentre may have you covered. Located within Codona's, the modern design is especially suitable for young children, with a soft-play area for them to enjoy, and staff on hand to function as party helpers for birthday parties and other occasions. Exclusively designed and available for events, the area can accommodate larger groups, welcoming both kids and parents, and serving up typical party food and fare, like burgers, fries, and cake.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Children celebrating a birthday generally receive a voucher to claim a gift from Codona's prize shop at the end of their party.
    • There is very little information about Rambo's online. To book, you will have to call or visit Codona's ahead of time.
    • There is not a large amount of parking available for Rambo's guests, and as the lot is especially busy on weekends, it's better to plan for an earlier time slot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 33 Fun & Games in Aberdeen
    • Huge play area 20/10/2015
    • Best play area in Aberdeen! 13/07/2012
    • Rambo's Adventure Playcentre
    Address:
    Sunset Boulevard Complex
    Beach Boulevard
    Aberdeen AB24 5NR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 595910
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    Little Treasures
    Speciality Museums
    Madison S Says:

    Little Treasures is a hidden gem of Aberdeen, home to a stunning collection of vintage and antique toys, dating from the 1860s to the modern day. This small house museum offers a rare look at children's play and artisan modelling through the ages, and proudly features Scotland's largest single collection of Doll Houses, with over 350 detailed works. Exciting for children and parents alike, it ignites the imagination and narrates history through play.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While there is a minimal charge to enter the museum, parking outside is free.
    • If it's too much to see all these toys without resisting the urge to play, don't worry! There's a small selection of toys that can be held and played with.
    • Little Treasures has a shop on premises, perfect for unique souvenirs, including doll-house accessories and replicas.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • Amazing Collection! 06/04/2016
    • Wonderfully Full Toy Museum 15/06/2015
    • Little Treasures
    Address:
    Petersfield
    Kemnay
    Aberdeen AB51 5PR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1467 641696
    Other:
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    Duthie Park Winter Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Duthie Park and the Winter Gardens span across 44 acres of lush park lank, peppered with shady spots and duck ponds. Especially wonderful for families, the space offers a breadth of activity options, from a rough putting area to a wooden adventure playground to a young children's play area. Feed the ducks, enjoy an afternoon of sport on one of the big fields, or explore the well-manicured botanical areas. There are many gardens to explore, with a tropical hot-house that's perfect for winter visits, a fragrant outdoor rose garden, and plenty of exotic flora from around the world, plus historical art and artifacts littered throughout. Or just take a stroll on a lovely day, surrounded by Duthie's 19th century charm!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Small boats can be rented to take out onto the duck pond; a treat for adults and kids.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Regular trips to Duthie 10/07/2018
    • Lovely 09/07/2018
    • Duthie Park Winter Gardens
    Address:
    Duthie Park Polmuir Road
    Aberdeen AB11 7TH
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 583155
    Other:
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    KC Kangaroos
    Playgrounds
    Madison S Says:

    KC Kangaroos is a great way for young children to work off some energy while in Aberdeen. With a soft play area that includes climbing blocks, a colourful ball pit, scramble nets, ladders, and ropes; there's a lot to do, see, and clamber onto. While KC Kangaroos is built for children up to the age of 12, it includes a dedicated toddler area, with smaller versions of equipment and toys located in a safe environment for those aged three and under to get hands-on with. A great place to meet local parents, the setting is comfortable, with a seating area and a cafe for adults to enjoy coffee or tea as they watch.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Food and drink is served at their cafe, but be aware that the options are mostly fast food. The hot drinks are a nice pick-me-up option however.
    • KCK is on the second level of a building, and is inaccessible to wheelchair users. While they do have a space for storing carriages, prams have to be carried up.
    • Kids' shoes (and optionally, jackets) are left at the front desk before entry, and kept in a protected cubby to help with cleanliness. Adults are asked to do this too.
    • To reach KC Kangaroos from the city centre, take bus #11 or #12 which will drop you close by.
    • KCK also caters for children's parties, which include time in the play centre, followed by food, games, and a visit by their mascot, KC Kangaroo.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #128 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • great for a rainy day 29/06/2016
    • Take notice of reviews and act upon them. 21/05/2016
    • KC Kangaroos
    Address:
    Unit 5 Berryden Road
    Berryden Retail Park
    Aberdeen AB25 3SA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 907224
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
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    Linx Ice Arena
    Arenas & Stadiums
    Madison S Says:

    Linx Ice Arena is a regulation-sized ice rink, offering visitors open skate sessions. Ramping up the usual skate experience, frequent party and disco events are held here, featuring funky music and cool themes. Whether you're a hockey player, a figure skater, or just getting started, visitors can sign up for lessons and regular clubs. The Linx Cafe is also a neat relaxation option after a long skate, with reasonably priced warm drinks and snacks.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is an onsite skate shop that sells equipment for hockey and figure skating, as well as offering a sharpening service for skate blades.
    • The rink is surrounded by parking options, and has both disabled access and dedicated spaces.
    • Timetables for Linx's free skates (open daily) are displayed on their webpage. Skate lessons are popular, and should be booked ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
    • Bring gloves along with you to have a safe skate, along with any other safety equipment you may opt for e.g. knee/elbow guards. (There isn't a place to buy or rent them at Linx).
    • Linx features special weekend discos especially geared towards teenagers. Check their webpage for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • Nice to visit another rink 01/05/2017
    • SO POPULAR 06/11/2016
    • Linx Ice Arena
    Address:
    Sea Beach
    Aberdeen AB24 5NR
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 655406
    Other:
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    Seaton Park
    Parks, Playgrounds, Gardens
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    Madison S Says:

    The wide lanes and verdant landscape of Seaton Park has all the makings of a peaceful family afternoon out. The park is perfect for walking and exploration, with flower gardens, forest trails, a river, and bridges to investigate. Scenic and enchanting, the park also has some surprising wildlife, including seals and deer. In addition, the park includes a children's playground area, not to mention a few cultural points of interest like St. Machar's Cathedral and a graveyard on the outskirts. Enjoy being whisked away from noise and hassle of the city in this fairytale landscape, well-kept and beautiful at any time of year.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Part of William Wallace is buried inside St. Machar's Cathedral. (Famously, the Scottish hero's body was divided and buried in multiple places after his execution... a little fun albeit morbid fact).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for Walking 16/07/2018
    • Serene 11/07/2018
    • Seaton Park
    Address:
    Don St
    Bridge of Don
    Aberdeen AB25 3RF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 489273
    Other:
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    Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life
    Speciality Museums, Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Madison S Says:

    Pitmedden Garden combines natural wilderness and ultra-manicured gardening to create a gorgeous backdrop for a fun family day out. Beyond their walled and kept gardens, the area has two woodland walks, which can be enjoyed freely and at your leisure. Inside, the well-maintained plots of the Great Garden include shapely hedges, maze-like plant design, and gorgeous flower plots. Staff are knowledgeable about the plants, and happy to educate interested visitors about the various local varieties, while for the even greener-fingered, the site's Farming Life Museum also tells the tale of Aberdeen's agricultural history. Take your time to explore every inch and then head to the onsite cafe for warm jammy scones and tea served in the elegance of the inner garden.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Toilets are free, and located near the car park, outside of the garden walls.
    • The woodland walks are free, while the Great Gardens charge a fee to enter. (This fee must be paid in order to visit the cafe situated there too.)
    • There is a small charge for parking here.
    • Dogs are allowed on the woodland walk, but not in the inner gardens. If you plan to take a pup along, be sure you have an appropriate place for him to rest while you visit the garden!
    • A family ticket for the Great Gardens is good value for money.
    • The space includes a garden gift shop which features local souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning 20/07/2018
    • A must visit location 12/07/2018
    • Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life
    Address:
    Pitmedden Garden
    Pitmedden
    Aberdeen AB41 7PD
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1651 842352
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
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    Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
    Ski & Snowboard Areas, Sports Complexes
    Madison S Says:

    Aberdeen Snowsports Centre is the city's 'it spot' for skiing and snowboarding. Offering lessons and courses designed for learners both novice and advanced, it can be an exhilarating place for a family to pick up a new sport together, or brush up on an old favourite. A good option all year round - during warmer months the snow is simulated on plastic tracks and tubing remains available - instructors are friendly here, and classes are specifically geared towards kids, teens, and mixed-age groups.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The Snowsports Centre has an easy equipment rental set-up, which is recommended for families who don't want to lug extra gear around.
    • If you are interested in booking lessons, doing so in advance will help avoid disappointment, as spaces do fill quickly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • Great fun 24/06/2018
    • Good venue for lessons and practice 14/06/2018
    • Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
    Address:
    Garthdee Road
    Aberdeen
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 810215
    Other:
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    Hazlehead Park
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Hazlehead Park is another wonderful spot to enjoy a lungful of fresh air and a day of outdoor fun together. The grounds include stunning vistas, both of beautiful flower-studded greens and of the sea beyond, while the attractions onsite include a playground, miniature zoo, and a cafe, where families can sit for a cuppa or take a rest stop. Walk, run, play, or just enjoy the weather!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a ton of parking nearby, making it very convenient for anyone travelling by car to reach here.
    • The prices for food and snacks around Hazelhead Park are slightly higher than normal, so for a more economical option, pack up some food to take along for a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good community site 20/07/2018
    • Great time in the park 12/07/2018
    • Hazlehead Park
    Address:
    Hazlehead Ave
    Aberdeen AB15 8BJ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 523201
    Other:
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    Doonies Farm
    Farms
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    Madison S Says:

    Doonies Farm is a delightful day visit for animal lovers! A real, working farm with a countryside feel, Doonies has a collection of rare-breed animals and old favourites, all very happy to be met (and petted)! With a picnic area, a children's play area, and a shop selling local fresh produce all onsite, it's an especially good stop for younger kids, with plenty of space to run around. Plus, when you're all finished, there are hand and shoe cleaning facilities, to make sure you don't take the farm home with you!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Doonies Farm has no cafe or eateries onsite. Water bottles are permitted on the farm, but outside food isn't allowed to be brought in.
    • Spring is one of the best times to visit, as many animals will be newborns. Seeing the baby animals is an especially sweet experience!
    • Family tickets offer a discount on individual prices, and can be used for up to two adults and three children.
    • Washing and restroom facilities at Doonies include disinfectant foot mats which make sure that both shoes and the bottom of strollers and prams leave clean.
    • Doonies Farm accepts credit cards for entry ticket and store purchases.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    • It's ok 19/07/2018
    • Farm for kids 12/06/2018
    • Doonies Farm
    Address:
    Cove Road
    Cove Bay, Nigg
    Aberdeen AB12 3NX
    Scotland
    Phone:
    44-080-231-1032
    Other:
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    Slains Castle
    Castles
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    Madison S Says:

    The Slains Castle ruins, thought to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', sit on a cliff face overlooking the vast waters of the North Sea off Cruden Bay. While the stunning 16th century castle is now derelict, it can still be visited, though for families with young children, sticking to the surrounding grounds is recommended - the view is breathtaking, the castle from afar is stunning, and kids can enjoy a look at Aberdeen's history. For sure-footed families with older kids, climbing into the ruins can be a daring adventure, but be aware that there are no safety measure in place inside.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Slains Castle is free for all, as it is not a preserved site.
    • If venturing into the ruins, be mindful that this is completely at your own risk. There are sheer drops and rubble, so be careful where you tread. It is also suggested not to go to the very top of the tower unless you are an adept climber. Sticking to the lower levels should be thrill enough!
    • The nearby restaurant located at Cruden Bay offers views of the castle and is a convenient rest stop.
    • If visiting by car, be sure to stop at the only nearby car park, just before Cruden Bay (a 15 minute walk away).
    • Do not visit the inside of the ruins when it is raining, as the sight becomes far too treacherous underfoot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing experience -- highly recommended! 11/07/2018
    • Wonderful abandoned castle! 27/06/2018
    • Slains Castle
    Address:
    Cruden Bay
    Aberdeen AB10 1JE
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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    Breakout Games
    Room Escape Games
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    Madison S Says:

    Breakout Games is an exciting option for families who love puzzles and teamwork. Especially geared towards slightly older children and teens, you'll be placed in a room from which you must escape, with clues and riddles to help you do so. With one hour to try to solve your way out - get ready for a mental workout like no other!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • The game can take a varied amount of time depending on how quickly you complete it, but each group is allotted a maximum of one hour to solve the puzzle and escape.
    • The game costs less per person the larger your group, making it a solid option for big families.
    • The facility is centrally located, so this makes for an especially great end-of-day wrap-up activity.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 33 Fun & Games in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday Treat 09/07/2018
    • Mental workout 09/07/2018
    • Breakout Games
    Address:
    Arch 1 Palmerston Road
    Palmerston Road
    Aberdeen AB11 5RE
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 7788 254629
    Price range:
    US$ 34 - US$ 34
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