The top 10 attractions to visit with the kids in North Yorkshire

If you’re wondering what to do with the kids in North Yorkshire then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 attractions in the region, with a host of different activities for the whole family to get involved in.

Go Ape Dalby Forest


Go Ape specialise in treetop adrenaline courses, with high ropes, canopy exploring and zip wires galore! Their Dalby Forest venue includes a Junior Treetop course, which is suitable for all children over 1m in height. There’s also a full size adult course and forest segways. Situated on the southern hills of the North York Moors National Park, you’re close to miles of walking and biking trails, along with beautiful Staindale Lake meaning there are lots of options for a whole day out with the family.

Lightwater Valley


There’s something for the whole family at Lightwater Park, from the littlest to the oldest members! Teenagers will love Europe’s longest rollercoaster, ‘The Ultimate’ or try Splash Falls or the Flying Cutlass for the junior thrill seekers. Younger children will love Eagles Creek Farm, the indoor and outdoor play areas and the Lightwater Express train ride around the park. You’ll also find a range of places to eat and drink located around the park.

The Forbidden Corner


Explore a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises within a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This is a quirky day out, with surprises round every corner! You’ll find a giant glass pyramid, mazes and fantastic sculptures. The Forbidden Corner is located in Tupgill Park, where you can also visit their beautiful Herb Garden, fascinating Fish Temple and enjoy a snack in the Corner Café. 

Oxygen Free Jumping


For a ‘bouncing’ day out, take a trip to Oxygen Free Jumping in Leeds! This fantastic trampoline park has activities to suit all ages, from toddlers upwards. There are 9 different zones with over 120 trampolines, a giant airbag, challenging assault course and a fitness reach track. This is an ideal venue if you want to really tire the kids out! There’s also a café onsite so that you can relax with a coffee while the youngsters burn off some energy.

Jorvik Viking Centre


Travel back in time over 1000 years to explore Viking Age York at the Jorvik Viking Centre. You travel round the interactive exhibits in an updated ride experience and see remains of the ancient city of Jorvik as it stood. Situated in the beautiful city of York, you can visit the centre as part of a historic day out and continue it by exploring the 2.5 miles of ancient city walls, visiting the Richard III experience or taking a wander round the stunning York Minster. 

Stockeld Park


A wonderful family park with plenty to do all year round, Stockeld Park is a must visit for families in North Yorkshire. Explore the Enchanted Forest and Adventure Playgrounds, try your hand at roller skating, electric scooters and go-karts or get lost in the maze. During the winter season there’s a real covered ice rink and Nordic skiing as well as indoor play. You’ll also find a selection of food and drink options around the park.

Flamingo Land Resort

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You’ll want to arrive early at Flamingo Land, as there’s so much to pack in! There are rides to suit the whole family from the extreme experiences such as the Hero and Pterodactyl rollercoasters through to the Dino-Stone Park where the whole family can enjoy the cliff top walkway and the ideal first-time coaster, the Dino Roller. Once you’ve explored the theme park there’s also a fantastic zoo on site, with a huge variety of animals, birds and farm animals. 

Monk Park Farm


Monk Park Farm is aimed squarely at its younger visitors! Developed from a dairy farm, it’s now home to animals including sheep, cows, alpacas and even wallabies! There are indoor and outdoor feeding areas where kids can get up close with the animals and possibly even bottle feed a lamb. There’s a petting zoo with guinea pigs and rabbits, a large adventure playground and a tearoom. And, if you want to bring your own food there’s a lovely picnic area set near a pretty lake. 

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

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The fantastic Scarborough Sea Life aquarium is sure to be a hit with the entire family. You’ll find a host of amazing sea life including sharks, rays, crabs, lobsters and a host of fish. Visitors can even help feed the sharks and rays. Visit Penguin Island to learn how to waddle like a penguin or why not enjoy the adorable antics of the otters, seals and turtles? There’s even an adventure playground so that the kids can burn off any excess energy. You even get a free round of Pirate Adventure Golf included in the price of the ticket.

Castle Howard


Castle Howard is a majestic day out for the family. Explore the flowers and wildlife in the Walled Garden and wend your way through the magical woodland paths with the help of Geoffrey the Lion’s illustrated trails. There’s also a spotter sheet to help you identify items in the house. Kids will love riding the land train to the lakeside play area, where you’ll find a fantastic adventure playground. There’s also a well-stocked café and a coffee shop to keep you all fed and watered.

And for something completely different…

Why not explore your local towns with Curious About? Curious About offer downloadable booklets with two self-guided heritage walks and treasure hunts, offering a fun and unusual day out for the whole family. The treasure hunts help keep everyone engaged – encouraging you to find your town’s treasures and learn about the culture, people and events that have helped to shape it.

Curious About has booklets available for Harrogate, York, Ripon, Scarborough and Whitby meaning there are plenty of towns to explore in the region.






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