For a vast amount of family activities and fun exciting days out check out the website:
Things to do in Stirling
Some local favourites are:
The Springkerse View Play Zone
This is a family restaurant with a great soft play area for kids aged 1-10 years!
There are also 3 outside areas where you can enjoy a meal or just a drink, one with a child's playground and one that is in a south-facing garden.
Telephone: 01786 446092
Distance: approx. 1 mile
The Peak Sports Village
Stirling Sports Centre, The Peak, at the City's Sports Village has a range of facilities that include a 25m swimming pool, an ice rink, a 12m climbing wall, sport halls (9 badminton & 3 basketball courts) and a fitness suite. Clive Ramsay's sports café bar at the Peak also serves up delicious meals on the first floor.
Telephone: 01786 273555
Distance: approx. 1 mile
Vue Stirling is located on the Forthside waterfront development. The Cinema has 1,061 seats over eight screens. It boasts wall-to-wall and ceiling to floor screens with optional luxury VIP seats.
Distance: approx. 1.5 miles
Blairdrummond Safari Park
Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park is the perfect location for a fun filled day out. Situated approx. 4 miles from Stirling on the A84 towards Doune, it is set in 120 acres of beautiful woodlands.
In the drive through reserves you will get up close to camels, rhinos, bison, deer, ankole cattle and the LIONS! The sea lion shows are both entertaining and educational and the bird of prey displays are an awesome sight. There is a popular boat trip that takes you around Chimp Island to see Chippy, Rosie & Blossom. There are lots to see at the Pet's Farm and close by are the meerkats, penguins and lemurs.
Looking for elephants and giraffes – this is the only place in Scotland where they can be seen. There are also tigers, brown bears and zebras. There is a huge adventure playground with a fort, pirate ship and sand pit where the kids can dig for buried treasure, swings, slides and a net rope to climb. There are also pedal boats, flying fox and a giant astraglide. A WILD day out for all the family!
Open March – October (see website for exact dates and times)
Telephone: 01786 841456
Postcode: FK9 4UR
Distance: approx. 8.5 miles
Enjoy a great day out for the whole family at Briarlands Farm where you can explore the amazing Maize Maze, visit the Family Fun Area, a Farm Shop stocked with both the farm's own and local seasonal produce and enjoy a tea or coffee with a selection of delicious home baking from Mary's Kitchen.
Telephone: 01786 841309
Postcode: FK9 4UP
Distance: approx. 8.5 miles
The Lodge at Aberfoyle
David Marshall Lodge offers ranger led events, which occur throughout the year.
These include guided walks and talks and seasonal activities for families and visitors. Waymarked paths start from the visitor centre and range from a gentle half-mile wander to a 4-mile trek. The Lodge links to the National Cycle Network route 7 and there is a popular outdoor children's play area. The wildlife viewing room offers the opportunity to see Ospreys setting up their nest and rearing their young. There is information, exhibits and an expert on hand to answer questions. Live footage of woodland birds feeding is also available. The new Red Squirrel hide offers an exciting chance to view these rare creatures in their natural habitat.
Telephone: 01877 382258
Postcode: FK8 3SX
Distance: approx. 23.5 miles
The Lodge is also home to:
Ladders, bridges, zip wires, trapezes...
The Go Ape course, located at the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre, is split into six challenging zones. Both children and adults will love the excitement of taking to the trees and weaving their way through a series of rope ladders, bridges, Tarzan swings, trapezes, stirrup crossings and zip wires.
Aberfoyle has one of the longest zip wires in Britain, measuring 426 metres. Feel the adrenaline course through the veins; challenge your wits as you soar through the forest, way above the trees. Set against this stunning backdrop, a Go Ape visit will provide you with approximately three hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun and adventure.
Telephone: 0843 636 4175
Wellsfield Farm Park
Wellsfield Farm Park is a new Visitor Attraction centrally located just outside Denny in a beautiful scenic valley 2 miles south of Stirling M9/M80 Motorway Services with exceptionally easy access from all directions.
All year round fun, entertainment and activities, whatever the weather! It provides acres of space and kilometres of trails with lots of activities for all ages to enjoy the fresh air.
Opening Times: 10am - 5.30pm 7 Days per Week, All year.
The farm park is a children's play area / adventure fun park suitable for children from 18 months to 16 years of age, and the majority of the attractions inside and outside the park are also suitable for adults and senior citizens. Pony rides minimum age is 3 years old. Trout fishing is available for any age under adult supervision.
The farm park attractions are a new addition to the trout fishery, horse and pony rides and coffee shop already at this location.
Telephone: 01324 822800
Postcode: FK6 6QZ
Distance: approx. 6 miles
The Milk Barn
The Milk Barn is situated on a working dairy farm, and is very child friendly with indoor toys and an outdoor play area for children.
The coffee shop provides fantastic homemade refreshments and the farm shop boast lots of local produce. Learn about the process of cow to cone. Enjoy a fund, delicious educational day out for all the family and have a try at milking the fibre glass milking cow.
Telephone: 01324 623426
Postcode: FK1 3AA
Distance: approx. 16 miles
Wonder World Soft Play - Falkirk
Wonder World Soft Play is the ultimate children's soft play and themed party centre in Scotland, they have the best equipment which ensures your children really have the time of their life on proven adventure play systems that are not only safe but are stimulating and fun too. With a fantastic range of well-designed, colourful play areas they offer the very best exciting adventure play.
Telephone: 01324 617111
Postcode: FK2 7XF
Distance: approx. 15 miles
Deep Sea World
The wonders of the world beneath the waves come to life at the triple award winning National Aquarium of Scotland at North Queensferry.
Telephone: 01383 411880
Postcode: KY11 1JR
Distance: approx. 34 miles
Home to the UK's only giant pandas and more than 1000 other amazing animalsEdinburgh Zoo offers an amazing day out for all the family.
Telephone: 0131 334 9171
Postcode: EH12 6TS
Distance: approx. 32.5 miles
The Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel is the world's only rotating boatlift, which is used to connect the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in central Scotland. The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise. Designed to replace a series of lock gates built in the 19th century - long since demolished and replaced by housing - The Falkirk Wheel is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project where coast-to-coast navigation of the canals has been re-established for the first time in over 40 years. The Forth& Clyde canal was opened in 1773 and extended from Grangemouth on the River Forth, to Bowling on the River Clyde. The Union (or Edinburgh & Glasgow Union) canal was opened much later in 1822 and operated from Edinburgh to Falkirk with a series of locks connecting the two canals at Port Downie in Camelon. These were demolished years ago and for decades there has been no through traffic on the canals. Special group rates are available and the visitor centre is open at no cost to sit and view The Falkirk Wheel or have a delicious coffee and a wide variety of quality foods.
Boat trips on the canals can be also arranged at competitive rates. For visitors taking the boat trip, the entire Wheel Experience will last for approximately 60 minutes on a round trip and ascent and descent through the wheel.