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Best Family Friendly Attractions in Cornwall

Cornwall is the perfect destination for family holidays with its golden sandy beaches, coastal paths, lakes, green parks, and fun attractions that are suitable for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a fun-packed day of activities like surfing, bike riding or roller-coaster rides, or a day exploring the local wildlife and history in gardens, woodlands, museums, and farms, there is an attraction for everyone.

Here’s our guide to some of the best family friendly attractions to visit during your stay in one of our family cottages in Cornwall:

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East, Newquay

Lappa Valley

Located near Newquay, Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a fun attraction for all ages. There are three railways that have miniature steam trains rides running through areas of natural beauty and conservation. During the ride, you can learn about the history of the railway in Cornwall, and see local birds and animals along the way.

There are also play areas for children, a canoeing lake, crazy golf, indoor play carriages, woodland walks, and two cafes with drinks, meals, cakes and ice creams.

Eden Project, Near St Austell

Eden Project

Now one of the world’s most famous attractions, the Eden Project is a great place for a family day out all year round. Home to diverse plants, flowers, fruits, and trees, it’s the perfect place to learn about our planet’s ecosystem and see some examples of colourful species that are native to countries on the other side of the world. There are two huge biome structures: the Mediterranean Biome where you can breathe in the fragrant aromas and learn about citrus plants, olive trees and vines found in Mediterranean climates, and the Rainforest Biome, the world’s largest indoor rainforests that boasts huge tropical trees, plants, fruit, waterfalls and the canopy walkway where you can stroll above the treetops.

There are various educational zones and exhibitions, workshops, theatre and music performances, and several dining outlets including a cafe, a restaurant and outdoor refreshment huts. The play areas are great for little visitors, and you can soar above the park on a Skywire zip wire, the Gravity giant swing, the K2 Climbing Tower, or the Big Air freefall jump.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

National Maritime Museum

This all-weather attraction in central Falmouth is a fantastic place to learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage, past and present. The museum collections tell the stories of the old smuggling ships, trade boats, sailing boats, and fishing vessels, while the exhibitions show examples of historic boats, equipment, maps and books. All around the building, you’ll see examples of the different types of boats, and there are regular shows, story-telling and workshops to entertain visitors. There’s also a cafe and shop.

Flambards, Helston

Flambards

With its rollercoaster rides, log flumes, and soft play areas, Flambards offers entertainment for adults and children. Take a spin on the Hornet rollercoaster, fly through the air on the Sky Swinger, whizz around the race track on Go Karts, or splash into the water on the Log Flume. Little ones can jump on the Dino Express, ride on the Carousel, or head to Ferdi’s Funland. Take a step back in time in the Victorian Village or Britain in the Blitz, or meet dinosaurs on the Jurassic Journey. There are shops, learning zones, cafes, and indoor and outdoor play areas.

Newquay Zoo, Newquay

Newquay Zoo

At Newquay Zoo, you can feed the meerkats, watch monkeys swing through the trees, or learn about the protected and endangered species through the zoo’s conservations efforts and projects. The zoo is home to hundreds of diverse animals, from lions, red pandas and zebras, to lizards, snakes, parrots, penguins and peacocks. There are regular ‘Feed and Talk’ sessions, educational talks, and the chance to pet some of the smaller creatures.

The zoo has a shop, cafe, play area and regular exhibitions on display.