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Activity Days Out Near Glasgow

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
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If you've burnt through your list of family friendly weekend ideas, sometimes the best day trips are right on your doorstep.

Here are 5 great activities within an hour's drive of Glasgow, that are suitable for all ages.

1. The Time Capsule

This exciting water park is home to the only indoor water ride in Scotland (Tornado Tantrum), and Splashdown Island where you'll find huge tipping water bucket (2’000 litres of water!), powerful water cannons and randomly activated water spouts.

There's also 100m high speed Storm Chasers, amazing twisting twin flumes, a Tsunami wave pool (can reach 2.3m in height) and a lazy Riptide River. And for those with tiny tots, Coral Cove is their safe and sheltered section. Finish off with a swim, sauna and steam room.

Where: The Time Capsule, 100 Buchanan St, Coatbridge, ML5 1D. 20 minutes drive from Glasgow Centre.

Price: Adult £7.20, Junior (5 years ) £5.40, Junior (3 to 4 years) £2.90, and Seniors £4.10. Discount family passes are also available.

For more information, here.

2. Scotland’s Theme Park

There's a lot to fit into one day at M&D's! With thrill rides, kids' rides, 18 hole Miniature Golf, Glow in the Dark indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic Soft Play Area, bars and restaurants, there's something for everyone.

You can also discover AMAZONIA, Scotland's only indoor Tropical Rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies! Why go anywhere else?

Where: M&D's, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell,
Scotland ML1 3RT. 25 minutes drive from Glasgow Centre.

Price: View wristband prices here.

For more information, see here.

3. Mugdock Country Park

Mugdock Country Park is 10 miles north of Glasgow and covers 260 hectares which offer a whole range of activities!

There's walking, cycling, horse riding, archery, and you can even explore the castle or take part in the history trail, scavenger hunt or tree trails.

Where: Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie, Mugdock, Glasgow G62 8EL, UK. 25 minutes drive from Glasgow Centre.

For more information, see here.

4. In Your Element: Loch Lomond and Glasgow

With such a stunning backdrop, its hard to beat Loch Lomond Shores as a location for exploring the outdoors. In addition to hiring out mountain bikes, you can have a go at other fun activity equipment for hire, such as katakanus, pedal boats and canoes or on their Waterwalkerz while splashing around in the lagoon.

There's also plenty of activities to try such as archery, gorge scrambling, river sledging, riding segways and the ultimate ariel adventure course at TreeZone.

Where: Activities at different locations. Loch Lomond is a 50 minutes drive from Glasgow Centre.

For more information, see here.

5. Glasgow Parks and Gardens

If you've got an empty day ahead of you, but you don't want to lock the family into a airtight activity or day trip, we suggest popping to a free park for fresh air, to stretch the legs and maybe even enjoy a picnic or cafe lunch.

Here are 8 parks and gardens in Glasgow that have something for everyone:

Do you recommend any other family-friendly day trips close to Glasgow?

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