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we’ve got the ultimate list of things to do in Cornwall with the family. These suggestions will suit families large and small, children aged 2 to 92.
One of Cornwall’s most famous attractions, The Eden Project makes for a fab family day out. You will be blown away by the vast tropical garden, learn about plants from different corners of the world and what a sustainable future could look like for us all.
The Rainforest Biome is the largest greenhouse in the world. See where tea, rubber and sugar come from and test your head for heights as you walk high above the treetops on the rainforest canopy.
The Eden Project goes the extra mile for the children during the summer with events, workshops and interactive exhibitions to keep everyone entertained.
On our doorstep in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an all weather attraction, perfect for families visiting the South of Cornwall.
Discover the maritime Heritage of Cornwall through the Museum’s Collections of objects, boats, art, books and archives.
Flambards theme park in Helston is a firm favourite with families visiting Cornwall. Younger children can enjoy the soft play area whilst the older kids and adults can brave the sky high thrill rides.
New to Flambards is the Jurassic Journey Dino Dig where visitors can uncover fossils. If the rain comes, keep dry in Flambard’s life-size Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz attractions.
Fireworks displays throughout the summer. See the Flambards website for details.
Cornwall is packed with family friendly beaches. Here’s just a few of the best family beaches in Cornwall.
The clue is in the name: With activities such as The Zip, The Giant Swing, Axe Throwing, Coasteering and The Blob, family fun is guaranteed at this flooded quarry.
Brave visitors can soar 50m across the lake, enjoy wild swimming, climbing & tombstoning (for ages 10+) and get busy hurling axes at tree stumps (12 years & up).
Visit the Adrenaline Quarry website for more info.
The Telegraph Museum can be found in Porthcurno, once the most connected valley in the world!
This fascinating museum explores the seeds of modern communication, from morse code to the first email – all originating at Porthcurno.
Just minutes from the beach, Porthcurno really is a special place the whole family can enjoy.
Tree surfing is definitely an attraction for those visiting Cornwall with a head for heights. Explore a thrilling woodland via a complex of rope bridges, ladders, walkways and zip wires.
The whole family is catered for with three high ropes courses for participants over 1.5m tall and a Tree Surfers Junior course suitable for 4 to 12 year olds.
Cross the causeway at low tide or head across to St Michael’s Mount via boat to explore the castle and sub-tropical gardens. St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island just 500 metres from the mainland.
The ancient castle is bursting with family history. Kids and adults will love the hunt for a giant’s stone heart, the armour of a samurai warrior and a mummified cat!
With dozens of surf schools in the county, Cornwall really is the place to try surfing.
Whether a beginner or a rusty old pro, there’s a surf school to suit every level, age and location in Cornwall.
Choose from Newquay – famed for it’s big rollers, St Ives, Padstow or picturesque Falmouth for a lesson closer to our doorstep.
Monkeys aren’t something most of us associate with Cornwall but this hidden gem is a wild day out for families.
Home to 36 monkeys, Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary rescues and cares for monkeys and is an educational and fun experience for animal lovers of all ages. Visitors can also enjoy a visit to the Bat Zone, Wildlife Room and picturesque gardens.
No trip to Falmouth is complete without a trip across to St Mawes via the St Mawes Ferry.
See the beautiful Falmouth Bay and coastline from the best angle. Head across to St Mawes and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at one of the many high quality eateries and explore St Mawes Castle and the quaint streets.
Remember to check ferry return times before you leave.
If you’re looking for family things to do when it rains in Cornwall, why not head indoors to Oasis Fun Pools. You’ll still get wet but we guarantee much more laughter.
Blast down the high speed aqua whiz flume, the wet & wild 265ft super flume, and if that’s too much, try the gentle fun slide. When you’ve tried all the flumes, sweep along the river rapid ride and geysers, then get drenched under the giant tap, fountains and waterfalls!
If the weather is on your side, you can also enjoy the heated outdoor pool.
We always recommend a trip to the Seal Sanctuary for families visiting Cornwall.
The Seal Sanctuary can be found in Gweek – a stunning village hidden in the Cornish countryside.
The only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall, the seal sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast.
Visitors can meet the playful residents which include Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian Sea Lions and Patagonian Sea Lions, as well as Otters, Penguins, Ponies, Goats and Sheep!
A cornwall family favourite, Newquay Zoo is home to over 130 species of animal.
Visit an african Savannah to see black wildebeest, nyala antelope and zebras. Watch penguins diving in and out of their pool, visit the creepy crawlies in the Tropical House and watch the lions tuck into their lunch. An educational and inspiring day out for the whole family.