Family days out
There's something for everyone at this three star visitor attraction. Visit the meerkats and monkeys at the zoo. Enjoy the art and photographic exhibitions in The Gallery. The children can burn some energy in the adventure playground and toddler's play area. Take a stroll through the 5km of scenic river-side woodlands and enjoy refreshments back at the Courtyard Café. There is also an exciting programme of events and activities at the park throughout the year.
Enjoy the panoramic views of Glasgow and its surrounding hills from the front of the 18th century hunting lodge. View the Duke of Hamilton's banqueting suite and formal gardens and discover its history in the visitor centre. Enjoy a snack or some lunch in the Oaks café and visit our gift shop. There are 10 miles of beautiful walks along the banks of the River Avon and among ancient woodland. The highlight for many children is the large adventure playground and fun programme of children's activities.
Get outdoor and active at James Hamilton Heritage Park. This three star visitor attraction is ideal if you want to try something a bit different. There is a wide range of water sports on offer. 'Come and try' sessions are available for adults and children in canoeing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Fun boats are also popular along with the two adventure playgrounds. There is a 1.2km buggy-friendly path around the loch and a bird sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts. To round off your visit, pop into Gracies café which offers a delicious menu and views of the loch. Please note that water sports activities are seasonal.
As well as our larger country parks, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture offer various activities at Lanark Loch, Strathaven Park and Biggar Park. Activities range from putting, bowling and tennis to children's play parks, pedalos and bumper boats. Please note that some of these activities are seasonal.
For an extra 'cool' family day out, glide along to East Kilbride Ice Rink. There are general skate sessions through the week, plus family sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.
South Lanarkshire has nine swimming pools which offer family exercise and fun whatever the weather!
Hamilton Water Palace offers a 25m pool and, for the over 16s in the family, there is a sauna, steam room and relaxation area.
Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride boasts South Lanarkshire's only 50m swimming pool. There is also a health suite, sauna, steam room, sanarium, spa pool and relaxation area for over 16s. Enjoy a hearty lunch after your swim at our modern café.
Introduce your children to a bit of culture at our four star visitor attraction, Low Parks Museum. Children's activities are incorporated into our exhibitions. The whole family can have fun while discovering local history, from Hamilton Palace to local regiment, The Cameronians. The Mezannine café caters for all tastes, whether you want a tasty treat or a healthy lunch. Our gift shop's range includes unique gifts and 'pocket money' mementos. Hamilton Mausoleum tours can also be booked in advance from Low Parks Museum. Give it a try and experience the famous 15-second echo of this extravagant private tomb.
Why not plan a show-stopping family day out at one of our fantastic theatres? You will find a diverse programme of live performances including west end musical theatre. For younger family members we have sensational puppet shows that transport you to a magical world of make-believe. See what is coming up in our Events pages.