Cornwall is one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations in the UK, so it won’t be hard finding something that you and your toddler will enjoy. This is the land of beaches, playgrounds, and even a massive nature park.
Toddlers are bound to have the time of their lives in Cornwall, so it also gives us adults a chance to sit back and relax while the little ones are thoroughly entertained. What more could you want?!
We’ve compiled this list of the top toddler days out in Cornwall. Let us know if we’ve missed out your favourite!
- 15 Best Things To Do In Cornwall With Toddlers
- Roskilly’s Farm
- Pirates Quest Adventure Golf
- The Eden Project
- Lappa Valley Railway & Activity Park
- Cornish Seal Sanctuary
- Go Cycling
- National Maritime Museum
- Dairyland Farm Park
- Blue Reef Aquarium
- Glendurgan Garden
- Roar Jungle Play
- Visit Some Toddler-Friendly Cornwall Beaches
- Final Thoughts on Family Days Out In Cornwall
15 Best Things To Do In Cornwall With Toddlers
Everyone loves a day out with animals. It’s fun, exciting, and offers something new every time. Why not visit Roskilly’s Farm so you can enjoy a day out playing with and meeting all the animals?
Entrance to this working dairy farm is free. Once you are there, you can stroll around the beautiful meadows, see all the cute farm animals and even relax by the ponds. We highly recommend you try some of their famous ice creams that are produced on the farm while you’re there!
You can also watch the daily milking from the milking gallery, which is usually from 08:30 to 10:30, and grab a few bags of animal feed to feed all the animals that roam around the grounds.
One2Eleven is fantastic as it keeps both parents and children entertained. This fun indoor play place will have the little ones occupied for hours.
It’s an excellent chance for them to burn off all of their extra energy, but be warned, you may struggle to get them to go home at the end of the day!
There is an eating area perfectly positioned around the whole play area, so you can constantly keep an eye on your little one.
It also means that you can enjoy a bite to eat and something to drink while they run around. The play area has a cannon park, climbing frames, slides, ball swaps, rope walkways, an assault course and multiple levels.
The smaller ones can enjoy the toddler zone, which is suitable for 1-4-year-olds. They can play on soft play rocking horses, a soft horse carousel or get stuck into one of the giant puzzles.
One2Eleven also has a costume castle, pretend-play supermarket, and an animal hospital with tons of cuddly toys. Your little busy bees will have the time of their lives!
Pirates Quest Adventure Golf
Ahoy, Matey! Time to get those swords and pirate hats as you take to Pirates Quest and travel back more than 300 years. Enjoy the indoor adventure gold course, which opens you up to a new world, and it’s fun for the whole family.
The golf course takes you through a range of immersive sets. You can discover local legends of kings and giants, venture through the dark streets and mystical caves of eighteenth-century Cornwall, see the ship’s wheel and village stocks, and explore the underworld to find the legendary mermaid.
Brave lads and lasses can explore the depths of good ol’ Davy Jones’ locker. Take a glow-in-the-dark gold ball and sail through the graveyard of sunken ships – if you dare.
You can easily avoid this entire section if it is not your cup of rum (child-friendly, of course); there is much more to explore at Pirates Quest Adventure Golf and tons of other fun courses that are just as exciting. Aye, aye, Captain!
The Eden Project
The whole family can enjoy getting up close with nature at the incredible Eden Project, a unique attraction housed in two enormous domes and home to a variety of incredible environments, including a rainforest and the Mediterranean. It’s both child-friendly and weather-proof.
The Eden Project is the perfect place for your toddler to taste what this world offers. They can walk in the rainforest canopies, explore the various jungle huts, adventure through the natural environment, and ride a tractor train through the beautiful gardens.
They can also enjoy an interesting and exciting story time in the biomes. The venue also hosts different events throughout the year, including the ice-play session in their ice rink during winter.
This is a fantastic day out all year round as it has the largest indoor rainforest you’ll find anywhere in the world. The kiddos will enjoy exploring the biospheres’ waterfalls, shortcuts, sandpits, and hideaways.
They can also enjoy a fun walk through the tree tops of the Rainforest Canopy Walkway or even go on a ride on the land train.
Lappa Valley Railway & Activity Park
Lappa Valley Railway & Activity Park in West Cornwall is an excellent idea when the weather is acting up or being a bit unpredictable – the little ones will be busy and having fun no matter what the weather brings.
Spend some time exploring the nature trails, go for a ride on the woodland railway, or get lost and find your way through the maze path. There is a huge outdoor play area where your toddler will be entertained for hours.
There are also indoor play areas inside the fantastic train carriages. Your busy little one will have the best time, and they can also enjoy some of the amazing family events that take place during the year, like the Halloween event and the Santa Trains during Christmas.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Dive into the ocean world and meet some of the cutest sea lions and seals. The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek makes for a fun-filled, amazing day out throughout the year. You can see the most remarkable sea life both indoors and outdoors.
We highly recommend going from September to February as this is when you can see and meet the sweet new little seal pups; it’s an experience like no other! During the off-peak season, you can get toddler and parent tickets for just £10.00 during the week.
Cycling is fun for everyone and is an exciting way to explore Cornwall’s features with your toddler or baby. You can cycle along the Camel Trail, a mostly traffic-free trail about 18 miles in distance.
The trail goes between Wenford Bridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge, and then Padstow. You can hire a bicycle when you get to these destinations or opt to hire a trailer or tag-a-longs. You can also enjoy over 6 miles of various cycle trails by Lanhydrock National Trust property.
You can choose trails according to difficulty. There is also a bike hiring spot and a children’s playground where your little one can have fun.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum is all kinds of excitement wrapped up into one. There are helicopters, boats, sea life, and pirates – what more could you want? Your little one can climb on board a rescue helicopter, ‘sail the seas’ on a model sailing boat, or explore the underworld.
All the National Maritime Museum exhibitions are interactive and designed specifically for children. Your little one is in for a real treat, and it’s the perfect fun day out any time of the year!
Dairyland Farm Park
Most toddlers love anything to do with animals, and Dairyland in Newquay makes for a fun-filled and sun-filled day at a much loved farm park. The little ones can feed the various animals, go for walks, follow the stunning nature trails, and go for pony and tractor rides.
There are also many rides and play areas where the little ones can have fun. During the colder months or if it is raining, they can enjoy the soft play area, the bullpen indoor play area, and the ball pool. In contrast, the adventure playground and mini tractors are great when it’s sunny.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Explore the depths of the ocean at Blue Reef Aquarium. Your toddler will love taking a glimpse into the workings and beautiful species of the underwater kingdom. It will feel like you have walked straight onto the film set of Finding Nemo!
You and your little one can admire the giant octopus and see all sorts of incredible sea life, from sea cucumbers to clownfish, starfish, and spider crabs. The main attraction at the aquarium is the underwater tunnel.
Take a walk through the tunnel and encounter tranquil turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and stunning tropical fish. You and your little one can see ocean life like never before. The aquarium is a great idea during those rainy days but is perfect all year round!
Glendurgan Garden has a lot to offer, and you and your little one will be more than entertained for the entire day.
You can explore the massive bamboo jungle, hang out and rest under the giant Gunnera plants, ride on the Giants Stride swing, or explore and find the heart of the amazing cherry laurel maze!
This National Trust location is a lovely place to choose if you are looking for a fun day out. Like most family-friendly gardens, Glendurgan has much to do. You can have a picnic on the beach, eat ice cream, skim stones at Helford River, or explore the sub-tropical gardens.
Roar Jungle Play
Roar Jungle is a jungle-themed indoor soft play where your little ones will be kept busy for hours. There are play frames, bouncy castles, roller skating, ball pools, and a separate playground for the really small ones. Everyone loves a huge play centre!
Visit Some Toddler-Friendly Cornwall Beaches
Nothing beats going to the beach, especially during those hot summer days. And you can find anything from rock pools to dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, and it will be easy to find a place just for you.
Your options are endless, from castle beach and Polkerris beach to huge rock pools and fun fishing spots. Cornwall has some world-class beaches, and you will be treated to the most spectacular coastal backdrop no matter where you go!
We’ve chosen three favourites:
Carbis Bay in St Ives is lovely for toddlers, and you can find golden sand, shallow waters, and sandy shores that are perfectly safe for your little ones. Carbis Bay is the best spot to introduce your baby to the Cornish coast.
The water is warm due to its shallowness, and your little one can happily splash around. You can also book a few nights at the coastal cottages so that the beach will be right on your doorstep.
Visiting the rock pools at Godrevy is a fantastic idea. Take some buckets and fishing nets along so that you and the little ones can search the rocky shorelines for sea anemones, crustaceans, starfish, and crabs. And even try to identify the various types of seaweed that you find!
Godrevy Beach also has views over to the stunning lighthouse. It’s fun for the whole family, and you will have lots to see and explore in southwest Cornwall.
Make a visit to Padstow along the north coast and stroll around the harbour, try to catch some fish and crabs, or go to Harbour Cove or the various beaches at St George’s Well. You can also try out some of the lovely restaurants after a fun-filled day in the sun.
We recommend taking the little ones on a ferry to Rock beach across the Camel Estuary. Or go to the National Lobster Hatchery right in the middle of town; you will have much to do and see when in Padstow!
Final Thoughts on Family Days Out In Cornwall
Cornwall has almost anything and everything for toddlers; no matter where you are, you will find many incredible things to see and do. If you want to turn your trip in to a holiday, see our list of great places to stay with toddlers in Cornwall.
While the beaches and trails are some of the best the UK has to offer, there’s also plenty of indoor rainy-day options as well. We ❤️ Cornwall!
Looking for another location? Check out our Days Out section for more ideas.