Edinburgh is a city with so many diverse things going on. It’s great for little kids and adults, but we are always being asked for suggestions for family fun with teenagers. Below are just some of our suggestions to keep the older kids off their phones, and in the present:-
Located just outside of Edinburgh in Dumbar, Foxlake hosts a number of exciting activities for all the family. They have their Foxfall which is a unique low ropes course challenge over water – unlike any other ropes course challenge in the UK there are no safety harnesses, just the water looming below! You can also wakeboard – cable wakeboarding is the world’s fastest growing watersport, using an overhead cable which pulls you over the surface of the lake with a feel similar to surfing or snowboarding but on water. There is also a ziptrail where you can fly from tree to tree, scramble your way over the postman’s walk, cross the step over and blast down the big zips on each Zone. All while zipping along, side by side with your friends and family, up to 30 feet above the forest floor. You can also do ringo rides, or a segway trail too!
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The Edinburgh Dungeon is the ultimate underground journey through Edinburgh’s darkest history, using live actors, theatrical sets and thrilling rides.
Enjoy storytelling by actors from a professional cast, whilst you learn about Edinburgh in the past, and you may be in for a scare or two on the way!
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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
This is Edinburgh’s oldest visitor attraction. An Aladdin’s cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences, unbelievable effects and the best rooftop views of the city. There are plenty of photo opportunities to keep that Instagram feed fresh!
With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, they have something to entertain all ages. You can tour Edinburgh’s streets without even having to move, and test your brain against mind-bending illusions – it’s all part of the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions experience.
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A visit to Dynamic Earth is a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DVENTURE around the world. You’ll be embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime – the lifetime of our planet.
Travel back to the beginning of time in the Deep Time Machine and witness the big bang first hand. Rocket through the universe in a spaceship travelling billions of times faster than the speed of light and see stars explode on the other side of the galaxy.
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Midlothian Snowsports Centre Hillend
Midlothian Snowsports Centre Hillend has skiing, snowboarding and also has tubing (ringos).
There are lessons available for all levels. You can take ski and snowboarding lessons as a group, or 1-2-1, where you can enjoy learning, or improving, on the longest dry ski slope in Europe.
After your session you can refuel in Cafe 360, where they serve hot and cold drinks along with light snacks.
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Maid of the Forth
Maid of the Forth run sightseeing boat trips on the River Forth, where you can see all the Forth Bridges and some amazing wildlife. These boat trips are by far the best way to view the magnificent engineering of the Forth Bridge, The Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing. You can also take the opportunity to land on Inchcolm Island and explore the ancient Abbey, spot the wildlife, or relax on the tranquil beaches and take in the amazing views. And, if you are lucky, you may even spot a seal or two.
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Based at Newbridge, Xtreme Kating is great for the adrenaline junkies. Rated a 5 star visitor attraction by Visit Scotland, it is Central Scotland’s largest indoor karting track. Enjoy driving and racing the high-performance karts on a large indoor circuit, where you can get a taste of motorsports in a safe and fun environment.
You may be aiming to be the next F1 champion, or have never driven a kart before, but one thing is for sure, you will enjoy the thrill of the race.
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