Why is Devon Perfect for Families?

I adore Devon and, in my opinion, it’s hard to find a better destination for families. Not only has it got great beaches and loads of amazing scenery to explore, but it’s also home to a wealth of family-friendly attractions – think visiting fun theme parks and observing animal antics.

Another point in its favour is that you canĀ find beautiful cottages in Devon, which are an excellent alternative to staying in a hotel – especially if your family is large. After all, cottages give you so much more space to store things like toys and buggies, while they also make it much easier to socialise with activities like playing board games – something that’s particularly useful if bad weather strikes!

But before I get carried away talking about accommodation, let’s move on to the more exciting part of your holiday planning – choosing what to do. I’ve listed a few of the best attractions below, and I think all of these illustrate why Devon’s such a brilliant place to visit if you’ve got the kids in tow.

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Where: Nr Clovelly in Bideford

The first place on my list is one of the biggest family attractions in Devon, England, spanning around 85,000 sq ft indoors and several acres of outdoor space. Of course, from that you’ll immediately pick up on one of its advantages – a sizeable chunk of it is indoors, which means you don’t need to worry about a day here being spoilt by a downpour.

While the convenience of the place appeals to me, its variety has a similar draw. After all, it’s not everywhere that you can go on rollercoasters, tackle an adventure course (which, by the way, has obstacles for both kids and adults so parents can get in on the fun too), find your way through a maze, and see fantastic bird of prey displays – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Miniature Pony Centre

Where: Wormhill Farm in North Bovey

I think it’s pretty safe to say that most kids absolutely adore meeting animals, and younger children are especially likely to fall in love with my next suggestion, the Miniature Pony Centre. Now, despite its name it is home to some bigger breeds too, but you’ll still see plenty of tiny species, as well as a variety of other animals in Pets Paddock.

Pony rides are available for kids aged from three to ten, with all participants receiving a rosette when they finish. Plus, there are indoor and outdoor play areas (perfect for when your little ones need to burn off some energy!), as well as farm and lakeside walks, and picnic areas.

Exmoor Zoo

Where: South Stowford, Bratton Fleming in Barnstaple

Another animal attraction you shouldn’t miss is Exmoor Zoo, which has won a host of awards, including Best Small Attraction for the South West 2013. What appeals to me about this place is its focus on giving you as close contact with the animals as possible – something that it does through handling sessions, talks and more.

For instance, there are talks given every half hour in the summer, while brave kids can hold things like spiders and touch a snake. In terms of what you can see, expect to come face to face with creatures like boa constrictors, capybaras, kangaroos, armadillos, marmosets, rabbits and even the famous Exmoor Beast!

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