One of the first things you will notice when you stay in the holiday cottages South Devon Coast has is that apart from the unmeasurable beauty in the area, there is also a fantastic selection of fun-packed attractions in and around Dartmouth that are sure to provide you with fond memories over your vacation to this wonderful part of the country.
Paignton Zoo is the proud home to more animals that anyone else in the whole of the South West. This fantastic zoo offers you an informative attraction and offers you something rather unique in their six habitats that mimic the animals’ natural environment. Desert, Forest, Primley, Tropics, Wetland and Savannah make up these sections and are sure to provide a super day out for the whole family.
Paignton Zoo invites you to come and get a closer look at over two thousand creatures they house in their ever-popular attraction and you really get to see it all! Crocodiles, giraffes, gorillas, monkeys, snakes and other reptiles of all sizes and colours. They’ve got tortoises, the famous cheeky meerkats, cheetahs and of course, the king of the Jungle, the Lion! As if this wasn’t enough, there’s some indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train.
Find out more at: http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
Woodlands Family Theme Park
The largest family theme park in the South West of England, Woodlands Family Theme Park based in Devon provides the whole family with a day of fun and things to do that you won’t want to end! They have something for people of all age including some incredible indoor play centres and outdoor adventures, a Zoo-Farm, as well as a Falconry Centre. A great place for all-weather fun with as many as ten different zones full of rides and attractions, it hardly any wonder that Woodlands Family Theme Park are such highly regarded business award winners!
Find out more at: http://www.woodlandspark.com/
Dartmouth Steam Railway
Hop on the superb Dartmouth Steam Railway that takes you along the beautiful English Riviera Geo-park from Paignton to the charming stations at Goodrington and Churston. The journey continues as you travel on through the sylvan slopes of Long Wood that flanking the Dart Estuary to Greenway Halt (for the estate of the late Dame Agatha Christie) and on to Kingswear.
You can choose to relax and enjoy the trip or you can keep a look out for some of the local wildlife and playful mammals that live in the rivers. You can find seals and dolphins in the water, kingfishers to buzzards in the sky, as well as egrets, pheasants, and herons in the shallows and by the shore. With all this on offer, you’re sure not to be left in any doubt that this is one of the finest heritage steam railway excursions anywhere in Europe.
Find out more at: http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/days-out/steam-train-3
Built in 1640 approximately, Dartmouth Museum might come across as small, but make no mistake, this little gem is full of captivating and stimulating models, artefacts, photographs and paintings.
Discover how the town of Dartmouth has changed and developed through the years, uncover the maritime history, and the social and economic history of this well-loved town. From the moment you walk through the door you will be transported into the past life of this wonderful town, and begin to understand more about the strong link between the people of the town and the sea.
If you are looking for something to do that is fun and informative, whatever the weather, this has got to be one of the more interesting things to do in Dartmouth with the family.
Find out more at: http://dartmouthmuseum.org/
Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle
When you are thinking of an activity for the day that involves all the family what could be better than taking a ride on the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle? This paddles steamer is the single remaining coal-fired paddle steamer that is still in operation in the UK and was only reintroduced to these water in 2013.
Built locally in 1924 at Philip & Son of Dartmouth, this phenomenal piece of nautical machinery could carry almost 500 passengers in her prime.
She will run the Dartmouth River Cruises and cruises between Dartmouth and Totnes for all to enjoy while on this award winning circular tour. You can choose a Paddle Steamer Steam & Cruise, Paddle Steamer River Cruise, Paddle Steamer Round Robin, or the Paddle Steamer Dartmouth-Totnes River cruise so you get a variety of the type of journey you embark on.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you can now purchase an all-inclusive ticket that allows you to take a steam train ride, a bus journey, a connecting ferry AND a river cruise!
Find out more at: http://www.paddlesteamerkc.co.uk/