The Best Family-Friendly Theme Parks In South Devon

Devon is such a beautiful part of the world and it’s no surprise that year after year tourists flock to the area to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape, the picturesque beaches and explore the scattered and varied towns and villages. That said, if you’ve tried to escape for a golf break in Devon and ended up bringing the family, you’ll have to dedicate some time to keep them out of trouble!

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A Guide To Local Theme Parks

Here is a list of the best local theme parks and other attractions near Dawlish for when you stay in our beautiful seaside hotel.


Woodlands is the ideal family theme park for all weather, with a vast selection of attractions and rides. Facilities indoors and outdoors mean that come rain or shine, they have you covered for things to do! Set in the beautiful Dartmouth countryside the park really is a must if you’re visiting the area. Make sure to pack a change of clothes though, as there is a number of waterslides and you’re bound to get splashed.

Splashdown Quaywest

Waterparks are often something associated with holidays abroad to warm and sunny climates, however, Splashdown Quaywest has brought the fun and thrills of the waterpark to the UK. Currently boasting eight slides, a selection of splash pools for younger guests and a swimming pool, the park is perfect for those hot days when you need to cool off in the water! An additional bonus of the park is that it’s located just minutes from the local beach; therefore you can easily make a day of it!


Crealy bills itself as the biggest theme park in Devon, and it certainly lives up to the expectation! It continues to add new attractions, rides and installations with a total of more than 60 set across the 100-acre park. There is a range of heart-stopping rides for the thrill-seeking visitors, or a soft-play area for the younger ones to run and play, with a chance to pet the animals held at the park as well! Opening times and ride availability changes throughout the year so we would recommend checking their website for further details.

Funder Park

Located right next to the sea in Dawlish, Funder Park is the ideal place for kids to burn off some energy while their parents enjoy some relaxing time, soaking up the sea views. With a wide range of attractions on offer, the park will keep everyone amused for hours and should be on your list of things to do when you visit Dawlish. A bonus of the park’s location is that right next to it are the Grand Prix Go-Karts! Perfect for the whole family, they have a fleet of more than 30 karts that range from karts for the racing novice to the adrenaline junky! They are open from Easter until October and don’t close until 10:00pm in the summer months.

River Dart Country Park

River Dart Country Park gets its name from the magnificent River Dart that runs through the centre of it. This theme park is slightly different from the others on this list in that the main attraction is that it is a primarily and camping and caravanning site. Although sites like Crealy and Woodlands offer accommodation, River Dart is an established campsite and has been popular with families for many years. Set in the truly picturesque Dartmoor National Park, the park offers a selection of outdoor and indoor activities perfect for all ages, so is perfect for a family day out or for a weekend away

Milky Way Adventure Park

Located slightly further away in the equally tranquil and beautiful North Devon, the award-winning Milky Way Adventure Park is billed as the biggest all-weather family day out in North Devon. The Milky Way has a large range of attractions including roller coasters, indoor dodgems, huge bouncing pillows and a whole host more! They also have a constantly changing exhibition that is well worth visiting!

The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep is an amusement park that is located just outside of the town of Bideford in North Devon. The park offers ‘alternative’ attractions such as sheep races and duck trials, along with laser tag and outdoor and indoor play areas. They also host a number of live events and seasonal events such as Halloween features and Christmas markets.

Hopefully, this article has given you some inspiration of what you can get up to with the family in the beautiful Devon regions. Whether the sun shines or the rain pours, there will be something here that’s perfect for everyone!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay whilst visiting these family-friendly attractions near Dawlish, our family-friendly seaside hotel is the perfect place. Book a room online here, or by giving us a call on 01626 868000.