Toting kiddies along for the ride? Edinburgh has many unique and kid-friendly activities that parents will enjoy as well, from ancient castles to creepy haunts and even a theme park or two.
A must stop on any family's trip is Edinburgh Castle, the city's historic and iconic fortress. Children will love exploring the Castle's military roots and feasting their eyes on the country's opulent crown jewels. Stick around to watch the Castle's canon fire for the one o'clock gun salute.
For a spookier activity, take the kiddies on a tour of the Real Mary King's Close, a long-forgotten series of underground streets and abandoned 16th-17th century residencies. Tour guides dressed in period garb will transport you back in time to when the black plague terrorized Edinburgh - you may even spot a ghost!
If you're in town for the winter, make sure you take your children for a spin around the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink. With great views of Princes Street Gardens, the New Town and the Castle, where else will you get a chance to skate beneath such a beautiful skyline? The ice rink also is conveniently located next to the annual Christmas funfair, which boasts an enormous Ferris wheel, and German Market, which sells delicious German pastries and hand-crafted souvenirs.
While kids may tire of museums quickly, the National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Childhood are sure to captivate their interests. Children will enjoy exploring Scotland's ancient past at the National Museum, which boasts a wide array of Pictish and Viking artifacts before the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in the country. Meanwhile, the Museum of Childhood will make even the most stoic geriatric nostalgic by its selection of vintage toys.
If you need some outdoor fun, head to the Princes Street Gardens for a picnic in the park or a game of football. Leith Waterworld also offers a fun indoor play zone if you want to spend some time away from the crowds of tourists or even escape from the cold.
Both parents and kids will enjoy touring the Royal Family's aristocratic Yacht Britannia, located at the Edinburgh Docks. The Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo is always a big hit for families of all ages as well.
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