Family days out by the sea

Discover our family friendly places on the shores of Wales

Visit Wales

Coronavirus update

 

We have re-opened the car parks and trails in most of our woodlands and nature reserves to provide more people with access to the places they love.

 

Visitor facilities at some woodlands and nature reserves may be limited for now and some places remain closed – see each place’s web page for more information.

 

Visiting our sites safely

 

Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.

 

See our tips about how to plan for and enjoy a safe visit.

Family fun by the sea

From huge sand dunes to Wales’s only Marine Conservation Zone, we look after many special places around the coastline.

Each one has plenty of space for younger visitors to let off steam and get closer to nature.

Some also have family-friendly facilities such as easy cycling trails and pushchair friendly walking trails.

Read on for our top tips for a family day out in our National Nature Reserves and woodlands by the sea.

Become a family of wildlife explorers

Boy in rockpoolOur National Nature Reserves and woodlands by the sea are great places to get closer to nature.

They are home to all sorts of wildlife from birds to insects, plants to fungi and grey seals to red squirrels.

We’ve picked ten special places that we look after around the coastline of Wales for you to discover.

There are information panels at each place so you know what to look out for as you explore.

Find out more

Walks near water for little legs and parents with pushchairs

Boardwalk at Morfa DyffrynLittle legs can tire easily, but our shorter walking routes are perfect for younger visitors.

Some of our walking trails follow wide and level paths that are pushchair-friendly and suitable for wheelchairs.

Here’s our pick of places by the sea with family friendly walking trails:

If you’re looking for a more challenging walk, Wales’ four long distance routes take you through or close by the coastline and each one can be enjoyed in bitesize chunks.

A family adventure on two wheels

Child on bike at Alwen ReservoirTaking the children for a bike ride in one of our woodlands couldn’t be easier thanks to our waymarked bike trails.

These two forests have family friendly cycling trails near water:

Time for a paddle

Family in seaWales has the best bathing water quality in the UK and many of our beaches have awards such as Blue Flags, Green Coast Awards and Seaside Awards. 

Go to our bathing water page to find out how we monitor bathing water quality and to check the quality of the bathing water near you.

Looking for more?

Family on walkWe are one of the biggest providers of outdoor recreation facilities in Wales and we have lots more family friendly places for you to enjoy.

Our hundreds of walking trails, world-class mountain biking trails, visitor centres and picnic areas are set in woodlands and National Nature Reserves in some of the most stunning parts of the country.

Go to our main family friendly days out page or go to our leaflets page to download one of our regional leaflets.

Related document downloads

Special places by the sea Leaflet PDF [5.5 MB]
Shell ID - Billingual.pdf PDF [551.1 KB]
I Spy - English.pdf PDF [556.5 KB]