Experience our woodlands and reserves whatever...
Every woodland and National Nature Reserve has plenty of space for younger visitors to let off steam and get closer to nature.
Some places also have family-friendly facilities like play areas, easy cycling trails and pushchair-friendly walking trails.
There are also cafés and toilets for when you need a quick pit stop.
Read on for our tips for family days out in the great outdoors.
Watch our film about visiting our woodlands and reserves with your family.
Little feet can tire easily, so we’ve got lots of shorter routes that are perfect for little legs as well as puzzle trails to help keep younger walkers interested along the way.
Some of our walking trails follow wide and level paths that are pushchair-friendly.
Here’s our pick of places with family-friendly walking trails.
From splashing in puddles to hunting for bugs, there’s nothing quite like the freedom of playing outdoors.
There's plenty of outdoor fun to be had at all the places we look after and some of our woodlands have play areas, too.
The play areas in these woodlands make the most of their natural setting and are a great place for little ones to let off steam.
Taking the children for a bike ride in one of our woodlands couldn’t be easier thanks to our family friendly, waymarked bike trails.
Look out for green and blue graded mountain bike trails which are aimed at beginners and make an ideal day out for older children.
Some of our visitor centres have shorter mountain bike trails built especially for young riders and purpose built skills areas to practice riding techniques before setting off on a trail.
Some also have bike hire and bike washing facilities so not only can you rent two wheels, you can clean them too!
Explore the great outdoors on two wheels at one of these places which have the best family friendly cycling trails.
Our woodlands and National Nature Reserves are great places to get away from it all and get closer to nature.
Many of them are accessible for the whole family and are great places to enjoy spending time together and to discover some of Wales’ wonderful wildlife.
You’ll be out in the natural world whenever you visit one of our places, but here are a few that have family friendly facilities as well as a great opportunity to spot all different kinds of wildlife.
Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve, near Dolgellau (reserve open all year; visitor centre open seasonally)
Sometimes you just want a day out somewhere with a few home comforts.
Our visitor centres have all you need to make a visit with your young explorers an easy one.
From shops selling ice cream and pocket-money souvenirs to visitor centres with cafés and toilets, we’ve got all your needs covered.
Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot (visitor centre run by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council)
Cwm Carn Forest, near Newport (visitor centre run by Caerphilly County Borough Council)
Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve, near Newport (visitor centre run by RSPB)
Whether you are visiting your local park, planning a day at the beach or setting off on a walk through a woodland, exploring nature is a great way for children to exercise their bodies and minds.
The natural environment offers the opportunity to engage in a variety of fun, simple activities regardless of age, fitness level or gender.
Our Health, Education and Natural Resources team has compiled a range of free resources to help keep children engaged and build their connection to nature.
For more information and to download your free resources, go to Nature play and family fun
Our discovery backpacks offer young visitors a helping hand to get up close to nature.
You can borrow a backpack on your visit to:
Each discovery backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.
The backpacks also include some challenges to help get your nature hunt started.
Try out bark rubbing, have a go a bird spotting, or set off on a search for mini-beasts in the woods.
There is a limited supply of backpacks at each visitor centre. They are issued on a first come, first served basis and should be returned to the visitor centre after use.