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Rough Guide has ranked Wales as a top destination to go with your children, sitting alongside places such as Cape Tribulation, The Maldives, and the Galapagos Islands.

From feeding the giraffes at Folly Farm, to watching sharks at Anglesey Sea Zoo or teaching them all about science at Techniquest, parents are spoilt for choice on where to keep the kids amused throughout Wales.

The country is brimming with family-friendly locations from Pembrokeshire's beautiful beaches and rugged coastline to adventure hubs in Zip World and even trampolining in a cave, here are 16 reasons why Wales is a top destination for kids.

g y 1. It's home to the penguins and wildlife at Folly Farm 0 n k Not only is it in beautiful Pembrokeshire, but there are more than 250 animals, including lions, giraffes, penguins and rhinos. They've even got an endangered eastern black rhino. You'll also find meerkats, zebra, exotic parrots, snakes and iguanas.

d d d There is also the holly barn and farm where you can cwtch a rabbit, adventure plays in the enchanted Carousel Woods and the largest vintage funfair in Europe which boasts a giant big wheel, dodgems, a rock 'n' roll waltzer and more.

s k Where: Begelly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, on the A478 Tenby to Narberth road. Contact: 01834 812731.

2. You can trampoline in a cave f a g d n Yes, that's right. You read it right. If you ever dreamt of jumping on trampoline whilst exploring carverns in an old slate quarry, head for Bounce Below at Llechwedd in Blaenua Ffestiniog.

s e There are three giant trampolines that are linked by a 60ft slide inside caverns that are twice the size of St Paul's Cathedral.

Thrill seekers can go deep into the slate quarry via train and bounce their time away whilst enjoying a light show. There is a junior bounce for kids aged three to six years old too.

Where: Lllechwedd Slate Cavern, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB. Contact: 01248 601444.

3. You can indoor surf at Cardiff International White Water Hit the surf in the capital and get your heartbeat racing with the indoor, simulated surf machine. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner - everyone rides the jets using a bodyboard to start with. And the double-lane design is family-friendly so you can all bodyboard together. Coaching and equipment is included in the price and each session lasts around oneand-a-half hours, which includes the 30 minutes you'll spend on the safety briefing and kitting up.

You need to be at least 107cm tall to ride so definitely a fun one for older kids.

Where: Cardiff International White Water, Watkiss Way, CF11 0SY.

Contact: 029 2082 9970.

4 You can walk o 4. You can walk on water at Heatherton What could be more fun than challenging the kids to see who can walk on water? You can do exactly that at Heatheron World of Activities in St Florence, near Tenby and it's guaranteed fun.

It's free to get in and then you just pay for what you want to go on, which includes body zorbing, slotcars, a treetops trail, karting, pistol shooting and archery, to name but a few.

The park is open all year round with a mixture of both undercover and outdoor activities, with a variety of family fun and kids' adventure attractions to meet all ages. Heatherton is a dog-friendly site and operates on a free admission policy, meaning no member of the family needs to stay at home this year.

Where: St Florence, Teny, SA70 8RJ.

Contact: 0146 652000 or

5. You can try out the Big Machine at Techniquest The science attraction has recently unveiled its larget ever exhibit - The Big Machine.

Standing more than 4-metres tall and coming from London's world famous Science Museum, The Big Machine has taken its place on permanent display among 120 interactive exhibits at the science discovery centre in the Welsh capital, which is celebrating its 30th birthday.

Teams of visitors combine forces by using levers, pulleys and other human-powered machines to transport thousands of plastic granules around a giant mechanical circuit. And there is just so much more too with astrology shows in the planetarium and the discovery room.

Where: Stuart Stret, Cardiff, CF10 5BW.

Contact: 029 2047 5475.

6. You can take the railway up Snowdon This really is a journey of a lifetime for a family. Snowdon, at 1085m, dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales.

Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime's achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it's all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.

Where: Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY.

Contact: 0844 493 8120.

7. You can picnic and paddle at Oxwich Bay It's got clear seas and white sands and it a real gem on the Welsh coastline.

And it's big enough that you'll always be able to find a space for your picnic blanket. And, of course, it's free.

Where: Swansea.

8. You can swing like an ape Be a dare devil with the kids for the day at Go Ape forest adventure with rope bridges, swings and zip wires.

You can all leap off the Tarzan swing and tackle crossings while enjoying breathtaking scenery. Choose from adventures that include a forest segway, zip trekking and a tree top adventure. Where: Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, SA13.

Contact: 0845 094 9583 And: Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park, Dogellau, LL40 2HZ.

Contact: 0845 643 9215 9. You can step back in time at St Fagans National History Museum This is the amazing place where you can take a walk around Wales - from Celtic times to the present day. Since 1948 over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen's Institute.

Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily.

Where: St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB.

Contact: 0300 111 2333 10. You can go down a pit Big Pit National Coal Museum is a real coal mine and you can go 300ft with a miner to see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face.

You can also enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and Historic colliery buildings . Where: Blaenafon, NP4 9XP. Contact: 0300 111 2333.

11. You can go on a tobaggan ride at Pembrey It's called the Cobra and it looks like so much fun.

You set off at high speed and then shout 'weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeee'.

Where: Pembrey Country Park, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0EJ. Contact: 01554 834443.

12. You can walk from Cardiff Bay to Penarth Marina via the Barrage It's not just free, it's not just beautiful, along the route you will find a skate park, an outdoor gym and one of the best views of the Welsh capital.

And at the end are dozens of amazing restaurants to soak up the cosmopiltan atmosphere of Cardiff Bay 13. You can walk with the whole family up Pen-y-Fan It's a great mountain for beginners and even little legs might manage to make it to the top summit.

There is a well-maintained path that heads up from Storey Arms and only gets leg-achingly steep at the very top. But once you are there, what an amazing view that will take your - and the kids - breath away.

Where: Storey Arms, Powys, LD3 8NL.

14. You can row around Roath Park Lake And while you are there you can also feed the ducks, enjoy the playground, have an ice-cream and enjoy the view.

A real jewel in the Welsh capital's crown.

Where: Roath, Cardiff 15. You can hear your feet squeak as you walk across Whistling Sands What a gorgeous crescent of gold sand to visit with the children, and it's beauty is reason enough to visit. But get them to walk along the golden sands and listening very carefully - and they will find out who it got its name.

Where: Aberdaron, Gwynedd.

16. You can swim outdoors in Pontypridd Lido Ponty has three heated swimming pools - main pool, activity pool and splash pool - for families, dedicated swimmers, social swimmers and thrill-seekers of all ages and abilities.

Lido Ponty will be open fully for the 2016 summer season from Saturday, May 28, until Sunday, September 11.

Where: Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, CF37 4PE.

Contact: 01443 490490.


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Date:Apr 22, 2016
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