My kids love an adventure playground and so do I – they are great places for them to run off energy, which hopefully means less resistance at bedtime. They are also one of the best free things to do in Devon whatever the time of year. This post shares some of the top adventure playgrounds in Devon, as suggested by members of the Devon with Kids Facebook group.

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Where to find adventure playgrounds in Devon

Here’s where to find these fun places to visit in Devon. Just remember your flask of tea and a spare pair of trousers for those inevitable wet slide moments!

If you’re looking for something bigger check out these theme parks in Devon.

1. Decoy Country Park in Newton Abbot, South Devon

Child in splash park at Decoy Country Park adventure playground in Devon

What’s there?

Decoy Country Park has an enclosed adventure play area with equipment for kids aged from one to 14 as well as a splash park (open from May to the end of September). Outside the adventure playground there’s a woodland walk, lake and sports pitches.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Snack hut
  • Rangers office
  • Picnic benches
  • Pay and display parking (download the Ringo App).

Where is it?

Decoy Country Park, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1EB

Read more about visiting Decoy Country Park.

2. Courtenay Park in Salcombe, South Devon

What’s there?

This newly refurbished adventure playground in Salcombe has equipment for toddlers to teens. There’s lots of things to climb, balance on and slide down.

Facilities

  • Cafes close by on Fore Street
  • Closest parking at Shadcombe car park.

Where is it?

Courtenay Park, off Devon Road, Salcombe

Find more things to do in Salcombe with kids.

3. The Den on Teignmouth sea front, South Devon

What’s there?

The Den has colourful adventure play equipment for toddlers and kids, as well as a splash park (open from May until the end of September). There’s also a crazy golf, skate park and a multi-use games area.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Snack hut and cafes nearby
  • Picnic benches
  • Car park and on street parking.

Where is it?

The Den, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BQ

4. Marsh Mill Playground at Bovey Tracey, South Devon

What’s there?

Marsh Mill Park has an enclosed adventure playground with assault course and equipment for tots to teens. There’s also a trim trail in the park.

Facilities

  • Pay and display car park at the Tourist Information Centre on Station Road
  • Cafes a short walk away in Bovey Tracey – we can recommend Cafe 3 Sixty

Where is it?

Marsh Mill Park, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9NB

5. GeoPlay Park on Paignton sea front, South Devon

Colourful feature showing periods of time at Geoplay Park in Paignton, Devon

What’s there?

The Geoplay Park has toddler and children’s play equipment themed around the area’s unique geological history. This includes climbing nets, slides, and roundabouts for tots, tweens and teens. There’s a sand pit and water feature.

Facilities

  • Toilets on seafront
  • Cafes close by
  • Pay and display parking on seafront
  • Picnic benches.

Where is it?

Geoplay Park, Paigton, TQ4 6AG

6. Haldon Forest Park near Exeter, South Devon

Child in bucket swing at Haldon Forest Park

What’s there?

Haldon Forest has lots of woodland play equipment and adventure trails, as well as cycle trails and a pump track. Haldon Forest Park also has Go Ape and Segway tours.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Pay and display car park
  • Picnic areas
  • Cycle hire.

Where is it?

Haldon Forest Park, Bullers Hill, EX6 7XR

Here’s more things to do in South Devon with kids.

7. River Dart Country Park in Ashburton, South Devon

Climbing net at River Dart Country Park

What’s there?

River Dart Country Park has loads of adventure playgrounds for kids of all ages including a toddlers play area, zip lines, assault courses, climbing nets and huge slides. The park also has a swimming lake with pirate ship play area in the water.

Be aware that there is a per person entrance fee on weekends from April to September and during the school holidays. Visit and pay for parking only on week days at other times and on weekends from October to March.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • High ropes and water sports hire.

Where is it?

River Dart Country Park, Ashburton, TQ13 7NP

Here’s a fun video showing a family’s recent visit to River Dart Country Park:

8. Queens Drive Space in Exmouth, East Devon

What’s there?

Queens Drive Space in Exmouth has Jurassic themed play equipment including climbing frames, slides and a sand pit. Expect dinosaurs too!

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Car parks close by
  • Food and drink vans.

Where is it?

Queens Drive Space, Exmouth, EX8 2AY

9. The PlayPark on King George V Playing Fields, Exeter

What’s there?

The PlayPark is an accessible adventure playground – the sixth most accessible in the World no less – including swings, trampoline, roundabouts, slides and a sand pit. The park was designed with Mencap and has recently been refurbished with help from Exeter City Council.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Picnic benches
  • Free parking in car park on Countess Wear Road.

Where is it?

The PlayPark, King George V Playing Fields, Topsham, EX2 6HE

10. Victoria Park in Bideford, North Devon

What’s there?

Victoria Park has an adventure playground with a paddling pool and skate park.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Pay and display parking close by

Where is it?

Victoria Park, Bideford, EX39 2QQ

11. Rock Park in Barnstaple, North Devon

What’s there?

Rock Park has a children’s adventure playground (if anyone has been or has more details I’d love to hear more!). There’s also an outdoor gym and sports pitches in the park.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Food and drink kiosk
  • Free parking

Where is it?

Rock Park, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS

Here’s more things to do in North Devon with kids.

12. Play Space at Central Park in Plymouth

What’s there?

Central Park’s Play Space has enclosed play areas for toddlers and kids plus an open area for the more adventurous and teens. Equipment includes with trampolines, a double zip wire, climbing structures, and water and sand play area. There’s also skating and BMX areas.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Picnic areas
  • Parking at Milehouse Park and Ride

Where is it?

Central Park, Plymouth, PL3 4HQ

Here’s more things to do in Plymouth with kids.

More adventure playgrounds in Devon

You can also find adventure play parks at Devon’s theme parks where there’s an admission charge. Woodland Family Theme Park and Crealy Adventure Park & Resort are good ones to visit.

Here’s where to find out more about theme parks in Devon.

The adventure playgrounds at Bicton Park at Budleigh Salterton, Canonteign Falls on Dartmoor Falls and Waie Inn in Crediton, Mid-Devon, also comes highly recommended. Admission charges apply.

Looking for more cheap days out? Here’s my round up of free things to do in Devon with kids.

If you have a favourite adventure playground in Devon that isn’t mentioned here then let me know.

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