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Plan fun-filled days out from strolling through beautiful parks, learning more about this historic city in our museums, visiting family friendly attractions to action packed activity centres.

Whether you are out with family, friends or travelling solo there's plenty to do in Aberdeen which are easily accessible by bus.

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The Beach

Codonas Amusement Park

For indoor and outdoor fun, Codona’s Amusement Park has plenty to offer.  Step on the thrilling outdoor rollercoaster rides that boast beautiful views of the beach before racing your friends on the brand-new multi-level karting track – suitable for the whole family! Put your skills to the test on the 18-hole outdoor Private Island Adventure Golf, why not make it best of two and tackle The Congo Adventure Golf indoor course. Inside, you can find a whole host of activities from 10-pin bowling, laser tag, dodgems, an arcade and more! There really is something for everyone.  

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Footdee otherwise known amongst locals as ‘Fittie’ is one of Aberdeen’s hidden gems situated at the end of the beach esplanade by the east end of the harbour. Take a walk through the cobbled streets of the historic fishing village and marvel at the brightly decorated sheds that keep to the nautical theme featuring fishing nets, model boats, buoys and lots of gnomes!

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Beach Esplanade

Take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores where you can grab some lunch and ice cream (watch out for the seagulls) from one of the independent cafes on the esplanade. You can enjoy the views as brave surfers take to the waves and watch as ships depart the harbour. If you’re lucky you might just spot some dolphins too!

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Duthie Park

Loved by locals, Duthie Park includes open green spaces, 3 children’s play areas and duck filled ponds amongst the evergreen trees and colourful flowerbeds. Spot the iconic, restored Victorian band stand in the heart of the park. Wander through the David Welch Winter Gardens, one of Europe’s largest winter gardens that boasts rare and exotic plants from all around the world, along with a corridor of brightly coloured, aromatic flowers.

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Hazlehead Park

Hazlehead Park is a wonderful park of over 180 hectares on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It is heavily wooded and is popular with naturalists, picnickers, walkers and sports enthusiasts. There is a large play area for children, and a maze - fun for all ages! Pets' Corner provides the opportunity to come face to face with a variety of animals. The Park Cafe offers a wide range of food and refreshments. 

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Seaton Park

You can find Seaton Park, one of Aberdeen’s largest parks, in Old Aberdeen. Perfect for picnics and family days out, the Park is dotted with colourful flowerbeds and has a popular children’s play area. Not far from the park is the Brig o’ Balgownie, a 13th century gothic bridge with picturesque views of Cottown of Balgownie, red tiled cottages lining the river.

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Johnston Gardens

Located near Hazlehead Park, Johnston Gardens is one the most instagrammable parks in Aberdeen. It’s beautiful all year round and is a perfect place for a short stroll around the paths where you can admire the beautiful garden, ponds, waterfalls and it’s picturesque bridge as well as the ducks and swans swimming in the rivers. 

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a small park in Rosemount, a neighborhood of Aberdeen full of local independent shops and cafes, just 5 minutes away on the bus from Union Street. It has a Victorian style fountain and a lovely walled garden with a human sized checkers board. On the weekends, locals gather with instruments and sing and play music. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a great way to meet locals and learn more about the culture.

📍 Short walk from Union Street



Aberdeen Art Gallery

Explore Aberdeen Art Gallery’s inspiring collection of works by artists, designers and makers that span over 700 years. From displays allowing visitors to explore the inspiration of the artists and their creative processes to hands-on interactive art pieces, the museum also hosts a variety of special exhibitions by national and international artists. You can enjoy a break at the rooftop café overlooking Belmont Street.

📍 Short walk from Union Street

Aberdeen Science Centre

Where science is brought to life, Aberdeen Science Centre contains over 60 hands-on interactive exhibits and live science demonstrations, a trip to the Centre will inspire the scientist within as well as entertain the whole family. Reach for the stars with the amazing planetarium shows and take part in exciting demonstrations which fizz, defy gravity and explode!

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City Walks

Old Aberdeen

Walk the cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen and get transported through time visiting the ancient sites full of rich history. With plenty to discover, such as the Old Town House, St Machar’s Cathedral, MacRobert Memorial Garden, Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Powis Gates and the picturesque Brig O’ Balgownie. You can find King’s College and King’s College Chapel on the University of Aberdeen’s Campus which date back to the 15th century.

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Marischal College

Marischal College, the second largest granite building in the world and one of the most impressive buildings in Aberdeen boasts its Gothic Revival styled architecture on Broad Street.  Now home to Aberdeen’s City Council, Marischal College is a worthy sight to see with its glimmering granite and numerous spires.

📍 Walking distance from Union Street

Belmont Street

You can find this bustling street just off of Union Street lined with bars, cafes and restaurants! From afternoon brunches to the buzzing nightlife, Belmont Street is perfect for catching up with friends.

📍 Walking distance from Union Street.

NUART Aberdeen Walk

The Nuart Aberdeen street art festival added much needed colour to our grey granite city back in 2017. Walking through the city you can find local and international artists work on buildings, doorways, and various street objects. From site-specific murals to sculptures, installations and temporary exhibitions, artists are invited to the festival to showcase their work and believing that art should be a part of people’s everyday life.

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📍 Walking distance from Union Street.

Activity Centres

Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports

Have a go at skiing, snowboarding, or tubing at Aberdeen’s only outdoor dry slopes in the heart of Garthdee. With multiple slopes available you can come along to public sessions or try out lessons for all ages and abilities.

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Lynx Ice Arena 

The Lynx Ice Arena, located on the popular Beach Promenade, offers skating tuition, public sessions, and parent and toddler sessions. The arena is also home to figure skating, synchronised skating, and three different ice hockey clubs. 

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We haven’t been able to list all the great places you can visit by bus, so if you need more ideas or details on anything to do in the area, try checking out these websites:

Visit Aberdeen

Visit Scotland