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Parks and nature in Isle of Wight

Top parks

Park
“England's first ever 'theme' park. All about fantasy, with Pirates, Fairies and Dinosaurs. A great day out with kids.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely activity park for children with plenty to keep adults busy too. No horrendous queues.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Look out for drop in yoga classes or just visit the gardens for a relaxing look around. Good cafe and a selection of island favourite plants to buy”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Beautiful anytime at night it is illuminated and magical, recommend walking up from beach and down at night towards the beach.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“This is really worth a visit, a wonderful rescue centre, the animals are very well cared for and the staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. Café and Gift shop. Keeper talks, 7 day return pass available.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“It offers iconic views of this world class landmark and panoramic vistas of the Island's many sailing events. There is a paved walkway along the cliff to the historic battery now managed by the National Trust and providing teatime treats.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Playground
“Lovely white sand beach. A good choice of cafes, children's play areas, grassey areas with shade. Perfect for picnics.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“from easter to September its cleaned daily, the tide is safe and shallow for swimming. in summer there's a lifeguard and Rescue on patrol , great cafes and shows with wcs.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“Lovely white sand beach. A good choice of cafes, children's play areas, grassey areas with shade. Perfect for picnics.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Theme Park
Playground
“There is a nice park in and around the remains of an old fort, as well as tennis courts, crazy golf and another playground. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“Good fun for smaller children with a helter skelter, carousel, crazy golf and other small rides, but can get expensive - they do however offer wristbands for multiple rides on Saturday afternoon which are good value. Outside of the funfair the other side of the small park there are also trampolines and an inflatable slide.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“A unique day out at the Western tip of the Island. You can take the chair lift down to the beach. The beach itself is known for the different coloured sands. These can be collected in the workshops and you can create your own sand art decoration to take home. It also has a few attractions and ride for the kids to enjoy. Once on the beach there is a company that has a rib charter to view the Needles and the lighthouse.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Shanklin is idea for family and couples alike it has a lovely sandy beach lined with pretty promenade. There are many restaurants gift shops and place for children to play. Idea for wheelchair users or visitors with waking difficulties. The old village is a quaint place to visit shops including rock shop gifts and souvenirs. Lots of opportunity to take some lovely photos. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
“Well know for it’s Cowes week yachting event Diverse restaurants and pubs. Links to Southampton. Great for a stroll or sitting people watching ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“21.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the Isle of Wight. Visitors can make use of public footpaths and bridleways that lead into the wood. Perfect for hiking and nature lovers.”
  • 2 locals recommend