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When it comes to fantastic family days out, Yorkshire is full of awesome attractions guaranteed to entertain all ages.

For white knuckle thrills and a sensational collection of extreme rides, look no further than Flamingo Land near Malton. Ride the latest roller coaster Hero that puts visitors in a superhero flying position before swooping them around a track. For younger family members, head to the Dino-Stone Park and Soar 45 metres into the air on the Pterodactyl swing, spin on the family coaster Twistosaurus and pedal on Cyclosaur.

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner is a magnificent day out for all the family. Navigate your way to the Temple of the underworld, the eye of the Needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, and extraordinary statues at every turn.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with 175 acres of action-packed adventures. Explore the dark and a mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack or brave Europe’s longest roller coaster, the Ultimate. With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, the excitement never stops!

Meet some of the most beautiful and endangered animals in the world at Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. From Amur tigers at Land of the Tiger and Amur leopards at Leopard Heights to Pixel, Victor and Nissan, at Project Polar, one of the largest Polar bear reserves in the world, you’re guaranteed a fantastic family day out.

Carved out of an amazing 1.5 million growing maize plants, York Maze is thought to be the largest maze in the world! As well as the maze there are fun and games for all ages, including an adventure playground, nine hole crazy golf course, a chance to meet a vast array of animals and even watch some pig racing!

For the younger members of the family, you can’t beat Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Explore 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Set in the gigantic and awe-inspiring former Templeborough Steelworks, Magna Science Adventure Centre is guaranteed to amaze! There’s fun for all the family exploring the incredible interactive pavilions of Fire, Water, Earth and Air, crammed with over 100 fascinating hands-on activities.

Sitting in the rolling Pennine foothills, Cannon Hall Farm is home to hundreds of animals, waiting to welcome you to a world of animal magic. The farm features one of the biggest and best equipped playgrounds in the north of England as well as the largest tube maze in Europe.

Home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects. Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier.

Opening this summer, Summit Indoor Adventure near Selby will house all kinds of activities under one roof. With an indoor skate park, as well as indoor skiing, bowling and climbing, adventure awaits all ages!

This feature was part of our 2016 Summer Guide.