How to make the most out of a day out to Cardiff Bay

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How to Make visiting the Aqua Park into a Day out in Cardiff

If you’re frantically looking for activities to entertain yourself and the kids this summer, you need not look further – we’re back with ideas for how you can enjoy the great outdoors over the school summer holidays without breaking the bank! So if you’re looking for things to do outdoors, the Aqua Park is perfect for those of you with kids looking to make the most of any good weather and get them off their devices and games consoles. This guide will help you make the most of all the things to do in Cardiff Bay. 

  • The Aqua Park

We begin with the shining star of the activities to do whilst in Cardiff, our Aqua Park. Our huge inflatable park hosts climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, slides, blast bags and monkey bars, making it the ultimate wet and wild experience for all you take on the challenge!

If you are planning on joining us at the Aqua Park this summer, online booking is essential and visits take about 2.5hrs from arriving and checking in so you can plan your day out around that!

Before we begin to share our top tips for the best day out at the Aqua Park Cardiff, be aware that there is no parking on the barrage; you can read up on the information on the find us page to find out where is best to park. 


  • Fancy a bite to eat?

After your session, you’ll no doubt be looking to refuel and relax. Luckily for you, we have the perfect thing. Just a 15-minute walk along the Barrage is Mermaid Quay. With a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax. A plethora of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops awaits you. 

We recommend heading to the Look Out cafe bar which features a deck overlooking the water for stunning views over the bay. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a busy day, and get that golden hour glow in the evenings. They also host jazz, salsa and Welsh folk nights so keep your eyes peeled for those too!

  • The Norwegian Church

On the barrage, you’ll find The Norwegian Church, which was built to serve the Norwegian sailors who docked in the city. Today, the restored church – with its attractive white clapboard cladding and pointy spire – features an interesting gallery and friendly café with a patio offering views across the bay. 

  • Take a Tour of the Welsh Assembly and visit the Senedd.

Test your political prowess at the Senedd, the perfect place to broaden knowledge of politics and the history of the Welsh government. Conveniently situated in Cardiff Bay, it houses the debating chamber and the three committee rooms for the Welsh parliament. They’re open for visitors and you can even sit in the public viewing gallery and watch the debating in action! They offer guided tours, or if you prefer to go at your own pace, take a self-guided tour- it’s up to you. We recommend taking a look at their brilliant exhibitions too. 

  • Techniquest 

Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre very close to the Aqua Park in Cardiff Bay. Their mission is basically to make science fun through interactive engagement, and they do a pretty good job of it! They work extensively with public audiences and there is so much to see and explore so go and learn something new today, there are even shows to watch including a Dinosaur show and it’s not harsh on the bank account either at around £10 per person and is worth every penny. Even we can admit that sometimes science can be interesting…


  • Cardiff bay Wetland reserve

There is such a variety of things to do in the City that you can even get a taste of nature in the wetland reserve. Explore 8 hectares on the northern shore of Cardiff bay which hosts a rich diversity of animals and plants and gaze over the viewing area that extends out over the water for some bird watching. You can immerse yourself further by downloading the Wetlands Wildlife Explorer which is perfect for taking yourself and your kids on a fun tour of the reserve. 


  • Watch a show at the Millenium Centre

Picture the scene, the day is drawing to a close, you’ve had a lovely meal overlooking the bay and now you need an evening activity. Make the most of this buzzing city and watch a show! They have brilliant shows all year round so you can laugh until you cry watching stand-up comedians or soak in the talent viewing musicals which include the likes of ‘The Book of Mormon’.  It is the national arts centre for Wales and whatever you enjoy most, they’ll have it. 

  • The Red Dragon Centre

The fun doesn’t need to stop after an awe-inspiring show as the Red Dragon Centre brings together an array of entertainment all under one roof! Whether you fancy bowling 

  • Penarth Marina

Take a stroll from The Aqua Park to Penarth Marina. There’s a flat tarmac pathway so it’s ideal for pushchairs or bikes (bikes are also available to hire on the barrage). The barrage has several locks, offering lots to keep curious kids happy. Taxi boats run at least hourly back to Mermaid Quay from just across the locks next to Penarth Marina.

If you’ve got your four-legged friend with you, make sure to visit the various Coffi Co stop-offs around the Bay – they’re all dog friendly and serve food into the evenings; we meant it when we said there were places for the whole family to enjoy, doggies always included!

If you want to explore Cardiff’s beautiful coastline, there’s no better way than by boat. Cardiff Bay is where all the boat trips head out from. There’s everything from water taxis that take leisurely journeys into town to exhilarating rib rides that will take you out into the River Severn

 for a higher speed tour.

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