This iconic holiday destination is enjoying something of a revival. Having recently undergone a recently £100m investment, as families hanker after nostalgic memories of their own childhood seaside breaks. Famous for its Pleasure Beach amusement park, Blackpool offers great value for money, rides a plenty and lots of fresh sea air.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best things to do in Blackpool with your kids.
1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Number one on our list had to be the Pleasure Beach – Blackpool’s main attraction and one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. As well as thrilling rollercoasters you can challenge your family to adventure golf or ice skating. Meet favourite TV characters like Spongebob Squarepants at Nickelodeon Land. In addition, enjoy live magic or circus shows at the theatre.
Address: 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool FY4 1EZ
Opening Hours: check the website for more info
2. Stanley Park
The Grade II listed Stanley Park is certainly Blackpool’s most popular green space, dating back to 1926. That is to say it has everything a family could wish for – scenic walks around ornamental gardens, natural woodland and lakes, boat hire, tennis courts and football pitches.
The park also boasts a number of unique architectural features such as the Cocker Memorial Clock Tower and Art Deco Cafe, which serves delicious lunches.
Address: West Park Drive, Blackpool. FY3 9HU
3. Forest of Bowland
If you want to escape the crowds for a day, head to the Forest of Bowland. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just 25 miles from Blackpool. Popular with walkers, cyclists and families, the area covers 312 square miles of land in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and is certainly famed for its wild and untouched landscapes.
In addition, explore the traditional villages of Slaidburn, Downham and Barley, some of which have not changed in centuries. Meanwhile, walk through stunning Ribble Valley and admire the views, refuelling at a quaint inn serving local food and ale.
4. Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park
Get a taste of rural Lancashire life at this charming wildlife park, where you can hand feed animals, walk through the woods, and take a ride on a tractor. Children will love the outdoor playgrounds and woodland wildlife walks. As well as meeting all the furry faces to meet including lambs, rabbits, peacocks, emus and wallabies.
However if the weather turns wet, the hay barn’s indoor play will come to your rescue!
Opening Hours: Open daily 11am – 4pm
5. Blackpool Zoo
This popular zoo is a great day out for the whole family, where animal experiences include ‘Junior Keeper for the Day’, ‘Big Cat Encounter’ and ‘Feed a Giraffe’. There are also talks and exhibits so the kids can learn about the animals diet, habitat and the importance or preserving the natural world. After meeting all the animals, let the kids blow off some steam at one of the indoor or outdoor play areas. Take a ride on the miniature train , spotting animals as you go.
Address: East Park Drive Blackpool FY3 8PP
Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for up to date details
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