5 Things To Do In Blackpool With Kids A family favourite for many years, Blackpool is the perfect place for a weekend trip or a longer stay. Blackpool has plenty of attractions with activities suited to various ages and abilities, making it the perfect family-friendly spot for your next trip and a favoured British family beach getaway. Whether there’s rain or shine, there is always something new to discover in Blackpool – and with fun-filled attractions and award-winning beaches, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. Here are 5 family friendly attractions in Blackpool for kids.
Hot travel tip: plan ahead. Pre-booking online is advised as it can save you discounts on admission and help you plan your trip to run as smoothly as possible. With various ticket packages such as The Blackpool Resort Pass (which covers many of the main attractions), your family can have fun without draining the bank account.
A visit to Blackpool isn’t complete without heading to the iconic Blackpool Tower which has stood proudly overlooking the resort and Fylde Coast since 1891. With plenty of great attractions inside, it’s a brilliant place to kick off your trip to Blackpool with the family.
Head to the top of the tower where the whole family can learn about the history of this soaring landmark in the 4D Cinema. From its early construction to the swinging music and dancing of the 1920s (and right up to the modern day) everyone can learn something they’ll enjoy. This stunning sensory experience will delight kids of all ages and let you see the tower like you never have before.
Next up, take the lift right to the top of The Tower to visit The Tower Eye and look out on the views from 380 feet – on a clear day you can see as far as Liverpool and the Isle of Man! Children love the SkyWalk and looking down at the Comedy Carpet through the solid glass floor. This is the perfect spot to engage your kids and ask them to play I Spy or point out quirky or exciting structures in the Blackpool skyline.
If you have any budding ballroom dancers in the family, then don’t forget to visit the splendour of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which hosts an annual episode of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. A great spot to take time and even indulge in a delicious afternoon tea, there are regular dance events and it’s a nice place to rest and take in your surroundings.
If you’re visiting Blackpool with older kids, a trip into The Blackpool Tower Dungeon will not only entertain, delight and cause the odd fright, but it’s educational too! While it is not advised for younger kids, older children and teenagers will love discovering the murky history of Lancashire and meeting the famous Pendle Witches, smugglers, learning about The Plague and even the infamous hangman, Ned Barlow.
Diving into the deep is a sure hit with children of all ages and with so much to discover at SEA LIFE Blackpool aquarium, you can guarantee everyone will be happy.
Curious explorers can hold a crab, touch a starfish and even meet shrimps in the Interactive Rockpool while there’s also plenty to discover and spot in the Ocean Tunnel.
While educational trips might usually earn you a sceptical look from your children, SEA LIFE Blackpool teaches whilst keeping kids engaged. Ideal for curious minds, this attraction has something for nippers, teens and even yourself!
Cosying up to a celebrity for that perfect selfie or meeting famous faces is exciting no matter how old you are! Round up the troops and visit Madame Tussauds Blackpool to meet wax lookalikes of TV greats including Ant and Dec, Paddy McGuinness and the X Factor judges as well as many more famous faces.
With the newly launched Festival Fields section, your family can experience all of the fun of a summer music festival without having to deal with the mud and the crowds. You can pose for that perfect snap with the lifelike wax figures of Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Olly Murs and even get a picture with a giant wellington boot!
The fun doesn’t stop there either, there’s even a chance to get a snap in a giant deckchair and pose with classic superhero Spiderman!
One for the thrill-seekers in your family, Blackpool Pleasure Beach will fill that need for adrenaline with one of the exciting white-knuckle rides. From riding on The Big One (which reaches speeds of up to 87 miles per hour and has a drop from a nail biting height of 235 feet) to embarking on a dark and watery adventure on Valhalla, this theme park is perfect for those that feel the need for speed!
Little ones don’t need to feel left out of the fun either. Nickelodeon Land, where they can meet some of their favourite TV characters including Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, is ideal for letting their imaginations run wild.
A trip to Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool is a sure-fire way to keep the whole family entertained. This indoor waterslide park has more than 18 slides and attractions inside a warm, tropical climate so it can be enjoyed no matter what the weather outside.
There are plenty of exciting slides for those that want thrills, as well as lots of opportunities for fun as a family, including the Caribbean Storm Treehouse – which is perfect for little ones who aren’t big enough for some of the larger activities.
Older, more independent children can get to grips with some of the bigger slides, including the world’s largest indoor roller coaster, Masterblaster. They can also brave SideWinder, which is the world’s first indoor vertical slide.
Whether you choose to join in the daring fun or stick to the shallower waters, Sandcastle Waterpark still offers fun that everyone can enjoy – no matter what your swimming ability.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the new Cashless Splashless Wristbands when buying refreshments inside the park. They allow you to lock your purse or wallet away in one of the lockers and not have to worry about misplacing it amidst the fun.