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Family Friendly Attractions in Blackpool

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With roaring animals, thrilling rides, and kid-friendly cuisine all waiting, your whole clan is bound to leave Blackpool beaming. It's been the undisputed home of family holidays for over a century, and with rich pickings when it comes to quality attractions and kid-friendly restaurants, you’re guaranteed a hassle-free stay.

 

Animal encounters

 

Take a walk on the wild side, and come face to face with some of the world’s most fearsome animals. Whether you’re looking for gentle giraffes, terrifying tigers, or awesome apes, Blackpool lays the entire animal kingdom at your feet.

 

Blackpool Zoo

 

Watch as gorillas affectionately groom each other, tiger cubs wrestle boisterously, and squawking parrots zoom through the air in magnificent flashes of colour. This zoo is home to some of Africa’s most majestic species - but kids will love getting the chance to pet bearded goats, and touch the wooly white coats of the petting zoo’s sheep, just as much.

 

East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP. Tel: +44 1253 830830

 

Blackpool Zoo website

 

Sea Life Centre

 

You’ll either be conquering a fear, or ticking off a lifelong ambition, as you zip up your wet suit, and dip your toes into the shark infested waters of the Sea Life Centre. Hold your breath as streamlined sharks slalom through the water towards you, assessing you with their beady eyes. If you’d rather stay firmly on the safe side of the glass, you can enjoy the chaotic frenzy as rays thrash wildly during feeding time, before taking a closer look at the sea horses and jellyfish as they pulse hypnotically through the water.

 

Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA. Tel: +44 1253 621258

 

Sea Life Centre website

 

Theme parks

 

Strap yourself in and hold on tight, as you’re rocketed up and down the vertical tower of the Ice Blast ride at 80 mph, or are spooked by ghouls popping out beside the ghost train in Blackpool’s theme park. Just don’t try out the terrifying ‘Big One’ ride too soon after lunch…
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

 

It rises above Blackpool like a shark’s fin, and you can hear the screams for miles around. Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big One was the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster when it first opened, and it’s drawn thrill seekers ever since. Keep your cool, as the train briefly halts at the crest, and you’ll enjoy a stunning view of the rippling sea below. Moments later, you’ll be scorching down the twisting descent, leaving your stomach far behind you.

 

525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool FY4 1EZ. Tel: +44 871 222 1234

 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach website

 

Watery adventures

 

The thrills continue inside, and the town’s indoor water park is the perfect place to cool off, whatever the weather. With steep slides and rubber ring rides, The Sandcastle will make a splash with kids of any age.

 

The Sandcastle

 

Raft along indoor water roller coasters, and lose your bearings as you torpedo through blacked-out tubes before being dumped into the Sandcastle’s frothy waters. With a spaghetti tangle of winding slides, warm wave pools, and gentle lazy rivers, there’s something for every kid - and adult - to love here.

 

South Beach, Blackpool FY4 1BB. Tel: +44 1253 343602

 

The Sandcastle website

 

Family-friendly food

 

After a busy day exploring the sights and sounds of Blackpool, you’ll all need a pit stop to get your energy back. Practically every restaurant in Blackpool does tasty, child-friendly food, but here are a couple of our favourites.

 

Toast

 

Eating out doesn’t have to break the bank - simply print off the website voucher, and kids can eat for free at off-peak times. Serving everything from thick slabs of grilled steak to spicy fajitas and fresh salads, you certainly won’t leave Toast feeling burnt.

 

28 Corporation Street, Blackpool FY1 1EJ. Tel: +44 1253 749777

 

Toast website

 

Bella Italia

 

You can’t go wrong with Italian, and Bella Italia offers a dedicated children's menu that even the fussiest of eaters will love. From fresh pizzas to saucy pastas, this is an ideal spot to eat - and is less than 5 minute’s hungry wandering from the Winter Gardens, and the Tower.

 

72 Victoria Street, Blackpool FY1 4RJ ‎. Tel: +44 1253 623952

 

Bella Italia website