Back with another guest post and more nifty family-friendly travel tips is Niamh Spence, author of Tips and tricks for planning a family holiday on a budget, featured previously on Mama Travels Earth. This time Niamh shares her top picks for family days out in Blackpool – I’ve never been, but after reading all the fun kiddy-friendly activities it’s definitely going on my list!
Author bio: Niamh Spence is a content writer for VisitBlackpool, offering tips and advice on one of the UK’s treasured beach resorts.
Where to take the family for a day out in Blackpool
Finding the perfect day trip for the whole family can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack at times. How do you please everyone and make sure nobody gets bored or throws a tantrum (including the adults)?
Picking the right place with just the right amount of child-focused fun yet entertainment for everyone in the family is a hard task, but it can be done.
Blackpool is a busy hive of activity, making it a great place for a family weekend away or day trip. In a vibrant town that’s full to the brim with things to do and exciting sights to see, there’ll be no time for anyone to get bored.
The Blackpool Tower Circus
A trip to the circus is a Blackpool tradition, so don’t miss out on a visit to see Mooky and Mr Boo in their hilarious fun-filled show that all the family will enjoy. Your children will watch the two hours of slapstick humour and acrobatic talent open mouthed as the performers deliver giggle-worthy, jaw-dropping stunts alongside comic antics.
The Blackpool Tower and 4D Cinema
Whilst you’re at The Blackpool Tower take a stroll over the impressive SkyWalk. Let tiny feet run across the breathtaking view and squeal with amazement as they take in the spectacular scene below. Peer down from the thrilling 380ft viewing platform and stretch out on the glass panels to see Blackpool’s sights in a whole new way.
Next stop, the 4D Cinema – this sensory experience will delight everyone as you’re taken on a teetering ride to see all the spectacles of Blackpool.
If your child is in love with anything and everything sea-related then a trip to SEA LIFE Blackpool to discover the creatures of the briny deep is an absolute must. Watch their faces light up as they see everything from stingrays and sharks to clownfish and seahorses, with lots of interactive features to keep them happily occupied throughout the day.
Take a note of the interactive talks and various feeding times before you go to make sure your kids don’t miss out on getting up close and personal with rockpool creatures.
Educational as well as fun, the attraction is perfect if it’s not quite beach weather outside.
You’d be hard pushed to find a child that doesn’t love splashing in a swimming pool. So get your swimsuit on and head over to the UK’s biggest indoor waterpark! Whether you’re wallowing in Typhoon Lake or floating down Ushi Gushi River Creek, your kids will love the chance to get wet. There’s a gift shop and plenty of family-friendly places to eat on-site will keep hungry tums happy.
Blackpool isn’t just about the beach, and there are plenty of green spaces in which your little tykes can run free to their heart’s content. Take a relaxing wander through the lush surroundings in Stanley Park and stop off at the lake to soak up a little sunshine.
For activity-hungry explorers, take your little ones to the animal-themed play park where they’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from swings and roundabouts to an interactive surfboard.
Spend the whole day away from the hub of Blackpool’s centre, have a picnic on the grass or hire a boat and take a trip across the park’s lake.
Free fun doesn’t have to mean boring
Yes, sometimes the best things in life really are free. Plus your bank balance will be a lot happier for embracing the great freebies on offer in Blackpool – and there are lots!
Walking along the promenade is a great way to take in the beautiful Fylde Coast views whilst letting your kids loose. Little ones are always happiest exploring and experiencing the great outdoors so let them explore Blackpool in their own way whilst getting a good dose of fresh air.
For older kids, take a trip to the Comedy Carpet for a laugh at the iconic phrases from comedians over the years. As part of the Golden Mile, it’ll give your family the chance to take in the lovely views across the North Sea.
Blackpool has so much to offer so take the time to discover all the opportunities and days out at the beach resort. Keep everyone in the family happy as they explore the different sights and surroundings of this holiday hot spot; from meeting sea creatures and acrobatic clowns to waterpark fun and exploring the great outdoors.