Blackpool is home to a fair range of family-friendly things to do. With roaring animals, thrilling rides, and kid-friendly cuisine all waiting, your whole clan is bound to leave Blackpool beaming. 

    The seaside resort has 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.


    Blackpool Zoo

    An animal kingdom with parklands and lakes

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    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. 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 woolly white coats of the petting zoo’s sheep, just as much.

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    Location: East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am. Closing times vary by season, between 3.45 pm and 5.45 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1253 830830


    Sea Life Centre

    Admire marine life or swim with sharks

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    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.

    Location: Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA, UK

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1253 621258


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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    For some seaside fun and thrills

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    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… 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.

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    Location: 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool FY4 1EZ, UK

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +44 (0)8712 221234


    Sandcastle Waterpark

    Splashing fun for all

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    As Blackpool’s indoor water park, Sandcastle Waterpark 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. 

    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.

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    Location: Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1BB, UK

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +44 (0)1253 343602


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    Bella Italia

    A pit stop for Italian cuisine in Blackpool

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

    Location: 72 Victoria Street, Blackpool FY1 4RJ, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 9.30 pm, Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1253 623952


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