Posted on: Monday 3rd July 2023
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Blackpool is a fantastic destination for a day out for the whole family, with lots to do for kids and adults. But if you have babies or toddlers, it can be difficult to keep them entertained. However, there are a wide variety of attractions in Blackpool that will cater for your little ones and keep everyone happy!
The famous Lancashire seaside town has so many activities and attractions for the whole family, from visits to the farm to the beach, miniature villages and parks with beautiful gardens, there’s always much more than you can fit into one visit!
So let’s have a look at some of the best things to do in Blackpool with your toddlers!
The Blackpool Tower Eye
There’s no landmark on the Fylde Coast as iconic as Blackpool Tower, seen for miles around, and a trip to the top of the tower is a must-do activity. With views over Lancashire, up to Cumbria, across Blackpool, and far out over the Irish Sea, as well as the glass floor, young children can easily enjoy the same views as everyone else, without needing to be carried on your shoulders.
There’s also the immersive 4D cinema, which has proven to be a very popular attraction for toddlers, as they try to catch the shapes that seemingly jump off the screen!
Book tickets and get more information here: https://www.theblackpooltower.com/our-attractions/explore/the-blackpool-tower-eye/
The Blackpool Tower Circus
While you’re at the tower, why not take in the amazing Blackpool Tower Circus? It has been run by the Endresz family for over 25 years, with spectacular stunts, acrobatics, daredevil displays, and the crazy antics of Mooky and Mr Boo, the Blackpool Tower Circus clowns, and your little ones will be amazed and enthralled.
You can also book tickets for both The Blackpool Tower Eye and Circus together online for bigger savings: https://www.theblackpooltower.com/our-attractions/explore/the-blackpool-tower-circus/
There are seven miles of golden sands to enjoy in Blackpool, meaning you’re sure to find the perfect spot to enjoy a family picnic, and toddlers love playing on the beach, whether sitting and enjoying a snack or ice cream, building sandcastles, or paddling in the sea - the quintessential British day out at the seaside.
If you are planning a day out to the beach, always remember to be safe and never let your toddlers out of your sight - why not take a look at our blog on sea, sand, and sun safety? https://coralisland.co.uk/whats-on/blog/sun-sea-and-sand-safety-tips
There are also seven miles of stunning Promenade to explore and enjoy in Blackpool too, whether you want to take a gentle stroll or hop on a tram, and enjoy the fabulous views over the Irish Sea. Why not book a Heritage Tram tour, where you can enjoy the views from an open-top double-decker vintage tram? https://www.blackpooltransport.com/heritage-tram-tours
There are also iconic piers to explore along the Promenade too, with the North Pier the ideal place to stop for cold drinks, ice cream, and snacks, and the South Pier has many child-friendly fun fair rides.
What toddler doesn’t love zoos? Blackpool Zoo is home to all their favourite animals, and your little ones will love seeing the Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Giraffes, Penguins, Orang-utans, Gorillas and Sea Lions, and might even get to meet the cute cuddly animals too, such as the African Pygmy Goat and Mediterranean Miniature Donkey.
Even better, children aged under three can gain free entry to Blackpool Zoo, and adult tickets start at £14.50 when purchased in advance online: https://www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk/
SEA LIFE Blackpool
Sticking with the animal theme, SEA LIFE Blackpool features more than 2,000 different sea creatures, from Sharks and Starfish to Clownfish and Seahorses, as well as Lobsters, Jellyfish, and Rays. There’s even mermaids!
It’s an awe-inspiring visit, with tunnels through the aquariums, screens and windows all allowing toddlers the opportunity to get close up to these stunning animals.
Children under three can get into SEA LIFE Blackpool for free, and adult tickets start at £13, when bought online: https://www.visitsealife.com/blackpool/
Of course, you can never count on the weather in the UK, and if you had your sights set on splashy fun but the rain has dampened your trip, then head indoors to Sandcastle Waterpark. There are activities that are perfect for younger children, such as the Caribbean Storm Treehouse, Shimmering Shallows and Treetops Water Chutes.
It’s a great place to visit if you have older children too, as they will love the faster, white-knuckle waterslides and chutes, while you and your toddler can enjoy the less energetic parts of the park.
Children aged under three can visit for free, adult tickets start at £15.50, and book in advance to get 10 per cent off ticket prices! https://www.sandcastle-waterpark.co.uk/
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The famous Pleasure Beach might be more well known for its fast and thrilling rides, but there are so many family-friendly rides to enjoy too, including the Crazy Daisy teacup ride, Chinese Puzzle Maze and Pleasure Beach Express.
There’s also Nickelodeon Land, especially for younger children, with rides and activities themed around their favourite shows, such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Paw Patrol, and more!
For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/
Blackpool Model Village and Gardens
For a calmer and quieter day out, there’s no better place than Stanley Park and the wonderful Model Village. You’ll find hundreds and intricately and beautifully crafted village scenes all around the gardens, and toddlers will love the model railway, featuring Thomas the Tank Engine!
Children aged 2 and under are welcomed free, while entry is £5.75 for children up to 16 and £6.95 for adults. https://blackpoolmodelvillage.com/
The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse
New to Blackpool this year is the world’s first The Gruffalo & Friends Clubhouse, bringing together six of the best-loved stories by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator by Axel Scheffler.
In the 75-minute experience, children under 10 years old can explore their favourite stories in a magical 3D world, from The Gruffalo’s deep dark wood to Princess Pearl’s castle in Zog, and indulge in a world of imagination, discovery and play.
There are distinct play zones inspired by The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Zog, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom and The Highway Rat, and there is a toddler play area for children aged under three.
Tickets and more information at: https://www.gruffaloclubhouse.com/blackpool/
There are rides, games, and ride-on machines that are perfect for toddlers at Coral Island, Blackpool’s largest free-admission attraction, right on the Promenade close to the Tower. Play the ticket games to win tickets for soft toys and gifts at the Prize Shop, take a trip above the crowds on the Pirate Flyer, or see who can gobble most balls on the ride-on Hungry Hungry Hippos game!
And don’t forget that Kids Eat Free, all day every day at Coral Island. Children aged under 10 can receive a free kids’ meal with each paid adult meal in our participating restaurants. No vouchers are needed, just look for the yellow Kids Eat Free posters!
Plan your visit today!
With the school summer holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning your family trip to the seaside, where there’s fun for the whole family, from the little ones to the older kids and even the adults! So plan your visit today!