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Top 5 Things To Do In Blackpool During The Holidays

111 days ago Mon 1st Apr 2019

There's plenty to see and do in Blackpool to keep the whole family entertained this summer!

Unsurprisingly, Blackpool attracts an amazing 13 million visitors each year with the easter and summer holidays, February and October half-terms and Bank Holiday weekends being the peak times people choose to make a visit. Boasting attractions such as the Pleasure Beach, The Blackpool Tower, Sea Life Centre, Sandcastle Waterpark, Madame Tussaud's and many more; hopefully this summer you’ll join the visitors who have already discovered the fun and find out what truly makes Blackpool that go-to holiday destination! We have put this short guide together to help you discover 5 of the top attractions in this seaside town.

As well as guide you to the best things to do in Blackpool, here at Blackpool Transport we also want to help you to get there. This is why the bus and tram services leading you to each attraction can be found at the bottom of each attraction so that’s one less thing to worry about when planning your trip!

Blackpool Tower reflected in bus window

Blackpool Tower

An iconic landmark here in Blackpool is, of course, the Blackpool Tower. Constructed in 1894 and ever since promising to be fun for all the family, the Blackpool Tower won’t leave you short of something to do! With the Tower Circus, Tower Eye, Tower Dungeon and the famous Tower Ballroom, combined with being open 7 days a week; you can be assured that this is an attraction that is not worth missing.

Whether you want to brave the Tower Eye and get a bird’s eye view of the town from 518ft high or glide around the famous Tower Ballroom - the Blackpool Tower really does have it all!

This year the Blackpool Tower Circus celebrates 250 years of Circus with a host of planned events throughout the year.

Blackpool Tower is served by routes: 1, 2, 2C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20 and the tram. You can get off most bus services on the promenade opposite the Tower, otherwise, it’s just a short walk from the Town Centre.

If you get lost, just look up – you’ll soon find your way!

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

As one of the UK’s biggest and best theme parks, it’s no wonder that Blackpool Pleasure Beach is so popular with tourists of all ages. Home of the UK’s fastest and tallest rollercoaster standing at an impressive 235ft, The Big One, along with many more rides for thrill seekers or those who just want something a little more laid back. 

New for 2018 is ICON, the UK's first double-launch coaster, is ready to ride all season long from 25 May 2018. Not to forget Nickelodeon Land which hosts 12 amazing character based rides. At the Pleasure Beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! If you end up needing to refuel after a day of fun rides and attractions, then don’t worry - there are many places to eat and drink across the park. Want a memory of your visit? Well, you’re in luck because there are official merchandise shops situated in the park and ride photography is on offer on most rides.

If that’s not enough then be sure to visit the parks very own Hot Ice shows where you can experience the wonders of some of the world’s best ice skaters performing this year’s show "Mesmerise" in star-studded costumes and with some of the finest lifts, jumps and tricks.

What’s more, if you’re stuck for choice between Blackpool’s many places to stay, then Pleasure Beach’s very own Big Blue Hotel offers family-friendly accommodation in modern surroundings; perfect for when you want to relax after a long day of enduring maximum fun!

Served by routes: 1, 18 and the tram. Located near South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark, there’s plenty to do to spend the full day in the area.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Sandcastle Waterpark is an indoor waterpark in an 84-degree tropical climate and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

Sandcastle Waterpark is home to white knuckle slides like the world's longest indoor roller-coaster water slide, the Master Blaster, and the first vertical indoor drop slide Sidewinder.

Family attractions include the Ushi Gushi Action River the Shimmering Shallows and the Typhoon Lagoon Wavepool

For younger visitors there is a Caribbean Storm Treehouse which is an interactive adventure play area with a giant tipping coconut that cascades 600 gallons of water over unsuspecting guests. There are also a range of water cannons, mini slides and jets within the HMS Thundersplash and Fort Riptide areas.

Open all year round with attractions for all ages, keep this  one on your things to do list come rain or shine. Take a swim, plunge in to the 'Hyper zone' or relax in state of the art spa facilities.

Served by routes: 1 and the tram and it’s right next to the Pleasure Beach tram stop. 

Blackpool Zoo

Experienced the joys of the seaside and want a day out to enjoy a different change of scenery? Then look no further than Blackpool Zoo! Just outside the town centre with some of our routes dropping you right outside, a world of discovery awaits you. From lions to gorillas, giraffes to elephants and so many more, you don’t have to travel the world to see the most exotic of animals-find them all here at Blackpool Zoo. 

That’s not all! There’s so much more to do at Blackpool Zoo with talks, exhibits, play areas and a chance to get up close and personal with the animals with keeper for the day opportunities, bird training experiences, penguin encounters, giraffe feeding and even the chance to endure a special behind the scenes visit of the big cat house and have a go at feeding them!

It will be a day to remember at Blackpool Zoo with gift shops, photo opportunities and even the chance to adopt one of the animals so your zoo experience doesn’t end once you’ve left the gates.

Your day wouldn’t be complete without grabbing something to eat which is why Blackpool Zoo has you set with the Lake View Café, Nawala Street Food, various kiosks and a coffee shop.

Served by route 20. Looking for more things to do in the area? Why not try Blackpool's Model Village for a truly memorable day with the family.

Stanley Park, Blackpool

Opened in 1929 and ever since being a much loved public park, Stanley park is perfect for a day out with all the family. Located just outside the centre of Blackpool in a peaceful environment, and with its stunning gardens and relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy a picnic, sporting activities or whatever you choose to do.

The park is split into 4 parts. In the Northern quarter you will find a great 18-hole golf course, 6 bowling greens alongside a beautiful rose garden as well as the parks central café. In the Eastern quarter you’ll come across a magnificent lake which has rowing and motor boats available for hire. There’s also a bandstand and a small crazy golf course along with one of the other rose gardens. The Western quarter has a 5000 seater cricket ground-home to the Blackpool Cricket Club-besides a sports arena and a sports centre. The Southern quarter contains huge playing fields, tennis courts, skate park, astro turf pitches, children’s play area and also the model village. At the park you can also find a trim trail which is great for the kids and a shuttle train which takes you on a journey around the scenic park.

Other facilities include pedal boating, putting, electric cars, trampolines, inflatables, fishing and so much more.

There’s so much to do at this family friendly park and there’s often events on so that there’s something to keep everyone entertained! With its laid back atmosphere, the park’s café is a brilliant spot to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea along with treats such as ice cream and cakes which are also on offer.

This 390-acre park is open from 9:00 am daily with free admission and the park’s many activities start at only £1.

Our service 20 will drop you off and pick you up outside the gates to the park.

Blackpool looks forward to welcoming you this season, by providing you with the very best in attractions and entertainment you’ll always have something to do! Book soon to make sure you get the very best out of your visit to us this year. Still want to discover more? Visit our Things to Do page to see what else is on do during your visit and browse the selection of shows, events and performances being shown in the resort.


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