Both of my boys love Blackpool and all the attractions, but as they are getting older so are their tastes. So what is their to enjoy in Blackpool when you are ten.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach retains some of the rides that I remember from my childhood such as the revolution and the steeplechase and they are as much fun for my boys now as they were when I was young. We all enjoyed our day at the Pleasure Beach and we went on most of the rides including The Big One. Although it might appear compact, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has something for everyone including thrill rides, fun rides and rides for younger kids (18 of the rides have no height restrictions).
We loved that it stayed open till 8pm, allowing for a slightly later start. Another great feature is the non rider pass (£6) making it a great place for a multi generational visit.
I remember visiting Madame Tussauds in London with Maxi on a school trip a few years ago and he really didn’t know who many of the wax works where. Now that the boys are older they really enjoyed their visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool.
They recognised most of the wax works and were delighted to find Bear Grylls there as he is chief Scout, plus they loved the locker room.
They had wax moulds of their hands made and really enjoyed their visit. Just remember to take your selfie stick!
Mini absolutely adored the Tower Circus and learned how to spin plates in the intermission. The circus is a Blackpool institution and fun for all the family.
The seating arrangement means that there is a great view no matter where you are seated. It was a great way for us to spend the evening.
Do you have a head for heights? You will find out when you visit the top of the Blackpool Tower. The 4D experience was really well done and both boys enjoyed it.
Maxi even overcame his fear of standing on the glass floor for a couple of photographs. The view is spectacular on a clear day.
We also had a look at the Tower Ballroom too, which sometimes hosts Strictly Come Dancing, a firm favorite of the boys.
We had to drag the boys out of the waterpark kicking and screaming. They had an amazing time and loved every minute of it. There are so many slides and pools that you could spend the whole day (we spent a morning and had lunch).
You can pre book your ticket online (they release 1000 each day for online sales). Otherwise turn up early to avoid the queues as it is really popular, especially on wet days.
We loved the splash cash wristbands where you can load up with money on your wristband to pay for food and drinks.
Mini used his new prescription goggles from Boots and they made his life so much easier.
We love Blackpool Zoo. It is a compact and clean zoo with great, informative talks that are worth planning your visit around. We love the sea lion show, which was made so much better this year for the six week old cub that was watching from the sidelines!
We like to visit the zoo later in the day when it is quieter. We managed to get a great view for the penguin talk and watch the big cats being fed. If we had more time then we would have booked a couple of animal encounters.
Notarianni’s ices is a Blackpool institution and they make the finest vanilla ice cream we have tasted. Seriously it is the ice cream of dreams and since we visited last year we have been dying to go back. Mini has even been dreaming of it!
This really is a hidden gem and you must find the time to go if you visit Blackpool.
Other things to do and visit in Blackpool
The MiniMads save 2p’s for the penny falls and love visiting the amusements. It is a simple pleasure. You have to have fish and chips when you are at the seaside, it is a rule! We ate at Harry Ramsdens again this year and it was delicious.
Disclosure: Thanks to #BlackpoolsBack for our press trip to Blackpool. We have been looking forward to it all summer.
I haven’t been to Blackpool since I was a teenager, but it’s not that long a drive and I’ve been meaning to take H for ages. More to do there than I thought.
My son is 10 and I have to say that I think he would love all these recommendations, especially the waterpark!
I’ve been to Blackpool once, with friends when were up in Leeds visiting them. It was quite a cold windy day! We went to Ripleys and there was a Doctor Who exhibition on as well. We stayed for the lights too, which was cool – but sooooooo busy!
My grandparents used to take us to Blackpool when we were little so this brought back lots of happy memories for me! 😀
Love these and the top picture is awesome x
I think I have only ever been to Blackpool once and my kids never have, I really should take them
Oh there is so much more than I realised. We keep meaning to go up before our Merlin passes run out. Thanks for the round up of places to go.
We love the Pleasure Beach too and went last year but I haven’t been to Madame Tussauds. It looks fab though!
It looks as though you had such a fantastic time. It has been so long since ive been to Blackpool x
We loved visiting Blackpool last year and did many of the things you did. The one thing we missed was the Pleasure Beach but hope to go back and do it soon
We took the kids to Blackpool last year and loved it, we did the zoo, tower, sealife and madame tussauds. Haven’t done the pleasure beach since I was little!
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You know I’ve never actually been to Blackpool! I feel like I really should visit at some point! x
I didn’t know Blackpool had its own zoo and Madame Tussaud, sounds like it has come a very long way since we visited last time!xx
oh wow looks like you all had a great time in blackpool i keep trying to convince my husband to go but he wont let up thinking theres nothing to do bar the park, will show him this to try change his mind
WOW Jen i have to say i adore Blackpool and my husband has been chasing me for years about going as he has never been so i must get my finger out and get it organised … although you are braver than me as going up the tower and standing on the glass would have had me crying! eek!