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.