If you’re looking to visit a theme park or amusement area in Britain this year, there’s only one option, and that’s Blackpool. Alton Towers used to be fun but you’ll you can spend all day there and only get on three rides. That’s if the rides are even operating because recently a lot of them have been shut down. Thorpe Park is great fun if you live near London. If not, though, it’s a pain to get to, and that just leaves Legoland. Legoland is a delight, but only up until a certain age. Disney this is not and parents will soon get bored being dragged to different rides that hold no appeal for them. That does just leave Blackpool. It’s not just the theme park that makes this area stand out, though it’s certainly a good start. There’s plenty of other activities too that kids and adults can enjoy. Here’s my pick of the best attractions you don’t want to miss when you visit Blackpool
Obviously, if you’re heading to black pool, you are going to visit Pleasure Beach. You would be crazy to miss out on this one. It doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to theme park holidays. It’s just a short walk away from the North train station. Or, you can park around the back of the park for just ten pounds for the whole day. That’s an absolute steal considering how much there is to do in the centre of Blackpool. However, we should start with Pleasure Beach, and I suggest you buy your tickets online. That way, you can get them at a discounted price. There are a few rides you want to hit as early as possible because the queues get bigger as the day goes on. My advice is to arrive early and head to the back of the park, working your way to the front. That way, you’ll get the Pepsi Max, Infusion and Nickelodeon Land. All are major attractions at pleasure beach, and you want to beat the queues. Nickelodeon Land is really for the kids but adults might get a kick out of seeing their old favourite characters.
Here’s a little extra nugget of info. If you’re a tad more daring rather than being strapped in and riding the Pepsi Max, you can walk it. A guided tour will take you all the way to the top and right back down again. It’s a lot scarier than it sounds.
2) Pasaje Del Terror
I warn you now; this one is not for younger kids, and even older ones that scare easily may find it discomforting. You see characters like the one in the picture above and they are quite nerve wracking in the dark. The best way that I can describe it is like walking through a horror film. Think London Dungeons only a little more sinister with darker imagery. It’s a guided tour, and you’re not left alone in the environment. As well as this the performers won’t touch you, but it’s still pretty darn frightening. Most people are going to love it though because it’s just like riding a roller coaster. You get that same rush of fear, and I’m sure there’s a photo snap or two so you can remember wetting yourself. It’s described as the best-haunted house ever, and it lives up to its name!
3) Sandcastle Water Park
Looking for something a little more lighthearted? Well, then I suggest you head across the road to Sandcastle. You can’t miss it. It’s brilliantly colourful building with tubes sticking out the side. They’ve just built some fantastic new water rides (visit their youtube channel here)in the dark that throws you into a dome before you’ve dropped down a hole in the middle. There’s two, and you’ll want to ride them both because they offer slightly different thrills. Sandcastle is fun for all ages, and there’s even a brilliant play area for kids or regressing adults.
For parents who want to feel pampered, you can rent a tiki room. This is a private area that includes a luxury massage chair and a wide screen TV. You’ll have your view of the indoor park stretched out below to keep an eye on your little miscreants. I believe you also have access to a wonderful Jacuzzi. You see? Sometime’s it’s fun to be an adult.
4) Blackpool Zoo
Kids and parents will love visiting the different animals living at this wonderful little zoo. You can say hello to a Silverback Gorilla, count the teeth of an African tiger or play peekaboo with the diving penguins. Particularly, if you have kids, Blackpool Zoo offers a jungle-sized adventure. Remember, you can get a ticket for all the attractions that covers everything from the zoo to Pleasure Beach. It’s something to look into if you’re staying for more than a day.
I hope you have a wonderful time exploring these brilliant adventures for yourself.