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Realistically, we could just rattle off five places on the seafront that are terrific family-friendly activities in Blackpool.  However, we are going to start by assuming you already know about the 7-miles of flat sandy beaches; the family-friendly activities in the famous Blackpool Tower; that the three piers have family activities and bars and you're already familiar with the Pleasure Beach?  Plus, you have heard of the Golden Mile?  We thought so!

So, we decided to delve a little deeper into what other family-friendly activities Blackpool has to offer.

Sandcastle Waterpark

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We bet you didn't know that the UK's largest indoor waterpark is in Blackpool? Being indoors, Sandcastle waterpark makes it perfect for any weather.  There are rubber ring rides, slides, water rafts, rollercoasters, spaghetti slides, torpedos and loads more to keep everyone entertained! Then to calm everything down, there is the gentle lazy river.  They keep the climate at a tropical 84 degrees too so no need to worry about anyone getting chilly.

To make sure your brood don't run out of energy, there are three cafes to choose from, serving freshly prepared salads, snacks, burgers and drinks.

£22.00 for over 12's
£18.00 for kids between 8-11
£12.00 for kids between 3-7
Under 3’s free.

Stanley Park

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If you're in need of a break from the seafront, Stanley Park is a great option! It's a grade II listed, 257 acre park with a lake, historical buildings, beautiful gardens with statues, water features and a woodland.  They have a visitor centre, nature trails, sports including golf, football and tennis, you can hire a boat to go out on the lake as well as loads of space to run around, kick a ball or just relax with a picnic. For children ages eight and under there is a brilliant farm themed playground. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about older kids. Those aged eight and over can run amock in the timber themed adventure playground.

If the weather is great then a picnic is a must but there is also a cafe selling drinks and snacks.

Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo

Fancy seeing the largest rodents in the world? If you said "yes", then head over to Blackpool Zoo for a fantastic day out amongst a whole host of amazing animals. Along with capybaras, you can see gorillas, tigers, parrots and many more animals. As well as the amazing exotic animals, there is a petting area where kids can get up close to goats, woolly sheep and other gentle animals.  They can laugh at lemurs in Lemur Wood and ride the miniature railway. There are also talks, animal experiences and activities when available. If your brood are into dinosaurs then make sure you visit the dinosaur safari where you'll wander through 4 different eras to learn all about this ancient creatures. Make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

£63.99 for a family of 4
£19.99 per adult
£15.50 per child.

Adrenaline Zone

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For all you adrenaline fuelled families a thrilling sky coaster, reverse bungee, coconut climbing, gyro loop, and more await you at Adrenaline Zone. Those who want another thrilling attraction after the Pleasure Beach or those who found the Pleasure Beach a bit tame will love the Adrenaline Zone!

Each activity is individually priced and prices start at £3.00.

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations (E)

It's not right to have a top five without including the Blackpool Illuminations!  The only downside of the illuminations is that they are seasonal.  So if you are going in the autumn or winter, the drive along the seafront admiring the lights is a must. Of course, the kids will also enjoy the fish and chips and ice cream you get for tea at the end!

These are just five of the many attractions available in Blackpool. It's a great place to let your hair down, spend time as a family and not have to worry about how you're going to entertain the kids every day. It's easy to get to, food outlets are plentiful and accommodation is keenly priced making Blackpool a great option for a family break. There's so much to do here that you will want to stay longer.