Jan 222013
Blackpool beach circa 1900

Blackpool beach circa 1900

We’re always looking for great ideas for family  fun during school spring vacations and February half term breaks.  Although we haven’t had the chance to visit  ourselves, our British travel partners in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, England recently suggested we consider spotlighting this ageless family vacation spot for our readers.

Located on the Lancashire coast in the North West of England, Blackpool has drawn families to enjoy it beaches, rides and attractions for more than a century.  Over the years it has undergone some impressive renovations including the addition of a chic promenade, shopping and many entertainment facilities operated by Merlin Entertainments Group, one of the UK’s leaders in the design and operation of family entertainment destinations.

Although Blackpool is predominantly a seaside based resort, many of the attractions are open all year, including February when the weather there is often mild enough to enjoy time outside as well as the indoor activities.  For families on a budget there is lots to do to keep the kids entertained over school break. Cheap hotels in Blackpool are the key to keeping costs low enough to ensure you have plenty of funds available to spend on all the rest of the fun.

In terms of attractions, the  Blackpool Tower is easily the most recognizable landmark in town. Standing 518 feet (158 meters) above ground level this attraction allows for sweeping views from the Tower Eye.  Inside, the famous clowns and jugglers of the Tower Circus perform and Jungle Jim’s indoor adventure playground awaits exploration. Live spooky shows and the Drop Ride to Doom are found in the brand new Tower Dungeons.   Single activity or combination passes are available at the door.

Just south of the Tower, Coral Island is one of the most famous arcades on the strip.  Further along, Central Pier boasts a massive collection of rides from carousels to bungee swings. What something a little tamer?  Visit the sharks and jellyfish at the Sea Life Centre or play a round or two of mini-golf.

Behind the Tower, Blackpool town center offers a wide selection of shopping and food. Whether you want to dine in at Nando’s or Bella Italia, or, shop in Next, Topshop or the Disney Store, the center promises a relaxing afternoon of retail therapy for any teens or tweens who have allowance money burning a hole in their pocket.

Finally, south of the promenade, the Sandcastle waterpark — the largest indoor waterpark in the UK – will keep kids of all ages splashing for hours. Getting bored? Half price wristbands for access to dozens of rides at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park and Nickelodeon Land are available online for the month of February.  It might take more than a week to see and do everything available in Blackpool.

If your family is looking for a February half term school vacation or Spring break vacation destination outside of London Blackpool may be the place for you.   Book your budget accommodation today and start planning your family adventure up north at Blackpool!

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