Things to do in Blackpool

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1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

With its labyrinth of roller coasters overlooking the Irish Sea, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the most talked-about attractions on the British Isles. The amusement park dates back to the late 19th century and has 10 major roller coasters, of which four are wooden. Enjoy the views of the Fylde Coast and the city of Blackpool as you rush up and down the ramps at top speeds.
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Experience weightlessness from a huge drop and zoom around the tracks with a stunning panorama of Blackpool’s coastline in this vast theme park.

2. Blackpool Tower

Modeled on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Blackpool Tower is an impressive freestanding tower on Blackpool’s iconic coastline. The tall red tower and its observation deck rise from a large base containing a ballroom and a circus. Snap photos of the impressive structure from a great distance along the flat terrain of the Fylde Coast.
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Toast your visit to Blackpool with cocktails, and mocktails for kids, in the bar and observation deck at the summit of this 19th-century tower.

3. Blackpool Central Pier

Blackpool Central Pier has long been among the preeminent attractions in the city. It stands out as the most entertaining pier in this popular coastal resort, with plenty of rides and attractions for kids and adults. Ride high above the cityscape on the iconic Ferris wheel for excellent views of the Irish Sea and the rest of the Fylde Coast.
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With its arcade games, rides and palm readers, this fun and entertaining wharf was designed as a lighter alternative to its genteel northern neighbor.

4. North Pier

Genteel Victorian values and a yearning for high-brow entertainment combined to form the North Pier in the 1860s. Its orchestral recitals and upscale theater productions lured visitors of a higher social standing than that of its neighboring piers, although many all-embracing attractions were later installed. Walk out along the pier and appreciate some of the 19th-century architecture along the wooden deck.
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Recall the customs and entertainments of yesteryear at a Victorian tearoom and a Venetian Carousel on the city’s oldest and longest pier.

5. South Pier

One of Blackpool’s three docks, South Pier is packed full of entertainment and family fun. Thrilling amusement rides whisk you into the air, providing stunning views of the beach and the rest of the city center. Visit South Pier with your kids on a warm day to indulge in the carnival atmosphere whipped up by Blackpool’s coastal activities.
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On this historic pier, a circus gazebo filled with games and slot machines stands beside a bar with a beer garden and a thrilling amusement park.

6. Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo puts on a range of animal talks and keeper experiences to give you and your kids a fun and interactive day out. Roaming within the enclosures are creatures from across the globe, from Asian elephants and African lions to Caribbean flamingos and Chilean rose tarantulas. Pass through this eclectic zoo for a closer look at some of nature’s gems.
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Your kids can spend the day as zookeepers, as they tend to the big cats, the penguins and the giraffes. See smiling frogs and cheeky monkeys in this zoo.

7. Winter Gardens

The Winter Gardens is an entertainment center containing a range of venues for performing arts, dance recitals and political gatherings. Dating back to 1878, the arena has long played a key role in Blackpool’s cultural scene and has hosted some of the world’s most iconic musical acts. Attend a concert at one of the impressive venues within this special building.
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The Beatles, Oasis and The White Stripes are among the world-famous bands that have performed on the stage in this complex of arenas for music, comedy and plays.

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