Blackpool Zoo is just one of the many family attractions that can be enjoyed at one of the UK's best-loved coastal resorts that offers a ton of fun beside the sea.
Hotels near Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool Zoo is a 32-acre attraction that is home to 1,500 animals from across the world including a pride of African lions, two Asian tigers, giant Asian elephants, gorillas, zebras and penguins. It also has a sea lion pool, a children's farm which offers hands-on interaction and a miniature railway.
Things to see and do
If you're staying in a hotel near Blackpool Zoo you've also got easy access to some of the resort's other popular family attractions such as Sandcastle Waterpark, the UK's largest indoor water park with over 18 slides and attractions. Also nearby is Central Pier, one of three piers, which has a big wheel, fun fair with attractions such as dodgems and waltzers, as well as around 500 arcade games.
Arts and culture
The Grundy Art Gallery has been at the centre of Blackpool's artistic and cultural life since 1911 when it opened. It stages an all-year-round programme of exhibitions exploring the space between contemporary art, entertainment and popular culture, and houses a collection of over 2,000 objects.
Eating and drinking
For a taste of inexpensive good quality eating, sample Kwizeen which is focused on locally sourced ingredients. Or dine out under the stars at the courtyard-themed La Fontane restaurant which serves traditional Italian food and drink and which has been voted Blackpool's best eaterie.
Check out the Sands, Blackpool, for themed musical entertainment that includes 70s and 80s nights and tribute bands. Take in a film at Blackpool Winter Gardens. And, if you're visiting Blackpool in the autumn, make a date with walking the Golden Mile and taking in the Blackpool Illuminations, a light extravaganza that has been a top attraction since 1879 and easily accessible from your hotel.
Blackpool is also noted for its numerous bars, pubs and nightclubs. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and jazz at September's Champagne Bar and Restaurant. Or sample Bavarian beer at The Bierkeller, a German-style beer hall which also features an oompah band performing traditional drinking songs.
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