Autumn has most definitely arrived here in Blackpool and with rainy days on the horizon, I’m on the look out for ways to keep Jessie entertained inside. I haven’t been to the Sea Life Centre for years… so when they asked us to come along for a review, I couldn’t say no! Jessie was very excited at the prospect of seeing some real life sharks and this gave her the perfect excuse to sing… you guessed it… “Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo, baby shark….”
We went on a Saturday morning at around 10:30am and I have to say it was already very busy, with people queuing down the street! It only opens at 10am, so I’m not sure getting there early would solve this issue, however if you book online you can skip the lines and gain priority entrance AND it’s also cheaper… so it’s a no brainer really!
They also do a really good value ‘Parent and Toddler’ ticket which admits 1 adult and 1 child under 5 for just £11. This offer is only available Monday to Friday and needs to be booked in advance online.
FYI we parked on Central Car Park which is directly behind the Sea Life Centre and a 2/3 minute walk. It was £3 for up to 2 hours and £4.50 for up to 3 hours.
On arrival, we were given a ‘Dive Log Book’ which has 9 missions for you to complete… the first being to touch a starfish! Jessie wasn’t brave enough but surprisingly I was!
As you work your way around the Sea Life Centre, you can stamp your log book, which Jessie enjoyed doing but to be honest she didn’t really know what was going on. This would be perfect for older children to keep them entertained.
Unfortunately Jessie was too small for the shark experience, but I have a feeling this is something she’d love to do when she’s old enough!
Even though it was busy, it was a surprisingly calm experience and we all loved watching the fish swimming around.
We loved the dancing sting rays…!
Can you spot Matt and Jessie?!
Turtle Rescue was an interactive area (and educational too – which would have suited older children) where you pick a turtle, name it and then visit various ‘stations’ helping to bring it back to full health. Ours was called Gus!
Jessie loved all the ‘Nemo’s’!
And the Sea Horses were pretty cute too.
The Ocean Window was mesmerising… I couldn’t believe how big some of the creatures were! They were HUGE! There were friendly staff on hand telling us snippets of information… the turtle was about 5 foot long which I thought was incredible. One of the fish in there will apparently grow to the size of a Volkswagon Beetle! Amazing!
And last but not least was the shark tunnel… Jessie loved being ‘under the sea’ without getting wet!
As you leave the aquariums, be warned there is a massive gift shop! They had lots of really lovely things for sale though, not your usual gift shop tat. There was also a cafe and soft play area which I would have loved to visit if we had more time, but we had a birthday party to get to!
Matt had fun learning how to draw a clownfish at the drawing station!
FYI I checked out the baby changing facilities, which were nice and clean and really spacious.
So if you’re looking for something to do in Blackpool on a rainy day I would definitely recommend a visit – just remember to pre book online so it’s not too expensive!
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Please note that we were given free entry in return for a review but all words and opinions are my own and we genuinely had a lovely morning 💛👍🏻
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