We had the pleasure of going to Sea Life Blackpool today. We arrived nice and early as we knew they opened at 10am and wanted to make a day if it. When we arrived people were already queuing. We had pre booked tickets so went straight to the fast lane.
Check inn was nice and smooth, we were presented with our tickets and some booklets for the kids. There was a shark talk on later at 2pm so she advised we can leave and come back again the same day as long as we kept our tickets. We could also purchase a guide-book at a cost of £3 and an official tour costing £3pp. We’d declined because with all 6 of us things can be a bit crazy so free and easy is the best way for us.
You can also book a snorkelling session with sharks at Sea Life Blackpool and I think I have seen this offered at other Sea Life centres around the UK. Its costs £50 per person and there is no way you would get me doing it but the kids seemed well up for trying it one day.
Once booked in you are directed upstairs or to the lift were you are greeted for a family photo. You get given a ticket and can purchase it at the end on your way out. We have loads from days like this already so didn’t get one this time.
The first section was a touch and learn area. There are several tanks with star fish and crabs which you can actually touch and feel. Jack loves stuff like this and got his hands straight in the twins were a little more reserved and cautious.
You can see on the picture below through the tank a stamp machine. This is for the books the children are given when you check in. Its and adventure trail and there are 9 stamps to collect to receive a special adventure trail badge as you leave. The booklet has lots of fun facts in for the children to read and learn along the way.
Around this area there are lots of tanks with fish in you can read about and watch. The twins were mesmerised and loved all the bright colours. Each room has different types of fish from around the world and different climates.
As mentioned above it can be a bit hectic with all 6 of us because the twins are still only 3 they don’t stop to read everything. Neil and Jack took their time and looked at the various boards around each section talking about the fish, the environments they live in and general knowledge facts. It was a great way to get Jack doing some extra reading without it’s being a chore.
After we made our way through various little sections you arrive at the big tank which I did a live video of on Facebook. You can hear a lady doing a talk in the background telling you all about the fish in the tank, what they eat and their habitat.
In this huge tank you could see sting Wray’s and the boys loved the little viewing windows tucked away. You can just about see Euan looking through.
All around the centre there are lots of things for the kids to do and learn. They have lots of little viewing windows in the tanks. The boys loved exploring everything.
In the big tank room there is a door to the toilets which was perfect timing for us. Although the twins are generally dry all day we have to prompt them when out. It was great to be able to pop out before we had any accidents. They had baby change facilities as well and there are 2 points throughout the tour that you can pop out.
Back to the fish and we went in to the tropical section and straight away the boys spotted Dory and Nemo. This room had some amazing fish to look at. There were videos running on big screens talking about how Sea Life have helped regenerate some coral in the oceans and talked about the different types.
From here you move round and head into the amazing tunnels under the sharks. The tunnels are huge and the big sharks and sting Wray’s swim above your head. Neil found it made him dizzy and Kaitlin wasn’t keen but me and the boys loved it. The sharks are huge. Below is a picture of a fish swimming over my head.
In the next room there were lots of fun things for the boys to do and they popped there heads in various tanks and ran though tunnels. I love how interactive the whole place is and how it all flows together.
They loved the above fish bowl viewing area and thought it was a huge wow factor. They love being with Jack and having fun. They are super cute when all together and Jack loved spending time pointing out fish and reading things to them.
We had a fantastic time at Sea Life Blackpool walking round all the different sections. I refer to each one as a room but they are not like a square room they are just clearly defined sections from the ocean.
When you get to the end of the Sea Life tour you are greeted by the merchandise shop and little soft play area and café. Great to grab a coffee and re group before hitting the arcades or sea front for more fun.
The whole centre is very accessible with plenty of room for pushing prams around. There are some low-level tanks as well so they can see from a pram.
The costs for just Sea Life are below. You can however buy multi attraction tickets in Blackpool so sometimes worth taking a look and doing multiple places in one day. You can book tickets in advance online at Sea Life Blackpool
|On the Day Price||ONLINE PRICE||Saving|
|Adult (15 YEARS AND OLDER)||£17.50||£13.00||Save 20%|
|Child (3 TO 14 YEARS OLD)||£14.50||£10.50||Save 20%|
|Child (UNDER 3)||FREE||FREE||–|