Blackpool sea life centre review

Blackpool sea life centre review

We were invited at the weekend to visit and review Blackpool sea life centre. I still remember visiting as a child, particularly the ocean tunnel so I jumped at the chance to take my girls.

We started our visit in the new rockpool area. Here you get the chance to touch creatures such as starfish, crabs and cleaner shrimp. There were also large magnifying glasses left on the side for you to take a closer look. There was staff on standby to answer questions and help you out. F didn’t want to hold anything but she enjoyed using the magnifying glass.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre Review

After we finished looking in the rockpool we moved on to quayside. There are tanks of species native to our shores such as starfish, crab, stingray, Pollack and dogfish.

Next up was one of our favourite areas, Stingray adventures. Here there are two large tanks with a mix of fish, stingray and small sharks. The first tank can be viewed from above as well as around the sides. E found watching the rays glide past at speed mesmerising. The second tank included various viewing “bubbles” where you felt even closer to the fish.

The next zone is the kingdom of seahorses. Here we learnt about Blackpool sea life centre’s seahorse breeding program and admired clownfish (Nemo if you’re 4 years old).

Blackpool Sea Life Centre Review

The next area is rainforest adventures where you can see turtles, frogs and also the new ranger’s table. This area was sign posted as been in use at 10:30 am (before we arrived). I very much doubt that F would have wanted to hold anything but if your child is more adventurous than mine they can hold things like praying mantis.

One of the final areas is the ocean tunnel. This is the area that made the lasting impression on me from my childhood visits. As soon as we turned the corner and saw the large tank with plenty of big fish such as ‘Boris’ a large Bowmouth Guitar Shark. There are plenty of benches where you can sit back and watch the fish in this tank before going through the ocean tunnel. I could have sat here watching for some time but obviously my 4 year old doesn’t have that kind of attention span. She particularly enjoyed walking through the ocean tunnels and seeing the fish and sharks overhead though.

The very last area is sea stars where you can admire and learn about starfish.

Overall, we loved our sea life experience. Both my 13 month old and 4 year old got something out of it. My youngest loved the sensory experience of the dim lighting, the colours and the movement of the fish. There were plenty of tanks that you could see into from pushchair level which she enjoyed. My eldest obviously got more out of it and obviously older still children would learn more. There are lots of videos and signs up with more information about each tank and species. My eldest didn’t really have the patience for this but it is there if you want it. We were in Blackpool sea life centre for a couple of hours but if you spent more time learning about the species or saw some of the feeding sessions, you could spend longer here.

Top tips for visiting Blackpool sea life centre

  • The centre is on the first floor. A lift is situated near the front desk but this is the only lift. The centre is not circular so you have to retrace your route at the end or exit via a long set of steps.
  • There is a buggy park at the top of the steps but again you would need to go back for it at the end. The centre is suitable for pushchairs. There are a couple of staircases but these just show the top of a tank and we took it in turns to go up whilst someone stayed with E.
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are located by the lift and halfway round. They were clean and practical.
  • As with most attractions, you exit through the gift shop where there is also a cafe and a small free soft play area for under 4s.
  • You can save 20% by buying tickets online in advance.
  • Check the sea life centre website before visiting to find out what time different tanks have feeding times on each day. You can go in and out of the centre each day as often as you like.
  • We saw some children with sea life booklets which they were using to stamp in each area. F didn’t get given one of these booklets but I think it looked like a great way of keeping children’s attention as you go around the different zones. We ended up letting F stamp our tickets as she wanted a go at the stamp (more of a press that embossed a different sea creature).
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Blackpool Sea Life Centre

Disclosure – We received free tickets to visit the centre in exchange fo this review. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own. All details are correct as on 9th july 2017. Please check their website for uptodate information before your visit.

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  1. July 13, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely day out – aquariums are great fun for the whole family! The ocean tunnel is always a hit, so I’m not surprised you remember that from your childhood, and I’m pretty sure every time I’ve been to an aquarium someone has been calling a clownfish ‘Nemo’. Haha!

    • Claire
      July 15, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Glad it’s not just us and clown fish. I do think ocean tunnels are the best bit.

  2. July 14, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Sounds like a great day out! I would have been calling the clown fish Nemo too 😉 I always get a little wary of those ocean tunnels though….. terrified they’ll come crashing down!

    • Claire
      July 15, 2017 / 6:02 am

      It certainly must be very strong glass! The whole aquarium is on the first floor too. Can you imagine the weight of all the water?

  3. July 14, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This looks like such a fab day out and I love the ocean tunnel! We went to an aquarium on holiday in France recently that had magnifying glass and it makes such a difference. I do love a day out at the aquarium!

    • Claire
      July 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

      I love aquariums as much as the kids. My eldest loves using magnifying glasses anyway so loved the ones at the rockpool.

  4. July 14, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    It sure looks like you had a fun day out packed with lots of fun! A clownfish is definitely Nemo haha! Certainly looks like a great day out, you can’t go wrong with aquariums

    • Claire
      July 15, 2017 / 5:39 am

      It really was. Glad it’s not just us and clown fish!

  5. July 14, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Looks like you had a great time, my little girl is almost 18 months so I cant wait to take her to our nearest sealife centre now she’s a bit more aware. P.S I totally call all clown fish Nemo!

    • Claire
      July 15, 2017 / 5:38 am

      She’ll love it. Glad it’s not just us with nemo!

  6. July 16, 2017 / 6:28 am

    I love visiting places like this. I’ve never been to the Blackpool one so maybe we’ll have to have a drive over during the summer holidays. It’s a bit of a trek for us but my son keeps asking to go to Blackpool after one of his friends went and told him all about it x

    • Claire
      July 16, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      I can’t say we spent long in Blackpool after visiting the centre. We drove to the much quieter lytham instead.

  7. The new rock pool area sounds fun to visit. I like that it’s easy for the kids to see and appreciate too! Places like this are always fun and educational to visit. #familytraveltips

    • Claire
      July 22, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      They really have made it accessible to kids. We love places like this.

  8. July 18, 2017 / 11:23 am

    It looks fab and seems like you all had a great time there.
    I must take my girls in the summer, it looks a lot better than it used to and it’s so near to us really.
    Great review! xx

    • Claire
      July 22, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks. I think your girls would enjoy it.

  9. July 23, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    What a brilliant review and I love the tips at the end of your post too, especially about the 20% discount if you buy your tickets online, I always forget! We haven’t been to the Blackpool Sea Life Centre but the Birmingham one is one of our favourite days out. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

    • Claire
      July 29, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      I usually forget until the day too! Sea life are a great day out.

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