Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by Louise
Blackpool is a popular seaside town with many exciting attractions and things to do that teenagers will love.
Famous for it’s illuminations and the Blackpool tower, Blackpool is a fun town with something for every teen.
Visit the fun attractions that make up the Blackpool Tower experience, ride the rollercoaster or water flumes, go shopping, see the waxwork celebs, ice skate, get scared at the dungeon, play crazy golf and so much more! Whatever you choose to do teens will have a unforgettable time.
Ride To The Top Of Blackpool Tower
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Blackpool, is the Blackpool Tower. The 518-foot tower was built in 1894 and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the town. Take a ride to the top of the tower to enjoy panoramic views of the town.
The tower is made up of several attractions, many of which teens will enjoy! They include the Blackpool Tower Eye, the Blackpool Tower Circus, the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, and a 4D Cinema.
Read on to find out more about each attractions and what’s there for teens!
Walk On the Glass Skywalk at the Blackpool Tower Eye
Photo Credit: Blackpool Tower Facebook page
Teens will love the thrill of walking across the skywalk at the top of the Tower. Walk onto the 5cm thick glass viewing platform and enjoy the view across the Irish Sea. In addition visit the observation deck which features telescopes and interactive displays to learn history of Blackpool and the tower.
Not for those who have a fear of heights!
Find out more at The Blackpool Tower Eye
Bring the history of Blackpool to Life at the 4D Cinema
Enjoy an immersive experience and learn about the history of Blackpool at the Tower’s 4D cinema.
The 4D Cinema Experience lasts approximately 5 mins and is included in all Blackpool Tower Eye tickets!
Find out more at Blackpool Tower’s 4D Cinema.
Experience Blackpool’s Gruesome Past at the Blackpool Dungeon
Photo Credit: Blackpool Tower Dungeon / Facebook page
Teens will love this interactive experience where they journey through the dark and gruesome history of the area. Live actors, special effects, and interactive exhibits tell the story of the dungeon’s inhabitants. Hear tales of torture, execution and plagues.
The experience is both a funny and a little bit scary. The drop ride at the end gives teens a final fright to end the day.
Find out more at Blackpool Dungeon
Enjoy Afternoon Tea At Blackpool Ballroom
Photo Credit: Michael D Beckwith / Wikimedia Commons
If you have a teenage dancer or a Strictly Come Dancing fan, a trip to Blackpool ballroom is a must.
The stunning ballroom is one of the largest ballrooms in Europe. Admire its ornate Victorian architecture, the, ornate chandeliers, carved columns, and the beautifully painted ceiling. Watch the dancers on the floor or why not take to the dance floor yourself?
Treat yourself to afternoon tea while you’re there for a fun and relaxing experience.
Find out more at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Be Amazed at Blackpool Circus
The Circus at Blackpool Tower is an amazing show for all ages. It’s very family friendly and even teenagers should be impressed with some of the jaw dropping stunts! The 2 hour performance features a range of acts from fun to terrifying. The fantastic performers include acrobats, jugglers, clowns, and more. Well worth a visit while you’re at the Tower.
Find out more at Blackpool Circus.
Hop on the Tram to Enjoy the Blackpool Illuminations
The Blackpool Illuminations are one of the largest free light shows in the world. The event takes place from late August to early November each year.
The Blackpool Illuminations consists of a series of light displays that are placed along the promenade of the town. The displays include a variety of lighting effects, including colorful lights, laser displays, and illuminated figures.
Experience the illuminations by walking along the promenade or by taking a ride on the famous Blackpool Tram.
In addition to the lights, there are also a variety of other attractions and events that take place during the illuminations, including live music, food and drink stalls, and entertainment for families and children.
Ride the Flumes at Sandcastle Water Park
Photo credit : Sandcastle Water Park / Facebook
Sandcastle Water Park is one of the largest indoor water parks in the UK. It’s perfect for teens with 18 water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river.
If they like thrills they will enjoy the Master Blaster. It’s the ultimate white knuckle rollercoaster waterslide, totalling 250 metres in length. Water injection technology propels raft riders at high speeds up steep inclines and down big dips.
There are plenty more high adrenaline slides and gentler options too.
Find out more at Sandcastle Water Park
Try a White Knuckle Ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Visit the Pleasure Beach to experience thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly rides, and exciting live shows. Thrill-seeking teens will love the The Big One, the UK’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, and the Grand National, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world. There are plenty more white knuckle rides too. Be sure to check out Valhalla which is a dark water ride which may involve getting wet!
For the best value purchase a wrist band to get unlimited rides all day.
Find out more at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Get Up Close and Personal to Your Favourite Celeb at Madame Tussards
Visit the only Madame Tussards outside London in the UK and get a selfie with YouTube sensation KSI or singer Ariana Grande. There are plenty more celebrities including Dan TDM, Bear Grylls and even HRH The Queen.
On top of this, explore the Doctor Who, Corrie and Strictly Come Dancing Zones.
Find out more at Madame Tussards Blackpool.
Shop Til You Drop
If your teen loves shopping, there lots of places to go in Blackpool.. Some of the popular shopping destinations in the area include:
Houndshill Shopping Centre: This is one of the largest shopping centers in Blackpool and it features a variety of shops, including high street brands, department stores, and independent retailers. It also has a food court and a cinema.
Bank Hey Street – this pedestrianised shopping street is just behind the Blackpol Tower and features shops including Primark, TKMaxx and Sports Direct.
Bonny Street Market: The market is located at the rear of the sea life centre. It features a variety of stalls selling everything from Blackpool rock to clothing, to accessories to food and household items.
Blackpool Promenade: Blackpool Promenade is a popular destination for visitors looking for souvenirs and gifts. It features a variety of shops selling items such as t-shirts, mugs, and other Blackpool-themed souvenirs.
The Regent: This historic 1920’s cinema building spans 3 floors and sells antiques, vintage, craft and retro emporium
See the Animals at Blackpool Zoo
Photo Credit: Hartmann’s Zebra / Bristol Zoo Website
If your teen is animal lover, a visit Blackpool Zoo is a must. It’s home to a wide range of animals, including exotic species from around the world.
See animals from a variety of habitats, including the African savanna, the Amazon rainforest, and more. Some of the most popular animals at the zoo include zebras, tigers, gorillas and penguins.
Find out more at Blackpool Zoo
The Pleasure Beach Ice Arena is the oldest purpose-built ice theatre in the world. Teens can go ice skating here during one of the public sessions.
Find out more at Pleasure Beach Ice Arena
Challenge Friends and Family to A Game of Mini Golf
Photo credit : Hole in the Wand / Facebook page
The Hole in the Wand is a new nine hole course which indoors and next to the Blackpool Tower. It’s very Harry Potter/Wizard themed! The lighting and props make it very atmospheric.
Find out more at Hole in the Wand
Take a Picnic To Stanley Park
Photo credit: Gary Beair
This gorgeous public park is one of the largest parks in the Blackpool, covering an area of over 100 hectares. It’s known for its beautiful gardens, lakes, and woodland areas.
Teens may enjoy a game of crazy golf, the skate park or just chilling and having a picnic. They can also take out a pedal boat on the large lake. Outdoor events take place here throughout the year.
Find out more at Stanley Park
See a Performance at the Winter Gardens
Spanish Hall at Winter Gardens. Photo credit: Michael D Beckwith
The historic Winter Garden’s buildings hold a wide range of performances throughout the year. Whether it’s comedy, drama, musicals or music, there is something to appeal to a wide range of teenage interests.
See what’s on at Winter Gardens
More Fun Things To Do:
Here is a list of some more fun things that Blackpool has to offer.
Escape Rooms: Like many towns, Blackpool has many Escape Rooms that are perfect for teenagers. One to try is The Escape Room which is right in the heart of Blackpool.
Cinema : if you fancy seeing a movie while you’re in Blackpool try the Odeon Cinema which is on Rigby Road near Blackpool football club. If you have a teenager who is a movie buff, you can watch a classic film at the the independent Regent Cinema. It is housed in a building from 1921 that still has many original features. There’s are also craft and antiques stalls to browse there too.
Go Karting: You can go kart at Go Karting Blackpool which has a challenging 750m track. It’s located on the North promenade about 0.9miles north of Blackpool Tower.
Clip n Climb: Clip n Climb, Blackpool is a great way to entertain younger teens on a rainy day. There are variety of climbing challenges, including wall climbs, speed climbing, and more. You don’t need to be experienced at climbing. It’s particularly great for kids and young teens.
Eat Fish and Chips
And finally… just in case you didn’t know, it’s compulsory to eat fish and chips while you’re in Blackpool and there are plenty of fish and chips shops to choose from. Yorkshire Fisheries has the top rating of the fish and chip shops on TripAdvisor.
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