Families have been flocking to Scarborough for hundreds of years, with two stunning golden beaches and numerous exciting attractions it’s no wonder that the UK’s first seaside resort is a hot spot for all the family.

Set Sail at Sea

Small seafarers will enjoy a trip around the bay on Scarborough's very own pirate ship or take a fascinating boat ride from the harbour to see seals at play. For thrill seekers, take a high-octane speedboat trip along the coast.

If setting sail on the open sea isn’t for you, head over to Peasholm Park and enjoy a ride on their Boating Lake. Rowing boats and dragon styled pedalos are available to explore whilst taking in the stunning scenery of the gardens and oriental themed Pagoda. During the summer, the park plays host to a multitude of events including their ever-popular Naval Warfare.

Rainy Day Activities

If you are visiting Scarborough on a rainy day, you’ll have no problem finding activities to entertain all the family. For something a little educational for the little ones, visit Rotunda Museum to discover fascinating local geology exhibits and highlighting the incredible Jurassic Yorkshire coast. One of the world's oldest purpose-built museums, the Rotunda is dedicated to the man who helped design it - William Smith, known as the ‘father of English geology'.

Take a trip under the sea and head to the North Bay where you’ll find the iconic white pyramids housing thousands of incredible sea creatures at the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. From turtles to seals and even Penguins, the Sea Life Sanctuary makes a great day out.

To avoid the rain, little ones would love running around at Mini Monsterz which offers lots of activities and a soft play area. Alternatively, take a step back in time with your family and visit the Past Time Studios where you can dress up in period costumes and have a high-quality photoshoot.

Make a Splash!

Splash about at Alpamare Scarborough and take a wild and wet adventure on their state-of-the-art adrenaline-fuelled water rides. With a gigantic wave pool, an incredible outdoor infinity pool overlooking the sea, Alpamare is a waterpark like no other.

If you’re travelling without the little ones, Alpamare is also home to the Wellness Centre and Spa where you can relax within their alpine-style facilities.

Go Wild Outdoors

Scarborough is much more than the seaside resort; visit one of the many attractions in the nearby countryside. Playdale Farm is home to an abundance of adorable farm animals and an adventure playground to entertain children of all ages.

Take to the waves in Scarborough’s bay and have a surfing lesson. Stand up paddleboarding and other water sports activities can be booked through a local surf school. Go on a water filled adventure at the North Yorkshire Waterpark and tackle the inflatable aqua course.

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