Things to do in Skegness
If you’ve just booked a holiday to Skegness, we’re here to help you create the perfect itinerary for your getaway. From the best animal attractions to visit, landmarks, outdoor activities, beaches and places to eat, we’ve collated a list of the best things to do in Skegness below:
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Address: N Parade, Skegness PE25 1DB
Description: Natureland Seal Sanctuary is known worldwide for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seal pups along the Lincolnshire coast. Visitors are able to see every step in the animal’s rehabilitation process and hear about how the rescue process works. Alongside seeing seals, visitors can visit the popular tropical butterfly exhibit as well as penguins, meerkats, alpacas and lots more!
Address: PE25 2UE
Description: Skegness’s award-winning beach is home to numerous activities including donkey rides and the Fairy Dell paddling pool. Other activities you can indulge in include kayaking/canoeing, crazy golf/putting, sailing, swimming/bathing and surfing. There are plenty of car parks and a railway station within easy walking distance so it’s easy to access and bring a picnic along with you. Dogs are not allowed between 1st May to 30th September and must be kept on leads in all adjacent areas.
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Address: Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Gibraltar Rd, Skegness PE24 4SU
Description: Drive south from the centre of Skegness and the resort soon gives way to a National Nature Reserve made up of two parallel ridges of sand dunes. The reserve is covered in walking trails and has hides and artificial lakes which allow visitors a closer look at the range of unique birds which call the reserve their home. A unique day out for the whole family!
Address: Sea Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1RH
Description: Fantasy Island is a family amusement park in Ingoldmells which is home to exhilarating rides and rollercoasters. There’s something for everyone with plenty of adrenaline-pumping rides and family-friendly attractions. The little ones will be spoilt for choice with attractions including, rides, a soft play area and live character shows during the high season. Fantasy Island is actually home to Europe’s largest seven-day market, where you can indulge in one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars across the park as you take a well-earned break.
Address: Grand Parade, Skegness PE25 2UE
Description: Pleasure piers are a must-visit of many seaside resorts, and the pier in Skegness has been here since 1881. You can along the pier and stare out at the North Sea and survey the massive sandy carpet of Skegness Beach. Visitors to the pier can expect a soft play area, trampolines for children and an amusement arcade where kids can earn tickets for prizes.
Botton’s Pleasure Beach
Address: Grand Parade, Skegness PE25 2UQ
Description: Central to Skegness Beach between the Pier and the Clock Tower Esplanade, Pleasure Beach is a fairground-style attraction for children, teenagers and adults. There are amusement arcades, carousels and dodgems plus a giant wheel with 18 gondolas, a rocking pirate boat, a safari train, an adventure golf course and a ten-pin bowling alley! For those looking for more of a thrill, older children and adults can take a ride on the dizzying Freakout ride. Alongside all of this, the Pleasure Beach has classic fairground food such as doughnuts, candyfloss, ice cream and hot dogs to indulge in.
Skegness Model Village
Address: S Parade, Skegness PE25 3HW
Description: A more unique attraction is the Skegness Model Village. Unlike many model villages, this one doesn’t aim to build replicas of existing landmarks, and instead is an idealised English village, with shops, houses, a church, hundreds of little figures and a fairground that has some moving rides. Part of the fun of visiting the model village is reading the witty business names and shop signs. We’d recommend taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the beach and schedule in your visit!
Ingoldmells South Beach
Address: PE25 1JZ
Description: Ingoldmells South is a sandy beach popular for swimming and walking. The beach is part of a long stretch of beaches that make up this part of the Lincolnshire coastline. And unlike other beaches in the area, dogs are allowed on part of the beach all year round. We recommend you check signage on arrival to confirm which areas you can take your furry friend on. There is a large multi-story car park located about 50 metres from the main entrance of the beach and plenty of other facilities including shops, pubs and places to eat as well as a bowling alley along this street. There are public toilets located next to the beach entrance and behind the beach, there is a promenade.
Address: Tower Esplanade, Skegness PE25 3HH
Description: On days when the weather isn’t as you’d hope, why not pass an enjoyable and educational couple of hours at Skegness Aquarium. The attraction has a loose pirate theme, with staff dressed up like buccaneers and a quiz trail to keep minds engaged. One of the most popular attractions is “Davy Jones’ Locker”, an underwater tunnel with sharks and rays swimming above. In between the tanks, there are plenty of smartly designed interactive stations including an interactive Sandpit where chldren can mould the landscape, creating mountains, rivers and seas with the help of an overhead projection.
Mablethorpe Minature Railway
Address: Queens Park Cl, Mablethorpe LN12, UK
Description: All aboard! Your kids will love a ride on the Mablethorpe Miniature Railway! The simple circuit, with its Thomas & Friends-themed engines, first opened to the public in 1968. The railway is a simple circuit in the public park behind the sea wall, running through the tunnel/shed as it goes. A must visit if you’re travelling with any train fanatics!
Lincolnshire Aqua Park
Address: Grange Leisure, Alford Road, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, LN12 1NE
Description: Get ready for non-stop fun at this Total Wipeout-style aqua park! If you don’t mind getting wet and you have a love for heights then you’ll love the Lincolnshire Aqua Park, based at our Grange Leisure Park. As part of the giant inflatable obstacle course, there are eight different inflatable obstacles for you to try. There’s also water slides ‘King of The Mountain’ and the Cyclone to try out plus lots of other great features. Visitors should come prepared to get wet!
Hardys Animal Farm
Address: Anchor Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1LZ
Description: A ten-minute walk from Ingoldmells beach, Hardy’s Animal Farm is a safe place for children to meet animals and find out how a modern farm works. Hardy’s Animal Farm can be found on seven acres of glorious countryside. It offers visitors the chance to feed a wide range of animals including newborns at the farm in spring and summer. The farm also has an indoor play area and a large outdoor playground for children. On sunny days there are also tractor rides for some good old-fashioned fun.
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Published on March 11th, 2021