Scarborough gives families a lot of bang for their buck. The 2 sprawling beaches will keep everyone entertained for hours. They are perfect for setting up a game of cricket or flinging a Frisbee around. While parents sunbathe on the sand, kids can build sandcastles, or the whole family can enjoy a donkey ride along the coast. There's plenty of fun to be had away from the sand, too, in the myriad amusement arcades which flash and beep along most of Scarborough’s South Bay promenade.

    Scarborough’s family-friendly attractions aren’t limited to sandy beaches and retro promenades. The rolling countryside surrounding Scarborough also offers great opportunities to get the whole family active. Day trips from the town can just involve hiking up the hills on the outskirts and taking in the views. 


    Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

    Meet playful otters, shy sharks, and frolicking seals, then stroll beside the Humboldt penguins on Penguin Island. At the interactive rock pool, children can touch a starfish and even hold a crab safely.

    Location: Scalby Mills, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6RP, UK

    Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 373414

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    North Bay Railway

    The line may only run between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills, but it’s a charming and scenic journey for all ages - including budding railroad engineers. Children under 3 years of age ride for free.

    Location: Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6PF, UK

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 368791

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    Olympia Leisure

    Downstairs, Olympia Leisure brims with popular arcade games. Upstairs, there's a quieter play area, along with a bowling alley and a go-kart track.

    Location: Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1NU, UK

    Open: Daily from 10am to 11pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 377960

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    Harbour Bar

    When it’s time for a break from South Bay's beach, stop by nearby Harbour Bar, a retro '50s-style ice cream parlour. Popular treats include classic Knickerbocker Glories – sundaes with layers of fresh fruit - and banana splits.

    Location: 1-3 Sandside, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1PE, UK

    Open: September–March: Monday–Friday from 8.30am to 5pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8am to 5.30pm. April–September: Monday–Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 8am to 5.30pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 373662

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    Peasholm Park

    Hiring a paddle boat offers a relaxing way to enjoy one of the floating bandstand's free concerts. If you and the little ones are feeling energetic, walk to the Chinese pagoda at the top of the hill.

    Location: North Bay, Scarborough YO12 7TR, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 386636

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    Scarborough Market Hall & Vaults

    The town’s weekly food market takes place in the main halls. If you head down to the vaults, you’ll find a maze of local vendors selling quirky crafts, antiques, toys, and games.

    Location: St. Helen's Square, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 1EU, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8am to 5pm, Sunday from 10am to 3pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1723 373579

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    Dalby Forest

    Dalby Forest offers easy and slightly more challenging trails. Young children enjoy the Superworm Trail, and you can even buy a Superworm Activity Pack at the visitor centre before heading out.

    Location: Dalby Forest Drive, Low Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LT, UK

    Open: Daily from 10am to 4pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1751 460295

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