On Sunday we returned to Coral Island Blackpool for another fun packed family day. You may remember we visited last year around this time and now with more games, attractions and rides we couldn’t wait to go back. Coral Island is Blackpool’s largest indoor free admission family attraction. With 4 different restaurants, indoor rides, arcade games, a casino, bingo and my personal favourite the Camel Derby there is enough under one roof to entertain you all day.
Coral Island Is located on the promenade only a 2-minute walk from Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet. Parking In Blackpool during the season can be a bit of a nightmare but there is a large carpark across the road and Houndshill shopping centre has a multistory car park on a 5-minute walk away. We decided to take the tram from Cleveleys on the day which stops right outside Coral Island and added to the fun of the day. Blackpool train station is a 10-minute walk away and buses regularly run from outside on the prom.
With 4 different restaurants on offer we were spoilt for choice but we choose to eat in The Buccaneer this time. As it was Sunday there was a very delicious smelling carvery on offer with a huge selection of meats and vegetables. I had a craving for lasagne so ordered this and Lee had the Lamb Henry. Kids under 10 eat free all day every day with paying an adult so both kids had chicken nuggets & chips. We ordered at the bar and the food took less than 5 minutes to arrive. The quality was a really high standard and the portions were ample. Lee’s Lamb Henry was melted in the mouth and my lasagne was oozing with meat and cheese. The menu had a really good variety of food, everything from roast dinners and steaks to sandwiches and salads. Even the fussiest of eater would be satisfied. I have a very sweet tooth and when the table next to us ordered the sharing sundae, I knew I had to try it for myself. There was plenty in the huge glass dish to feed a family of 4 ( even if we did fight over who would get the last mouth full). We eat out quite a lot as a family and I would be the first one to admit I am a food snob but I really couldn’t find fault with anything about our lunch at The Buccaneer. The staff were friendly, the food was quick and delicious, there was a large selection of non-sugary drinks for the kids and the larger was served ice cold for Lee.
When you visit Coral Island you need to take a ride on the Pirate Flyer & the Pirate Quest Ghost Train, both firm favourites when we head to Coral Island. The kids love firing the laser guns and going around the track high above the arcade floor. The rides are perfect for all ages. New to Coral Island is the Bunny Rabbit Virtual Reality ride. This was so much fun we went on it four times. You basically wear a VR headset over your eyes and sit in a chair that moves and shakes as you follow a rabbit through a virtual world. There are lots of twists and turns and bumps so you really do feel you as chasing after a very energetic bunny. One for the smaller guests is the merry go round at the back of the arcade, perfect for the toddlers to enjoy playing on.
There is every type of arcade game known to man at Coral Island. The whole family love competing against each other on the Camel Derby. Charley was a little too enthusiastic and does tend to throw the ball up a little bit too high. At one point during our visit, poor Captain Jack got a ball in the ribs. Harry is mad for basketball so we spent a good 20 minutes playing hoops, Charley was happily entertained for a full 15 minutes with a pot of 2p’s pushing them in the slots and Lee loves zapping aliens so there was a variety of arcade games to keep him amused. I like a game of Bingo so left the others for 1/2 hour to enjoy a cup of tea and play in peace. On many of the games, you can win tickets on, which you can swap for prizes at the end. We came away with 2 pots of slime for Harry & little pink bear for Charley.
Once again we had an amazing day at Coral Island. The staff were helpful & friendly, the food was delicious and there was plenty to do and see all under one roof. As both the kids are now older and we were able to do more activities than last year we have decided to return again in the summer holidays and spend another day with the Coral Island Team.