Coral Island is a large (the largest of its kind) indoor family attraction located in the heart of Blackpool. It is free to enter Coral Island. We were invited to visit Coral Island and our costs were covered by them. The staff were great, they were friendly and interacted a lot with my son which he clearly enjoyed.
We especially loved the man hosting the Camel Derby and the Family Bingo. Please read on to find out all the great things to do at this fun amusement arcade in Blackpool. It is our favourite place to visit in the town. Blackpool is located on the North West coast of England. It is not far from Liverpool, Manchester and the Lake District. We visited Coral Island with 3 generations of our family.
*Disclosure: We were invited to Coral Island as VIP’s and our expenses were covered. However, all thoughts and images are my own. This post contains affiliate links
This is day 30 of our #80dayschallenge to have at least 80 days out in one year.
Where is Coral Island Blackpool
Coral Island is located on the main promenade along the sea front in Blackpool. It is right next to the famous Blackpool Tower. They have a few entrances but you can’t miss the main entrance included in a photo below. It’s one of the best entrance signs I’ve ever seen. It’s worth taking your time to look closely at it, you never know what you might spot.
How to get there
Whenever we visit Blackpool we always park at Boony Street car park or Central Car park. You can see their locations in this link. They are both a very short walk away from Coral Island. We paid £7.50 to park the car for 6 hours. Which for central Blackpool I didn’t think was too bad. If you are visiting it really is worth getting there early. As much as Coral Island fills up quickly so do the car parks.
You can also take the tram in and there is a tram stop directly outside the Blackpool tower. The train and bus stations are a few minutes walk from Coral Island.
Opening Times for Coral Island
Coral Island is open every day from 9:30 am until midnight. We arrived for opening at 9:30 am and it was virtually deserted which we loved. It started getting really busy at around 11 am. If you enter via the entrance near the main central car park you will see a really handy map. This shows you where everything is in Coral Island. There’s so much in there it can be hard to get your bearings so if you are visiting during their busy period it is worth checking out the map.
Below I will cover all the main things to do at Coral Island. Every time we have visited Blackpool it has rained. Because of this Coral Island is an excellent place to visit during dreary north-west coast weather.
1. Camel Derby
Instead of Donkey Derby Coral Island has a Camel Derby. This is a great family friendly thing to play. You each take a seat and pop £1 in your slot. Then the race starts. You have to roll your balls into coloured holes. The ones at the top make your camel move the furthest. The aim of the game is to roll the most amount of balls into the holes to win.
If your camel wins you are handed a ticket. It turns out my husband was a dab hand at this and won two races. For this, he got two tickets. He could choose 2 small soft toys or one large one. He chose a Minecraft monkey which our son was delighted about.
2. Family Prize Bingo
The family prize bingo isn’t immediately obvious when you are in Coral Island. We hadn’t come across it in the past and now we’ve found it I’m sure we’d go again. It’s a room at the far end of Coral Island next to the over 18’s area. This Bingo is for everyone though. You each get your own seat and screen. There is a live Bingo caller but instead of worrying about not only your ticket and your child’s ticket it’s all done pretty much automatically for you.
It costs just 30p for one game of 3 cards. Or 60p for 6 cards. Then all you have to do is tap your screen whenever a number is called. This was a relief as our five-year-old was panicking he wouldn’t be able to find the numbers quickly enough. We played 8 games each and we won over 800 points which we could then redeem in the prize shop. There are some great prizes to be won.
3. Pirate Flyer Ride
They have two main rides at Coral Island. My favourite is the Pirate Flyer. You sit in a pirate ship that moves a bit like a monorail above the amusements. It’s great fun looking down at everyone. They have added some pretend pistols now to the ships which our son thought was great fun.
It’s a relatively long ride and the highlight is when you go through a ‘cave’ with pirates, music and more. There are no targets to shoot at, the addition of targets would be good. Two riders can ride the Pirate flyer for just £3.00. The price for one rider is £2.00. Make sure you purchase your ticket before you walk up to the ride.
4. Pirates Quest Ghost Train
The Ghost train is excellent. It is a little bit scary but nothing touches you. There are some really fun elements with doors, strobe lights, wind and plenty of scary things that move. They even have two walls that pretend to fall on you. Our son loved this and went on more than once. The theming is excellent and even the entrance to the ride is worth posing by. The Ghost Train costs the same as the Pirate flyer. £3.00 for 2 people riding at the same time or £2.00 each. You can sit two in a carriage.
5. Kids Eat Free
It’s worth eating at Coral Island because Kids Eat Free. This deal is available All Day, Every Day, At all of the Coral Island restaurants. You can have one free under 10 kids meal per one paid adults meal. This offer is at all three of their restaurants – The Buccaneer Bar & Restaurant, Peggy’s family snack bar and Captain Jack’s bar and grill.
6. Eat or drink at Buccanneers
We ate at the Pirate themed Buccaneers Bar & Restaurant. There are so many photo op’s inside and outside this restaurant. Kids will love it. Plus as mentioned above kids under 10 can eat free with every paid adult. The pirate ship is set out like a library on board a galleon. Meals for adults start from £8.95. You take a table and then you queue at the bar to place your order.
We started with nachos to share and a trio of garlic bread. Both were very good and tasty. We’d have both dishes again.
For my main course I had a Caesar salad, my husband chose the Buccaneer burger. My Mother-in-law had scampi and my son a burger and chips. The food came quickly and it was all nice and hot. The Buccaneer serves a 3 roast carvery every Sunday.
8 Great Things to Do at Coral Island Blackpool | Indoor Family Attraction
7. Play the Arcade Games and 2p Slot Machines
The main draw to Coral Island is the wide selection of game machines and 2p slot machines. There is so much to play on you are sometimes overwhelmed with choice. We loved the 2p slot machines and our son can spend many happy minutes playing on them. We always make sure we play for tickets as well as prizes. That way you can collect lots of tickets for redeeming in the prize shop later on. We accumulated 800 tickets and there was plenty of great toys to choose from in the shop even with that many tickets.
They had plenty of grab machines where you can win soft toys, fruit machines, machines that paid out tickets by rolling a wheel. Plus games where you can go bowling, or play basketball. The choices were limitless.
8. Virtual Reality Simulator Ride
The VR simulator ride is relatively new to Coral Island. It costs £3 per person and it can have quite a queue by it. It is very popular. Watching the smiles on people’s faces as they are on the ride and getting an idea for what the experiencing it is easy to see why.
Thank you to Coral Island for inviting us. This is our fab haul of prizes that we won during our visit on the Camel Derby, Family Prize Bingo and by collecting tickets on the amusement arcades.
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