Family Attractions in Newquay


At The Esplanade Hotel we're all about fresh sea air, timeless activities and wholesome family holidays in Cornwall. The beach is our playground and rock pooling, flying kites and surfing are our favourite things, but for rainy days there's also a huge selection of natural and manmade attractions for you to visit.

The Blue Reef Aquarium

One of our favourite family attractions in Newquay. This aquatic world is home to some truly incredible creatures. The sheer variety of their size, shape, colour and behaviour makes the world of land animals seem quite tame in comparison! From jellyfish and giant octopus to freshwater turtles, puffer fish and living corals, there are literally oceans of extraordinary characters to meet at the aquarium.

Newquay Zoo

The award winning Newquay Zoo is set amongst exotic lakeside gardens with animals from all around the world ranging from the smallest monkey the Pygmy Marmoset to 'Ronnie' and 'Connie' the African Lions. From the amazing open rainforest exhibit to the beautiful oriental garden there is something for everybody to love.

Dairyland Farm World

This is a fantastic adventure park to suit all ages. From slides to the nature trail, tractor rides and pony rides, to milking the cows, feeding the animals and touring the museums. On less lovely days, there's a whole host of family fun all under cover including The Bull Pen – a massive indoor play centre. A visit to this fun farm promises a great value family day out!

Pirate's Quest

With an Exclusive 10% discount with Esplanade Hotel, families can embark on a swashbucklin’ voyage with real live buccaneers at Cornwall’s new Pirate’s Quest. Journey back in time with your Pirate Captain, 300 years, to the Golden Age of Piracy for story-telling and adventure.

Use code EsplanadePQ when booking.


The West Country's leading family attraction with rides for everyone, family fun and entertainment. Do not forget to visit the award-winning and unique exhibitions including the Victorian Village and the Britain in the Blitz. Get 10% off by booking online.

St Eval Kart Circuit

The largest, fastest and most exciting race circuit in the South West.

Concrete Waves Skatepark

Concrete Waves - Newquay consists of four separate areas: a retro-style pool, expansive street run, stair set and an internationally significant bowl. The park is geared up for all abilities and disciplines, including professional-level...

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

A lovely narrow gauge railway that runs through a wooded valley.

The Best of the Rest

You can also hire a boat at the Boating Lake, enjoy a game of tennis at Heron Tennis Centre, play the slots at the arcades, enjoy the local wildlife around the Gannel Estuary, hit some balls in crazy golf or cycle along by the Trenance Gardens. Within an hours drive you can explore almost any part of Cornwall from the Moors down to Lands End encompassing The Tate Gallery, The Eden Project and many more venues.