20 Best Things To Do In Southend On Sea Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Southend On Sea

From theme parks to days out by the sea, there’s a whole lot of fun things to do in Southend-on-Sea that will make your next family day out truly unforgettable.

Let’s start with a family favourite packed with thrills for all ages. Overlooking the Southend seafront,  Adventure Island is home to over 40 rides and attractions. from the 75ft rollercoaster with the vertical drop to plenty of choices for smaller ones. It’s bound to be a huge hit with the kidsy.The challenge will be getting them to leave!

If you’re up for something a little more laid back and the weather's nice, take a walk to the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, or simply take a walk along the pier. There you can visit Southend Pier Museum and hop on a ride on the Southend Pier and Train. Chalkwell Beach is beautiful too.

If your kids are in awe with the cool creatures that live underwater, check out Sealife Adventure. The South East’s number one aquarium has got every kind of sea creature from sharks and stingrays to seahorses and sea anemones. See lionfish, foxface and leaf fish swimming around in the ‘Most Venomous’ tank and be grateful that you’re not the one who has to clean it!

Need some good indoor attractions in Southend on Sea? Kids Kingdom is great for bouncy fun and soft play adventures for the little ones, while MFA Fantasy Park has everything from bowling to laser tag and indoor play. 

Start planning the year ahead and fit in as many awesome family days out as you can with the help of our list of the Essex school holiday dates.

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Some of the crazy golf course including some rubber ducks at Caddies

Caddies

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

If you’re looking to give your kids some wonderful memories and a hilarious day out, then head over to Caddies Crazy Golf. They take the classic game...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Southend

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

From the Amazon jungle to the Sahara desert, nowhere is too far for the world of film! Take a trip into your imagination at ODEON Southend. With 8 sc...

Map and booklet for Southend on Sea Treasure Hunt Trail

Southend on Sea Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The kids will love solving the clues on the Southend-on-Sea self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. There's clues for all ages to enjoy (fro...

Escape room at Escape Live Southend in Essex

Escape Live Southend

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Looking for a family-friendly escape room in Essex? Escape Live Southend is the place to go! You and the kids will have a great time, looking for clu...

Outside view of Southend Cliff Lift in Southend On Sea

Southend Cliff Lift

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Take a pleasurable journey on an iconic feature of Southend's rich heritage with fantastic views of the pier and estuary. The lift can accommodate up...

Sunset at Three Shells Beach in South On Sea

Three Shells Beach

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Beach time! Tell the kids to take all the tools they need to build a sand castle, put your swimsuit on and head out to Three Shells Beach near Southe...

Dusk at Westcliff Bay Beach

Westcliff Bay Beach

  • Westcliff-on-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The kids enjoy playing with pebbles and sand by the sea? If the sun's out, you should be heading to Westcliff Bay Beach near Westcliff On Sea! This l...

Family on The Dragons Claw ride at Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Rides and attractions at Adventure Island include Rage, a 75ft roller coaster with a more-than-vertical drop! Over The Hill, a new dark ride experien...

People on Southend Pier and Train in Southend on Sea

Southend Pier and Train5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

The visitor information centre on the pier is the place to start, being the place to book boat trips etc and having information on the immediate amen...

Outside view of Southend Pier Museum in Southend On Sea

Southend Pier Museum

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Southend Pier Museum brings to life the fascinating past of the longest pleasure pier in the world. Exhibits include many items of memorabilia su...

Hour glass at Room Escape Southend

Room Escape Southend

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Love the thrill of live escape games? Dare to take on a truly challenging escape room experience at Room Escape Southend! There are multiple escape r...

Clownfish at Sealife Adventure in Southend on Sea

Sealife Adventure

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Do you love all things aquatic? Or have you got a budding marine biologist in the family? Then dive under the waters of the world at Sealife Adventur...

Mini golf course at Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf in Southend on Sea

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf is an 18 hole crazy golf course with fun features and amusing hazards for the whole family to play together plus you can win...

Guy watching show at Central Museum & Planetarium in Southend on Sea

Central Museum & Planetarium

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The understated Southend Planetarium at the Central Museum seats only 20 people but presents a range of talks about the entire universe, through vari...

Kids sliding on inflatable at Kids Kingdom in Southend on Sea

Kids Kingdom

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kids Kingdom is now under new management but still has over 8,000 square feet of play including a 14 foot vertical drop slide and crazy 14 foot JELLY...

Crownstone at Chalkwell Beach in Southend On Sea

Chalkwell Beach

  • Southend On Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Kids, spades, buckets and sunscreen ready? Head out for a lovely day in the sun at Chalkwell Beach near Southend On Sea. This quiet family-friendly b...

Boat at Leigh Bell Wharf

Leigh Bell Wharf

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Indoor
  • Beaches

Taking the kids to the seaside is always a pleasure. Avoid the large popular beaches and find a spot at Leigh Bell Wharf near Leigh On Sea, instead....

Clear day at Leigh on Sea Beach

Leigh on Sea Beach

  • Leigh-on-Sea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

On the edge of Old Leigh near Southend is the picturesque Leigh on Sea Beach. Small in size but large in character with the ambience of a traditional...

Staff at entrance to Fun Factory Rochford

Fun Factory Rochford

  • Rochford
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

TheFun Factory Rochford has a wicked little cluster of fun waiting for you: cool as individual options for a range of kids who don't want to do the s...

Coloured lights at Rollacity in Rochford

Rollacity

  • Rochford
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Rollacity, located in Rochford, is a small but friendly skating rink that offers a classic, healthy family zip about on quad or inline skates, which...

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