Manchester is a great place far a day out with the family. It is home to Premiership giants Manchester United and Manchester City, there are a thousand and one shopping opportunities, and the attractions such as Sea Life and Heaton Park have something for everyone. Here are the top 10 family attractions, as voted for by Social Circle members.
Social Circle voted 10/10 for…Chill Factore
If you like your days action packed, you could do far worse than pay a visit to Manchester’s resident snow centre. The snow parks offers no shortage of thrills and spills as you can race, ride, spin and slide for hours on end. You don’t need to be a professional either as there are taster sessions available for both snowboarding and skiing, along with lessons for those at more advanced levels. Oh, and there’s also a 12m climbing wall if you’re up for the challenge.
Social Circle voted 10/10 for…Manchester Climbing Centre
Climbing is a fun way to improve fitness levels for all of the family. The main climbing hall is located inside a glorious Victorian church. If you parents feel like relaxing with a few confectioneries such as hot snacks, cakes, and hot and cold drinks, inside the mezzanine cafe, you can sit back and watch the kids have fun.
Social Circle voted 10/10 for…Museum Of Science & Industry
MOSI is one of Manchester’s cultural hotspots. It features numerous interactive displays, along with a constant schedule of exhibitions looking at both industry and science. Exhibitions include a dedicated locomotives hall, an animation exhibition, air an space all, a Victorian sewer recreation, and a 4D cinema.
Social Circle voted 9/10 for…Sea Life Manchester
If you want a fun day with the family, pay a visit to Manchester Sea Life Sanctuary a visit. You can enjoy the combined indoor and outdoor attractions with more than 5000 sea creatures, which include fish, rays, sharks, and Giant Green Sea Turtle Ernie. Children can interact with numerous creatures in the rock pools, as well as enjoy feed shows and talks at various times in the day. You can also have a go at a unique dive experience, plunging beneath the waves on a SeaTREK.
Social Circle voted 9/10 for…Paradise Island Adventure Golf
Fun an indoor activity for the whole family, try paying a visit to Paradise Island Adventure Golf with its two 18 hole course. You and your family will be making your way around temple ruins, exotic wildlife, and stone carvings. You will also be ‘putting’ your golfing skills and you will quickly determine who the best golfer in the family is.
Social Circle voted 8/10 for…Heaton Park
Thee is no shortage of things to do at Heaton park so feel free to bring the whole family. There is a farm centre with animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, alpacas, and cows. There is also a play area to keep the kids busy. For the more active in mind, you can have a go at mini golf, train rides, and rowing boats.
Social Circle voted 8/10 for…Manchester Art Gallery
For a day combining fun and education, pay a visit to Manchester Art Gallery. There is a wealth of things to do such as story bags and workshops. You could spend half a day, or even an entire day here, engaging in the available activities and, of course, viewing the impressive collection of decorative and fine art.
Social Circle voted 7/10 for…Aerial Extreme
A treetop trail right in the heart of the city. The urban adventure, located in the INTU centre, is perfect for those families which thrive on adventure. With 2 high speed zip wires and 38 obstacles, the course takes you all the way from ground level to 27 feet and back again in 1 1/2 hours of fun.
Social Circle voted 7/10 for…The Whitworth
This stunning art gallery, established in 1889, went through a recent £15mn redevelopment. The exhibitions show off contemporary works and breathes new life into its global collections. Families are catered for with numerous events providing both education and fun. There are also art hampers available at all times, full of ideas and art materials to keep children busy and creative.
Social Circle voted 7/10 for…The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum offers an interesting collection of artefacts and treasures. Collection highlights include live reptiles and amphibians, fossils from pre-historic creatures, and a T. Rez skeleton. You can even get your hands on some of the objects.