Every year we have at least one family holiday at Haven on the North Yorkshire coast. We always have a couple of day trips to Scarborough as it’s a lovely place to visit and have a cheap day out as a family. Here are our favourite free and cheap things to do in Scarborough with kids.
Play On The Beach
Totally free and lots of fun for kids. Take a bucket, spade and football and keep the kids entertained for hours without spending a penny. Let them build sandcastles, draw pictures in the sand and chase the waves. You could also visit the lifeboat centre. We saw a board showing the date and time of the next training exercise. If we had been there a few more days we definitely would have taken the kids down to watch!
Sea Life Centre
Scarborough Sea Life Centre is a great family day out. We’ve been 3 times and loved it every time. There are lots of marine animals to see, you can learn about their conservation work and there’s even a mini golf course inside! Read my review and find out how to get cheap tickets here.
Play In The South Bay Arcades
One of our favourite cheap things to do in Scarborough is play in the arcades. It brings back good memories of childhood holidays at the seaside. The kids love them just as much as I did and Ollie loves posting 2ps into the penny slot machines. We give the kids a couple of pounds each and challenge hem to see how long they can make them last!
Take a walk down to the harbour and you’ll see tons of boats. Lots of these run trips around the bay and prices vary depending on which one you choose. We took a trip on the pirate ship which was only £3 per adult and £1 per child. The kids loved it and it was great to see Scarborough from the water.
Ride the North Bay Railway
If you’ve got a little train lover, take them for a ride on the railway. Under 3s are free and tickets for older children are only £2.50 for a single or £3 day return. You can stop by the boating lake, take a walk and enjoy the activities on offer there. They have a water chute, high ropes course and zorbing, all at pretty reasonable prices.
If your kids are into history, you could take a walk up to Scarborough castle. If you’re an English Heritage member you can enter for free. Otherwise it will cost you £6.50 for an adult, £3.90 for a child and under 5s go free.