We’ve put together a list of the best things to do with kids in Sussex. Best Sussex kids activities and kids days out across East Sussex and West Sussex.
There’s plenty to do in Sussex for all ages but some real must visit places for families with children. From big open spaces perfect for exploring to hands on activities they’ll be sure to have a trip to remember for years to come.
From it’s humble beginnings in 1823 as a landing stage for passenger ships, Brighton Pier has become Brighton’s must visit tourist destination. The Pier offers white knuckle rides, the best fish and chips in the city and some of the best views of Brighton. Make the Palace Pier top of your list of the best Sussex kids activities.
Dive into an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world, built in 1872. Look out for the dazzling scales, gigantic teeth and fantastic fins of our 3,500 mesmerising creatures and get closer to them than ever before.
Drusillas Park is one of the best Sussex kids activities, it offers a fun finding-out day out. Brilliant play areas including Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure. Plus a splashpad, Hello Kitty Secret Garden and African-themed three-ride attraction Go Safari! Get nose to nose with nature with the close encounters. It’s no ordinary zoo!
Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs. You can explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships faced by Sussex smugglers in the eighteenth century.
The museum is home to a narrow gauge railway which takes visitors to an electricity, communications and railway museum as well as traditional craftspeople, such as the wood turners and blacksmith, with a cafe, gift shop, playground, nature trails and picnic areas. It’s well worth a visit and there is plenty to do in all weathers.
Dr Doolittle himself would be delighted by a trip to Animal Barn. Amongst alpacas, cockatoos and more, some of the residents have been rescued while others are rare breeds; either way, they all love a good fuss! Get nose to snout in animal handling sessions and at the right time of year, take part in bottle feeding or pig racing!
The latest Go Ape adventure to join the family tree aimed at junior Tarzans aged between 6-12 years old. Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland for long leisurely walks.
Suitable for all ages go along and meet the wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites. They have a special team of owls who take it in turns to meet and greet the public at 12pm and 2pm as well as a fantastic flying team who love to show off in the 14:30 display.
You can also book experience days!
Saltdean Lido is the country’s only Grade II* listed lido. The 1930’s swimming pool is heated and makes for a great day out swimming under blue skies. There is a separate children’s splash pool and play area and a small café for refreshments.
Ready for an adventure? Then alpaca your bags! Take part in pet-a-paca, where you can discover just how soft alpaca fur can be. After you’ve been able to touch the alpacas you’re in for another treat, as you can take the alpacas on a walk through the surrounding woods! This herd is located in Adsdean Park, which is a stunning park near Chichester, so as you lead the alpaca through the forest you’re surrounded by idyllic Sussex countryside which makes this one of the best Sussex kids activities.