13 Best Things To Do Near Blue Dolphin

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Are you looking for days out and things to do near Blue Dolphin Holiday Park?

Here’s a list of 13 things to do near Blue Dolphin.

Blue Dolphin enjoys a beautiful location on the Yorkshire coast and is jam-packed with fabulous Haven activities and entertainment for the whole family.

And if you want to explore some of the popular attractions near Blue Dolphin, there are plenty of options within easy reach of the park.

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1. Filey Beach

  • Distance from the park: 3.2 miles
  • Travel time: 8-minute drive
Filey Beach, Things to do near Blue Dolphin
Filey Beach

Filey Beach is a five-mile stretch of golden sands on the East Coast of England. The beach was named Beach of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2018 and is lined with a historical promenade.

The beach is popular with families and has several cafes, restaurants and bars. There is also a small amusement park.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: 1 Flat Cliff, Filey YO14 9RD
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

2. Scarborough Beach

  • Distance from the park: 7.2 miles
  • Travel time: 20-minute drive
Scarborough Beach
Scarborough Beach

Scarborough’s fantastic beaches and seaside entertainment are less than 5 miles away.

There are two wide, sandy beaches, amusements, donkey rides and all the entertainment you could want for a fabulous day at one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts.

The dramatic ruins of historic Scarborough Castle are high on the rocks that separate the two sandy beaches.

South Bay has a Victorian pier, cafes, ice creams, shops, theatres and donkey rides.

North Bay is a popular family beach day with excellent conditions for surfing. There is a harbour with yachts and boat trips on offer.

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Scarborough YO11 2QE
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

3. Filey Brigg

  • Distance from the park: 3.3 miles
  • Travel time: 9-minute drive
Filey Brigg

For a breathtaking, long walk high on the steep clifftops, with fossils, fascinating geology, and seabirds to spot, historic Filey Brigg is a long peninsula and one of the things to do near Blue Dolphin.

Filey Brigg is a designated Nature Reserve and an Area of Scientific Interest.

  • Café, shop, toilets at the Country Park
  • Suitable for families with children, unsuitable for wheelchairs
  • Oystercatchers, purple sandpipers, redshanks

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Filey YO14 9BT
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

4. Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

  • Distance from the park: 1.9 miles
  • Travel time: 4-minute drive
Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park
Photo Credit: Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park Facebook Page

A delightful day out for all ages in all weather, Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park is set in lovely gardens with many friendly animals to meet.

Watch and participate in feeding time and listen to some informative, friendly keeper talks. With peaceful gardens, woodland walks, and lots to see and do, this is a relaxing, entertaining day out for all ages.

  • Terrific value for money
  • Bags of animal food on sale
  • A wide variety of animals and reptiles: donkeys, alpacas, giant rabbits, guinea pigs, meerkats, miniature ponies, skunks, snakes, giant tortoises
  • Secret Garden: exotic birds, chipmunks
  • Formal gardens, sensory garden
  • Wildlife pond: animal paddocks
  • Wildflower meadow, woodland trail and willow tunnel
  • Café, picnic areas
  • Gift shop
  • Play park: activities, tunnels, dens, fireman’s pole

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 10 AM to 5 PM, Summer Season; to 4 PM, Winter Season
  • Address: Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PG
  • Standard Adult Price: £8.00

5. Cayton Bay Beach

  • Distance from the park: 2.8 miles
  • Travel time: 7-minute drive
Cayton Bay Beach

In contrast to bustling Scarborough, Cayton Bay is a wild, peaceful, uncrowded sandy beach sheltered by cliffs dating back to Jurassic times.

The pristine, golden sands are perfect for sandcastles, swimming, and windsurfing and are home to the long-established Scarborough Surf School.

Cayton Bay is a favourite for fossil hunters and bird watchers. Access is via a steep path, unsuitable for disabled people or prams.

  • Jurassic cliffs: fossils
  • Swimming, surfing, windsurfing
  • Historic WWII pill boxes in the part of the beach known as Johnny Flinton’s harbour
  • Car park on-site
  • Café
  • Shop

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3NR
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

6. The Scarborough Fair Collection and Vintage Transport Collection

  • Distance from the park: 1.3 miles
  • Travel time: 3-minute drive
Scarborough Fair Collection
Photo Credit: Scarborough Fair Collection Gallery

Less than a mile down the road from Blue Dolphin, thousands of visitors come each year to see the fantastic, unique working collection of vintage vehicles, fairground rides and mechanical organs.

A trip down memory lane for grandparents, lots of fun for the children, and a top-of-the-list activity between Filey and Scarborough.

  • Vintage fairground rides: cakewalk, ghost train, caterpillar, dodgems
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Vintage transport museum: cars, motorcycles, steam engines, buses
  • Museum ballroom: 2 Mighty Wurlitzer organs, tea dances, café, bar
  • Penny arcade: real old pennies to buy

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 10 AM to 4 PM; Wednesday to Saturday
  • Address: Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, Yorkshire, Y011 3NU
  • Standard Adult Price: £9.00

7. Sea Life Scarborough

  • Distance from the park: 8 miles
  • Travel time: 23-minute drive
Turtle, General

From tree lizards and snakes to penguins, seals and sharks, there are more than 1000 creatures at Sea Life, Scarborough.

With 50 impressive indoor and outdoor displays, including an Adventure in the Rainforest, a walk around Penguin Island and a chance to get up close to the sharks and rays in the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, this is a beautiful day out and one of the best things to do near Blue Dolphin.

  • Breakfast with the seals
  • Restaurant, picnic area
  • Informative sharks and ray talks
  • Rockpools where you can see and touch starfish
  • Otter River
  • Coral Reef inhabitants
  • Pirate adventure mini golf

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Daily
  • Address: Scalby Mills Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6RP
  • Standard Adult Price: £16.00

8. Peasholm Park

  • Distance from the park: 6.6 miles
  • Travel time: 18-minute drive
Peasholm Park

There are many reasons to visit enchanting, historic Peasholm Park, including the tranquil boating lake, golf, waterfalls, oriental-style pagoda and bridges in beautifully landscaped gardens.

Six miles from Blue Dolphin, this is a beautiful sanctuary to sit, stroll and relax.

  • Free entrance
  • 100 yards from North Beach
  • Boat hire: rowing boats, canoes, pedalos
  • Lily Pond at the top of the Glen
  • Putting green
  • Naval battles display, bandstand
  • Cafes, cold drinks, ice cream
  • The bridge leading across to the island in the centre of the lake

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7TR
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

9. Scarborough Castle

  • Distance from the park: 6.9 miles
  • Travel time: 17-minute drive
Scarborough Castle

With 3000 years of history, Scarborough Castle is a dramatic highlight of visiting this part of the Yorkshire coast.

Set on a grassy headland, this majestic fortress has seen many defining battles since the 12th century. Audio tours provide an intriguing insight into the early Iron Age settlements, the Roman signal station, and the Medieval chapel.

Scarborough Castle is one of the best things to do near Blue Dolphin, with magnificent panoramic views across North and South Scarborough beaches and the Yorkshire coast.

  • Master Gunner’s House: artefacts from Scarborough’s past
  • Prehistoric tools and pottery, a replica of a Bronze Age sword
  • Coffee and cake
  • Ice cream
  • Castle shop

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 10 AM to 5 PM, Daily
  • Address: Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
  • Standard Adult Price: £8.50

10. Playdale Farm Park

  • Distance from the park: 4 miles
  • Travel time: 10-minute drive
Playdale Farm Park
Photo Credit: Playdale Farm Park Gallery

A delightful day out, come rain or shine; Playdale Farm Park is packed with activities to entertain the family.

Playdale is located on the outskirts of the village of Cayton near Scarborough, near Blue Dolphin Holiday Park.

There’s a wide variety of animals in a natural farm environment, including llamas, alpacas, sheep, and goats, which you can meet up close and hand feed.

  • Large indoor play area: tractor zone, adventure trail, soft play, four-lane Astro slide
  • Larger interactive animal barn and paddocks: pigs, ponies, donkeys, emus
  • Small animal barn: small animals, including rabbits, chinchillas, tortoises, birds
  • Hatchery: newly hatched chicks, incubating eggs
  • Springtime: lambs, piglets, goat kids
  • Outdoor play and picnic areas: Summer Sledge Run, Zip Wire, Frisbee Golf course
  • Pedal Go Kart track, Pedal Tractors
  • Adventure fort
  • Large sandpit, ride-on diggers
  • Metropolis play area: picnic benches
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Café
  • Kiosk
  • Gift shop

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 10 AM to 5 PM, Daily
  • Address: Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3AT
  • Standard Adult Price: £10.50

11. South Cliff Italian Gardens

  • Distance from the park: 5 miles
  • Travel time: 10-minute drive

Stretching from Spa Bridge to Holbeck, the serene, historic gardens of South Cliff Italian Gardens hold hidden secrets. Walking among gently sloping woodlands, you’ll stumble across the formal terraces, shelters, fragrant rose garden, and lily pond and be amazed by the spectacular sea views.

  • Rose Garden, Italian garden
  • Terraced walks, woodland walks
  • Putting green
  • Cliff lift
  • Coastal birds and wildlife

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Scarborough YO11 2UZ
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

12. Filey Dams Nature Reserve

  • Distance from the park: 4.1 miles
  • Travel time: 9-minute drive

This well-cared-for, peaceful reserve is teeming with wildlife and filled with wildflowers just over a mile from Blue Dolphin.

Large freshwater lagoons nestle amongst the marshes and grassland, where cattle graze.

Filey Dams Nature Reserve is the only remaining freshwater marsh in the area, and along its walks and hides, you’ll spot that it’s a haven for migratory birds, small mammals, and amphibians and home to a wide variety of rare plants.

  • Geese, gulls, ducks
  • Migratory waders: greenshank, sandpipers
  • Barn Owl box
  • Wildflowers: yellow flag iris, bur-reed, bottle sedge
  • Wildlife: water voles, newts, bats, dragonflies

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Wharfedale, Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 0DP
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

13. Reighton Sands

  • Distance from the park: 7.1 miles
  • Travel time: 16-minute drive
Reighton Sands
Reighton Sands

Five miles from Blue Dolphin, northwest of Flamborough Headland, there’s a vast stretch of flat sandy beach at low tide, perfect for long walks and popular with swimmers.

You can walk to Filey from Reighton Sands. The cliffs sheltering the beach are rich in fossils, and hunters will likely find a specimen.

  • Rockpools, fossils
  • Seabirds and coastal wildlife
  • Facilities in Hummanby and Primrose Valley nearby include an amusement centre.
  • Incredible views from Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve: You might spot whales or dolphins
  • Beach cafe

Good To Know:

  • Opening Time: 24 Hours, Daily
  • Address: Reighton Gap, Filey YO14 9SL
  • Standard Adult Price: Free

Final Thoughts on Things to Do Near Blue Dolphin

Staying in Blue Dolphin Holiday Park is truly a great place to be. With many various attractions nearby, you won’t be bored and always have a plan during your day-outs.

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