The Easter holidays signal the start of the season for many of The Suffolk Coast's attractions, and there's a huge range of days out on offer that will appeal to the whole family.
For action-packed days out, visit Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, or book a trip on the Coastal Voyager in Southwold; on board you will be sped out to sea, taking in the views of Southwold and the coast. At High Lodge Leisure, the whole family can try their hand at a range of activities including archery and clay pigeon shooting, foot golf, fishing and golf.
If you enjoy exploring by water but prefer to stay dry, then take a trip on board a sailing barge or boat with Sailing Barge Cruises, Sailing Barge Victor, Deben Boat Trips and The Orwell Lady. Alternatively, you can skipper your own boat and discover the Suffolk and Norfolk broads with Waveveny River Tours and Hippersons Boatyard or don your wetsuit and canoe or paddleboard down the rivers and waterways along the River Alde with Iken Canoe.
Animal lovers will be in their element at Africa Alive! Here you can meet the animals of the African savannah, take a ride around the park on the safari train, get up close to reptiles and creepy crawlies in the discovery zone and even become a zookeeper for the day! Alternatively, book a place on one of the beach rides, a private lesson or hire a pony for the day at Pakefield Riding School and if the weather is a tad soggy, you can stay dry whilst ramping up the adrenalin at Anglia Indoor Karting.
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As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths is home to some of the UK's rarest wildlife, birdlife, plants and insects. Spend a day at RSPB Minsmere and join one of the many guided walks or activities including bird watching, nest box building, and star gazing. There are many Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves located throughout The Suffolk Coast too, all offering a range of outdoor activities for the whole family.
Children will love a day at Easton Farm Park; the working farm is home to many a baby animals at Easter and over the Easter weekend there's a whole host of fun activities; including egg hunts, train rides, pony rides, animal encounters and a chance to get up close to magnificent Suffolk Punch horses.
With miles of winding lanes, forest tracks and country roads to explore, what better and more fun a way to do so than on two-wheels! If you don't fancy bringing your own, you can hire bikes, bicycle seats and locks from Southwold Cycle Hire. You can hire the bikes for any length of time to suit your stay.
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Discover The Suffolk's Coast past with a trip to a museum; explore the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at National Trust Sutton Hoo (re-opening at Easter after an exciting regeneration project!), walk the castle walls of Framlingham Castle, pay a visit to the last working Tide Mill in the UK in Woodbridge, and visit one of Britain's best preserved sea defences; Landguard Fort. Make a day of it and also pay a visit to Felixstowe Museum (open Easter Sunday and Easter Monday) where you can take a step back in time and view the collections of mammoth tusks, Roman pottery, Medieval coins and cannon balls and learn about the ancient inhabitants of this region.
The whole family will enjoy a visit to East Anglia Transport Museum where you can see and take a ride on working trams, trolleybuses and a narrow gauge railway. The cobbled streets are also home to exhibition halls, period street scenes, 'Tar, Sweat and Steam building'.
You can also discover Suffolk's engineering heritage with a trip to the Long Shop Museum. Children will love to discover the mini-home ‘working van’ where they can dress up in vintage clothes, get creative with the sand-moulds and pattern boxes, make their own engine rubbings and follow the museum trail.
For more 'days out' ideas, visit our Things to Do Guide.
For a full list of Suffolk Coast attractions, head to our Attractions Guide.