Family Friendly Things To Do in South Shields
Updated: Jul 30
We love a visit to South Shields and its only a short drive from where we live, so it makes a perfect stop to spend some family time together and enjoy the local attractions on offer. Most of the attractions in South Shields are also budget friendly which makes it a perfect option for a day out.
We recently visited South Shields with Elliot for a day out using The Shields Ferry. During the summer holidays up to three kids under 11 go free with a paying adult. Ferry staff are running promotional giveaways on various dates over the summer holidays. Find out More HERE
*We have not been paid to mention any of the below attractions. We visited on our own time and paid for our own day out.
Here are some ideas for things to do on a visit to South Shields:
Arbeia Roman Fort
Usually have activities on selected dates, especially during Summer
Parking is on the street
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
Free to enter but you need to get a card to top up so you can go on the rides
The Dunes Adventure Island
Lots of fun to be had in the dunes. You will find:
Ideal for Swimming
North & South Marine Park
South Marine Park is perfect for family fun such as Boat rides, Mini train rides, Play areas and more.
You can also find toilets and a café here too
North Marine park is more of a formal Garden with a play area. Still worth a visit though.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
A fantastic Free entry Museum with a pets corner and art galleries
There's also a gorgeous café
The Word, National Centre for written word
Lots of interactive fun and a gorgeous Library.
Located in The amusements in Ocean Beach
Smugglers cove adventure golf
This one looks fantastic!
South Shields Surf School
Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Rock pooling, Body boarding, Swimming, Snorkelling, Beach games and lots more.
Souter Lighthouse NT
Free to walk around outside but there is a small charge to climb to the top and look around the museum
There's lots of coast that you can wander along here, you will also get some amazing views!
Walks are all Free!
Go on a beach walk
South shields has a gorgeous stretch of beach for everyone to enjoy.
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Spring walk ideas (Also nice during summer)