If you are looking for a fantastic place to raise your kids – move to Jersey in the Channel Islands! Jersey has become a hotspot for international travelers looking for an idyllic family spot under the sun. Boasting the most sunny days per annum in the UK, Jersey is the ideal staycation venue!
Jersey in the British Channel Islands is the ideal vacation spot for the whole family. With something for everyone, you can satisfy the adventurous and the quiet souls. Visit the castles, museums, and lighthouse, or take a trip on the little train. Visit the zoo or spend the day surfing or kayaking.
A great vacation should include many happy memory-making moments. While we are on vacation, we have the time to try out new experiences with our kids and create those happy memories. Always try to add in a few age-appropriate activities for all your kids to enjoy. Kids of all ages will find something to do in Jersey.
Top 10 Activities To Do With Your Kids In Jersey
When planning a family vacation with the kids, most parents look for three things:
- Something different to do other than the norm
- Adventurous outdoor activities in the fresh air
- Exciting indoor activities in case it rains
Jersey offers all of these activities and more. Have a look at some of the things you can do with your kids in Jersey.
Jersey War Tunnels
Situated deep in the hillside in St Peter’s Valley, these tunnels were built as barracks and ammunition storage during the German occupation in WW2. The Jersey War Tunnels pay tribute to the heroes who lived through the occupation.
Book a real-life adventure game in the Escape Room, and work together as a family to solve cryptic puzzles and break codes to find the key to escape! Don’t try this with kids under the age of 7!
The Garden of Reflection is a great woodland walk if you have younger kids. An hour or two in the bookshop provides excellent information on what happened on this historic island.
Jersey’s only land train, the LePetit Train runs between St Helier and St Aubin harbor. Board the train at West Park, St Aubin harbor or Liberation Square and follow the scenic route along the promenade along the sea wall, around the bay.
A complete historical commentary is played on board during the 35-minute trip. An unusual adventure for the whole family! Check out the website for Disney and Liberation day rides!
Located in Jerseys’south-western corner, Corbiére Lighthouse is one of Jersey’s most visited sights. In service since 1874, this lighthouse is the first concrete lighthouse built in the British Isles and has a colorful history!
Getting to the lighthouse requires crossing the causeway at low tide, or, for a family adventure, hire a bike (with a carriage for the little ones) and cycle the old disused railway track from the port of St Aubin the lighthouse.
Pack a big picnic basket and enjoy the view overlooking the bay and the lighthouse while you eat. Explore the bunkers around the lighthouse and finish the day with ice cream at the car park kiosk!
The Jersey Zoo was the brainchild of naturalist Gerald Durrell. Founded in 1959, the zoo is home to over 100 animal species, many of them threatened.
Situated in the Parish of Trinity 4 miles north of St Helier, access is easy by coach, public bus, car, or bicycle. The zoo offers something for everyone, from animal experiences to guided talks, the Dodo playground, and excellent cafes and restaurants.
Extend the excitement by treating the kids to an overnight stay, “glamping” in 5* luxury accommodation or at the hostel.
Samares Manor is home to a variety of wildlife and stunning botanical gardens. Follow the jungle path and explore the willow labyrinth to the Children’s play area near the duck pond.
Take a guided tour around the historic Manor house or stroll around the Japanese garden or one of the seasonal gardens on display. Samare Manor hosts many events throughout the year, including the Country Fair and Welly Week, so refer to their website for the latest events before making your booking.
At the end of the day, relax, have a cup of tea, and catch your breath at the Cocorico Cafe.
Surfing at St Ouens
The beach has to be one of the biggest attractions in Jersey and is well worth the visit! On the west coast, St Ouens beach is host to the oldest surf club in Europe.
Children of all ages will enjoy the exciting activities on this beach – older kids can rent a surfboard, bodyboard, or skimboard from one of the Surf shops or schools, while younger kids can enjoy building sandcastles and search for seashells along the shore.
Kayaking At St Brelade’s Bay Beach
St Brelades Bay is a south-facing amphitheater with shallow waters, making this the ideal beach spot for families with kids of all ages. Watersports are plentiful, with numerous sea sports companies offering kayak and paddle-board rentals.
Older kids might enjoy a ride on an inflatable towed behind a speed boat! Hire a couple of kayaks for your family, pack a picnic lunch and explore the sandy coves around the peninsular.
Remember your sun hats, sunscreen, and life vests!
Another exciting adventure for kids of all ages – a visit to a real-life castle! The Elizabeth Castle is over 300 years old and was built on the island of St Helier, off the shore of Jersey. The castle is named after the reigning British monarch at the time, Queen Elizabeth I.
The adventure begins with the trip across the water to the island. You climb aboard amphibious duck ferries at high tide that walk into the water and swim across!
Once on the island, visit the army barracks and museum and watch the canon being fired out to sea! Great adventures and stories to tell to friends back home.
“Fuelled by adventure driven by passion” – this is the mission statement of Jersey Adventures, ranked the #1 activity provider in Jersey.
You can spend the day being adventurous with older children – 10 and up (check with the venue before you book). Abseiling, climbing, bushcraft, coasteering, kayaking, and paddle boarding are some of the offered activities.
aMaizin Adventure Park
An indoor and outdoor adventure play area designed as a fun day out for the whole family.
The outdoor adventure area is filled with rides, slides, and farm animals to feed. Ride go-karts, zipline, or explore the maze made from maize!
Indoor activities are designed to develop confidence and new skills through active play. Families are encouraged to play together in a purpose-built space.
Different events are added throughout the year, depending on the season. Check out the website for info on tractor rides, teacup rides, and ball cannons!
You can experience an exciting family day in Jersey, no matter the weather conditions. You can find something to entertain your kids regardless of their age or interests.
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