One of Southports biggest attractions is the Pleasureland amusement park, for family fun and white-knuckle rides.
The seafront provides a traditional family experience and has long been a focal point for visitors and the local community.
Southport has long been known as the UK's number one seaside resort for floral decorations, with the Flower Show (usually in August, but with a newly established Spring show) rivalling the one at Chelsea .
Southport and the Sefton Coast has 22 miles of stunning coastline, with miles of golden sands on offer, great for family fun.
The Pier & Waterfront
Southport Pier was the first iron pier built in 1860 and remains the second longest pier in the country. Restored at a cost of £7 million pounds through public donation, Heritage Lottery, Sefton Council and European financial support in recognition of its special historical and architectural interest
The Seafront annually hosts an extensive events programme including the Southport Air show, Radio One Dance Night, Southport Flower Show, Thunder Sprint classic motorbike racing, British Musical Firework Championship, Model Show Weekend and many other events.
The Blue Flag award winning beach has always proved a popular family attraction. The beach is accessible from Marine Drive and has ample parking space for visitors. Attractions include donkey rides, Southport Pier, funfair, Go-karts, New Seawall, ice cream and refreshments are available within a short walking distance. A lifeguard and beach patrol service ensures visitor safety
Southport is a shopper's paradise, In the centre of town is the world famous Lord Street, a mile-long boulevard offering a high quality mix of both famous brands and specialist shops.
Adjacent to Lord Street is a number of elegant glass-vaulted shopping arcades including Wayfarers Arcade, Cambridge Arcade, Cambridge Walks and Marble Place. Other great shopping opportunities can be found on Chapel Street, Eastbank Street, Tulketh Street, Wesley Street and King Street - all offer something for every taste and pocket. A visit to Market Hall in King Street is also well worthwhile.
The Sefton Coast is one of Britain's premier birdwatching locations and to date 300 bird species have been recorded within its boundaries.
Southport is very fortunate, not only to have the largest area of undeveloped dune systems in England, but also to have a tremendous variety of other important habitats, which includes sandy beaches, tidal estuaries, coastal marshes, pine woodlands, heathland and scrub, peat mosslands and man-made wetlands.
The coastal area is designated a Special Protection Area (SPA), a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and Ramsar Site. The Sefton Coast is part of the Natura 2000 network of important European wildlife sites.