Put a ferry crossing in the mix and even a family day out feels more like a holiday, especially when the journey only lasts 22 minutes. And that’s exactly how long it takes to get from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink.

Need any more persuasion to sail away for the day – or longer? Have a look at 10 of the Isle of Wight’s top family experiences to help you make up your mind.

1/10  Blackgang Chine Amusement Park

The Isle of Wight has been weaving summer magic for centuries. If you need proof, head to the sunny south coast and throw yourself into the fantasy world of Blackgang Chine. The UK’s oldest amusement park first opened in 1843 and, judging by today’s adoring reviews, hasn’t lost any of its original appeal.

Admittedly, Victorians would have swooned in horror over 21st century monster rollercoasters, white-knuckle rides, epic waterslides, and free-roaming T-Rex. But classics like Pirate Cove and Cowboy Town are perennially enchanting. Nobody needs smelling salts for a Musical Pet Shop or Rumpus Mansion. And all-new Underwater Kingdom is just the kind of captivating inventiveness everyone loves, and always has.

Good to know: Every ticket to Blackgang Chine gives you a great day out and lets you come back again for the next seven days, free of charge.

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