The hub of pretty Paignton is the seafront esplanade, and the town boasts some fine stretches of gently shelving sandy beach, ideal for children and families. A time-honoured seaside resort, you’ll find all the traditional attractions at Paignton, with ice cream kiosks, marinas, bars and gardens. The sea is central to the life of the town and all manner of sea-going craft can be hired by the hour or the day, from canoes, kayaks and paddlers to motorboats and yachts.
Exploring the town’s superb beaches can be as relaxing as an afternoon sitting on same patch of sand or a full day’s activity; an invigorating walk from Preston along Paignton Sands and a number of lovely beaches and bays and around the headland to Elberry Cove, with plenty of refreshment stops along the way. Paignton Zoo is one of the town’s most popular visitor attractions, whilst a trip on the Dart Valley Steam Railway connecting the town with Kingswear is another full family day out.
Paignton’s Occombe Farm is a unique educational organic farm which has been managing the land in unaltered tradition since the second world war and as such is a designated Site of Special Scientific interest, exploring man’s relationship with his environment through natural processes. A nature trail wends its way through the pasture, wet meadows and woodland of the 150-acre site, and a Visitor Centre, Farm Shop and café enhance the experience.
For a bigger adrenaline rush, look no further than Quaywest at Goodrington Sands. A watery adventure playground, there are thrills and spills galore with water slides and fun tube rides – guaranteed to get pulses racing. There are a host of eating outlets and a go-karting area, all in all a day out which should keep all members of the family entertained.
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