The beaches close to Paignton are mostly Blue Flag awarded and are clean and brilliant for bathing. Paignton Sands is long and sandy and popular with families because there are so many amenities close by. Goodrington is a family-favourite too, and close to QuayWest Water Park. Locals head to nearby Broadsands and Elberry Cove, which is popular for watersports.
Paignton has a fantastic pier that first opened in 1879 and has been voted one of Devon's top attractions. Packed with arcades, bouncy play areas and lots of tasty food outlets, it is brilliant for families whatever the weather.
Paignton Zoo is home to three thousand animals across five different habitats including desert, the tropics and savannah. There is a Crocodile Swamp and Monkey Heights and, for children, a miniature train ride, wobbly jungle bridge, indoor and outdoor play areas and animal keeper talks.
Occombe Farm is a working farm that shows people the importance of food production to their health and the environment. There's also an award-winning cafe serving delicious all-day breakfasts, cream teas and roasts.
Junior Brown's UV Crazy Golf range and Balladium is a nine-hole golf course that's played in the dark with holes that glow under UV lights - a unique twist on the traditional crazy golf concept. The Balladium is a high-energy air-cannon game where teams try to hit targets while being blasted by their opponents.