Southend’s Adventure Island is the most popular fun park in Essex, and what’s more, it is free to enter (fees apply to individual rides).
Adventure Island is on the Southend seafront next to the pier, it is well sign posted. For sat nav follow directions to SS1 1EE.
The park is open for most of the year. It generally opens in mid February and closes on the first weekend of November. During Spring and Summer it is open until late (8pm – 10.30pm), but closes earlier during the Winter and Autumn months. From late March through to November it is open late on Saturday nights. Check their website for all opening times.
Each ride is categorised either Blue, Green or Red. Blue rides are for all who are over 1.2m tall and inlcude SkyDrop, Vortex and Dragon’s Claw. Green rides are for juniors, with a minimum height of 1m, riders below 1.2m must have an adult with them. Rides include Cow Jump, Over the Hill and Green Scream. The Red rides are for the smallest children. All children under 1m tall must be with an adult and rides include American Whip, the Choo Choo Train and Jumping Jolly Rogers!
They also offer discounts on annual passes.
New Rollercoaster in 2010
Southend’s popular Adventure Island had some major work done in 2009/10. The million pound project saw a new arcade built with a roller coaster on its roof.
The arcade hosts a family entertainment centre which replaces the old Lucky Strike centre. The new centre is twice as big and a whole lot more fun.
The new rollercoaster and arcade opened in February 2010.