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Things to do with kids in Manchester this Easter

4 weeks ago

Updated for March 2024

Looking for things to do with the kids this Easter holidays? Take a look at our best days out in Manchester for families, starting with a couple of brand new attractions that have opened within the last few months.

You’ve got a lot of options here, from escape rooms and VR games to parks and petting farms. We’ve also included some of our favourite family days out in the North West that you can travel to in an hour or so.

To filter the list by activity type, location and price, use the search function.

For more Easter kids activities in Manchester, check out What’s on this Easter for families.

 

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  • Things to do with kids this Easter in Manchester: the giant egg hunt at RHS Bridgewater
    Book Now Worsley

    RHS Garden Bridgewater

    Parks & Gardens

    The 2021 opening of this new 154-acre garden was greeted with much excitement and long queues, and rightly so. Once a derelict and overgrown site, it’s now a major visitor attraction with plenty to offer all year round. 

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  • Arcade Club Bury - a Manchester day out for families
    Bury

    Arcade Club Bury

    Activities

    Arcade Club Bury is a gamer’s paradise. Set in a former mill, it is a vast celebration of the beat ‘em up, the shoot ‘em up and the platform game. There’s four entire floors of arcade machines, pinball, air hockey and more with a good mix of the latest releases and retro refurbs. This is the biggest arcade in Europe.

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  • Skating at Graystone Action Sports in Salford
    Salford

    Graystone

    Activities

    Graystone is Salford’s action-packed home of high-adrenaline sports. Skateboarding is the big deal here. Practise on all sorts of drops, ramps and bars or sign up for a group coaching session ran by passionate staff. As well as skateboarding, you can also go for BMX or scooters in the park area.

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  • Nerf AX interior, a games venue at Trafford Palazzo
    Trafford Park

    Nerf Action Xperience

    Activities

    If you love charging around waving a Nerf blaster with foam ammo popping all around you, then you’re going to be excited about this.

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  • Chaos Karts interior, an activity in Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Chaos Karts

    Activities

    Chaos Karts puts you in the driving seat of an immersive augmented reality experience, bringing real-life karting and gaming together.

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  • View from Alderley Edge, a red sandstone escarpment in Cheshire
    Alderley Edge

    Alderley Edge

    Activities

    There are two very different Alderley Edges. One is a chi-chi town of footballers and wealthy socialites, the other – this one – is a red sandstone escarpment with amazing views over Cheshire and a hippyish vibe.

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  • One of the crazy golf courses at Junkyard Golf in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Junkyard Golf Manchester

    Activities

    Junkyard Golf is Manchester’s original crazy crazy golf. There are imitators and imposters but this was the city’s first day-glo, booze-fuelled, loud, throbbing take on the traditional seaside game for kids.

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  • Manchester River Cruises Pirates and Mermaids - a recommended half-term day out in Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    Manchester River Cruises

    Activities

    Want to fall in love with your city all over again? Take a boat tour from Manchester River Cruises, and you’ll see its iconic views from a new and surprising perspective.

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  • The People's History Museum in Manchester.
    Spinningfields

    People’s History Museum

    Museums

    The People’s History Museum tells the story of the development of democracy in Britain. It’s the only museum in the UK that focuses on the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters, and citizens who believed in ideas worth fighting for, like equality, social justice and co-operation.

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  • Aerial view of Beeston Castle, a historic site in Cheshire
    Tarporley

    Beeston Castle

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Beeston Castle perches atop a rocky crag, looking out over the surrounding Cheshire Plains.

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  • Manchester City Football Club's Etihad Stadium
    Beswick

    Manchester City Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Even if you’re not a Blue you can’t help but be impressed with the scale of the Etihad Stadium in this regenerated area of East Manchester.

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  • View from Mam Tor, a popular walking destination in the Peak District
    Derbyshire

    Mam Tor

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Mam Tor is one of the highlights of the Peak District in an area that’s full of gems. The name means Mother Hill because the frequent landslips have created a series of mini-hills around it. This geological instability caused by layers of shale also give Mam Tor its other name, Shivering Mountain.

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  • Statues of legendary Manchester United players outside their Old Trafford stadium
    Old Trafford

    Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Even if it’s not a match day, there’s plenty happening at the iconic Old Trafford stadium. The best way to experience it (aside from watching a game, of course) is to go on the behind-the-scenes Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour.

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  • Goats at Reddish Vale Farm - one of Confidential Guides' recommended things to do with kids in Manchester
    Reddish

    Reddish Vale Farm

    Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

    Ian Brown, take note. Reddish Vale Farm, on the Stockport side of Manchester, has everything you could want to keep little ones entertained, including a beach.

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  • Lady with orange pugil stick at Inflata Nation Manchester
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    Inflata Nation Manchester

    Activities

    This indoor inflatable playground is an excellent way to tire out hyperactive kids on a rainy day and for that we thank them. The other fab thing about it is that adults are welcome too. Inflata Nation Manchester believes all ages can have fun bounding around and burrowing through ball pools. We can’t disagree.

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  • Cockfields Farm at Christmas - one of our recommended Christmas days out in or near Manchester
    Oldham

    Cockfields Farm Park

    Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

    Cockfields Farm Park, in the countryside between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne, is a young child’s idea of the perfect day out.

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  • The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester
    Castlefield

    Science and Industry Museum

    Museums

    Much like the once mighty industrial power of the North, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has shrunk noticeably over the years. But it’s still well worth a visit.

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  • Spring at Tatton Park
    Knutsford

    Tatton Park

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Tatton Park is a historic estate on the edge of Knutsford, home to an opulent neo-classical mansion, landscaped gardens, a farm, a huge deer park and a medieval Old Hall.

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  • Mayfield Park, Manchester
    Piccadilly

    Mayfield Park

    Parks & Gardens

    It’s no secret that Manchester city centre is short on decent parks. The opening of Mayfield Park in September 2022 goes some way to fixing that with its 6.5 acres of lawns, playgrounds, pathways and live events area.

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  • Canal boats outside Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne
    Ashton-under-Lyne

    Portland Basin Museum

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Step inside the restored nineteenth-century Ashton Canal Warehouse in Ashton-under-Lyne and you’ll find the Portland Basin Museum. With exciting, accessible exhibitions, it’s a great place to learn about the people, history and places that have shaped Tameside’s past.

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  • Ordsall Hall in Salford
    Salford

    Ordsall Hall

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Ordsall Hall is a piece of Tudor history just a short walk from the contemporary comings and goings of Salford Quays. Please note: it’s closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

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  • The Lowry is an art gallery and theatres at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
    Salford Quays

    The Lowry

    Comedy Venues

    Flagship arts venue The Lowry was at the heart of 1990s’ plans to breathe new life back into Salford Quays. Now in its third decade, it’s maintained its reputation as one of Greater Manchester’s top visitor attractions thanks to a lively, ever-evolving programme of art, music, theatre, comedy and more.

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  • Football boots on display at The National Football Museum in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    National Football Museum

    Museums

    Where else but footy-mad Manchester to house the National Museum of the UK’s favourite sport? Explore the history of the beautiful game inside the unusual-looking Urbis building next to Manchester Victoria train station.

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  • Manchester Museum
    Oxford Road

    Manchester Museum

    Museums

    Manchester Museum reopened in February 2023 following a £15m transformation to make it more inclusive and more imaginative in how it tells its stories.

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  • Woman on rope bridge at Treetop Trek Manchester
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    Treetop Trek Manchester

    Activities

    If you’re looking for a fun way to get outside and get active, try Treetop Trek Manchester at Heaton Park. It’s a chance to feel the breeze on your face and face your fears on a high-rope aerial adventure in the woods.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Tenpin Manchester – Printworks

    Activities

    As the name suggests, TenPin Manchester – Printworks is a bowling alley in the Printworks. It’s family-friendly by day and over-18s only after 9pm.

    If you don’t want to stay in – or on – your lane, you can also try out beer pong, karaoke, air hockey, arcade games, American pool and table tennis. It’s decent value for a wide range of entertainment.

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  • Winter at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near Manchester.
    Altrincham

    Dunham Massey

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Dunham Massey is one of the National Trust’s top 10 most visited properties, bringing in 439,000 people in 2020/21. We reckon at least 80% of them were Mancunians escaping the city for their nearest bucolic country park.

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  • Jodrell Bank in the sun
    Macclesfield

    Jodrell Bank

    Museums

    Jodrell Bank is a landmark. On a clear day, you can see its Lovell Telescope from the top of almost any hill in the region. It’s also a landmark research institute at the forefront of modern astrophysics. And it’s a lovely day out.

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  • Bolton Museum in Bolton city centre
    Bolton

    Bolton Museum

    Museums

    Bolton Museum is much more than just your standard local history-focused collection. Because of its links with the cotton trade, this unassuming town has an internationally recognised collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

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  • Lego Batman and Lego Superman eating ice creams by Yulia Matvienko on Unsplash
    Trafford Park

    Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

    Activities

    Legoland Discovery Centre is Manchester’s ultimate Lego playground. If your children like building and creating with those brightly coloured blocks, then they will love it. There are evening sessions for adults available too so serious Lego architects can geek out undisturbed, otherwise adults (15+) must be accompanied by a child to visit.

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  • Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersport Centre.
    Waterfront

    Liverpool Watersports Centre

    Activities

    Nothing shakes up the senses quite like a winter dip in the docks. Head to Mariners Wharf for all-year-round aquatic activities at Liverpool Watersports Centre including open water swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, powerboating, and giant swan pedalo-ing. Go in the warmer months and there’s an Aqua Park too – basically a big inflatable playground in the water. 

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  • The gym floor at Manchester Academy of Gymnastics
    Salford

    Manchester Academy of Gymnastics

    Activities

    Manchester Academy of Gymnastics offers gymnastics to adults and children, boxing for anyone over ten, and parkour.

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  • Girls getting ready to skate at Paradise Skate World, Manchester.
    Manchester City Centre

    Paradise Skate World

    Activities

    Paradise Skate World is a cosmic-themed roller skating bar for grown-ups (and teenagers at certain times of the day). It’s not a professional roller rink, more a place to have fun, although the 4500 sq ft wood-sprung rink is rather lovely. Think galactic backdrops and light-up wheels with some cocktails and snacks thrown in for good measure.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria

    Activities

    TeamSport Go Karting: Manchester Victoria is a high-octane experience that’ll turn even the mildest contestant into a speed demon.

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  • TeamSport Go Karting Track with racers and red stop lights
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    TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park

    Activities

    TeamSport Go Karting: Trafford Park has 450 metres of adrenaline-fuelled GP circuit and a new fleet of Biz Evo3 adult karts so you can whizz round at speeds of up to 40mph.

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  • The bar at Lane 7, Deansgate
    Manchester City Centre

    Lane 7 Deansgate

    Activities

    Lane 7 Deansgate has bowling lanes as well as more than seven other things to do while you’re there and that doesn’t even include drinking a gin cocktail in a stein. Obviously, that’s just a given.

    As well as bowling, there is fancy-pants bowling with neon zig zags. A bit of a cross between a new restaurant opening and Blade Runner. All the bowling is pretty sleek and shiny though with the standard graffiti décor.

    Non-bowling entertainment includes just about everything that could possibly be construed as competitive with the exception of tiddlywinks.

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  • Prescot

    Knowsley Safari

    Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

    Knowsley Safari is an exciting day out for all animal-lovers – not just for kids. Who wouldn’t want to watch their car’s windscreen wipers being expertly deconstructed by some cheeky little baboons?

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  • Didsbury

    Fletcher Moss

    Parks & Gardens

    Fletcher Moss has four outdoor, floodlit clay tennis courts which are open to everyone and accessibly priced.

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  • The door to 62 Nelson Street, where the Pankhurst family lived, and now the home of the Pankhurst Centre museum.
    Book Now Oxford Road

    The Pankhurst Centre

    Museums

    The Pankhurst Centre is the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family. Open to the public on Thursday and Sundays, it’s now a museum dedicated to the story of the fight for women’s right to vote.

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  • The Cube Live at Urban Playground Manchester
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    Urban Playground Manchester

    Activities

    Urban Playground Manchester is the place to go for an adrenaline-fuelled, ultra-competitive night out. Located in Manchester Arndale, it brings together high-tech games with bars and big-name dining from gourmet burger brand The Butcher.

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  • Heaton Park in Manchester, UK
    Prestwich

    Heaton Park

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    If you’re craving greenery but don’t want to stray too far out of the city, Heaton Park, on the Manchester-Bury border, is one of your best options.

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  • Trafford Park

    Sea Life Manchester

    Museums

    Sea Life Manchester is the city’s only aquarium. It isn’t enormous – for something bigger you’d have to travel to Blue Planet in Ellesmere Port – but there is plenty to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon.

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  • Rufford Old Hall, a National Trust property close to Liverpool.
    Lancashire

    Rufford Old Hall

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Tudor house and garden Rufford Old Hall has all the classic features of a National Trust day out. Beautiful gardens, grand buildings, a tea room complete with homemade cakes… and as such it makes for a lovely day out in all weathers.

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  • Styal

    Quarry Bank Mill

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Quarry Bank Mill makes a change from the stately homes in pretty gardens National Trust blueprint. It’s an industrial gem but you’ll still find picturesque riverside gardens, woodland and rolling countryside.

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  • Swimming at Manley Mere in Frodsham, Cheshire
    Frodsham

    Manley Mere

    Activities

    This man-made lake used to be a field full of cows until the owners diversified their business model from dairy farming into water sports. Manley Mere is now home to an adventure trail, aqua park, cafe, and sailing centre. Sounds like they made the right decision.

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  • 2022 09 22 Kickair child backflip
    Green Quarter

    Kickair

    Activities

    Kickair, an “indoor freestyle park” behind Victoria Station, is the kind of place that fills kids (and big kids) with glee. 

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  • The Whitworth is one of Manchester's leading art galleries
    Oxford Road

    The Whitworth

    Art Galleries

    Any art lover’s trip to Manchester would not be complete without a morning or afternoon spent gazing at the walls (and wallpaper collections) of The Whitworth.

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  • Oldham

    Gallery Oldham

    Art Galleries

    Gallery Oldham in the town’s Cultural Quarter features artworks and items from Oldham’s diverse collections alongside newly commissioned art, international work, touring exhibitions and work produced with local communities.

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  • A lady dressed as a warden holding a fire bucket at Stockport Air Raid Shelter
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    Stockport Air Raid Shelters

    Museums

    Stockport Air Raid Shelters were the largest purpose built air-raid shelters in the country, originally designed to provide shelter to 3850 people, they were extended during the Second World War to accommodate as many as 6500.

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  • The tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park
    Wythenshawe

    Wythenshawe Park

    Parks & Gardens

    The six, resurfaced floodlit tennis courts at Wythenshawe Park have just been repainted ready for summer 2023. Anyone can book to play here, with hourly rates ranging from free to £4.

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  • Man with VR Headset from Unsplash
    Manchester City Centre

    DNA VR

    Activities

    DNA VR is a virtual reality arcade with three different gameplay options. You can communicate with your friends through the VR headsets as you play and it’s all private. You play with your friends, not some randoms. Everything is overseen by your own VR wizard so you don’t succumb to the zombie apocalypse too quickly.

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  • A girl in a VR headset at MeetspaceVR Manchester in Trafford Park
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    MeetspaceVR Manchester

    Activities

    MeetspaceVR Manchester is a virtual reality, immersive experience in a huge warehouse at Trafford Park. It’s a place where you can leave the real world behind and choose your own adventure from a range of thrilling games and set-ups.

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  • Bury

    East Lancashire Railway

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    The East Lancashire Railway has a long and rich heritage, stretching all the way back to when the first trains steamed into Bury in the 1840s.

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  • Book Now Trafford Park

    Chill Factore

    Activities

    With 180m of downhill skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. And though you can’t compare it to the glistening slopes of Chamonix, it offers enough action to make a day trip there a must for anyone interested in snowsports (or just larking about on a sledge).

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  • Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Immersive Gamebox Manchester

    Activities

    Put down those phones, switch off your screens, and, er, stand in front of another one . . .  but this time in your own personal gamebox at Immersive Gamebox in Manchester Arndale.

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  • A girl on the monkey bars at Total Ninja, Manchester.
    Trafford Park

    Total Ninja

    Activities

    Total Ninja is part bouncy-castle on steroids, part warrior training ground. The venue is mainly divided into two parts: an inflatable park and a so-called Ninja Academy, both of which are included in the entry price. There is also a free toddler area for under 4s.

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  • The aquapark at Alderford Lake
    Whitchurch

    Alderford Lake

    Activities

    Alderford Lake is the perfect summer day out. It’s an idyllic location but you won’t be able to sit still and enjoy the birdsong or take in the view; there’s far too much going on.

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  • Daffodils bordering the lake at Lyme Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester
    Stockport

    Lyme Park

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Lyme Park is a huge estate with a Medieval herd of red deer, stunning views and a handsome Regency house.

    Now a National Trust property, Lyme Park has something for visitors of all ages. Jane Austen fans may know it best as Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy, where he emerges dripping wet from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Crosby

    Another Place

    Monuments

    Another Place, Crosby, by sculptor Antony Gormley consists of 100 cast-iron figures gazing wordlessly out to sea from the beach. 

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