There are some great coastal paths in either direction from Perranporth beach. It is a great way to explore Cornwall's rugged scenery. The views from the paths in the Sand Dunes behind the beach are outstanding. Here you will find some wonderful coastal wildflowers such as Evening Primrose and sea thrift.
Perranporth Musuem is small but perfectly formed. It is siutated down a lane just off the main shopping street on the first floor above the local library. Here you will find a great collection of memorabillia from years gone by and plenty of information to tell you about Tin mining which was prevalant in this area.
There was a small entrance fee when I visited. The museum is open Easter - October Weekdays 10.30 - 4.30, Saturdays 11.00 - 1.00pm.
The boating lake at Perranporth is a great place to while away a couple of hours. You can either hire a rowing boat or pedalo or take the easy option and sit in the lovely gardens surrounding the lake and watch the world (and boats) go by. The gardens leading up to lake are set alongside a stream which leads down to the sea. There are lots of benches dotted around for a spot of relaxing in the sun it is also in a lovely sheltered spot, just a few minutes walk inland from the centre - a great place to go if the sea breeze gets a bit too much for you on the beach.
Perranporth has a great, gigantic beach. There is at least three miles of lovely golden sands which are about a mile wide at low tide. Here you'll find some lovely streams which trickle over the beach to the sea, making a great place for the little ones to paddle. You will also find some great rock pools and smugglers caves to explore. It is also an extremely popular location for surfing and other beach sports such as kite surfing and wakeboarding. The real icing on the cake and something which makes this beach wholly unique is the watering hole... no it's not a large hole dug in the sands by the kiddies but it's a great bar situated right on the sands. Getting there involves a trek along the sands but I have been told that the food there is good and I can't think of a better way to spend an evening than sipping a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the glorious Cornish coast.