8 Things to Do in Bournemouth with Kids
If you're looking for things to do in Bournemouth with kids this summer, these eight family friendly attractions and days out will be the perfect solution.
1. Swim at Alum Chine Beach
Bournemouth's Alum Chine is an award winning Blue Flag beach that's ideal for families. With lots of sand, very safe swimming and a pirate themed adventure playground, you won't find a more perfect spot in Bournemouth for a day out with the kids.
2. Go Underwater at the Oceanarium
If you're seeking things to do in Bournemouth with kids in the rain, head to the Oceanarium for an underwater adventure that will keep them entertained for hours. Featuring displays from waters around the world, there are hundreds of creatures to see and learn about. A family ticket (2A+2C) costs £25.50.
3. Fly Away in the Eye
Bournemouth Eye is one of those unique things to do in Bournemouth that the whole family will love. You can take a flight on the tethered balloon every day from the beautiful Lower Gardens. The balloons go up 500 feet above the resort for amazing panoramic views over the sea and surrounding countryside. Find more info at bournemouthballoon.com.
The Bournemouth Eye @maccath
4. Make a Splash at Littledown Centre
Littledown Centre is one of those great activities for children in Bournemouth that will be fun whatever the weather. There's a large indoor pool with water slides, as well as an outdoor play park with a zip slide and leisure orienteering course. A family ticket (2A+3C) costs £10.50.
5. Explore Brownsea Island
For outdoor walks and great views of Poole harbour, head to Brownsea Island. Home to the endangered red squirrel, it's a haven for wildlife and kids will love discovering nature in this unspoilt setting. The island is also famous as the birthplace of scouting and guiding and there are trails and tracker packs available for young explorers. Find out more at nationaltrust.org.uk
6. Take a Cruise
See the sights from the water with Dorset Cruises out of Bournemouth Pier. The scenic cruise routes include a trip east to the Isle of Wight and an exploration along Dorset's historic Jurassic Coast to Swanage.
7. Take a Hike to Hengistbury Head
A few miles east of the town, this country park overlooking the sea in Dorset has lots of things to do with kids. From nature trails and unspoilt beaches and a scenic train ride to Mudeford Sandbank, you can easily while an afternoon amongst the beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
Hengistbury Head park @Bin53 Shiraz
8. Go Wild at Monkey World
One of the most popular things to do in Bournemouth with kids, Monkey World is a sprawling sanctuary for chimps and apes. The park is set in amongst the woodland of Dorset and is now home to more than 15 different species of primates. There's an Adventure Play Area and themed events for an educational and exciting family day out.
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