101 Best Things To Do With Kids In Dorset

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  1. Cruise the beautiful Jurassic coast then jump aboard the train to see castle relics and museums at Steam Train and Sea Cruise Adventure.
  2. See the castle built by Henry VIII then go island hopping on beautiful islands at Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise.
  3. Explore Swanage and let children feel like prince and princesses in the historic castles at the Jurassic Coast.
  4. Families can go boating on the lake and look at the miniature railway at Poole Park.
  5. Have a guided sightseeing walking family tour of the city of Cardiff and take pictures at the castles.
  6. Take a look at the mysterious Stonehenge and observe wildlife in the New Forest National Park.
  7. See and take photos with your family at London city’s most iconic sights such as Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey.
  8. Enjoy the golden sands, the clear water, and its fantastic views with your family at Bournemouth Beach.
  9. Experience the beauty of Brownsea Island with its wildlife and do archery and low ropes with your family.
  10. Visit Sandbanks Beach, famous for its very clear water and golden sands, where you can play crazy golf, & there’s also children’s play area.
  11. Play beach volleyball with your teenagers and ride donkeys at Weymouth Beach.
  12. Learn more about the geology and fossils of this world & do fossil hunts with your kids at Jurassic Coast.
  13. View lovely sculptures and beautiful gardens with your kids at Sculpture by the Lakes.
  14. Visit Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum with your kids & see paintings, sculptures, and furniture from all over the world.
  15. Have a family picnic with a great view of Christchurch bay at Hengistbury Head Beach.
  16. Let kids explore the outdoor Bournemouth Aviation Museum, an aviation museum filled with several types of aircraft where kids are free to go inside cockpits.
  17. Swim at the Cobb with your family.
  18. Take family photos at Old Harry Rocks, a famous stone formation at the Jurassic Coast.
  19. Visit the Lulworth cove and then take photos at Durdle Door, one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks.
  20. Have an enjoyable steam train ride with your kids while enjoying the view of Swanage at Swanage Railway.
  21. Visit Christchurch Priory with your family.
  22. Walk along the harbor with your family and watch the fishing boats, or enjoy the fish and chips at the local restaurants at Weymouth Harbour.
  23. See a variety of adorable rescued monkeys at kid-friendly Monkey World.
  24. Climb a beautifully kept lighthouse with stunning views at Portland Bill Lighthouse.
  25. Admire beautiful antiques, stunning gardens, and a gorgeous looking house at Kingston Lacy.
  26. Have fun figuring out the maze of underground passageways with your kids at Nothe Fort.
  27. Inspire interest in history and science as kids see fossils and have fun with the interactive geology gallery at Lyme Regis Philpot Museum.
  28. Go to Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, where kids can learn how to date old rocks and you can also buy fossils and minerals as memorabilia.
  29. Let small kids play on the sand or go surfing with your teenagers at Avon Beach.
  30. Enjoy a day at a Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park that has both an indoor and outdoor playground and lots of cute and friendly animals that will keep your little ones entertained.
  31. Experience a pirate-themed large adventure playground, tropical garden, pubs and ice cream kiosk, and more at Alum Chine Beach.
  32. Invite your teenagers to go sailing or windsurfing with you or just relax and go crabbing and fishing with the kids at Mudeford Quay.
  33. Be amazed at the falconry displays and let kids take part in knight school and experience the medieval village at Corfe Castle.
  34. Explore the multiple themed gardens that children you will surely love at Compton Acres.
  35. Play beach games, go swimming & sunbathing with the whole family at Studland beach and Nature Reserve.
  36. Ride the Mudeford Ferry with your kids and do a fun and leisurely sightseeing adventure without getting complaints about tired feet from long walks.
  37. Step back in time in Dorset’s ‘lost’ village, learn history and old stories of the village and see informative exhibitions, there’s also a picnic too at Tyneham Village.
  38. See the historic Place Mill which is now an art gallery, or have a fun water activity at the Splash Park at Christchurch Quay.
  39. Be amazed by the beautiful variety of floral displays and aviary, & play mini-golf at Lower Gardens.
  40. See the fascinating wildlife, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, and the newly renovated Durlston Castle at Durlston Country Park.
  41. Discover marine ecosystems at a waterside aquarium, plus let kids join the animal feeding sessions at Oceanarium.
  42. Go to Charmouth Beach for some swimming, fossil hunting, and family picnics.
  43. Visit this Alice in Wonderland family theme park that offers rides and attractions aimed at families like interactive speed game, hedge maze, Jungle Zap Zone, and fun live shows at Adventure Wonderland.
  44. Try some of the fresh produce and fill your family’s stomachs with unique home-cooked food at Athelhampton House and Gardens.
  45. Check the amazing exhibitions about WWII, the collection of armored fighting vehicles, interactive games and free talks and tours where you can get inside a real tank at The Tank Museum.
  46. Make kids fascinated at this 16th-century castle with luxurious furnishings, fine art and antiquities, plus huge beautiful gardens and a lake at Sherborne Castle & Gardens.
  47. Let kids can partake on hands-on activities and dressing-up costumes, as well as quizzes and spotter trails, also enjoy its wonderful herb garden at Red House Museum & Gardens.
  48. See the breathtaking, life-sized sand sculptures of famous shows & people like Star Wars scene, Game of Thrones, The Jungle Book, Superheroes, and more at Sand world Sculpture Park.
  49. Go to Gold Hill Museum where there are some hands-on educational things for kids to do.
  50. Check out Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre center which provides hands-on displays, interactive computers, and information about fossils and fossil hunting specifically targeted for kids too young teenagers.
  51. Watch Family-friendly exhibits with a variety of sea creatures at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park.
  52. Visit the building that is the birthplace of English author Thomas Hardy at Hardy’s Cottage.
  53. Go with your whole family and enjoy great sandy beaches and beautiful views across the coastline at Branksome Chine.
  54. Watch a variety of live show or cinema that will keep kids interested at Regen Centre.
  55. Let kids experience the finest architectural church in Dorset at Sherborne Abbey.
  56. Sail high-speed on a day trip with a lounge bar full of tasty food and drink and a duty-free shop at Condor Ferries.
  57. Go skiing & snowboarding, and let the kids enjoy at the adventure park at Snowtrax.
  58. Have a wet inflatable fun or have a muddy adventure trail at Dorset Adventure Park.
  59. Explore a beautiful garden with exotic species from all over the world at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
  60. Badbury Rings is a perfect place for children to walk or run up and down the hill, also ideal for kite flying.
  61. Relax, unwind, and enjoy the view aquatic birds, try the miniature railway, indoor ice rink, and more at Poole Park.
  62. Ride in a Land Rover as you drive off the beaten track for a taste of Dorset’s secret safari beauty at Jurassic Safari.
  63. Explore the intricate architecture, beautiful relics, and an amazing old astronomical clock at The Minster Church of St Cuthburga.
  64. Watch live acts, concerts, and fantastic shows at The Tivoli Theatre.
  65. Go fishing or play musical instruments at Boscombe Pier.
  66. See the intricate scale model of the town’s streets, shops and gardens themed during the 1950s at Wimborne Model Town.
  67. Buy food while listening to live music and more at Bridport Market.
  68. Feed a colony of nesting Mute Swans or find your way in the largest willow maze at Abbotsbury Swannery.
  69. Let your teenagers experience zip wires, arcades, theaters, & restaurants at Bournemouth Pier.
  70. Relax in the iconic ruin with an overlooking view Portland Harbour at Sandsfoot Castle
  71. Stroll around lovely flowers of various colors, there’s also activity area where you can bowl, play tennis and golf at Greenhill Gardens.
  72. Enjoy the wildlife along the shoreline, let the children blow off steam at the play areas at Upton Country Park.
  73. Climb the highest point on the south coast and enjoy its awesome view at Golden Cap Estate.
  74. A very informative and interactive exhibit and activities that kids will love at Poole Museum.
  75. Learn sub-aqua diving, angling, and other water sports at Swanage Pier.
  76. Know more about Lulworth through its informative exhibits and displays at Lulworth Heritage Centre.
  77. Have a beautiful view of the Priory at Christchurch Castle.
  78. Explore the renowned Jacobean manor with Earl of Sandwich collections at Mapperton House & Gardens.
  79. Chill out with your family with great views across the water at Hamworthy Park.
  80. If you’re finding beautiful surroundings, the relaxing ambiance, with the gorgeous plants, and tasty desserts visit Holme for Gardens.
  81. Have a fun and enjoyable experience in this thrilling waterpark at Splashdown Waterpark Poole.
  82. Take instagrammable photos with your family with a beautiful bridge and water lilies at the background at Bennetts Water Gardens.
  83. Walk along the beach or above on the cliffs at Hive Beach.
  84. Take a good walk or run in while enjoying the stunning views at Nothe Gardens.
  85. Feed and pet adorable animals at Fancy’s Farm.
  86. Go surfing or paddle boarding and soak up some rays at Highcliffe Beach.
  87. See rope making and fossil exhibit and learn more about the town’s history at Bridport Museum.
  88. Admire the scale model of the castle prior to its destruction at Corfe Castle Model Village.
  89. Watch musicals, opera, ballet, pantomime, comedy, fashion shows, and more at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.
  90. Experience the magnificent rooms and the different restaurants and cafes around The Square.
  91. Visit the beautiful Victorian house where the great Thomas Hardy lived at Max Gate.
  92. Relax and take a serene walk at a beautiful landscaped formal garden with sculptures at The Walled Garden Moreton.
  93. A kids activity haven which features a miniature train, giant slide, go-kart, and mini-golf at Lodmoor Country Park.
  94. See a large collection of birds and watch fantastic bird shows at Dorset Falconry Park.
  95. Let kids ride a pony or drive a real tractor at Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park.
  96. Do different activities in each room like crafting, trails, and more at Highcliffe Castle.
  97. Watch orchestra, concerts, or a showcase of school talents at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts.
  98. Support your local team and catch the action in motorcycle racing at Poole Speedway.
  99. Watch a football game and taste delicious food at Vitality Stadium.
  100. Let your little ones get up close to different animals, they can also play at a barn themed play area or visit the beautiful garden at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens.
  101. Escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool that changes colors at The Blue Pool and Tea House.

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