You will find plenty to do right on your doorstep, but if you still need some inspiration, here are a few ideas.
Discover the exciting array of luxury sunseekers, ferries and shipping vessels that line the ocean just off the gorgeous quay. Explore the dainty old town and try some fish and chips with the fresh catch of the day.
Dorset’s award-winning family theme park has a host of rides and attractions to make for a fantastic day out for all the family.
Get wet and wild at this all-weather waterpark. Whether you are you brave enough to slide down the vertical drop or more tempted toward drifting downstream gently on a rubber ring, there is something to please everyone.
Get close to the primates in this extraordinary animal conservation centre. Learn about how some of the residents have been saved from neglect and given a better life with this fantastic organisation.
Ever thought about being a farmer? Discover some of the cutest farm animals around. With regular animal activities throughout the day, you can feed, cuddle and find your farmer feet here.
Its own haven just off Poole Quay, Brownsea Island is a must-see for all of Poole’s visitors. Red squirrels, beautiful woodland and stunning views, Brownsea Island provides a perfect place for a picnic and peace.
A fun, interactive way to learn about Poole’s history. Follow the trail on your smartphone or tablet and you can find multimedia insights into specific sites and objects around the town and museum.
Explore the exciting town of St Peter Port with Condor Ferries daytrips. Try some Guernsey fudge (made with real Guernsey cow’s milk!) and make the most of the onboard duty-free prices to stock up on the latest star buys. Click here to look at timetables and book your journey.
Leading up to the tip of Boscombe Pier, Boscombe’s crazy golf is a fun and eco-friendly way to get competitive. With biodegradable golf balls filled with fish food, the balls are unleashed into the sea at the final hole to feed the fish below!
Beautiful woodland and play parks make Moors Valley a great day out for all the family. Whether you chose to ‘go ape’, or follow the play trail, you will be sure to have a fantastic day out.
As one of the largest indoor entertainment arenas in Dorset, Lemur Landings has it all, including a playframe, climbing walls, bridges, multi-slides, and even a ball cannon blaster! Your little ones won’t run out of things to do.
Take in fantastic views as you cruise around the Sandbanks peninsula, Brownsea Island and Studland Bay. With live commentary, your cruise will give you the local facts and history to make your journey informative, as well as picturesque.
Explore the history of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. Get face-to-face with over 300 vehicles including the world’s first-ever tank! Twenty minutes out of Poole and next to Monkey World, the Tank Museum is definitely not to be missed.
Visit to see how this beautiful castle would have looked before it was destructed by Cromwell’s troops in 1964. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with a fossil corner and a croquet lawn, there is lots to do here for all ages.
Hop on board a slice of history on this steam train and cruise along the beautiful Dorset countryside. Look out for special events with Peppa Pig, Father Christmas, or simply treat yourself to a rustic evening meal on board, complete with champagne, to add an extra touch of sparkle.
The New Forest is a haven of wildlife with around 5000 ponies roaming wild around amongst the gorgeous woodland and country paths. Whether you choose to settle in a country pub, or explore the depths of the forest, the Forest has something for all ages.
Explore Marwell Zoo and get a chance to see 100’s of the different animals you can find around the world. With daily animal talks, a 140-acre park and numerous adventure playgrounds, Marwell Zoo is not to be missed.
Discover the fascinating world of sparkling fine wine, nestled in the picturesque Poole countryside. Opt for a tour around the 23,000 vines next to the 17th-century farmhouse and then settle back at the visitor centre and try some of the freshly made produce.
A beautiful seaside town with gloriously colourful buildings lining the harbour, Lyme Regis is not to be missed. Fossil hunting, fishing, or simply ambling along the cobbled streets, the choice is yours.
Transport yourself back to the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Dorchester’s converted Victorian Schoolhouse. Prepare to be amazed by life-size sculptures and hands-on interactive activities to find out more about our exciting prehistoric history.
Get hands-on and discover your inner chef with White Pepper Cookery School. Whether you’re a kitchen newbie or a cooking connoisseur, you can improve your skills here in this stunning Dorset location.
Discover for yourself the care, attention and skill that lies behind every single drop of Bombay Sapphire. Located in the picturesque Laverstock Mill, explore the flavours of botanicals that create the well-known gin’s unique flavour.
Grab a bucket and a crabbing line, pair it up with some bait and discover the little world of crabs that crawl close to the water’s edge. Are you brave enough to hold one? Make sure you let them crawl back into the sea when you have finished!
Chose from the Cineworld at Tower Park or the BH2 Odeon in Bournemouth and prepare for a magical movie experience.
Explore the depths of the ocean with the waterside Oceanarium by Bournemouth Pier. Daily feeding talks mean you can find out all there is to know about otters, sharks, penguins and a whole host of other creatures in the underwater world.
Available in Tower Park or along Poole Road, get competitive and see how many strikes you can score! You can even try your luck in the onsite arcades or treat yourself to a creamy milkshake at the café.
This shopping centre is home to an array of your favourite high street brands, as well as some unique specialist stores and retailers. Find out more about the centre’s sustainability efforts at the eco-hub, an eco-friendly hub to relax, enjoy and learn.
Get an exciting first glimpse at the latest talent in arts, crafts and textile design. The gallery showcases artists from around the world including works from major galleries and museums. A hidden gem that is not to be missed.
Established in 1995, the Westover Gallery is one of the South West’s leading independent galleries, featuring artists from local, national and international regions. Prepare to be inspired.
30. Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court H3- You will be spoilt over the gorgeous architecture here as Poole Museum is based in a Victorian quayside warehouse and Scaplen’s Court is a grade 1 listed medieval building, dating back to the 1300’s. Find out about Poole’s maritime tales and fun historical facts.
Once a dream clifftop house gifted by Merton Russel-Cotes to his wife in 1901, and now an enchanting museum and gallery, discover the delights of this building for yourself with its amazing interior décor, artefacts and exquisite garden.
Three exciting courses to putt your way through, each with a different theme. Choose between comic book style, an apocalyptic crash scene or an unearthly light experience or, if you can’t decide, try them all!
Discover the beautiful Dorset coast on two wheels. Whether you choose to cruise down the beach promenade, or explore the country clifftops, Poole and Dorset have a range of cycle hire spots and paths to set you on your way.
All you need are a good pair of shoes and you are ready to go! Discover the hidden gems of Poole in the windy back roads so you can beat the crowds and find your own little slice of heaven. With numerous parks, cafés and historic sites, no route is the same.
For those wanting to get wet and wild, there are numerous places to get your fix. Whether it’s paddling on the sea or floating down a New Forest river, you’ll be sure to find a kayak waiting for you.
The Project Climbing Centre is located at the top of the Dolphin Shopping Centre and is the best place to find your feet when it comes to bouldering or scaling up the tremendous climbing walls. How high can you climb?
Feel the wind in your hair with the option to try out windsurfing on the popular Sandbanks quay. Whether you are a newbie or an expert, you can get on the water and find your flow.
A seasoned sailor or a slightly nervous starter, there are a range of places where you can choose your course. There is no better place to cruise the fresh, sea air than on the lovely Dorset coastline.
Are you balanced enough to stand up and explore Dorset’s coastline with the waves beneath your feet? Or maybe just lie down and soak in the glorious sea air? With multiple places to hire boards or get lessons, the choice is yours.
Blow off some steam on the woodland play trail or sit and enjoy the beautiful coastal view. Upton Country Park has a tea room, dog walking-trails and adventure playgrounds to keep you and your family entertained.
Whether you want to brave the floating obstacle course or wish to have a go wake-boarding on the rocky waves, there’s an activity for everyone here – don’t forget a warm change of clothes!
Pull-on your jodhpurs and fasten up your riding helmet to see the glorious countryside or coastline on horseback. With different rides suited to different levels, even if you haven’t ridden before, you can make the most out of this fantastic experience.
Don’t forget to visit this world heritage site on Dorset’s coastline, fully finished with a glorious natural limestone arch. Expect amazing views of Durdle Door Beach, Lulworth Cove and Old Harry Rocks.
Fully equipped with playparks, ponds, fitness trails and ducks, don’t miss out on the chance to get outside and play at this lovely park, only a stone’s throw away from the town centre. Refuel at one of the various cafes that are dotted around the gardens.
Sit and admire the view with a cocktail at the Aruba bar or try your chances in the arcade. Feeling more adventurous? Try the zipwire and swing your way onto the shore before relaxing on the award-winning beach.
Naturally beautiful with golden sand, there is a reason why Sandbanks is one of the most expensive places to live in the UK. Build the tallest sandcastle or paddle in the salty sea, the choice of what you choose to do on this award-winning beach is yours.
Proudly showcasing a historic Poole lifeboat, the Old Lifeboat Museum and shop sits on the edge of Poole Quay and offers visitors a chance to discover more about the maritime history. All proceeds from the shop go towards the RNLI charity.
The Bournemouth Aviary has existed along the Pine Walk in the lower gardens for the past 50 years and is entirely run by volunteers. Open all year round, the aviary is a home for exotic birds that either been rescued or born there. Discover their amazing colours and birdcalls.
Unleash your inner Indiana Jones and see what fossils you can find among the gorgeous Kimmeridge coast. With rock formations dating over 100 million years ago, you will explore a slice of history in this picturesque bay.
Whether you chose to walk, cycle or bob along on the land train, Hengistbury Head is a gorgeous place to take the whole family. Refuel at the café before climbing up Warren Hill to admire the spectacular views over the sea.
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Now you’ve seen the excitement on offer, click here to book your journey to Poole and explore it all for yourself! Don’t forget to check out our fabulous duty-free offers onboard our ships to make the perfect present, or simply just to treat yourself.