20 Best Things To Do In Portsmouth Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Portsmouth

Fascinated by the sea? Explore dozens of fun things to do in Portsmouth, from popular landmarks to quirky family attractions perfect for marine lovers of all ages. We’ve got all the ideas you need for a great family day out! 

Portsmouth is a coastal city with stunning views to offer and the best way to see them is going to the top of the Spinnaker Tower. With an eagle-eye view stretching out for up to 23 miles and a glass Sky Walk under your feet, this is an exciting experience both for locals and visitors alike. 

 

When we said there were lots of great things to do in Portsmouth for marine lovers we weren’t exaggerating and here’s why. Portsmouth is home to HMS Victory, as well as The Mary Rose Museum - an immersive experience which will make you and your little explorers feel as if you’re on board the sunken ship. You can even meet the crew!

 

Another one of our favourite family attractions in Portsmouth is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it features an action-packed pirate exhibition. What more do you need to get the kids excited? Plus, it was ranked amongst the best things to do in Hampshire by our trusted explorer Kara, mum of six.

 

If water is your element, dive into the fun at The Pyramids Centre - a splash-tacular indoor water play heaven. Don’t want to get wet but still be surrounded by water? Meet the wonderful underwater creatures at Blue Reef Aquarium. A tip from us - they've got great events too! 

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Some people racing at TeamSport Indoor Karting in Gosport

TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport

  • Gosport
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

If you’re looking for a thrill, then TeamSport Indoor Karting Gosport packs an almighty punch that will have you and your kids racing to come back, e...

Indoor tennis courts at Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre

Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre is featuring Classes for toddlers through to 50+ with open coaching sessions, private coaching lessons, Junior classe...

Outside view of Portsmouth City Museum

Portsmouth City Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portsmouth City Museum is a great place for visitors to the city to get a good introduction to the city and also has events programmes for local resi...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Portsmouth Mystery Treasure Trail is calling out for super sleuths! Are you and your band of detectives ready to crack the case? The key to ‘whod...

Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)

Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quays)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Bowling is a serious business so do it right at Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth. When we say right, we mean with arcade games and a healthy dose of ‘Pacman...

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Vue Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Films were made to be seen on huge screens, so look no further for your ultimate film experience. Jump into movie magic at Vue Portsmouth, where you’...

Boats docking at Miniport at Gunwharf Guays in Portsmouth

Miniport at Gunwharf Quays

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Miniport at Gunwharf Quays is your chance to captain your own motorised ship. After a short briefing you will put on a lifejacket, descend the st...

Girl playing laser tag at Laser Quest Portsmouth

Laser Quest Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Quest Portsmouth is the ultimate action packed sci fi adventure for all ages in this real life video game. Laser Tag is like a living computer...

Outside view of Action Stations in Portsmouth

Action Stations

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

You're in for an action packed day at Action Stations! Take on the Climbing Tower, or if you're feeling brave the Rotating Climbing walls. Test your...

HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

See some of the greatest ships from modern history, learn what life was like beneath the waves or become a ninja warrior, all at Portsmouth Historic...

Emirates spinnaker tower on Curious About Portsmouth trail

Curious About Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Explore Portsmouth in your own time, and depending on how many other distractions occur along the way! Can you resist the play boats or water balloon...

Kids on boat at Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Portsmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

The Miniport at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is your chance to take your whole family in a real, electric powered ship on the pond in the Dockyard. S...

Family on glass floored platform at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Landmarks

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben. The three...

Tour bus at Local Haunts Portsmouth

Local Haunts Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Local Haunts Portsmouth offers a fantastic chance to see the city from a new perspective, on board ‘Alf', a lovingly restored London Routemaster Bus,...

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set sail over the stormy seas of time and arrive in 1545 at The Mary Rose. It’s a one-of-a-kind museum with immersive exhibitions, audio-visual displ...

People flying kites at Clarence Pier in Portsmouth

Clarence Pier

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Inside and out, high and low, there's plenty to do at Clarence Pier! The Skytrail is an awesome aerial assault course with some 28 differing bravery...

Aerial view of Clarence Pier Funfair and Pirate Pete's Indoor Play in Portsmouth

Pirate Pete's Indoor Play

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Whatever the weather's doing, Pirate Pete's is a safe bet, with indoor and outdoor attractions and loads to do for all ages. The indoor adventure pla...

Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth

Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Go on a journey through local waters, home to native sharks, ray fish and dog fish to the more playful otters, or the incredible black tip reef shark...

Ramps at Southsea Skatepark

Southsea Skatepark

  • Southsea
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

There's a certain excitement attached to Southsea Skatepark for skaters who know their stuff: build in the 1950s itâs almost certainly the oldest ska...

Outside view of D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery in Southsea

D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

  • Southsea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944...

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