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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dorset

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 536 fun things to do in Dorset for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Bridport. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 303 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Dorset day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Dorset with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Outside view of Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester

Athelhampton House and Gardens

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens is a 15th century house with beautiful grounds, dating back to 1891. The Great Hall of this house, built in 1485 would...

Mr Mulligan's Bournemouth

Mr Mulligan's Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

One course of fantastic mini golf isn’t enough? Head to Mr Mulligan’s Bournemouth for a fantastic out of this world crazy golf experience, including...

Badger at Badger Watch Dorset

Badger Watch Dorset

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

From the professionally crafted hides, thrill at the sight of badgers emerging from their setts and foraging for food! The area is floodlit for perfe...

Kids in swimming pool at Blandford Leisure Centre in Blandford Forum

Blandford Leisure Centre

  • Blandford Forum
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Hours spent splashing around in water are a favourite family pastime. Dive on in, soak those toes and allow your little ones to get lost in the world...

Indoor soft play frame at Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre in Sturminster Newton

Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre

  • Sturminster Newton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Get out of the cold and into the freezing at Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre! Take your kids to a soft play set in the icy outdoors, but don’t worry...

Outside view of Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park in Dorchester

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Even wet weather cannot detract from the beautiful grounds and lake at Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park. This family friendly day out is ide...

Peppa Pig, Wizard and Crocodile at Crazy Monsters in Blandford

Crazy Monsters3.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Blandford Forum
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Crazy Monsters is North Dorset's largest indoor soft play area so you can let your little monsters go wild! They are a RoSPA inspected location and a...

Family at The Tank Museum in Bovington Camp

The Tank Museum

  • Bovington Camp
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Tank Museum in Bovington Dorset houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks to t...

Monkeys on trees at Monkey World in Wareham

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre4.666666666666667 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Apes are beautiful, intelligent creatures that deserve a safe home, which is exactly what they get at Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre . There are mo...

Bear mascot at Dorset Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester

Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's frankly unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his own family of people sized bears, set around...

Dad and son doing puzzle at Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester

The Dinosaur Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Dinosaur Museum is all about having a roaring good time! It’s unique in that it’s the only British museum devoted solely to dinos with skeletons,...

Tutankhamun's mask at The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The marvellous Tutankhamun Exhibition features meticulously recreations of the infamous Tutankhamun's major treasures, wherever possible done in thei...

Family on Murder Mystery Trail

Dorchester Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Dorchester
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Bring your little explorers to the Dorchester Mystery Treasure Trail, where history meets mystery… They’ll have to solve a whodunit on the hoof as yo...

Aerial view of Dorchester Skatepark

Dorchester Skatepark

  • Dorchester
  • Outdoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Dorchester has a state of the art permanent concrete skatepark which was opened in April 2009. Open for free use everyday, the park is suitable for B...

Outside view of The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester

The Keep Military Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Keep Military Museum is a striking landmark on the Bridport Road in Dorchester. Completed in 1879, it was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, a...

Mini train at Borough Gardens in Dorchester

Borough Gardens

  • Dorchester
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At the Borough Gardens in Dorchester, you''ll not only find some lovely wide open spaces but also their fully enclosed play area offering a range of...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Dorchester

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Your film education starts here! See the world through the silver screen and with a big, old bucket of popcorn on your lap, at ODEON Dorchester. With...

Deer at Farmer Palmers in Poole

Farmer Palmers5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Poole
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Once in Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Straw Mountain greets you with slides and tunnels ideal for the adventurous and climbing child. Included in the und...

Person with horses at Lulworth Equestrian Centre in Wareham

Lulworth Equestrian Centre

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Lulworth Equestrian Centre is a fully BHS approved riding and livery establishment which is situated in the heart of the charming Dorset countryside....

View of the river by Wareham Boat Hire

Wareham Boat Hire

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Wareham Boat Hire Come and enjoy the river Frome from Wareham. See the yachts, birds and wildlife that frequent this beautiful place. Hire a motor bo...

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