Best Parks and Playgrounds In Dorset

We've rounded up the best parks and playgrounds in Dorset in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 64 Dorset parks and playgrounds to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the parks and playgrounds we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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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...

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...

Model Town at Wimborne Minster3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Wimborne Minster
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Wimborne Minster Model Town was built well over 50 years ago and the superb 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors from all over...

Upton Country Park

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Upton Country Park is set in over 100 acres of award winning woodland, gardens and parkland making great exploration territory, plus the refurbished...

The Blue Pool5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

The Blue Pool at Furzebrook is a natural water feature which constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light i...

Larmer Tree Gardens

  • Tollard Royal
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Larmer Tree Gardens Set in the outstanding landscape of the Cranborne Chase, these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Pitt Rivers i...

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure park4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Weymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Dive into an underwater wonderland at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park. Your water babies can play, create and make plenty of finned friends, includi...

Whitecliff Play Area

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The equipment at Whitecliff Play Area is designed for children of all ages and features arguably the largest and most expensive bit of play equipment...

Abbotsbury Playground

  • Weymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The striking Abbotsbury Playground at the foot of Chapel Hill is not just a free playground, it's a free playground run, insured and maintained by lo...

Brownsea Island

  • Poole
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Red squirrels, smugglers and the location that inspired Enid Blyton - all that and a tree climbing trail (!) - make Brownsea Island an absolute must....

Portland Plateau Walk

  • Weymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Portland Plateau Walk is an excellent place to have a nice walk while enjoying beautiful scenery. The landscape has been sculpted into terraces, barr...

Hunters Lodge Inn

  • Wincanton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Looking for a family escape in beautiful Somerset? The Hunters Lodge Inn has everything you need for a memorable visit - large adventure playground,...

Easton Gardens

  • Isle Of Portland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Easton Gardens has been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country by being awarded Green Flag status based on how safe, clean, access...

Hope Nature Centre

  • Trowbridge
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Fancy a peaceful escape to nature for your next family day out? Set within the stunning Southwick Country Park, the 15-acre Hope Nature Centre is the...

Moors Valley Country Park

  • Ringwood
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Moors Valley Country Park has miles of fantastic walking and cycling trails, including the kids’ favourite A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Glow...

Stourhead

  • Stourton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The jewel in the Stourhead crown has to be the world-famous 18th-century landscape garden. A magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classica...

Montacute House

  • Montacute
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Montacute House was built at the end of the 16th century and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in England. Whether the...

Liberty's Owl, Raptor And Reptile Centre

  • Ringwood
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre is named after one of the many birds of prey on display, their Alaskan Bald Eagle. You can also see Vultures,...

Breamore House and Museum

  • Breamore
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Breamore House and Museum Life in a typical village like Breamore can be relived in the Breamore Countryside Museum which provides a fascinating insi...

Forest Leisure Cycling

  • Burley
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

New Forest Cycle Hire Forest Leisure Cycling in Burley Village. Come and enjoy a healthy, active day out exploring the stunning New Forest cycle trai...

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