Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dorset

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 533 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 – 299 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!

Find your perfect day out

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....

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...

Durdle Door Beach

  • West Lulworth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast because of the rock arch in the sea, formed as a result of the softer...

Ringstead Bay

  • Weymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a quiet beach to escape to with the family? Look no further than Ringstead Bay, where the whole family can spend a nice relaxing day, inc...

Fantasy Island Fun Park1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Weymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Come to Fantasy Island Fun Park Weymouth - the adventure park made for kids! Here your little ones won’t be turned down because they’re too small, as...

Bowleaze Cove

  • Weymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head over to Bowleaze Cove, where you’ll discover a great little beach that’s perfect for a family day out. There’s plenty of opportunities to get yo...

QE Leisure Centre

  • Wimborne Minster
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Getting fit doesn't necessarily mean no fun, especially at QE Leisure Centre. Do lanes or simply splash around in their 25m swimming pool. Scale the...

SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park

  • Weymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

SandWorld International Sand Sculpture Park showcases sand sculptures crafted from Weymouth's iconic natural asset: its golden sand. Weather protecte...

Lulworth Cove

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Fancy a day spent splashing about in beautiful blue water? Lulworth Cove in Dorset is the place for you then. This sheltered white pebble beach is in...

Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre

  • West Stour
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The bright and spacious Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre with its 3 level adventure maze frame has all the modern and traditional features one expects...

StreetLight Centre

  • Wimborne Minster
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

StreetLight Centre Streetlight's skate park is 2500 sq foot in size, squeezed into a renovated warehouse just outside of Wimborne. With so many diffe...

Doodles Play Cafe

  • Sherborne
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Enjoy some downtime with the family ay Doodles Play Cafe - a lovely, cosy cafe where you can unwind with a cuppa while your totos play safely in a sp...

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...

Worbarrow Bay

  • Wareham
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a quiet beach where you can relax and enjoy a lovely picnic and listening to the waves, then Worbarrow Bay is the place for you...

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...

Pirate Adventure Golf

  • Weymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf is part of the Sea Life Weymouth Adventure Park and Tower. It's a swashbuckling adventure that's great for the whole famil...

Dreamboats

  • Wimborne Minster
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get back to nature with Dreamboats , and hire a boat to take you and your family up the River Stour. Get closer to nature in a traditional rowing boa...

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