An insiders guide to the top things to do in Bournemouth, whether you’re on holiday in Bournemouth or a local looking for something special to do. Everything about the top 5 things to do in Bournemouth, including local insider tips on the Top 5 free things to do in Bournemouth.
Activities in Bournemouth – There are so many things to do in Bournemouth
One of the liveliest parts of the UK’s south coast, there is so much to do both on and off the water. There is something for everyone to do …
Things to do in Bournemouth – Top 5 activities
1. Go to the Bournemouth Oceanarium
Located through the Lower Gardens and adjacent to the pier is the Oceanarium, this attraction has marine life from all over the world, from The Amazon to the Florida Keys. You can walk through the shark tunnel and enjoy seeing the rays.
Crystal clear waters and naturally themed habitats provide close encounters with a stunning array of marine life, from elegant seahorses to sinister tropical sharks. Travel under the surface of the world’s largest rivers; the Amazon, Ganges, and the Nile and meet strange and beautiful creatures such as the inverted catfish and the giant pacu.
2. Rent a traditional beach hut
Hit the beach in style by renting a beach hut and being part of a great British tradition. You can’t do anything more traditional in Bournemouth! Did you know that Bournemouth invented the beach hut in 1908 and still rents the oldest in the world?
Alternatively, you can rent one of the new funky surf reef ‘beach pods’ located at Boscombe Beach – the ultimate in style.
3. Take to the skies with the Bournemouth Balloon
Located in the Lower Gardens, another top Bournemouth attraction is the Bournemouth Eye (or now called Bournemouth Balloon). The Bournemouth Balloon is the city’s answer to the London Eye. It carries its passengers in a balloon where they can see the entire area from the New Forest to the Isle of Wight. This gentle journey is the best way to see the breathtaking scenery of Bournemouth and the surrounding areas.
As one of the very unique things to do in Bournemouth, this helium-filled balloon is attached to the ground by a steel cable and a winch system takes the balloon up 500 feet giving the riders a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the beaches and surrounding Dorset countryside.
The balloon is seasonal, from 9 am to late 7 days a week, from Easter to late September. However, it is weather dependent and does not fly on stormy days.
4. Plan the rest of your trip with a Bournemouth City Sightseeing tour
This comprehensive tour now takes you through Christchurch, Bournemouth, and Poole in an 80-minute tour. In the heart of Dorset on the south coast, Bournemouth has seven miles of golden sand and sparkling sea. The vibrant, cosmopolitan city has it all: a wide variety of shops, theaters, theaters, and shows plus a vibrant nightlife. It is home to beautiful parks and Bournemouth Gardens. Take the tour and plan your visit with City Sightseeing Bournemouth, which will highlight all the things you can do and see during your stay. You can hop on and off at your leisure at the 22 conveniently located stops along the route.
Choose from Sandbanks Beach in Poole, Durley Chine Beach, Solent Beach in Christchurch, or explore all three with your 24-hour valid ticket! Relax in Poole Park, where both old and young visitors can enjoy the play park, the miniature railway, and the boating pond. Stroll through the shops and museum on Poole Quay or hop off on the Sandbanks Peninsula and see the homes of the rich and famous! Spend the evening enjoying a meal or drink in Bournemouth’s lively city center or try one of the bars in West Cliff. Poole Quay also offers a range of restaurants and pubs and the Aruba Bar is located on Bournemouth Pier. There are many things to do and see in and around Bournemouth, so let City Sightseeing highlight the best attractions and help you make the most of your stay.
5. Learn to windsurf in the UK’s # 1 spot with the Poole Windsurf School
When looking for things to do in Bournemouth, holidaymakers, and locals often forget that they can take windsurfing lessons and learn to windsurf at the UK’s No. 1 spot, Poole Harbor. It’s just around the corner from Bournemouth and as it is the second-largest natural harbor in the world, with a designated water sports area, it is the UK’s No. 1 place to learn to windsurf.