Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by Louise

Visit Bournemouth Beach

Teens will love the seven-mile stretch of golden sand at Bournemouth beach.

It’s regularly voted one of the best beaches in the UK.

Soak up the sun, take a dip in the sea, play a game of beach cricket, or try some water sports like surfing or paddleboarding.

Walk Along the Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier is an excellent way to take in the sea views.

Teens will enjoy the amusements, arcades, and restaurants. Grab a quick snack or ice cream while enjoying the scenic surroundings.

In addtion, the pier is home to RockReef and Pierzip, two attractions perfect for adrenaline seeking teenagers. Find out more below:

Adventure at RockReef

RockReef is an indoor activity centre located on Bournemouth Pier.

Teens can test their courage with activities such as climbing walls and high ropes courses.

Bournemouth PierZip

PierZip zip wire experience takes you over the sea in the first pier to shore zipline.

Climb the zip tower 25 metres above the sea. Then launch down the zipwire to shore. Not for the faint hearted!  

Explore Bournemouth by Bike

 
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Hire a Beryl bike and explore Bournemouth and the surrounding areas with your teen.

Bikes are simple to hire. Download the app to find your nearest one. There are hundreds located across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, there are over 155 miles of cycle routes. Plus, in Christchurch 12 miles of cycle routes are traffic free.

Find out more about the Beryl scheme in Bournemouth

Get Some Insta Photos at the Upside Down House

 
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This unique house has been built upside down!

Have fun wandering round and taking pics where it looks like you’re standing on the ceiling.

t’s a short attraction but teens will love looking at the photos and shaing them on their social media accounts.

Visit the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

A short drive from Bournemouth, Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a wonderful place for teen animal lovers.

Home to a variety of primate species, the centre focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of these intelligent creatures.

Get up close and personal with the monkeys and learn about the importance of wildlife conservation.

Ride the Bournemouth Big Wheel

Located on the approch to the Pier is Bournemouth’s big wheel.

Ride on the 100m wheel and experience amazing views of Bournemouth, the beach and the sea front.

Explore the Bournemouth Oceanarium

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Next up, take your teenagers to the Bournemouth Oceanarium. This award-winning aquarium is home to a wide range of aquatic creatures, from the colorful fish and majestic turtles of the Great Barrier Reef to the playful otters and penguins of the Antarctic.

The Oceanarium also offers daily talks and feeding presentations, making it a fun and educational experience.

Go Shopping

Bournemouth’s town centre offers a wide range of shops, from high street stores to quirky boutiques, so you can easily combine a couple of hours at the beach and a shopping trip.

In addition, the UK’s largest shopping park, Castlepoint is located 4 miles from Bournemouth’s town centre. There’s free parking for up to 4 hours, the very best high street brands and dining options too.

Try and Get Out of an Escape Room.

An escape room is a great activity for teens and a brilliant thing to do on a rainy day.

Like most UK town’s, Bournemouth has it’s own escape room experience, Clue HQ.

Choose between 3 themed escape games that will put problem-solving skills and teamwork to the test. The rooms are great for both beginners and experienced players.

Test Your Crazy Golf Skills

Crazy golf is a great game for all ages and with both indoor and outdoor crazy golf courses in Bournemouth you’ll be spoiled for choice.

On a rainy day, head to Mr Mulligan’s where there are two space-invader themed 9 hole courses.

In addition, teens can have a go at electro darts, pool, ping pong and virtual shooting.

For sunny days Bournemouth is home to Smugglers Cove Adventure golf, which has 18 holes on an open air course.

There’s also Mighty Adventure Crazy Golf, which has 18 holes with a dinosaur theme.

Fire Away at Lazer Tag

Great for all ages, Lazer Quest Bournemouth is a fun activity for a rainy day.

Teens can play with family or friends.

Each game is played in an area with catwalks, mazes, swirling fog and special effects.

Stalk opponents and send lazer fire in their direction when they’re least expecting to be hit! A great way to get teens of the video games to experience some live action.

Go Karting

South Coast Karting offers an exhilirating experience for adrenaline seeking teens.

Race around the track at high speeds and challenge your friends or family in friendly competitions.

More Ideas

Go Ape: Moors Valley Country Park is located about 20 minutes drive from Bournemouth and has a Go Ape course. Enjoy an exhilarating tree top adventure with high ropes and ziplines.

Bowling: Bowl Central is located in Bournemouth town centre and is ideal for treating teens to a fun game of bowling.

Cinema: Odeon Bournemouth offers teenagers the chance to escape into the world of cinema and enjoy the latest movies on the big screen.

Virtual Reality Experience: at the VR Centre Bournemouth enjoy a cutting-edge and immersive experiences that will transport you to thrilling virtual worlds. Battle zombies, play dodgeball, or engage in a robot battle among many other options. Choose from a wide variety of both single payer and multi player games.

Explore Bournemouth on the Sightseeing Bus

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Hop and a Bournemouth bus tour with your teen to discover the beautiful Dorset coastline and the seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole. There’s onboard audio commentary and you can hop on and off as often as you wish to visit the different sights.

Visit areas including Bournemouth Pier, Sandbanks, and Poole Quay. See some of Bournemouth’s oldest buildings and learn about the medieval roots in Old Poole Town.

Highlights en route include the charming independent shops and cafés in Westbourne, the boating lake at Poole Park and the bars and pubs at West Cliff. Your ticket also includes 15-minute Beryl Bike hire.

Watch a Performance at the Pavillion, Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s beautiful art-deco theatre hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year.

Choose from plays, musicals, comedies, talks and more. There is something most teenagers will enjoy. Find out what’s on. 

Discover the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

If your teenagers have an interest in art and history, they’ll enjoy a visit to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

This fascinating museum houses a diverse collection of art and artifacts from around the world, including Japanese and Russian art, Victorian paintings and sculptures, and Aboriginal artifacts. The museum also offers plenty of events throughout the year, from museum lates to guided tours.

It’s well worth checking the what’s on page to see if there are any events while you’re in the area.

Home to 13 fun indoor and outdoor flumes, this water park is ideal for teenager thrill seekers. It’s located in Poole approximately 6 miles drive from Bournemouth.

If your teen is an adreanline junkie check out Screamer – descend like a bullet through 40 metres of slide in under 5 seconds. There’s also the black hole, Infinity and the Zambezi drop for thrills and speed.

For teens who prefer more gentle options,  there are plenty of less fearsome rides including slides with twists and turns and experiences with inflatable rings you can share with friends.

Find out more at Splashdown Water Park

 

Take a Stroll in the Bournemouth Gardens

Last but not least, take a leisurely stroll in the Bournemouth Gardens.

These beautifully landscaped gardens are perfect for a relaxing walk, with a variety of plants and flowers, a rockery, and a water feature.

Enjoy music at the Pine Walk bandstand, watch the birds the aviary, play mini golf and an see the art exhibition during the summer.

During winter there is the fantastic Christmas Tree Wonderland which features a beautiful trail of Christmas trees and seasonal activities.

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