About 30 minutes from park
Oceanarium Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AAVisit Website
The Oceanarium is home to some of the most intriguing animals living in the world’s oceans including the common clownfish, moray eel, seahorse, red bellied piranha and the blacktip reef shark. Marvel at some of the more unusual creatures thriving under the sea, such as the moon jellyfish, the long-spined sea urchin, and the stripy nautilus, which is usually found miles below the surface in the deep ocean. And it’s not all about the creatures of the deep, visit the reptile house and meet the African dwarf crocodiles, the Chinese water dragon, and the pig-nosed turtle. And after you’ve finished marvelling at those, head over to Penguin Beach to meet some cute and curious little penguins.
Exploring a world beneath the waves can really take it out of you, so why not kick back and relax for a bit at the Offshore Cafe? Here you’ll find a range of tasty hot and cold snacks, as well as a selection of tea, coffee, and soft drinks. Fancy a freebie? Present your Oceanarium admission receipt and receive a free large tea or Starbucks filter coffee when you spend £4.
Explore The Cove gift shop and discover a wide selection of unique souvenirs. Many of the items here are fairtrade and have been sourced from local tradesmen, so purchasing something is a great way to support the local community. It’s worth noting that the gift shop is open from 10:00am, but closing times vary from day-to-day, so it’s worth checking this on the day to avoid disappointment.
Get on the A338 from B3078 and 3 minutes, then follow the A338 to Cambridge Road/B3066 in Bournemouth for about 22 minutes. Continue on A338. Take A31 to New Rd/A347 in Ferndown. Follow A347 and Lansdowne Rd/B3064 to B3066 in Bournemouth. Find a car park in Bournemouth city centre that's near the pier as that is where the Oceanarium is. Or at least head towards that way, wherever you can park.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big