In fine weather, there is no better place to spend a few hours than Bournemouth's main beach. A visit to the pier is also a must even in bad weather. It offers spectacular views along the coast, the usual amusement arcade games, a restaurant, and even a zip wire running over the sea to the shore.
The beachside oceanarium is a great place to spend a few hours, especially if you have children. Attractions include penguins, piranhas, and an underwater tunnel complete with sharks.
Housed in an Art Nouveau-style grade II listed building that was once the home of a pair of keen Victorian travellers, this art gallery and museum contains a fascinating collection of the souvenirs from their travels. There is also a fine art collection and a twice-yearly contemporary art exhibition.
Situated close to the main beach and pier, these gardens are a lovely setting for a walk. With their floral displays, a mini golf course, an aviary, a bandstand, a summer art exhibition, and Christmas lights, there is always something to look at and to do.
A trip along the Jurassic Coast, whether by car, organised coach tour, or even on foot, is unmissable. Particular highlights include the limestone arch at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. You can break up your trip with a traditional Dorset cream tea at one of the many excellent tea shops in the area.