Fun for all the Family

The Oceanarium offers an enjoyable and educational experience for all the family.  Make the most of your visit and check out the following…

Adventure Trail

Take part in the Adventure Quiz Trail. Pick up your booklet at the beginning of your journey and answer questions as you wander around the displays – don’t forget to claim your sticker once completed from the admissions desk.

Kids’ Play Zone

Specifically designed for under 10’s, the underwater themed kids’ play zone featuring a wobbly walk way and ‘spring rocker’ penguin is situated next to the underwater penguin windows and jellyfish displays. Also within this area is a food and drinks kiosk allowing parents to sit back, relax and enjoy some ‘me time’ as the little nippers burn off some energy!

Biggest Characters

On your underwater adventure through the waters of the world, look out for the Oceanarium’s biggest personalities from Roxy & Stan the otters, and Ziggy the green iguana to Bob the pig-nose turtle and Biscuit, Chile, Cobblebot and the rest of the penguin gang.

Check out all the favourites here along with the quirky traits.

Penguins of the World

Children can measure themselves up against the Penguins of the World height chart to find out what species of penguin they’d be. Don’t forget to look out for Humbug the giant penguin while up on Bay View Terrace and share your photos with him at #bournemouthpenguin



Learn… Daily feeding presentations, on hand experts and a family quiz trail bring learning to life! 

Discover… From the Amazon to Shark Wreck Reef, explore 12 themed environments!

Enjoy… Make the most of your underwater experience with unlimited same day re-entry!

Family tickets are also available, please click the ‘Buy Tickets’ button below to book


Keep in touch

Aquarist for a day


The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent announcement from the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium at the close of business on Wednesday 4th November for 4 weeks, with a plan to reopen on Thursday 3rd December 2020.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for another date. Please send your booking details to