A Trip To…Sea Life Weymouth

A Trip To…Sea Life Weymouth

During half term we were on a mini break in Dorset and top of our list of places to visit was the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth with our Merlin Annual Passes. We haven’t before and we couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer.

The girls were each given a Dive log book and they to collect 12 stamps at each of the dive stations around the park. We had to return to the shop desk to claim our prize at the end. The girls were really excited and couldn’t wait to get started. This is a great incentive to keep their interest as we made our way around.

We found Dory….and now Holly was on the hunt for Nemo!

They’ve got some great ways to make it fun to see the fish and this was a big hit. You crawl into the tunnel and just pop your head up.

As you leave each area you get a stamp at the dive station. The girls would be looking out for them, but needed help to get the stamp to leave an impression on the page.

Holly was just mesmerised by the fish and would stand for ages looking at them.

As we made our way around the park, we spotted the splash park which would be a lot of fun in the warmer weather. It’s nice to see there is other parts to the sea life park, I wasn’t expecting to see a splash area.

On some of the windows there were magnifying glass within it, meaning you could see really close up what was inside. This surprised Alice the first time she looked through it.

Holly found Nemo on the information screen which they had within each area to tell you more about what you were looking at.

I don’t think Holly could get over how many Nemo’s there were! She stood for ages, just saying ‘look at all the Nemo’s’. So cute!

Alice couldn’t wait to see how she measured up against the sea turtles.

Inside this tank was this bubble machine and there was a button which you could press to release the bubbles.

They have a rockpool where you will find starfish, crabs and sea urchins. You can make your way across the bridge and back. But you have to watch out for the tide to wash in, as you will get wet if your on the bridge at that time. This was a lot of fun to watch and walk across.

We loved this jellyfish tank which changed to lots of different colours.


The Otters were really cute and they are fast! You have to be quick to catch them on camera, but they just do a loop the whole time.

The girls were really excited to collect all 12 stamps in their dive logs.

It was then time to head to Caribbean Cove for the girls to have a play. It was hugh and plenty for the girls to do, we could easily have spent hours here if it was a warmer day.

We then headed to the cafe for a hot chocolate to warm up.

They also have talks and feeding times available for the otters, at the ocean tunnel and penguin beach. At the moment the penguin access is closed as a precautionary measure due to an outbreak of Avian Influenza. Check on their website for updates for this reopening. Don’t worry all the penguins are safe and well.

As we came to the end of our visit we headed to the shop and the girls excitedly handed over their dive logs. They both received a pop badge and they couldn’t have been happier.

We had a lovely afternoon and as we left Alice asked if we could come back in the summer to try out the splash park and to go back and say hello to the otters which she fell in love with. A sure sign they loved it, if they ask to go back.

Disclosure: We are working with Merlin Annual Pass this year as ambassadors. Thank you Merlin for providing us with a year of fun.


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  1. 26/02/2018 / 08:17

    We’ve been to a sea life centre before but none as awesome as this one. I love the idea of the dive log book and stamps. And I’ve never seen one with a park and splash area x

  2. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    26/02/2018 / 09:14

    These Merlin Annual passes sound absolutely fantastic! We love the Sea Life Centre in Brighton – it’s always such a fab place to explore 🙂 xx

  3. 26/02/2018 / 12:07

    I haven’t been here since I was a very small child but it’s great to see it’s still going well. Looks like you had an amazing time!

  4. 26/02/2018 / 13:36

    We are huge fans of Sea Life and have been to so many across the country – you can’t beat it as an experience for a family day out.

  5. 26/02/2018 / 14:26

    I love visiting aquariums with little ones, it is such a great place for them. My two soak everything up like a sponge and love all the lighting, colourful fish and sharks.

  6. Dean of Little Steps
    26/02/2018 / 14:34

    We went to Sea Life Weymouth a year or so a go. And T and her friend really enjoyed it. My only problem though is that it is a bit of a drive from where we live. Otherwise, we’d probably visit again 🙂 Looks like the kids loved the whole experience too 🙂

  7. 26/02/2018 / 15:40

    Looks like a great day out. I have not been to this one before. We have been to the Sea Life in Blackpool before and really enjoyed it. Looks like lots of fun things for the children too.

  8. 26/02/2018 / 17:30

    how fun to have the passes for the year. I’m not sure where my closest sea life centre is, but my two would enjoy visiting for sure x

  9. 26/02/2018 / 19:20

    This looks incredible, we have been to the Sealife in Birmingham and it was amazing – I really do need to look in to getting a Merlin pass!

  10. 26/02/2018 / 20:06

    It looks like a lovely family day out, my children love the sea life in Scarborough. xx

  11. 26/02/2018 / 22:14

    Looks like u all had a lovely day. I like that you got to collect stamps as u go around. I went to the sea life centre in London a few years ago and they didn’t do that there.

  12. 26/02/2018 / 23:25

    No great white sharks,huh? Still,it looked like a huge amount of fun and learning was had by all and what is better then that?

  13. 27/02/2018 / 00:13

    It is great that you are a Merlin annual pass ambassador and that you had a fun trip to sea life. The jellyfish tank looks colourful.

  14. 27/02/2018 / 06:19

    My SIL wants to take my nephew here and he’s excited because he thinks he’s going to find nemo and dory nothing else lol

  15. 27/02/2018 / 11:10

    We’ve been to a few sea life centres but this one looks amazing!

  16. 27/02/2018 / 15:21

    This looks like such a brilliant experience, Laura. The pop up tunnel is fab. I love the stamp idea, it’d help keep the kiddies engaged. My daughter would love to find Nemo & Dory too!

  17. 27/02/2018 / 20:00

    Looks like you guys had an amazing day out! What’s better than the aquarium with kids?! So much to see and learn 🙂

  18. 27/02/2018 / 20:24

    This looks amazing! That play area – I want to go on it! I love that they have an activity to do as well to keep them interested. Oscar loves looking at fish and would love this!

  19. Bethany Naismith
    27/02/2018 / 21:35

    What a fun day out! I haven’t been to an aquarium on years

  20. 28/02/2018 / 07:18

    I loved Sea Life when I was little. Now, I take my nieces and nephews there and they love it just as much! Looks like you had a great trip 🙂

  21. 28/02/2018 / 09:42

    What a great time you guys had! And what beautiful photos, too.

  22. 28/02/2018 / 14:20

    Sea life sounds a great fun activity. Perfect for family day out. Glad you enjoyed your time there.

  23. 01/03/2018 / 18:47

    We love Weymouth Sealife Centre and visit a couple of times a month as its lovely and close – I am surprised to see the splash park spraying water this time of year

  24. 01/03/2018 / 20:49

    I love aquariums but there are none anywhere near us. Sea Life looks like a fab one to visit! I love the fact that there’s a park too

  25. 01/03/2018 / 21:36

    Oh wow that park looks amazing – my girls would love it. Sounds like you had a great time! I will definitely check it out if I am ever in the area.

  26. 02/03/2018 / 11:37

    I used to love Sea Life when I was little and this post has made me think that I need to take the girls when we are back in the UK. I love the idea of the log book, such a great way of keeping the children engaged. Looks like they both had a fab time, and they got to see Nemo – yaaaay! The park also looks amazing too 🙂

  27. 02/03/2018 / 12:17

    Oh wow this Sea Life looks great – I’ve only been to the one in London and randomly one Ibn Helsinki – both were fantastic and the kids loved them. Always a great day with kids as its fun and educational

    Laura x

  28. We’re lucky to have a small but decent aquarium very nearby. We had an annual pass too and it was such a great way to spend a rainy day. My kids love it! This looks like a great place to visit with the kids!

  29. 09/03/2018 / 20:28

    Sealife is always a fun day out. We haven’t been to one as nice as the Weymouth one though, I love the look of it!