11 Fun Things To Do in Southampton for Adults
The Hampshire port city of Southampton famous for its association with the Titanic is home to more than a quarter of a million people.
It's also very popular with visitors so it's no surprise that there are lots of fun activities for adults to enjoy in Southampton. Here's our choice of some of the highlights:
Southampton Water Activities Centre
If you've ever fancied sailing, the Adult Start Sailing courses offer top-class sailing tuition, as you'd expect from a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre.
Alternatively, you can get started with Stand Up Paddleboarding after just two hours on the Ready to Ride course.
SWAC's city centre location makes it easy to try a fun new watersport.
Exciting Escapes Southampton
A Hidden Past takes you back to 1957 and challenges you to break into the flat of a captured spy to collect evidence before the enemy agents get there.
Breaking The Law is set in 1977 when you'll need to break into a police station to recover top secret documents before a corrupt policeman leaks them to our enemies.
The trickiest of all is Spies in Space which takes you forward to 2050, with the task of finding the saboteur on board the spaceship.
Whichever scenario you choose, you'll need to work together with the other members of your team and have your wits about you, in order to succeed within the time limit.
Southampton Hidden Gems by Cluecation
Southampton Hidden Gems is a treasure hunt game and guided tour in one! You and your friends are guided around Southampton (on your phone or tablet) and will be shown all of the famous sites, and also the hidden gems in the out-of-the-way places.
You can earn points by visiting places, solving clues & completing challenges. You can compete with fellow explorers on The Travel League - you might even be able to win a prize at the end of the season!
Parthian Climbing Southampton
If you want to try bouldering (climbing lower walls without ropes above a crash mat), then all you need to do is watch the intro video on Parthian's website, hire climbing shoes when you get there and have a go - it couldn't be simpler.
With 150 top rope and lead routes available and 150 bouldering problems, you'll never run out of challenges to enjoy. There are also auto-belays so you can climb on your own and 2 official speed walls.
High Score Arcades Southampton
Simply pay an entrance fee and you have an hour to play the machines as often as you like with no additional cost.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
Paddle to the Pub is a guided paddle with instructors, down the River Itchen to the White Swan Pub for a drink or even lunch.
Or you could just hire a boat and have fun on the water:
Single or double Kayaks let you sit on top and use a double-ended paddle - they're a beginner-friendly way to get started with kayaking.
Canoes, suitable for 2 people, offer a bit more comfort with a bench to sit on and a single-ended paddle each.
All boats except the katakanus can stay on the lake or you can take them onto the river.
If you prefer to stay on dry land then "Battle Island: Adult Combat" offers the ultimate laser tag experience - and with no kids around you can take the battle seriously!
Boulder Shack Climbing Gym
It's easy to get started at Boulder Shack - just book one of their exciting Induction Plus sessions.
In only 45 minutes one of their friendly coaches will show you everything you need to get started bouldering safely.
After that, you can come back any time and climb independently, and even supervise 2 other novices.
There's also Older and Boulder, a relaxed social session of climbing for seniors looking for an exciting activity that's great for keeping fit and flexible.
Board in the City CiC
There are more than 600 games to choose from. Luckily the staff know the games very well and can help you choose something you'll enjoy playing.
There's a full menu including breakfast, omelettes, burgers, hot dogs, chilli and more.
There's also a great choice of drinks including freshly ground coffee, teas including Breakfast, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong, soft drinks, mocktails, beers, ciders, lager and wines.
Walk the Secrets of the Titanic by Walsh Tours
On the two-hour Secrets of the Titanic walking tour, you'll learn all about Southampton's seafaring history.
Alpine Snowsports Southampton
Whether you're a complete beginner, or more experienced, the friendly instructors will help you get started, or take your skills to the next level, and the artificial surface means it's open all year round.
The Hythe Ferry sails between Southampton Town Quay and Hythe every day, and it's a great way to see Southampton from the water and get a new perspective on the city.
Explore the Hampshire village of Hythe and enjoy Hythe's historic pier, which is one of the longest piers in the UK and has the world's oldest pier train.
Southampton has loads of fun activities for adults to enjoy. Whichever one you choose, we're sure you'll have a great time.