Things to Do in Ireland With Kids (40+ Family Day Out Activities)

From alpaca walks to Gruffalo trails, ziplines to skydives, I’ve got a list of 40 fun things to do in Ireland with kids for great family days out.

We have so many family attractions in Ireland, so narrowing it down to 40 fun things to do was not easy! I’ve got free activities, water sports, interactive museums, and lots more, and many are my own personal experiences. There are many more things to do with kids in Ireland that I could have added, so please comment below with your recommendations.

I have divided the post into Ireland’s four provinces, as well as things to do in Ireland across many counties, so you can click on the link that suits you if you don’t want to read the whole post. I hope this gives you plenty of inspiration to plan some family days out in Ireland soon.

Enjoy a Family Day Out in Ireland with these 20 Exciting Activities in and around Leinster

First, let’s take a look as some exciting things you can do with your children in and around Leinster from admiring the views of Dublin city from the roof of Croke Park to visiting Ireland’s only theme park in County Meath.

1. Cruise Dublin Bay, Dublin

Did you know you can cruise Dublin Bay between Dun Laoghaire and Howth? You can catch the cruise from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, walk the pier and enjoy a tasty lunch in Dun Laoghaire, or catch the cruise from Dun Laoghaire to Howth, walk the Howth Cliff Path, before enjoying some tasty fish and chips in the harbour.

Prices are €25 one way from Dun Laoghaire or Howth and the cruise lasts about 70 minutes. However, Living Social currently have a deal where you can buy two tickets for €34! Children under 3 are free and buggies are accepted on board. This is great value and is one of the most popular things to do in Dublin with kids during the summer months.

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You can also catch the cruise in Dublin City to Howth, via Dun Laoghaire for €32, duration time is 150 minutes. Most people tend to get the DART back – there is a discounted fare of €2 for Dublin Bay Cruise customers.

2. See Croke Park from above, Dublin

Croke Park tour is one of the top things to do in Dublin with teenagers

A trip to Croke Park is not just for football fans. The Skyline tour is one of the best family activities in dublin, and I am sure it is one that teenagers would love – children need to be over 12 to walk the Skyline. The views from the top are incredible and the admission, cost €22 per person, includes entrance to the GAA museum afterwards.

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3. Spend the day at Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

ziplining at Castlecomer discovery park

A trip to Castlecomer Discovery Park is one of the best things to do in Ireland for families. It is set in 80 acres of natural woodland and is home to one of Ireland’s longest zip lines, which of course I had to do! It is not for the faint hearted (12+) but there are many more activities available for children of all ages.

You can take out paddle boats or archery, and active children (7+) will love the recently opened Skywalk challenge. There are three levels so you can do as much or as little as you like, and if you are feeling brave you can try the drop at the end that resembles a bungee jump. My daughter Alex did this with her pals recently and loved it.

Castlecomer Discovery  Park is free to enter, and all activities are paid for separately. You can also choose to simply enjoy the woodland walks, playgrounds and the Elf Village free of charge.

Read: 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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4. Avondale Forest Park, Wicklow

top things to do in Wicklow with kids

Wicklow’s Avondale Forest Park is one of the top places to visit in Ireland with kids. The fabulous treetop walk culminates at a Viewing Tower 38m above the forest floor. As well as panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains, you will get the opportunity to slide down Ireland’s highest slide – it is 90 metres tall.

This is a fully accessible walk for wheelchair users as well as families with buggies. This unique experience is not only one of the top things to do in Wicklow with kids, but it is arguably one of Ireland’s top family attractions. Children under 6 years can ride with their parents, so it is a great experience for all the family.

Don’t worry if the thought of the slide scares you, you can enjoy the treetop walk and viewing tower without venturing doing the slide. Plan a full day here to get the best family experience. Price is €40 for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

Read: 13 Great things to do in Wicklow with kids

5. Wells House & Gardens, Wexford


Wells House and Gardens is one of those rare treats that is equally appealing to young and old. We visited last year and my only complaint was I didn’t have enough time to see everything! House tours are available on Saturday and Sunday, however the enchanted walks are cause enough to visit.

The much loved Gruffalo Walk, which is also one of Ireland’s best fairy trails, is superb. For older children Mogue’s Enchanted Woodland Walk is sure to please. With trolls, bears, wizards and a 20ft high Dragon, it will captivate children of all ages.

The animal farm has goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, meerkats, racoons, and two tortoise! Entrance to Wells House and Gardens includes entry to the farm and Woodland Walks, but you can also book animal experiences. There are two options available with meerkats and raccoons, both are priced at a very reasonable €35 per family on top of the admission price of €24 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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6. Glendalough, Wicklow


Glendalough is a place I have visited on many occasions and is a great choice for a family day out in Ireland. This stunning part of Wicklow is home to Ireland’s oldest monastic site, that was founded in the 6th Century.

There are many family friendly trails here, as well as lakes for kids to paddle in. The Spinc Walk is a firm favourite for more experienced hikers, but we walked the easy 5km Miners Road Walk last summer and loved it – it is an ideal family friendly walk.

Read: 13 Great things to do in Wicklow with kids

7. Explore Epic Museum, Dublin

Epic Museum - one of the things to do in Ireland with kids

If you are looking for an educational day out in Dublin with kids, then pay a visit to Epic Museum. It is the story of Irish history through the lens of emigration and is a self-guided interactive tour split into 20 different galleries.

The first half tells the story of the various reasons why people emigrated, while the second half shows how our small island has had such a massive impact on the world. It shows our greatest triumphs, our artists and inventors, as well as the many world leaders who have Irish ancestors.

I loved the layout of the museum. There are many interactive parts so children can participate, although I would say it is more suited to older children.

Next to Epic is the Jeanie Johnston, a famine ship museum where you can see what it must have been like for the thousands of Irish people who fled The Great Famine to North America. The guided tour takes approximately 50 minutes and there is a special Master Mariner’s activity trail to keep young kids busy too.

Family ticket (2+2) is €47 for Epic, or  €90 for a combo ticket, and you can return within 10 days for free. Top Tip: Get a free adult ticket with Kelloggs Family Days Out Vouchers.

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8. Clara Lara, Wicklow

visit Clara Lara funpark in Wicklow with kids

Clara Lara is a super outdoor fun park for children of all ages and is an ideal place to enjoy a day out in Ireland with kids during the summer months. Kids will love the Tarzan swings, rope bridges, rowing boats, rafts, canoes and junior go-carts.

One of the big draws is the Aqua Shuttle – one of the biggest water slides in Ireland, but there are also plenty of easy-paced activities too, including mini golf and forest walks.

Families can bring their own picnic and avail of the many picnic tables scattered throughout the park, or alternatively enjoy some sandwiches, burgers and chips from the onsite restaurant.

Read: 13 Great things to do in Wicklow with kids

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9. Visit Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is one of the top things to do in Ireland with kids

A visit to Dublin Zoo is one of the top family things to do in Ireland, and is a great choice for family days out in Dublin. It is one of the world’s oldest zoos and is home to over 400 animals from all over the globe. Make sure you allow a full day to visit and take note of feeding times and talks from zoologists to enhance the overall experience.

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10. Newgrange, Meath


Brú na Bóinne is one of only three Unesco World Heritage sites we have in Ireland – Skellig Michael and the Giants Causeway are the other two. When we go abroad we visit the world’s top attractions, so why not do the same at home?

The new state of the art, immersive visitor centre at Newgrange transports visitors back 5000 years to the pinnacle of passage tomb building, when Brú na Bóinne contained some of the largest buildings in the world. In case you didn’t already know, Newgrange pre-dates the pyramids of Giza by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000 years!

The visitor centre is the starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth – you can not gain entry to the monuments without visiting the centre first.  Tickets are limited so it is vital you book in advance.

Prices: Family tours from €28 – €48 depending on whether you want to visit the interior of the Newgrange tomb or the exterior.

Read: 5 Activity breaks less thank an hour from Dublin

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11. Explore Blessington Lakes, Wicklow

top things to do in Ireland with kids

We visited Avon Activity Centre at Blessington Lakes last year and loved it. Not only is the setting beautiful, but there is a host of family friendly activities to choose from.

You can hire bikes to cycle the Blessington Greenway, enjoy SUPing or kayaking on the lakes, try your luck at archery, climbing walls and ziplines, or simply relax and enjoy a wide variety of cuisine from the many food trucks located here.

Russborough House and Gardens is less than 5km away which is easily reached on foot or bicycle.  There is a large playground and Maze here, as well as a delightful fairy trail that kids will love. There is also an adventure centre with ziplines, rope course and archery, as well as a birds of prey centre. Guided tours of the house are also available on the hour.

Read: 13 Great things to do in Wicklow with kids

12. Ride the Rollercoasters at Emerald Park, Meath

Emerald Park rollercoaster close to Dublin
Cu Chulainn Rollercoaster at Emerald Park

Emerald Park, (formerly Tayto Park) is one of the top attractions in Ireland for families. There are attractions for all ages, including Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster, Cú Chulainn, and the Viking Voyage flume ride for thrill-seekers, as well as dedicated junior zone for younger guests.

There is also a zoo with a diverse collection of mammals, including big cats and farmyard animals. Children will love the World of Raptors display featuring birds of prey from around the globe too.

Read: 5 Activity breaks less thank an hour from Dublin

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13. Rescue a seal in Wexford


We had the pleasure of visiting Ireland’s only seal rescue facility and saw first hand the incredible work that these people do – they rescued 138 seals in 2022 alone! It is a charity organisation and 30 minute guided tours are available at just €10 per person or one hour seal feed and enrichment experiences are available from €30 per person – children must be 5 and over.

There are also 3 hour ‘Rescuer for a day’ experiences priced at €75 per person, which are subject to having seals in care.

For a mere €30 you can adopt one of these gorgeous pups, to help the centre rehabilitate and release seals back into the wild. My daughter and her friend are now the proud parents of Giant Otter ( last year all rescued seals were named after endangered animals).

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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14. Visit the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford


The Irish National Heritage Park is a wonderful open air museum and is one of the best things to do in Wexford with kids. You can opt for audio or self guided walks, but we took the guided tour which I would highly recommend. Our guide, Ben, had a vast knowledge and was clearly well used to leading children on guided tours. Dressed in full costume, he kept all the kids entertained for ninety minutes.

The tour showed us how Irish people lived through the Stone Age, Bronze Age, when the Vikings came, right up to when the Normans came in 1169. There are 16 different sites including a Megalithic tomb, medieval ringfort, stone circle and a crannog.

As well as being an educational day out, there are resident ducks, friendly birds and two adventure playgrounds on site. Kids can also pan for gold and if they find some, they will get a certificate from the reception desk after the tour.

Top Tip: Get a Free adult ticket with vouchers from Kelloggs cereal boxes. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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15. Paddle the Boyne in a traditional Irish Currach, Meath


Enjoy a relaxing afternoon along the Boyne River. Paddle the route that Stone Age farmers travelled, in a traditional Irish currach that are the same boats that were used in Game of Thrones series.

You will be accompanied by Ross, a legendary boat-builder and storyteller who will share insights into the making of Game of Thrones. He is brimming with stories and will also recount tales from the battlefield during the Battle of the Boyne. This fascinating tour combines outdoor activity, mythology and history into one magical family experience.

Read: 5 Activity breaks less thank an hour from Dublin

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16. Get lost in Kildare

Kildare Maze family attraction in Ireland

The Kildare Maze is one of Ireland’s largest mazes and is home to 2km of paths to explore which lead to a viewing tower in the centre. There is also an adventure trail, zipwire, assault course and crazy golf onsite.

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17. Kayak along the Royal Canal, Longford


I love water activities and Alans Yippee Kayaking in Longford was up there with the best of them. Alan organises small group paddles at weekends and evenings and guides you along the Royal Canal the entire time of your session.

The difference between paddling in a canal versus the open water – this was a much more relaxing experience! The Canal is so still and the kayaks felt completely stable – they are suitable for children age 10+ to paddle alone. Children under 10 can ride with parents and with Alan alongside at all times, it is the perfect way to introduce young children to kayaking.

family kayaking royal canal

Located behind The Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule, which serves up great pub grub, it is hard to find a better combo. Alans Yippee Kayaking has limited space though, so my advice is to book early. With prices from only €20 per person, it’s not surprising he is having a bumper season.

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Read: Top things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands for families

18. Climb The Sky Park in Carlingford, Louth

Skypark Carlingford is one of the top things to do in Ireland with kids

Did you know that Louth is home to one of Ireland’s largest adventure parks? It has the largest Aerial Adventure Course with more than 30 challenges, including cargo nets, skateboards, log swings, as well as seven zip wires.

There are also loads of land activities too including Quazer, Footgolf, Archery, Bungee trampolines, Water Wars and Gyro, as well as plenty of activities for younger children.

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19. Explore Birr Castle Demsene, Offaly

Birr Castle is great for family days out in Ireland

Birr Castle is consistently on lists of the top things to do in Ireland with kids, and I have yet to discover it for myself. As well as 120 acres of parklands, fun trails and gardens, it is home to Ireland’s tallest treehouse and playground,  as well as an interactive Science Centre, the world’s oldest intact dark room, and one of the world’s largest telescopes – The Great Telescope.

Family tickets are only €30 and include access to gardens, playground, forest bathing as well as the The Great Telescope and Science Centre.

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20. Climb the Sugar Loaf, Wicklow


I remember climbing the Sugar Loaf with my father when I was a little girl and the satisfaction I had when I reached the top. It is one of those great family adventures that I can recommend, once kids are old enough to climb, perhaps over 6 years, depending on your kids height and agility.

It is a strenuous climb and I would wait for fine weather as it can be slippy at the top, but trust me once you are at the top, it will be worth it! It is one of the many great free things to do with kids in Ireland.

Things to do With Kids in Ireland, Specifically in Munster

Next, let’s take a look at some incredible things to do in Munster that are sure to keep your little ones entertained, from adventure activities on Ballyhass Lakes to checking out the unspoiled scenery of Killarney.

21. Challenge your family at the International Rugby Experience, Limerick

The International Rugby Experience is one of the top things to do in Ireland on a rainy day

The International Rugby Experience opened recently in May 2023. It is located in the heart of Limerick City and is a wonderful indoor activity that all the family will enjoy. We visited recently and loved it – and you don’t have to be a rugby fan to enjoy it.

There are 6 floors, each with a different theme corresponding with World Rugby’s values: Passion, Discipline, Values, Integrity, Solidarity and Respect.

The 2nd floor is interactive where you compete in various trials and a computer adds up your scores and tells you your best position at the end.

This is a non profit organisation and offers superb value for family day out in Limerick. It is only €15 per adult and €10 per child for 2 – 3 hours of fun filled entertainment – put it on your list!

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22. Fota Wildlife Park, Cork


Fota Wildlife Park is one of those places that appeals to people of all ages. It is wonderful to see kangaroos roaming free, as well as Fota’s family of cheetahs. There are over 1000 animals here, 109 different species, and it celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Fota Wildlife Park is one of the top things to do in Ireland for families.

If your budget allows, I highly recommend booking the VIP family experience at Fota, where you are brought on a two-hour guided tour of the wildlife park. You have the opportunity to feed penguins and see how the Giraffe House operates. We did this many years ago and my children loved it. Cost is €175 per family up to six people, children must be over 4 years of age.

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23. Try Ringos in Ballyhass Lakes, Cork

ballyhass lakes - one of the top things to do in the munster vales with kids

Ballyhass Lakes is one of the best things to do in Cork with kids who like water activities. We visited a few years ago and had a blast. We took the zipline across the lake to try crate-stacking. This was a new activity to me, but was such good fun!

We also spent some time in the Aquapark. There are numerous inflatable slides and bouncing castles on the lake, but had the best fun on the ringos  – we had to hold on to inflatable rings while we were zipped across the surface of the water by a cable at speeds of 25km per hour!

There are over 20 different outdoor activities here, including wakeboarding, kayaking, raft building and high ropes. We also tried axe throwing – another first for me, however it is only suitable for ages 16 and above.

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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24. Skipper your own boat in Cobh, Cork

Self Drive Boat, Cobh

Did you know you can rent your own boat in Cobh and you don’t need a licence! Take a trip around Spike Island, see the pier where the passengers embarked on the Titanic and hopefully see some wildlife on your journey. These easy to drive boats are bookable for an hour and cost just €65 for up to five people.

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25. Have a family day out in Killarney, Kerry


There are so many things to do in Killarney, it is a great choice for family days out in Ireland. Killarney’s National Park is  home to 26,000 acres of lush mountains  forests, walkways, rivers, castles and waterfalls – not to mention its many resident deer. You can take a boat trip or kayak on Killarney Lakes, visit Torc Waterfall and visit Muckross House and Gardens.

Days Out in Ireland for Families – Connacht Edition

Now, let’s take a look at some fun and enjoyable things you can do with your family in Connacht, from exploring the beauty of the iconic Cliffs of Moher to adventurous activities in Wildlands, Galway.

26. Lough Key Forest Park, Roscommon

Lough Key Forest Park is one of the top places to visit in Ireland with kids

Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon has been on my wish list for years, and we finally got around to visiting recently. The only problem is we didn’t have nearly enough time – there are a whopping 865 acres to explore!

As the name suggests you can expect plenty of lakeside activities and an abundance of forest trails, but we chose some of the other activities available.

The Rockingham Remembered self-guided tour takes you through underground tunnels to Moylurg viewing tower and on to a tree-top canopy walk. The views from the top of the tower are absolutely stunning!

For families who liked to be Escape Rooms, check out Boda Borg. This Swedish concept has 47 challenges within 15 quests and no instructions – and is the only one of its kind in Ireland. Over two hours you will go from room to room trying to solve the quests or complete the challenges.

You can also hire boats or bikes, Zipline through the trees with Zipit, or enjoy hours of fun in the extensive playground. There are so many things to do in Lough Key Forest Park, I suggest spending at least a full day here, or if time allows you could always book into Lough Key’s Caravan and Camping Park.

Read: Top things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands for families

27. Go Wild at Wildlands, Galway

Wildlands, Galway

Wildlands has received a lot of attention recently, partly due to the new cabins that have recently opened on site. However, you don’t need to stay over to experience one the best places for family activities in Ireland. There is a host of outdoor activities to choose from including aerial adventure courses, ziplines, archery, as well as water sports such as SUP and kayaking on Ballyquirke Lake.

There are indoor activities too including challenge rooms, fun walls, and a Ninja Course. Kids can ride a jeep through the woods, learn Bushcraft Skills or try something different like disc golf. There are plenty of activities for little ones too including fairy trails and junior orienteering. Prices vary depending on activity.

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28. See Eagles Flying in Sligo

Eagles flying family activity, Sligo

Eagles Flying is one of Sligo’s best family attractions and is a great experience for kids young and old. It is a sanctuary for birds of prey with plenty of rescues here. The specialists give information about these magnificent creatures as well as showcasing their flying skills over an hour long performance.

You can get up close with these birds and may even get to hold them during the performance. You can also visit the parklands afterwards and see some of the other birds in their aviaries as well as other animals in the petting zoo.

Price is only €45 for a family ticket and offers superb value for a top family attraction. Combine with a visit to one of Sligo’s fabulous beaches for a great family day out in Ireland.

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For a private and unique family experience, check out Hawkeye Falconry in Kilkenny. You will be treated to a guided tour of their falconry school, where you will meet the friendly Harris Hawks and the cute owls, before taking to the field for some free flying. Each member of the family will be able to call the bird from the trees to land on gloved hands for superb photos and videos.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

29. Visit Westport House, Mayo

Top things to do in Ireland with kids

Westport House is a 400 year-old historic house within 400 acres of gardens and forest trails, yet it is the Pirate Adventure Park and brand new Interactive Gaming Zone that kids will love most. We visited the Pirate Adventure Park many years ago and the kids loved the rides and boating available. You can even stay on site now, with a newly opened camping, glamping and caravan site.

Price is €59.50 if booked online for a day pass to the Pirate Park, interactive gaming zone is €12 per person.

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30. Marvel at The Cliffs of Moher, Clare


A visit to the Cliffs of Moher is one of the many great places to visit in Ireland with kids. No matter how many times I visit, it still takes my breath away! Adults cost €7 and children under 12 are free, so why not pack a picnic and explore one of Ireland’s top attractions.

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Fun Places to go in Ireland for Families – Ulster

Finally, let’s dive into some fun places to visit in Ulster than are sure to leave you with a lifetime of family memories from the lesser known Gobbins Cliff Walk to Ireland’s only Alpine roller coaster.

31. Walk The Gobbins Cliff Path, Antrim


The Gobbins Cliff Path Walk is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Northern Ireland with kids, or without kids for that matter! It is located just 30 minutes drive from Belfast along the Causeway Coast. Carved from rock, this unique cliff walk is only accessible by guided tour. You will cross bridges and climb steps, but probably spend most of your time captivated by the scenery.

Although only 3.2 km it takes approximately two hours, as you need to walk in single file. You also stop many times as the guide explains its history, and allows plenty of opportunities for photos.

Contrary to what you might think, it is suitable for most fitness levels, and my children loved it. There is a steep hill walk back up to the collection point, but a buggy is provided if you are unable to walk it. There is no age limit for children, but children must be over 4ft – the average height of a 7 year old. Price is £42 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.

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32. Visit Wild Ireland, Donegal

WIld Ireland is one of the top things to do in Ireland with kids

Wild Ireland is a unique wildlife sanctuary, and is home to many rescued animals, including Brown Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Boar. Located in an ancient Celtic rainforest, it seems that some of these rare animals have returned to their home – these animals inhabited this area a few centuries ago.

The visit is short but very rewarding. Make sure you take time to talk to the staff about the animals, and learn about their journey to Ireland, most of which are fascinating. Price for family of four is €60.

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33. Walk with an alpaca in Donegal


As well as being home to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Inishowen Peninsula is also home to the Wild Alpaca Way. This simple walk is a treat for kids and you will be rewarded with stunning views of Five Fingers Strand, where you should take a stroll afterwards.  Price for a family ticket is €45 and there are three walks per day.

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34. Try Ireland’s only alpine coaster in Colin Glen Forest Park, Antrim

Colin Glen Forest Park is of the best family attractions in Northern Ireland. Not only is there a delightful Gruffalo Trail, with sculptures from the famous books scattered through the forest, but it is also home to Ireland’s only alpine coaster – the Black Bull Run, as well as a thrilling zip line.

We loved riding the zip line and alpine coaster last summer, and would highly recommend families to take the 20 minute drive from Belfast city to experience them. Colin Glen is also home to a SKYTrek high-ropes course, archery, laser tag, golf course and indoor sports dome.

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35. Spend a full day at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is one of the world’s top visitor attractions and a must visit for all the family. It tells the story of Titanic from her conception to her maiden voyage, through nine interactive galleries over six floors. The tour is self-guided, and although requires a lot of reading, you are free to stay as little or as long as you like.

There are plenty of things to keep children amused too. The interactive exhibits and the Shipyard Ride are popular with kids, and your entrance ticket allows you to walk the decks of the last remaining White Star Line vessel – SS Nomadic.

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If time allows visit W5 too – this is also located in the Titanic Quarter. Children love its six themed areas, which house over 250 interactive exhibits. There is a specific Discovery area for under 8’s, and children 3-11 can become a space explorer in Spacebase.

The new Virtual Reality Experience features world-class CGI and cutting-edge technology, including VR-4D Cinema Pods and Explorer Units, while the MED-Lab will help children discover the world of biomedical science.

There is an interactive soft play area too, as well as a huge multi-storey climbing structure. W5 is one of the best things to do in Belfast with children, and it an ideal place to visit on a rainy day.

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36. Go Skydiving in Belfast

Skydiving in Belfast with kids

Just across the road from Titanic Belfast you will find We are Vertigo – Ireland’s only indoor Sky Diving Centre,  as well as an Inflatable Park and a Ninja Master Course. We tried the skydiving and loved it. It is not the cheapest thing to do in Belfast with kids, but if you are looking for a unique experience that kids will love, then look no further.

The instructors are in the tunnel with you the whole time (it only lasts 2-3 minutes), and made us feel completely at ease. It is even suitable for younger children (age 4+), although I think it is more suited to older kids.

The Ninja Course is suitable from children 6 and above, and also looks like great fun. Children can challenge their agility with adrenaline fuelled activities including ziplines, jungle bars, rolling logs and lots more.

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Things to do in Ireland with kids Across the Country

37. Splash out at a waterpark

best family hotels in Ireland - Hodson Bay Hotel

As well as five indoor waterparks – The National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, Funtasia in Drogheda, Leisureland in Galway, Waterworld in Bundoran and the Aquadome in Tralee, Ireland has lots of inflatable waterparks that are available for outdoor water activities during the summer months.

Hidden Valley Water Park in Wicklow and Ballyhass Lakes in Cork are popular choices with families. Baysports in Athlone is one of Ireland’s largest inflatable waterparks and is located right next to the Hodson Bay Hotel and the picturesque Yew Point Nature trail. This is the perfect combo for a family day out in Ireland.

Read: Top things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands for families

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38. Take the kids to an Aquarium.

family day out at the aquarium

Choose from Ireland’s National Aquarium in Galway, Dingle’s Oceanworld in Kerry, or Sealife in Bray, Co Wicklow. Let your children learn about the diversity of life in our oceans and rivers as well as exotic creatures from around the world.

Top Tip: Get a Free adult ticket to Sealife with vouchers from Kelloggs cereal boxes. 

39. Take SUP or Surf lessons

Ireland is home to many surf schools that are a great way to introduce kids to surfing. Strandhill Surf School in Sligo is a super location – make sure you pop into Mammy Johnstons for some legendary homemade ice cream afterwards.

Family surf lessons are also available in Lahinch, Tramore, Achill and many more large beaches along Ireland’s coastline.

If you are looking to try SUP for the first time, it is best to try in one of our many canals, rather than the sea. Living Social are currently offering one hour lessons for €24 or two hours from €34, a saving of up to 52% for SUP lessons on the Grand Canal in Dublin.

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Leitrim Surf have a two hour SUP Safari called ‘Drumshamazon’. This explores Shannon Blueway along the Drumshanbo canal between Lough Allen and Acres Lake. This is a sheltered route and according to their website, ‘the scenery here is Amazonian during the summer months’.

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40. Cycle a Greenway


Did you know there are more than six Greenway’s in Ireland? The Waterford Greenway may get most of the headlines, and I can understand why. We cycled the scenic route from to Durrow to Dungarvan a few years ago and loved it.

However, you may find the Royal Canal Greenway less busy. We cycled from Ballymahon to Keenagh in Longford recently and saw only a handful of people, despite it being a sunny Saturday morning! The Royal Canal Greenway is the longest greenway in Ireland. It stretches over 130km from Maynooth, Kildare to Clondra, Longford, so you can join in many places along the route.

Read: Top things to do in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands for families

The Great Western Greenway in Mayo is another stunning location, you can cycle all the way from Westport to Achill sound, and the Suir Blueway, Limerick Greenway and Old Trail are on my own wish list to explore.

Read: 6 Greenways to cycle in Ireland

I hope this post on things to do in Ireland for kids will inspire you to plan a family day out soon. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, facilities and prices are subject to change. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at not additional cost to you.

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