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12 great things to do with kids in Ireland this summer
Visit Lough Key Zipit for an adventure with all the family.
From ultimate activity centres and rollercoasters to getting out on the water, there's an abundance of epic things to do with kids this summer.

Make the most of the long summer days by getting out and about with the kids and enjoying the best of Ireland.

1Go wild at the Westport House Activity Centre

Mayo's Killary Adventure Company and Westport House have teamed up to create an exhilarating centre that the whole family can enjoy. Try your hand at archery, zoom across a zipline or embark on an orienteering course. Activities suit all ages and are available on the grounds of Westport House.

2Stand up paddleboarding in Dingle

Head off land and hop onto a paddleboard to experience Dingle’s stunning waters from a whole new vantage point. Book a family stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) tour and discover the best of Kerry’s coastline from the water. No experience is necessary as your well-trained instructors teach you everything you need to know about how to be safe and confident in the water.

Wild SUP Tours
3Be thrilled at the Delphi Adventure Resort in Galway

The 300-acre Delphi Adventure Centre in the breathtaking Delphi Valley has indoor and outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy. Choose from adrenaline-fuelled thrills like canyon swinging and aerial trekking or take it at a slower pace by going hill walking or cycling. This all-weather resort has so many great things to do with the kids.

Delphi Resort
4Experience the joys of Emerald Park in Meath

Just 30 minutes away from Dublin City, Emerald Park is Ireland’s only theme park. Young and old can enjoy this popular attraction which has a zoo, zipline and Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster with an inversion. See Amur tigers, meerkats, and buffalos up close or hop on the coaster for a thrilling day out with the kids. Between the zoo and the rides, Emerald Park is fun for all ages.

Emerald Park
5Get into nature at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny

Immerse your family in nature with woodland and lakeside at Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny. With over 80 acres to explore, you can hike the grounds, wander its pathways and enjoy a picnic in this beautiful part of the world. 

Youngsters love this discovery park with its charming playground, climbing wall and mini-zipline as well as an Elf and Fairy Village. Entrance to the discovery park is free, and onsite activities like ziplining can be paid for inside.

6A family day out at Wicklow’s Clara Lara Fun Park

Explore water slides, assault courses, tree houses, boating lakes and kiddie-karts at Clara Lara in Wicklow. Have a go on the largest water slide in Ireland or sail off on a pirate ship; enjoy this jam-packed family day out at this fun park. For a more chilled day, visitors can also have a riverside picnic and barbeque, try the mini-golf course, or embark on miles of hillwalking in this spectacular countryside location.

Clara Lara Fun Park
7Head to Carlingford Adventure Centre and Skypark in Louth

With over 20 land and water activities, you'll find tons of fun things to do with kids at Carlingford Adventure Centre and Skypark in County Louth. Split into three zones: land, sea and sky, its activities include everything from canoeing and water trampolines to abseiling, laser quest and a Crystal Maze challenge. 

Bring the family and spend a day out on Carlingford Lough or flying through the trees; you’ll be glad you did.

Two people kayaking at Carlingford Adventure Centre and Skypark, Co. Louth
Have fun kayaking at Carlingford Adventure Centre and Skypark.
8Have an adventure at Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon

Ziplining, tree canopy walks, Segways, escape rooms and even a woodland safari  - there’s lots to keep the family entertained at Lough Key. Spend the day exploring the 350 hectares of woods, lake, and islands in one of Ireland’s most picturesque parks. You can even stay overnight if you have a caravan or want to camp.

Two people ziplining through the trees with the guidance of an instructor at Lough Key Zip Line
There’s lots to keep the family entertained at Lough Key.
9Bring the kids to Dun na Rí Forest Park in Cavan

Along the banks of the River Cabra in the Cabra Estate Dun an Rí Forest Park’s 565 acres is a real hidden gem. If you have smaller kids try the shorter walks of just 1.5 – 2km marked with various points of interest and plentiful wildlife. Highlights include the Icehouse, Toba na Splinne Holy Well and Cromwell’s Bridge. 

Kids can become budding explorers as they keep an eye out for the diverse flora, fauna and wide range of wild animals.

10Take an epic journey on the water with Dublin Bay Cruises

Book a trip with Dublin Bay Cruises and get a slice of Irish history as you cruise along Dublin Bay with great views of the city. This trip will take you past iconic landmarks such as the James Joyce Martello tower, idyllic Dalkey island - home to colonies of adorable grey seals, and the gloriously untouched Ireland’s Eye. 

Your 75-minute trip brings you around the beautiful vista of Dublin Bay and is a chilled, relaxing way to experience the county from the sea.

Dublin Bay Cruises
11All aboard to West Cork Model Railway Village

Take a spin to West Cork where the kids pretend they’re giants for the day in the Model Railway Village. Watch their eyes grow big as the miniature trains travel along the tracks in the handcrafted village or play captain for an hour and steer one of the remote control boats around the small but mighty replica of Kinsale Harbour.

Make a day of it and enjoy a picnic beside the outdoor play area where the children can run wild while you take in the views of Clonakilty Bay.

12Set sail with Viking Tours Ireland in Westmeath

Dress like a Viking and prepare for battle on a cruise along the River Shannon. Voyage to Lough Ree with Viking Tours Ireland and hear the fascinating tales of buried treasure and crusades from centuries ago. 

Setting sail from Athlone Castle, the captain 'Viking Mike' keeps kids big and small entertained for the duration of the 75-minute round trip with his seafaring stories and ancient titbits.

Discover more great things to do with kids

Discover some new places across Ireland this summer and leave each attraction with long-lasting family memories? See our Things to Do page and find enjoyable experiences for people of all ages.

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