The Most Popular Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Ireland

With the scent of summer holidays on the horizon, have you thought how you’d like to spend time with your family this summer?


So what are the best family friendly outdoor activities in Ireland? We asked some of our customers and these are their answers in no particular order:


1: Dublin Zoo and The Phoenix Park:


We start with arguably the most popular family-friendly outdoor things to do in Ireland. Dublin Zoo, located in the vast Phoenix Park, is a fantastic destination for a family day out in Dublin’s heart. Hosting over 400 animals and opened since 1831, Dublin Zoo not only offers a glimpse into the lives of exotic wildlife but also educates visitors on global conservation efforts, making it a great educational experience for children. You can save 15% if you pre-book your tickets. The paths are pram-friendly and easy for kids to navigate, ensuring a stress-free visit for parents.


Phoenix Park at over 7.07km2 is one of the largest enclosed public parks in any capital city in Europe, it provides ample space for kids to play and explore. Families can enjoy biking, visiting historical sites, or spotting the wild deer that roam free. This park combines relaxation and learning opportunities in a natural setting, making it an ideal place to introduce children to the joys of playing in nature.


2: Avondale Walk Beyond the Trees, Co. Wicklow:


70km away from the Phoenix Park lies Avondale Forest Park. Set in the estate of Avondale House, the stunning birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell. How long is the Avondale Treetop walk? This 1.4km walk 38mtrs above the forest will give you 360o degree views of Wicklow. And let’s not forget the giant slide! This location is perfect for a leisurely walk through nature and we’ve heard the café is so fabulous you could spend the whole day.


3: Center Parcs Ireland, Co. Longford:


Center Parcs Ireland in County Longford is your go-to for an immersive family retreat where you can both relax and find adventure. What town is near Centre Parcs Longford? Ballymahon is 5km from the 400-acre forest. With so many activities to choose from like cycling through lush forests to enjoying thrilling waterslides in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, there’s something to satisfy everyone in your family.


4: Wildlands, Co. Galway:


Wildlands in Galway is not just an adventure park; it’s a place where adventure meets imagination. New to the West of Ireland since 2020 it has grown from strength to strength and now visited by customers all over the country. 

You come here to play, and play you will! There really is something for everyone. From the aspiring Robin Hood and Katniss Everdeen seeking to hone their archery skills, to the ultimate daredevil weaving 49 feet above the ground on their zip lining activity called Zip and Trek. Tickle your brain in the Celtic Challenge rooms where you’ll need more than just physical skills to solve the puzzles. Conquer your fears on the eye-catching indoor fun walls. Unlock your children’s imagination in Baile Baeg or in the outdoor playground. Let them get a feel of being behind the wheel at the off road adventure. For something a little different, they also have the disk Golf course and recent additions of the Ninja course (high energy levels required!) and Net adventure to complete are great day out for all. 

Wildlands also offers accommodation in the form of 14 unique, architecturally designed detached cabins with luxury interiors throughout. All cabins are centrally located, a minute's walk from Wildlands' adventure hub 

It's food offering includes the Olive tree restaurant, which is proud to be listed in Lucinda O'Sullivan's Great Places to Eat 2022, 2023, and 2024 to be a nominee in the Irish Restaurant Award's Best Casual Dining category. 

We love the Pizza and the chicken and sweet potato curry -  Yum!!

Alternatively, for a quick bite that won’t break your stride, the Wildlands Wagon, is a converted 1970's VW postal van which serves coffee, sandwiches, freshly baked sweet treats and snacks.


5: Westport Adventure Park, Co. Mayo:


Westport Adventure Park is opening it's doors Friday, 3rd of May. For a day full of energy and excitement, Westport Adventure Park in County Mayo offers numerous activities designed to keep your adrenaline pumping. From paintballing to tackling high ropes courses, the park is geared towards building confidence and teamwork skills in a fun setting for families of all ages. It’s a great way to engage kids in physical activity while providing them with challenges that are both fun and rewarding. You can camp at Westport House while you’re there and you’ll need to try Gracy’s for wonderful stone baked pizza.


6: Kennedy’s Pet Farm, Co. Kerry:


Kennedy's Pet Farm in Killarney is a delightful spot for families who love animals. This friendly, hands-on farm allows children to interact closely with a variety of animals, providing a unique learning experience about farm life and animal care. The farm is designed to be child-friendly, making it easy for young visitors to pet and feed the animals under supervision, fostering a connection with nature and teaching responsibility in caring for other beings.


7: The Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim:


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway is a remarkable natural wonder on the North Coast of Ireland. Families can explore the unique hexagonal columns of layered basalt, participate in a guided tour to learn about the fascinating geology and myths surrounding the area, or simply enjoy a hike along the scenic coastal path. The visitor center offers interactive exhibits that engage children's curiosity about natural sciences and the rich folklore of the area.



8: Hook Head Lighthouse, Co. Wexford:


Visit one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world at Hook Head. The lighthouse offers guided tours where families can learn about its 800-year history and enjoy breathtaking views from the top. The surrounding area also features beautiful trails and beaches, perfect for a picnic or a leisurely walk, making it an ideal destination for a day out with your family.



9: Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork:


Not just a zoo, Fota Wildlife Park allows you to wander amongst animals from all over the world in an open setting. It’s a fantastic place for children to learn about conservation efforts and the importance of biodiversity. The park also offers educational programs and interactive encounters with some of the animals, providing a fun and engaging learning experience for all ages.



10: Wild Ireland Animal Sanctuary, Co. Donegal:



Journey to the north to experience "Wild Ireland," a sanctuary for rescued wild animals such as brown bears, wolves, and lynxes. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for these animals in a natural environment. Educational talks and feeding demonstrations offer a unique opportunity to learn about the native wildlife and the ecological importance of these species in Ireland.



Why These Destinations Are Ideal for Your Family:


Each of these spots provides unique opportunities to combine fun with learning and physical activity. They are not just places to visit; they are experiences that teach children about the natural world, help them develop new skills, and allow your family to create shared memories.


And if you need something for you and your family to wear while you’re on your adventures, be sure to visit us online or pop into our stores in Westport, Killarney or Galway City.


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