Dublin’s offerings span outside the city centre especially when it comes to fun family activities. Here’s some of the top attractions for you and your kids to enjoy while avoiding the busy city centre, in your family breaks in Dublin.
1. AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre
Snugborough Rd, Deanestown, Dublin 15
Described as ‘Ireland’s Favourite Waterpark’, AquaZone is the place to be for some poolside family fun. There are eight exciting attractions including the three slides, a surf simulator, the Lazy River and Wave Pool. For younger children, there’s a Pirate Ship section with water guns, smaller slides and lower water levels. There’s a section for parents too, take a seat in the bubble pool for a few moments of relaxation.
2. Airfield Estate
Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Located opposite Dundrum Shopping centre, Airfield Estate will have you feeling like you’ve left the city and entered a blissful country escape. There’s a working farm, animals, fascinating gardens, exhibits and a restaurant that uses ingredients collected from the farm to create tasty and sustainable dishes. There are daily activities such as feeding and grooming sessions with the animals and a brilliant playground on site too.
3. RainForest Adventure Golf
Unit 6, Dundrum South Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Also in Dundrum, RainForest Adventure Golf spans over two floors at Dundrum Shopping Centre. There are two 18-hole courses: the Mayan and the Aztec. Each course comprises of fun, whacky holes that will test your skills, and sometimes, your patience! Suitable for all ages and members of the family, Rain Forest is fully wheelchair accessible and there are mini clubs available for toddlers. Between courses you can enjoy pizza, nachos and other items from their Canopy Cafe.
4. Jam Park
South Quarter, Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co. Dublin
Jam Park is a multi-storey entertainment complex at Airside Retail Park in Swords. On site activities include karaoke, an arcade, crazy golf, ping pong, shuffleboard, escape rooms, board games and lots more. Their rooftop terrace is perfect for enjoying food and drinks while soaking up some sunshine. Jam Park is child friendly until 6pm daily – after that it’s over 20’s.
The Plaza Beacon South Quarter Sandyford, Dublin 18
Imaginosity is a place no other, it’s Ireland’s only interactive children’s museum. Here children can learn about life through hands on experience as they explore the child friendly replica village and other exhibits. Suitable for children aged 9 and under, Imaginosity will inspire your children’s imagination. There’s daily arts and crafts workshops at the museum too and these are included in the €8 admission fee.
6. Tayto Park
Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Tayto Park can be found in Ashbourne just a short drive from Dublin. Both a theme park and a zoo, Tayto Park is fast becoming one of the top attractions in Ireland. The top billed attraction is the mystifying Cú Chullain roller coaster that will whizz you to the highest point in the park where you can soak up some amazing views before you’re whizzed back down on a thrilling drop. Older children will love it! There’s a variety of amusements in the park to suit all ages including a climbing wall, high ropes course, zip lines, trampolines, soft play area and lots more. Head to the zoo section to see tigers, monkeys, buffalo and a whole host of other amazing animals.
7. Sealife Bray
Strand Road, Bray, County Wicklow
Filled with wonderful exhibits and colourful creatures from the deep, Sealife Bray promises for a fun and educational day out. Enclosures include the Touch pool where you can meet and feel the giant starfish, the Shark Lagoon that houses three different types of sharks and Octopus University where you’ll see the baby octopus and learn about her life and abilities as she grows. Visitors can witness feeding times throughout the day at the different areas for a truly immersive experience.
8. Newbridge House and Farm
Hearse Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin
Recognised as ‘Dublin’s best kept secret’, Newbridge House and Farm is the perfect location for a family day out in Dublin. See the 18th century style working farm, follow the interactive farm trail and enjoy some food at their Coach House Café. You can also take a tour of the house and learn of its history – it was built in 1747! Newbridge House and Gardens opens daily from 9.30am to 5pm.
9. Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland
Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Full of excitement, Fort Lucan has three waterslides, high tower walks, ziplines, crazy golf and go karts. Designed as a wooden Viking fortress, Fort Lucan is Dublin’s largest outdoor adventure playground where kids can spend hours having fun. When energy levels need rebooting head to their café and ice cream shop to refuel.
Things to do in Dublin for Families
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