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Family Activities in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

1st October 2019

Dublin has an exciting array of family-friendly activities, whether your tribe likes to explore the great outdoors or get lost inside fascinating museums. Kids will love the many green spaces in the city, the wild windswept beaches and the surprising amount of opportunities for having quality family fun. With that said, here are some of the best family activities to enjoy in Dublin’s fair city.

 

Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre

Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
 

If your kids are water babies, this is one place they will absolutely love. Aquazone is an indoor water park and swimming pool with fun for all the family. Try out some indoor surfing on a bodyboard or float along the lazy river while the kids try out three of the most thrilling tunnel water slides Ireland has to offer: the Masterblaster, the Green Giant and the Black Hole (some height restrictions apply). Top off this adventure with the very life-like Pirate Ship that features slides into the surrounding water. Oh, and did we mention there’s a jacuzzi for parents who need to recharge their batteries? 

Parks and gardens

If your little darlings love to run wild in parks and gardens, Dublin won’t disappoint. Head to leafy Stephen’s Green to feed the ducks or go to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed park within any European capital city. Here you can rent a bike, spot herds of wild deer and enjoy refreshments in the park's quaint little tea house. Other parks to visit include the beautiful Iveagh Gardens with its waterfall and secluded picnic spots and the National War Memorial park with its stunning rose shrubs and landscaped areas.

Dublin Zoo

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8


After you've had a bike ride around the famous Phoenix Park, you can head on to Dublin Zoo, also located inside the park. This is one of the more ethical zoos in Europe, with animals that are well cared for and given lush and leafy habitats to roam in. Catch a glimpse of seven beautiful grey wolves in the Wolves in the Woods habitat or see the endangered Amur tigers, Tundra and Ussuri and their cubs. Visitors heading to the zoo from November to January will enjoy its Wild Lights evening, the spectacular night time zoo experience with thousands of beautiful illuminated lanterns and scenes from famous stories such as The Jungle Book. Wrap up warm and enjoy!

Viking Splash Tour

St Stephens Green North, Dublin 2
 

No discussion of family fun in Dublin would be complete without mentioning the Viking Splash Tour. It’s the most fun you’ll have in Irish waters, as the screams and cheers from the audience will prove. On land your colourful tour bus will whisk you past popular Dublin attractions like Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle. When you reach the River Liffey something unexpected happens – your tour bus becomes a boat and enters the river with a splash! This exhilarating tour is a well-known favourite that everyone visiting Dublin should try out at least once; we think the kids will adore it.

Newbridge House and Farm

Hearse Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin
 

Just a 30 minute drive from the city centre, this hidden gem in rural Fingal offers families the chance to step back in time and learn the history of Newbridge House, as well as having an outdoor adventure at a real working farm. Newbridge House is Ireland's only preserved Georgian mansion and estate, with a unique collection of furniture and paintings from the last 300 years. But it's the farm that will really add magic to your family day out. See piglets, goats, chickens and Connemara ponies on the Farmyard Discovery Trail and visit the "Mooternity ward" to see the latest new arrivals. Afterwards take a break at Penny's Picnic and Play area. Don't forget to bring the sandwiches!

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