If you’ve ever tried traveling with kids you know how challenging it can be. From their inevitable fascination with the hotel swimming pool to their predictable moaning and groaning at the mere mention of visiting historic sites and museums, it can be tough to find things that the whole family will enjoy doing. Fortunately, travelers to Ireland will find plenty of fun things that kids—as well as parents—will love. If you’re planning an Ireland vacation with your family this summer, be sure to check out Tenon Tours’ Top Ten Ireland Kids’ Sites in Ireland:
Dublin Zoo, dublin
Located in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. From meerkats to arctic foxes, the zoo offers something for kids, and adults, of all ages.
National Aquarium of Ireland, galway
The National Aquarium of Ireland, Home to Ireland’s largest “splash” tank meant to recreate the marine habitat off the Irish coast, the aquarium also offers ray and touch pools, stream and estuary exhibits and a number of other fun things to see such as a 60-foot whale skeleton and shipwreck exhibit.
Viking Splash Tour, Dublin
A Viking Splash Tour is an exiting way for kids to see the sights of Dublin both on land and in the water. Traveling on board an amphibious World War II vehicle, the Viking Tour guides will tell all about Dublin’s fascinating Viking history. The climax of the tour comes as you splash into the water at the newly developed Grand Canal Docklands.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425, and plundered on many occasions, it was authentically restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor with furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and style of the times. On the castle grounds, the Bunratty Folk Park re-creates life from 19th century Ireland. Set on 26 acres, this living history museum features a rural village, including various town characters, as well homes, businesses and a pub.
Leprechaun Museum, Dublin
The National Leprechaun Museum, the first ever attraction dedicated to Irish mythology, offers kids a fun and magical world full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories. Based in the heart of Dublin, the museum is a national cultural entertainment centre that will take you deep into Irish and Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind the well-known tales of Irish cultural icons – leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold!
Killarney Jaunting Carts, killarney
Killarney’s jaunting horse-drawn carts are the perfect way for the whole family to experience the hidden delights of Killarney. Kids are so fascinated by riding in the old-fashioned carts that they won’t even notice you enjoying the tour of Killarney Estate and Ross Castle, Muckross Estate or the Muckross House and Gardens.
Ark Cultural Centre for Children
Europe’s first cultural center especially for children, Dublin’s Ark Cultural Center shows and promotes fine and performing arts created exclusively by and for kids. The Centre offers theatrical productions for kids, hands-on art activities, gallery exhibits and more.
Fota Wildlife Park, Cork
Ireland’s largest collection of wildlife, Fota Wildlife Park, located on a 70-acre island in Cork Harbor, is not a zoo but a park where kids can interact with peacocks, kangaroos and ring-tailed lemurs face-to-face. Fota is also home to many varieties of rare animals including European bison and Rothschild giraffes that families can view in their natural habitat enclosures.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Fermanagh
Whether you’re interested in exploring the famous Marble Arch Caves’ natural wonderland of underground rivers in one of the park’s electric-powered boats or want to see the caves’ mineral formations from their elevated walkway, this park offers something for everyone.
Lullymore Heritage Park, Kildare
Home to an impressive array of family-friendly activities, Lullymore offers a Pet Farm, Discovery Science Trail, indoor and outdoor play areas, train rides and more.