Activities for families in North Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula
Peace and tranquillity are synonymous with the Dingle Peninsula. Life moves at an unhurried pace in this Gaeltacht area full of culture and heritage.
Uncover North Kerry and feel at home amongst the people, as every visitor has a special role to play – all you have to do is cheer, laugh, whistle and tap your feet in keeping with the tune to the heart of rural Ireland’s beat.
For more information on Dingle and North Kerry, visit www.discoverireland.ie/kerry.
The Blasket Centre
This is an interpretative museum looking at the unique community who once lived on the Great Blasket Island in Dingle, detailing the fishermen and farmers, their traditional way of life and the extraordinary amount of literature. View the flora and fauna of the islands and surrounding sea. The Great Blasket Centre is the perfect stop for the family at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive.
Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
A trip to Dingle would not be complete without a visit to Oceanworld. View the incredible Amazonian Display and come face to face with sand tiger sharks – the most feared creatures of the sea. Explore the Antarctic Gentoo Penguins and historic explorer, Tom Crean, at the new Polar Penguin Exhibition. Get hands-on in the Touch Tank as you hold starfish and stroke friendly rays.
Play at Height Climbing Wall & High Ropes Adventure
Not just for the kids and teenagers, adults can experience real adventure too in Play at Height and show off your skills on the high-wire – everyone can try everything. With a team of instructors, get to grips with the climbing wall, high ropes course and amazing outdoor free fall. This is ultimate family fun experience with a twist in Dingle.
Louis Mulcahy Pottery & Visitor Centre
In the extensive showroom at Louis Mulcahy’s studio in Clogher, find the full range along with eccentricities, prototypes and other experimental pieces peculiar to the workshop. Also, there is a dedicated area to experience the craft in workshops – perfect for the family. Take a break from the workshop with some locally produced food in the café – all served on our handmade pottery.
Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary
Set on 22 acres of beautiful lakes and wetlands, meet the resident rescued seal-pups. Explore the stunning children’s adventure playground! It features a three story wooden castle, a bouncy slide, not to mention a fantastic adventure park. Alternatively, you can go relax at Blúiríní Blasta, the authentic, farm fresh café offering delectable nibbles, warming coffees and much more.
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre
The new Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is a nature and activity attraction including the activity lake where pedal boats, canoes and rowing boats are available for hire. The diversity of the Tralee Bay ecosystem is explained through interactive displays, audio-visual and hands-on activities including a guided tour, 10-minute safari boat trip through the freshwater wetlands and with panoramic views of Tralee Bay through the 20-metre high viewing tower, providing a welcome break for the family.
Located in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, Crag Cave is renowned as one of the finest examples of a limestone cave in Ireland with incredible examples of stalagmites, stalactites, and underground water channels to be seen. Crag Cave is also home to Crazy Cave, a three tiered indoor adventure centre suitable for children complete with a mega astra slide, cannon guns, spiral slides and mazes.
Toby World in Tralee is unique entertainment centre. The large play frames, a kids’ disco, go-karting, ceramics room, kid's Quasar zone and special needs sensory room, make Toby World a real treat for the whole family. Relax at the café with its delicious menu, including award-winning coffee and tea. For something different, you can get creative in the ceramic painting arts studio.
The Lartigue Monorail
The original steam-powered monorail was the world’s first true passenger monorail, transporting passengers, livestock and freight for nine miles between Listowel and Ballybunion from 1886 to 1924. Nowadays, you can take a journey on a full-scale replica of the original monorail and observe its unique features as well as models, displays, memorabilia and a film of the original Lartigue.
Kerry County Museum
Each object in Kerry County Museum tells on display tells its own story from a beautiful sunflower pin worn by the fashion conscious in the Bronze Age to dueling pistols used by the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, in the early 19th Century. The award-winning Antarctica Exhibition depicts the many colourful characters including the heroic Annascaul man, Tom Crean’s Antarctic journey.
Tralee Aqua Dome
The Aqua Dome is the largest waterworld in the west of Ireland. A haven of tranquillity can be found in the adult only health suite. Test your putting skills on the 18-hole miniature golf course and many other activities. In the summer season the Aqua Dome offers a home baking café, smoothies, hot chocolate and ice-cream, making it a great fun filled paradise for all the family.
For further information on things to do, where to stay and special offers in Dingle and North Kerry, visit www.discoverireland.ie/kerry.
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