Finding activities to suit all the family can be a daunting prospect, but thankfully Dublin has as much to do for younger family members as it does for the adults. The following Dublin attractions are some of our favourite ways to spend some time as a family while visiting the city…
1. Visit the National Aquatic Centre
A fun water-based venue including Ireland’s biggest and best water park, AquaZone at the National Aquatic Centre is sure to be a hit with everyone. Recognised as one of the most innovative water parks in Europe, it’s also one of the world’s largest indoor water centres. These impressive credentials mean you’ll find international-level swimming pools, log flumes, slides, a kid’s pirate ship, a lazy river for chilling and even surfing in the Flow Rider. There’s also lots of seating and cafes for relaxing when all that swimming gets too much and you need to refuel! If your trip to Dublin coincides with a special celebration such as a child’s birthday, AquaZone can also accommodate kids’ parties.
2. Spend Time in a City Park
Dublin has some incredible parks for all the family to enjoy, with lots of activities on offer once you get there. Head to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre to see an exhibition detailing the history of the park surrounding it, or relax for a while in the on-site café. Phoenix Park is one of Europe’s largest public parks, and neighbours Ashtown Castle, which dates back to the 17th Century and regularly hosts arts and crafts workshops.
Phoenix Park is also the home of Dublin Zoo, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and a haven for conservationists. Kids will love its 28 hectares of animal habitats and residents such as the elephants, giraffes, monkeys, birds and reptiles.
3. Check out the Natural History Museum
A popular tourist attraction for all ages, the Natural History Museum allows visitors to take a closer look at the wildlife and plant-life that’s helped to make Ireland what it is; ideal for providing an educational trip as well as something fun. The museum has some great exhibits sure to delight nature lovers, particularly those with an interest in insects and reptiles, as there’s plenty of these species stored at the museum.
4. Head to Dublinia
A hugely popular tourist attraction in the capital, Dublinia tells the tale Dublin’s Viking and medieval past with a real sense of fun and adventure thrown in, which is sure to be a big hit with families. Kids will love the chance to dress up in Viking clothes and try different roles from medieval life. Recreations show the noise and chaos of busy streets from this era, and there’s even the chance to hear some Viking poetry from the sagas. Built on the site of a medieval church, this three floor attraction provides plenty to keep the whole family entertained for the day.