From zip lining to kayaking safaris, there is no shortage of action-packed family-friendly activities in Ireland.

Ireland is a great place to bring up kids. There is an abundance of fantastic outdoor activities on offer right across the country that are guaranteed to keep kids (big and small!) entertained. And if you don’t believe us, read on. We have rounded up five of our favourite family-friendly activities in Ireland.

Family-friendly activities in Ireland:

1. Go With the Flow Canoeing Adventures

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The peaceful waters of the Barrow in Co Carlow are perfect for family-friendly paddling adventures. Go With the Flow offers fun-filled half and full day excursions. The water-based safaris will take you through dramatic landscapes, wooded valleys and the old navigations used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple! And if that’s not enough to keep the kids entertained, trips also include a picnic stop and ample opportunities to swim in the glorious sheltered pools that the river has to offer.

Go With the Flow safaris are suitable for all ages. The Barrow is one of the safest rivers in Ireland.

More info: Go With the Flow

2. Ziplining and High Ropes with Zipit

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Nothing quite compares to the thrill of whizzing down a piece of wire suspended high in the air. It is thrilling, exciting and appealing to kids, both big and small! With three locations around Ireland – Lough Key in Roscommon, Tibradden in Dublin and Farran Park in Cork – Zipit is always a great day out. Climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets and ride a BMX across a bridge before taking to one of the many zip lines on offer. Kids as young as seven right up to adults will love this adrenaline-filled day out.

More info: Zipit

3. Adventure Breaks at Delphi Resort

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Delphi Resort is the perfect place for action-packed family breaks. Offering a range of packages there is a huge emphasis on fun and adventure. During the day older kids and adults can choose from a wide range of activities including high ropes courses, cycling, kayaking, hiking and lots more. Smaller kids are also catered for in the kids club where they will partake in arts and crafts and nature walks. There’s even a Mini Adventure Club which promises to keep even the most energetic kids entertained. Offering bushcraft survival skills, tunnelling and mini climbing, it will definitely appeal to adventurous kids.

More info: Delphi Resort

4. Hit the High Seas with Aquaholics

Causeway Coastal Route Things to do

A recent trip to the Causeway Coast uncovered a host of incredible activities all ages. Aquaholics runs a fantastic boat trip from Ballycastle. Kids will be kept entertained as they look out for dolphins, whales and even basking sharks. Bigger kids can also opt to hop off the boat and into the North Atlantic ocean swimming right underneath the infamous Carrick-A-Rede bridge. It’s a great way of ticking off some famous sites along this amazing coastline without having the kids cooped up in the car.

More info: Aquaholics

5. Cycle a Greenway

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These off-road cycling and walking routes are popping up across the country and we are delighted. Most well known are the Western and Waterford Greenways, but the Carlingford Lough Greenway and the Old Trail Greenway from Mullingar to Athlone are also great options for family-friendly bike rides. The latter is due to be extended to Dublin and all the way to Galway over the coming years.

More info: Western Greenway, Waterford Greenway, Carlingford Lough Greenway, Old Trail Greenway


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