The weather isn’t something you can bet on in Ireland, we can often experience four seasons worth of weather in one day! What you can bet on is there’s lots of family fun to be had in Galway no matter what the weather is. There’s plenty of parks, family farms, adventure centres and lots more to keep you and the kids entertained. Here’s a list of some of our favourites:
Much more than a swimming pool and gym, Lesiureland is a one-stop entertainment centre overlooking the incredible Galway Bay. The centre is home to three swimming pools including a children’s pool with interactive water features, an inflatable obstacle course and a giant 65m water slide.
There’s also an outdoor fairground, an ice rink, adventure golf and a large events space that hosts concerts, conventions, and the famous ‘Trad on the Prom’ sessions every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The show has been rated number one on TripAdvisor for things to do in Galway and showcases the very best in traditional Irish dancing and music.
Pollagh, Rosscahill, Galway
Brigit’s Garden & Café is best described as an 11 acre magical ‘sanctuary in the West of Ireland’. A visit to the garden will take you on magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology. There are four Celtic gardens to see:
- Samhain Winter Garden
- Imbolc Spring Garden
- Bealtaine Summer Garden
- Lughnasa Autumn Garden
Each garden was carefully designed to represent Celtic Fire Festivals and features bogwood sculptures, stone circles, lakes, wildflowers meadows centred around the thatched Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is used for exhibitions, meditation sessions, meetings or just to relax.
For kids, there’s an Earth Quest trail which features 12 science based challenges to solve, a natural playground and a fairy fort – there’s so much to explore! There’s a lovely café at Brigit’s Garden for the kids when they get hungry from all their gallivanting. Produce is collected from the gardens for their dishes.
Entry to the gardens is €24 for a family of four from Apr to Sept and €20 from Oct – Mar.
Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway
This heritage site is the perfect place to visit to discover the wonders of the Burren landscape. Visitors can embark on the Burren walk while listening to an audio tour to learn more about the site and its flora.
There’s lots of kids’ activities at the sanctuary too. There’s a family farm and an outdoor activity centre with a zip wire, climbing frame, sand pit with diggers, challenge and assault course and tower slide. Inside, there’s a giant slide, soft play area and a baby / toddler zone. Sounds fun right?
Admission to the Burren Sanctuary cost €37 for a family of two adults and three children and includes all day access to the above attractions and more.
Western Distributors Road, Knocknacarra, Galway
Pure Skill is the perfect place for some indoor family fun. The centre is 25,000 square foot in size and combines advanced technology with sports to bring you an indoor activity centre like no other. Challenge yourselves across ten different sports including tennis, hurling, golf and gaelic to collect up to 100 points over two hours in the centre.
The challenges are mostly virtual meaning they’re suitable for all ages in the family – everyone can join in on the fun! Pure Skill is €20 for adults and €15 for children. Pre-booking through their website is essential.
Pallas Karting is Europe’s largest karting centre with a 500m beginner track, a 1,500m advanced track, and a 2,200m rally track. Just 30 minutes outside Galway City, drivers at Pallas can enjoy long tracks and great quality karts while hitting speeds of up to 55km per hour for beginners and 85km per hour for those who are more advanced. Karting is suitable for children over ten that reach at least 136cm in height.
Paintball and splatball is also available at Pallas Karting. Splatball is certainly more family friendly as if offers all the fun of paintball without the impact and bruises. These activities are played outside on the centre’s four skill zones and all participants will be provided with body armour, a full face mask and ammo.
Advanced booking is required for Pallas Karting and you can do so on their website.
Connemara National Park features 2,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests – all open for exploration! You’ll also find exhibitions, Connemara ponies, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, nature trails, hill walks, tea rooms and a children’s playground. The views from the park are spectacular so bring your camera.
Special events are hosted in the park throughout the year so make sure to check their website to see what’s on before you visit. The park is open seven days a week from 9am to 5.30pm and admission is completely free for all of its attractions.
Turoe House, Turoe, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Turoe Pet Farm is the perfect place to visit come rain or shine. They have both indoor and outdoor attractions including the:
- Pet Farm
- Jungle Town activity centre
- Inflatable City with an 8,000 square foot bouncing castle
- Fairy Walk
And lots more! Turoe’s animal collection is far from traditional – watch out for Larry the Llama and Dundee the crocodile! The farm and its attractions are open daily from 10am to 6pm and entry costs €8 for an adult and €13 for a child with special rates offered for family groups. Admission includes access to all areas and feeding time with the animals.
Headford Road, Galway
The Planet Galway is the perfect spot for all-round family entertainment. Visitors can play bowling, laser tag, pool, air hockey and other arcade games. There’s even a soft play area for younger children. You can also test out their 9D VR glasses while watching a 360-degree movie in their special motion seats. It’s safe to say that the weather doesn’t matter when you’re at the Planet Galway.
The Planet has a range of offers for family tickets for their attractions, all of which can be found on their website. The main centre opens every day from 11am until 11pm and the soft play zone opens daily from 9am to 8pm.
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