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Most people know the Aquadome and know how impressive it is.
• Realistic waves
• A huge slide
I must say I really enjoyed it. It was really great fun. I even went on the giant slide and frightened the life out of myself, twice.
Two things that really impressed me about the place;
1. the cleanliness
2. The amount of staff on duty all around the pool. Marvelous supervision.
The Aqua Dome is literally packed with features for the whole family to enjoy, young and old, swimmers and non-swimmers. All pool areas are patrolled by qualified lifeguards for your safety and enjoyment. Swimming hats are not compulsory. Also includes an Adult Only Health Suite, Remote Control Vehicles, Crazy Golf and outdoor slide and bungee trampolines. You are guaranteed to enjoy your day out!
Free parking on-site as well as a Cafe and reception with a variety of swimwear and swim accessories for all the family.
Opening Times: 10am – 10pm weekdays / 10am – 9pm at weekends
Admission: Adult €15 / Child €12 / Family €43.20
Tel: +353 (0)66 7129150
Ring of Kerry – Eclipse Centre
Next we move to Blackwater outside Kenmare to the Eclipse Centre This is a beautiful, relatively new centre that provides for activities that sound great.
• Falconry Demonstrations and courses
• Take the Assault course challenge
• Laughter Yoga
• Laser Combat
• Mud Surfing – dragged around a field by a quad bike on a modified surf board
• Off-road horse riding on their own estate, beginners or advanced
• Raft building
Prices and times vary according to the activity so it’s best to contact the Eclipse Centre for details.
Tel: +353 (0)64 668 2965
Facebook: Eclipse Ireland
Location: Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Bonane Heritage Park
While in the Kenmare area I would also recommend visiting Bonane Heritage Park on the N71 Kenmare to Glengarriff Road. This is really a credit to the local community in Bonane. They have taken a really historic area that was covered in forestry and transformed it into a most wonderful historic park. Here you can see;
• stone circle
• a magnificent ring fort
• fulacht fia
• a pre-famine house
You can pick up an Activity Park Pack at the entrance and young and old will have an informative and fun visit.
Opening Times: Daylight hours – all year
Admission: Adults €4 each / Family Ticket €10
Tel: +353 (0)83 106 0894
Facebook: Bonane Heritage Park
Location: Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Visit Kerry County Museum in Tralee. You might imagine that the biggest job in the museum would be dusting all those ancient relics that have been on display for years. Well, Kerry Museum is not that kind of museum.
Last Wednesday the museum was just hectic with school children having the time of their lives. One gang of them that I saw were wearing little high-visibility vests and were busy doing an archaeological dig. Using little trowels they were carefully scraping away soil and finding all sorts of little treasures and putting them into trays. There were shrieks of excitement when they discovered the really big find of the day. (I won’t say what it was because it would only spoil it for any children listening).
In another corner of the same room a group of children were being told all about life in medieval Tralee by one of the museum staff. They were in awe when shown a real bone with visible sword marks.
In another room some children were trying on some clothing from the Tom Crean Antarctic Exhibition.
This museum is anything but boring. Helen O’Carroll, along with Claudia Köhler and Griffin Murray deserve great credit because they have really brought history to life. No wonder it was Ireland’s Museum of the Year in 2009!
Admission: Kids are free, adults €5
As they say on that ad on tv, so what’s your excuse for not having brought your kids to the Kerry Museum? So go on, you head off to the Museum with the kids and I’ll do the lawn and paint the house … only joking!!
Opening Times: 7 days – 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tel: +353 (0)66 712 7777
Facebook: Kerry County Museum
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry
A few years ago if I said to you that “there are Sand Tiger Sharks and Penguins in Dingle” you’d have through that I was insane. But that’s exactly what over 2,000 people turned up to see at Dingle Oceanworld’s open-day this year.
To make eye to eye contact with a huge shark, just inches away from your face or to have a giant turtle swim right up to you is an amazing experience. Although I must say the biggest enjoyment I got when I visited Oceanworld recently was seeing the penguins. They are really amusing to watch. It’s like they’d all be gathered in a group and one of them would decide to go for a swim and all the rest would follow. The speed and grace of them in the water was amazing. And then, one by one, they would rocket-propell themselves out of the water, with the ones already on the ice carefully making room for the next one to land.
If possible be there for 2.00 pm to hear a talk on the penguins and see them being fed. There are more feeding times during the day so check with the staff when you arrive.
Other attractions at Oceanworld include;
— Colourful Nemo tank
— Touch Tank where you can get to handle star fish
— Tom Crean display
— Otter exhibit
Check out the marvelous statue of Tom Crean in Anascaul village, 10 miles (16kms) east of Dingle and afterwards cross to the street and call in to the pub he once owned, The South Pole Inn where there’s a marvelous collection of Crean and the Antarctic memorabilia.
Opening Times: All year round, from 10am
Admission: Adults €13, Children €7.50, €9.50 for seniors and students. Children under 3 are free. Family passes are €38.00 for 2 adults and up to 4 children, or for great value check out weekly and yearly passes.
Tickets are valid all day and visitors are able to come and go as they please.
Tel: +353 (0)66 915 2111
Facebook: Oceanworld Aquarium Dingle
Location: The Wood, Dingle
Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum
The Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, which houses the original terminal building in Foynes, recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. The new Maritime Museum covers the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick to Loop Head. The river plays a major role in the history and mythology of Ireland.
On July 9th 1939, Pan Am’s luxury Flying Boat, the “Yankee Clipper,” landed at Foynes. This was the first commercial passenger flight on a direct route from the USA to Europe. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, this quiet little town on the Shannon became the focal point for air traffic on the North Atlantic. Now the “Yankee Clipper is back – our latest exhibit is the world’s only full scale replica of the Boeing 314, “Yankee Clipper.” You can travel back in time and see for yourself what it was like to be a passenger in one of these wonderful flying boats when you visit the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum! Restaurant on site.
Opening Times: March 14th – Mid Nov 9.30am-5.00pm and June – Aug 9.30am-6pm Last entry 1 hour before closing
Admission: Adults €11, children under 14 €6, for seniors and students €9. Children under 5 are free. Family passes are €28.00 for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Tel: +353 (0)69 65416
Facebook: Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Location: Foynes, County Limerick
Coolwood Wildlife Park
Coolwood Wildlife Park is great for all the family, especially the kids. It is a 50 acre complex, with a 10 acres Wildlife Park and 40 acres of Wildlife Sanctuary. The Park is ideally appointed for school tours, family outings and corporate day trips. The Wildlife Sanctuary area is heavily wooded and is a stronghold of the red squirrel, sparrow hawks, dippers and the more common native wildlife species. It is an ideal place to take the family for a visit with a children’s playground and wonderful picnic areas with some spectacular views.
Coolwood Wildlife Park area has monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, deer, llama, birds of prey and lots more. There is also a Kiddies Playground and Cafe on site and Kids Nature Camps during Easter and Summer breaks.
Opening Times: Daily from 11am-6pm
Admission: Adults €8, children €6, Family Rate (2 Adults, 4 Children) €30 – Last admission is at 5pm
Tel: +353 (0)64 663 6288
Mobile: +353 (0)87 414 1294
Facebook: Coolwood Wildlife Park
Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
Muckross Traditional Farms
Muckross Traditional Farms are in the grounds of Muckross House. The various farm cottages, houses and schoolhouse are a representation of the lifestyles and farming traditions of a rural community in the 1930’s – from the small cottage of the farm-labourer to the grand house of the big land owner.
Visit three separate working farms (small, medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and machinery. The farm dwellings are furnished in traditional style, complete with dressers, settlebeds and mealbins. There is also a Labourer’s Cottage, a Carpenter’s Workshop and a Blacksmith’s Forge.
Our younger visitors will enjoy our small Farm Animal Petting Area, complete with its own Bouncy Castle. Parents can enjoy a sheltered picnic in our Woodland Play Area, while their youngsters have fun on the wonderful slides and swings. There is a cafe as well.
A free complimentary coach service, with universal access, circles the site continuously. Visitors are welcome to board and alight from the coach as they choose, while visiting each of the farm dwellings along the way. Save money by purchasing a joint ticket for Muckross House and Traditional Farms.
Opening Times: March – Sat&Sun 1pm-6pm, April – Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 1pm-6pm, May – 7 Days 1pm-6pm, June – August 7 days 10am-6pm, September 7 days 1pm-6pm, October – Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 1pm-6pm. Last admission is 1 hour before closing.
Admission: Adults €9, Seniors/Students €7.50, Children (3-18yrs) €6, Family (2+2) €28, Family (2+3) €32
Tel: +353 (0) 64 6630804
Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry