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Things to do in Offaly

Things to do in Offaly

Birr Castle, Gardens & Science Centre 

Rich in history and education, Birr Castle and all that comes with it is also an ideal spot to guarantee entertainment for little ones. Kids can run amuck among the 120 acres of lush gardens and greenery and satisfy adventure needs in the Treetop Adventure Playground. The interactive Science Centre allows visitors to learn about the wonders of astronomy, engineering and electricity in a fun and exciting way, and is ideal for little ones eager to learn more about our universe. Birr Castle is also host to various seasonal events and activities, so be sure to keep an eye on their website for upcoming excitement. Admission to Birr Castle, Gardens & Science Centre from €9.50 per adult and €5.00 per child, with family rates available. birrcastle.com 

Grand Canal Adventures 

Kayaking, aqua zorbing and row boating are among some of the exciting activities facilitated by Grand Canal Adventures. This volunteer led adventure company is based in Daingean and is renowned for some of its amazing family activities as, although it is suited for kids aged 10 and over, they highly encourage young people’s involvement in adventure activities. They also host seasonal events such as their Autumn Adventure Camp, so keep an eye out for any other upcoming events.  Prices vary depending on each activity.  grandcanaladventures.ie  

Jumpin Jacks Fun Factory 

If you’re seeking entertainment for young kids on a rainy day, Jumpin Jacks Fun Factory ticks all the boxes. The indoor play centre caters for kids up to the age of 12 and the fully supervised soft play zones are sure to keep little ones busy for hours.  The centre is broken into four different play areas varying for kids age groups and preferences, including a toddlers’ area. The indoor soccer and basketball pitches are also ideal for sports fanatics. Cosmic Bowl is also on site, a state of the art bowling alley which is sure to add to the family fun. As if that wasn’t enough, they also boast an indoor 18-hole crazy golf course.  jumpinjacks.ie 

Lloyd Town Park 

An ideal spot for an active afternoon’s entertainment, Lloyd Town Park, also known as Tullamore Town Park, has play grounds, climbing frames, zip-wiring, a skating park and so much more to keep little ones busy. Picnic areas, water features, and 20 acres of land to be explored only adds to the joy that can be had here by the entire family.  

Lough Boora Discovery Park 

Lough Boora Discovery Park is sure to spark joy for every age group. Explore multiple walking and cycling routes, search for mythical creatures along the fairy trails or stroll through the unique sculpture park. The park also runs events and activities, some of which have been collaborations with Bord na Mòna, so keep an eye out for these two. Maps and trails can easily be accessed on the park’s website for those seeking guidance on their adventures. An ideal spot for an enjoyable family walk or picnic and for ensuring little ones get their quality outdoors time during their Offaly stay.   loughboora.com 

Birr Outdoor Education and Training Centre 

A huge variety of land and water activities can be availed of in Offaly thanks to Birr Outdoor Education and Training Centre. Archery, orienteering, kayaking, hill walking and rock climbing are among some of the adventure activities you can try your hand at here. It is fully supervised and safety equipment is provided, further ensuring that this is a family friendly choice. The centre also runs summer camps so keep an eye out for any which may be running during your stay.   birroec.ie 

Animal antics 

Animal lovers will find no shortage of fun in Offaly. Pilko’s Pet Farm is home to many fluffy residents including cows, horses and goats, as well as more exotic creatures such as lamas and emus. Many visitors to Offaly may be unaware of the high number of alpaca residents in the county. Hilltop Farm Alpacas is home to several alpacas who are treated like pets by their owners, and are definitely worth visiting while in the area.   hilltopfarmalpacas.com 

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