Summer is flying by but don’t worry there is still some time to make more amazing family holiday memories and what better location then the Castlerosse Park Resort offering the perfect gateway to the spectacular beauty of the Killarney National Park, the magnificent town of Killarney and of course, the wonderful kingdom of Kerry.
Here are our top ten things to do for families in Kerry this Summer with something for everyone from the nature lovers to the thrill seekers and everything in between.
No. 1 - Life’s A Beach At Rossbeigh Strand
On those long hot Summer days nowhere can the beauty of the Kerry coastline be seen more so than on the strands of nearby Rossbeigh Beach which is popular for all kinds of family fun including swimming, windsurfing, horse-trekking, sea-fishing and more.
A 40-minute drive from the Castlerosse Park Resort, this long sandy blue-flag beach on the Ring of Kerry offers the perfect day by the seaside.
Located just two miles outside of Glenbeigh Village, the beach’s location is just a short drive from many dining options and also provides ample parking as well as a popular children’s playground.
No. 2 - Giddy Up With Killarney Riding Stables
The Castlerosse Park Resort’s location within the centre of the Killarney National Park offers the perfect Pony Trekking route through some of Killarney’s most picturesque scenery.
The Killarney Riding Stables is situated just a short one-minute drive from the Resort and includes safe access right across from the stables through to the park. Operating daily trekking and trails of up to one, two or three hours long, the trail focuses on experiencing stunning views of the Knockreer Estate including the mountains, lakes, flora and fauna.
All levels of experience are catered for and pick-ups can be arranged direct from the Resort.
No. 3 - Explore The Lakes Of Killarney With A Family Lake Cruise
One of the top attractions in Killarney is undoubtedly the breath-taking beauty of the Lakes of Killarney and its renowned Lake Cruise Tour which runs daily, offering the ideal way to take in some of Killarney’s favourite hotspots by water.
Cruise past Innisfallen Island and learn about the ruins of a 6th Century Monastery, learn about the battles that were won and lost at the stronghold of Ross Castle and if you’re really lucky, spot some of the Park’s unique wildlife including the White-Tailed Eagle.
No. 4 - Make Magic Moments With Irish Fairy Trails
Growing in popularity over recent years are the Irish Fairy Trails which are magical trails filled with hidden fairy dwellings located in two south-west Kerry locations – one in Derrynane, Parknasilla and the other in Listowel.
Enjoy a family walk through the enchanted forest with a guided map and visit the fairy houses hidden deep in the mystical forests.
A truly unique opportunity to ignite the spark of imagination in your little ones and create stories that will last a lifetime.
No. 5 - Take Part In An Old Irish Tradition With A Family Jaunting Car Tour
A traditional Jaunting Car Tour through the Killarney National Park offers a fantastic family adventure and fun day out for all.
Start your journey in the town centre before entering the tree-lined avenue of the Killarney Park.
Learn more about the wildlife of the area including the flora and fauna of the 26,000 acre parkland and even get up close and personal with its famous wildlife inhabitants including the Irish Red Deer.
Journey to Ross Castle, a 15th century stronghold and enjoy a short stopover exploring its grounds before a lively jaunt back to town for the evening.
No. 6 - Fly High At Killarney Falconry
Experience the ancient sport of kings and get up close and personal with the birds of prey at the Killarney Falconry experience.
Set on a traditional farm just two miles from Killarney Town Centre, the Falconry provides a private hawk walk with an experienced Falconer who will educate you on the ancient art of falconry as well as the important ecosystem Killarney provides for its feathered friends.
Learn how to cast a bird into the wild and call back on demand and afterwards enjoy some feeding time and photo-taking with the friendly owls.
A special and unique day for all the family. Private hawk walks are arranged by appointment only.
No. 7 - Enjoy All The Excitement Of Crag Cave In Castleisland
Visit the magical all-weather attraction of Crag Cave, Ireland’s most exciting Show-Cave, a wonder of natural crystal stalagmites and stalactites in the nearby town of Castleisland.
A haven for adults as well as children, it boasts a separate crazy cave for the kids including a three-tiered soft play system, a mega astra slide, a funball battle with cannon guns, soccer pitch, ballpools, spiral slides, baby centre and under 5’s area ... what more could you possibly want ?
No. 8 - Play The Day Away At Buddies Play Centre
Buddies Play Centre is a dedicated Soft Play & Party Centre on the outskirts of Killarney town dedicated to the entertainment of kids from 0-12 years of age.
It too boasts a three-tired soft play area, astra slide, car track and sports area as well as a separate toddler play area and café.
The party centre is also the perfect place to celebrate your little one’s birthday with four themed party packages to choose from include frozen princess, fairy, pirate or superhero.
No. 9 - Explore The Wonders Of The Sea At Dingle’s OceanWorld
Did you know that Co. Kerry is home to Ireland’s largest Aquarium? Experience the enchanting underwater world and the wonders of the ocean in Dingle’s Oceanworld Aquarium. Species include Sand Tiger Sharks, Gentoo Penguins, Asian Short-Clawed Otters and more.
Also enjoy its beautiful butterfly oasis, coffee dock and kid’s zone where your little ones can take part in face painting and arts and crafts during the high season. A fun day out for all the family!
No. 10 - Splish and Splash All Day Long At The Aqua Dome, Tralee
The Aqua Dome situated in the outskirts of Tralee town offers one of Ireland’s largest Indoor Waterworlds with a whole host of splish splash activities to choose from.
Providing sub-tropical conditions all year around, this water adventure centre is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic family day out no matter the weather.
Spend an afternoon riding the rapids, jumping the waves, floating down the lazy river or flying the high flume slide…the choice is yours. Other amenities include an Aqua Golf Course, Gym and Vitality Spa but the question is which one will float your family’s boat?