Some of the best things to do with the kids in County Clare
County Clare is a fantastic place to raise kids and visit with kids. There’s plenty here to do that kids and adults alike will enjoy doing together.
Sometimes it gets boring when you ask for recommendations of what to do with your kids in an area and all locals can come up with is to bring them to the local playground. We have you sorted.
From fun low budget activities such as feeding ducks on a scenic lake to educating your kids while they have fun at historic castles, aquariums and farms, there is something here to suit all ages.
5. Feed ducks at Ballyalla Lake
Ballyalla Lake is a beautiful spot. Spend a budget-friendly day out by grabbing the end of a loaf of bread and going down to feed the ducks.
Feeding the ducks is always a fun activity, and it can be an excellent way to learn about new animals. Kids are always excited to hear they’re on their way to feed ducks.
There are also some great walks around the lake, so once you’re finished feeding the ducks, you can do some exercise together by following the trails and take in some fresh air. It’s some great healthy family bonding time.
Address: Ballyalla Lake, Co. Clare.
Lahinch beach is a fantastic place to bring kids, regardless of the weather. Even in winter, as long as it’s dry, you can go for a nice walk on the beach and if the tide is in you can always walk on the prom or the man-made road overlooking the beach.
On a sunny day, you can take the kids swimming in the sea and bring buckets and spades. Lahinch beach also has a relatively new playground beside the car park if your kids aren’t too tired after the day.
There is also a surf school at Lahinch if you want your kids to get involved in a new sport. Lahinch is renowned worldwide for being a terrific spot for surfers so if you get the chance to visit give your kids this excellent opportunity to learn from the best.
If the weather fails there is a great little aquarium at Lahinch beach too, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a lovely indoor play area. You’ll be spoilt for choice of activities to do with your kids here.
Address: Ennistymon Road, Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare.
3. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
As well as being educational, the Castle and Folk Park is an excellent place for kids and parents alike to explore and have fun. This is your chance to bring your kids to experience Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park.
With plenty of winding stairs, high ceilings, traditional furnishings and cosy little rooms, kids and adults alike will find the castle magical. There is also a little fairy village in a wooded part of the folk park for children to enjoy, where they will also find a miniature Bunratty Castle and mini replicas of the houses that surround the folk park.
You could also bring your kids for a special dinner out by attending Bunratty’s Medieval Banquet. There is medieval theatrics, which the kids are sure to enjoy, which follows dinner and a superb selection of Irish medieval and traditional songs and instrumental music.
The entire evening lasts two and a half hours. The banquet runs nightly year-round, 5:30 pm & 8:45 pm. Reservations are necessary.
It’s worth noting that the dinner provided is from a set menu so maybe check it on the website before attending if your kids are fussy eaters.
Address: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co Clare.
2. Moher Hill Open Farm
Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park ensure that children and adults alike get to learn about and interact with their favourite animals in stunning surroundings. The pet farm is a great way for kids to learn about animals, such as alpacas, miniature donkeys, sheep, pigs and emus, in an interactive environment.
As well as animals to see, the farm has a bouncing castle, in-door and outdoor go-karts, ball pool, all-weather outdoor play area and miniature golf course. It makes for the perfect family day out. Check their websites for opening times before you visit as they vary from month to month.
Address: Moher Hill Open Farm, Cliffs of Moher Road, Liscannor, Co.Clare.
1. Aillwee Cave
Aillwee Cave is one of the oldest caves in Ireland. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your 30-minute tour through the beautiful caverns. Marvel at the frozen waterfall, bridged chasms and explore the now extinct brown bears’ bones. Exploring the underground caves will let your kids’ imaginations run wild.
There is also a Birds of Prey Centre where you can learn all about birds of prey and see them up close.
Address: Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare