While Ireland boasts many merits – rich culture and thriving traditions, a love for Guinness, and epic pubs, to name a few – the weather is not one.
Indeed, we could be a lot worse off with even harsher Winters and even cooler Summers, but once in a while, the sun does shine and boy is it glorious.
With all that being said, it can be hard to organize outdoor activities with the assurance that the weather won’t take a turn for the worse.
Warmer months encourage the desire to be out in the elements (ideally in a balmy climate) but that may not always be achievable on the Emerald Isle, unfortunately.
For those of you looking to get outdoors and have some fun, we suggest you try outdoor aqua parks – the newest water craze! These fresh and fun adventure centres offer all the entertainment and carousing one could hope for, rain or shine!
Here are the four outdoor aqua parks in Ireland that you should put on your bucket list this Summer – you can thank us later!
4. Let’s Go Hydro
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland is Let’s Go Hydro, an outdoor water park which offers endless fun for all ages regardless of the weather.
The park opened in May 2018 as was the first of its kind in the North of Ireland. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the most popular attractions in the region.
Set in Knockbracken Reservoir, the outdoor waterpark aims to encourage the mental and physical wellbeing of participants through the enjoyment of water sports.
Guests can get wild on the inflatable water park or learn how to cable wake as well. With an obstacle course, water games and even aqua rugby to keep you entertained, we’re going to guess that this is one of the best daytimes outdoor activities available these days near Belfast.
Address: Knockbracken Reservoir, 1 Mealough Rd, Carryduff, Belfast BT8 8EU, United Kingdom
Set in Athlone is Ireland’s largest floating water park. This is sure to be one of the highlights this Summer, so book now to hold a spot.
Baysports is among the outdoor aqua parks which offer some of the most challenging and fun-filled obstacles, slides and rides.
A junior park for the little ones is on offer as well as the opportunity for guests to partake in stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking classes, also.
The activity centre is open 10-6pm throughout the Summer months (last entry 5pm) and booking in advance is highly recommended.
Address: Barry More, Hodson Bay, Co. Roscommon, N37 KH72
2. Hidden Valley Aqua Park
This outdoor water park is enclosed in the dreamy surroundings of Hidden Valley Holiday Park, a purpose-built family destination perfect for a Summer trip or weekend away.
Hidden Valley Aqua Park offers over “30 obstacles and 1,800 square metres to conquer” and we have no doubt that this could be the highlight of the Summer.
Those not staying in the park are welcome to get in on the fun but bookings must be made in advance online.
Passes to this outdoor water park in Ireland are allotted by one hour slots which include a ten-minute safety briefing.
Address: Lower Main St, Glasnarget North, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, A67 CX62
1. Harbour Splash
If you looking for some wet and wild fun in the capital city this Summer look no further than Harbour Splash in Dun Laoghaire.
Perfectly poised in Dublin Bay, this outdoor water park has launched once again after a hugely popular first Summer in 2018. The obstacle course proves challenging but fun and is perfect for most ages.
Those between the ages of eight and ten must be accompanied by an adult and “slow sessions” will be on occasionally for those aged six and seven alongside their parents.
Harbour Splash in Dun Laoghaire will run until 30th September.
Address: The Stella, Old Pier, Coal Harbour Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin