Dublin: 7 kid-friendly activities that are fun for the whole family

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Taking the kids to the zoo is never a baaaaaaad idea. Photo: Sean MacEntee
Taking the kids to the zoo is never a baaaaaaad idea. Photo: Sean MacEntee

By Jessica Colley—

A lot of Dublin coverage focuses on fun for adults, such as pints of Guinness or the local theater scene. Yet the Irish capital is also full of kid-friendly activities—if you know where to look.

From encountering wild animals to climbing to the top of the city’s biggest stadium, here are some ideas on how to keep the kids entertained during a trip to Dublin.

Top kid-friendly activities in Dublin

1. Dublin Zoo

Located in Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is home to more than 400 animals. This is the most popular family attraction in the city, with fun daily activities such as feeding the sea lions. Kids will love to see giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and more.

2. Viking Splash Tours

The best tour for kids in Dublin is the Viking Splash Tour. This tour not only provides an overview of the main sights in the city, but is operated in a vehicle that drives on land and on water. Kids will also love the fun Viking hats and entertaining tour guides.

Let your little vikings have fun at Dubliinia, the Viking Museum. Photo: Fhwrdh

3. Tours of the Glasnevin Cemetery

Parents can soak up some history while kids poke around the historic Glasnevin Cemetery. Free walking tours are one hour long and cover important figures in Irish history that are buried in the cemetery.

4. Stadium Tour of Croke Park

The largest stadium in Dublin is Croke Park, home to both concerts and sporting events. A new attraction here is the skyline tour, bringing visitors along the rooftop walkway with five viewing platforms. Audio guides are available that highlight key attractions in the Dublin skyline.

5. Climb the Sugar Loaf Mountain

For another fantastic view of Dublin, climb to the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain located in County Wicklow, south of Dublin city center. Kids will enjoy the one-hour walk (more of a walk than a climb), but might need a little help for the last few steep steps to the top of the mountain. Bring a picnic for a family lunch at the summit.

6. Dublinia – the Viking Museum

Kids will learn about the Viking past of Ireland at Dublinia, a museum focused on medieval Dublin. Everything from Viking war ships to Viking clothes are on display at this family-friendly museum in central Dublin.

7. National Wax Museum

On a rainy day, the National Wax Museum will keep the kids occupied for hours. With a Children’s Zone of Discovery and a section dedicated to the top scientific inventors in Ireland, this fun museum also has an educational side.

Also in our guide: Looking for a family-friendly, affordable place to stay in central Dublin? Stop by our city guide to read reviews of the best budget hotels in Dublin.

About the author

Jessica Colley is a freelance travel writer and poet. She blogs about Dublin and more at www.thegreatamericantraveldream.com.

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