#4. Search for Fairies
There are 3 sites in Dublin south where you can search for fairies; Corkagh Park, Tymon Park and Lucan Demesne Park. The trails have been developed in conjunction with the Irish Fairy Door Company and children of all ages love them. Best of all they are free to visit.
#5. Get Back to Nature in the Dublin Mountains
For those looking for a real challenge, check out the Dublin Mountains Ways, offering approximately 40km of trails to traverse. It runs from Shankill in the east to Tallaght in the west. It is best broken into sections and attempted over several days.
For those looking for a less strenuous experience, I remember as a child climbing to the top of the Dublin mountains with my family. We called it the 3 rock mountain as there were 3 massive rocks at the top near the masts. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon and we felt we were on top of the world when we arrived at the 3 rocks at the summit.
Nowadays you can also enjoy zip lining, bouldering and mountain biking along with rambling, hiking, running and orienteering when you take to the mountains in South county Dublin.
#6. The Grand Canal Greenway
You can enjoy many family walks in South Dublin but if you want to enjoy a stroll along the banks of The Grand Canal, there is an 8.5km route starting from the 3rd Lock at Inchicore and running to the 12th Lock at Lucan. It is entirely off road, so perfect for all family members, including those in a buggy!
For those wishing to go further afield, the Grand Canal Way runs for 117km from Lucan Bridge to Shannon Harbour, so you could venture further if the kids are feeling up to it!
#7. Have Some Rainy Day Fun Rock Climbing
From a stadium where you can watch Shamrock Rovers to a theatre and cinemas where you can catch the latest shows and films, and a play centre with a sensory area, there are plenty of indoor experiences to enjoy in South Dublin on a rainy day.
But my favourite has to be rock climbing at The Dublin Climbing Centre in Tallaght. Everyone from the novice climber to those with more experience are catered for. Safety is a priority and you and the family will have fun with a competitive edge!
#8. Rafting on the River Liffey
Rafting is something many of us do while on holidays but did you know you can also do it on the River Liffey? Children from as young as 8 can participate in a variety of water experiences with rafting.ie. All you need to bring is your swimwear for under your wetsuit and a towel, everything else will be provided.
#9. Have a Zip Through the Tree Tops
Get your adrenaline pumping and see Dublin from the treetops when you visit Zipit in Tibradden Wood. Just 15 minutes from Dundrum Town Centre, you can enjoy up to three hours of adventure and thrills swinging and gliding through the trees! All those with children over the age of 7 can take part, however, children under 18 must be supervised at all times. You are guaranteed a fun day out.
#10. Take an Interactive Stroll with the South Dublin Heritage Trail
Download the interactive heritage trail app and discover some of the history and lesser known sights in the villages of south county Dublin. With both audio and visual guides, the handy app can be downloaded directly to your mobile so you can enjoy exploring at your own pace.
I hope we have given you some ideas for some fun days out with the family in south Dublin. You can find loads more ideas on Dublinsoutdoors.ie including places to stay, eat and more fantastic things to do.