Home to more than 400 species of rare, exotic and endangered animals, take a visit to see animals big and small at Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park. In addition to seeing the animal residents, here is lots to see and do, including playgrounds, keeper talks, animal feedings and seasonal events. Dublin Zoo is a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family.
Challenge the family to a series of mini escape room-style puzzles and games at GoQuest in Carrickmines. The GoQuest Junior arena is suitable for 9-13 year olds, while the main GoQuest arena is suited to older children, teens and adults.
If you have a history buff or budding archaeologist on your hands, then Dublinia is sure to appeal. Travel back to Viking and Medieval Dublin, and witness the sights, sounds and smells and unearth the city’s archaeology in the History Hunters exhibition.
The Ark in Temple Bar is a creative space that holds wonderful shows and workshops for kids of all ages – their preschooler workshops are very popular.
Set within a huge wooden Viking Fort, Fort Lucan is Dublin’s only fully supervised outdoor Adventureland complete with hidden towers, crazy golf, slides, go-karts, zip lines, a playground, and a mini wooden maze perfect for those who like to keep their feet on the ground. For the adventure seekers, try crossing the 40ft-high suspension bridges, crash down the raging river and get soaked on the waterfall slide.
Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre is an indoor waterpark with rides, slides and experiences for all ages.
Get lost in the glorious green haven and excite your senses with a visit to the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin, just 3km from the city centre. Home to thousands of plant species, you’ll also find some stunning restored glasshouses, daily tours, a regular programme of family events and seasonal activities.
Rainforest Adventure Golf at Dundrum is the only themed indoor mini golf venue of its kind in Ireland, and you can play whatever the weather. They have two 18-hole South American themed crazy golf courses “deep within the rainforest”.
Erected in the early 13th century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle is a firm favourite for many visitors to the city. While not all of the Castle is completely free, there are quite a number of public areas and the grounds are.