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The Grand Canal at Edenderry is a good place to take the kids cycling, scooting and walking, as well as Tullamore, Ferbane, Banagher and numerous villages in between.
For a unique outdoor experience, visit Lough Boora Discovery Park, a beautiful landscape of reclaimed bogland. The Discovery Park consists of a magnificent collection of natural and man-made lakes, wetlands, walkways and walking trails, a fairy trail, sculptures, picnic benches, cycle tracks, angling, bird watching and a bike hire facility. There are a number of art sculptures throughout the parklands which you can explore using the free programme that you can pick up at the visitor centre.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains in the south of the county have numerous walking trails, with walking festivals and walks taking place at weekends. Picnic benches are provided at the entrance to most forest trails and at viewing points. There are 16 different looped walks starting from 6 different trail heads, most of these would be longer and more suited to older kids, but the Riverside Walk starting at Monicknew only takes 30 mins. The Monicknew Valley Walk also has a shorter loop option for smaller kids.
Take a family walk in Charleville Castle grounds outside Tullamore. The Gothic-style castle is considered one of the finest of its type in the country and is reputed to be haunted!