Best outdoor spots for families in Carlow

Are you looking for outdoor activites for kids? With the vagaries of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can. So here are 8 of the best places in Carlow to get outdoors with kids.

#1. Oak Park

Oak Park is a mature, mixed woodland with lots of picnic areas with tables and plenty of play space. It's also a great place to fly kites, with large open spaces.

#2. Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area

There are magnificent views of the surrounding lowlands, Mount Leinster on a good day from Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area. There is a picnic site and a car park close by.

Related: The Best Picnic Places for Families in Carlow

#3. Carlow Walking Tour

Explore Carlow Town on an hour self-guided walking tour using finger signposts and large map boards which are dotted along the route. Sites along the way include Carlow Castle, now in ruins, which is a fun place for a run around.

Enjoy wandering around some of the wonderful gardens & parks, such as Altamont Gardens, Duckett’s Grove and Delta Sensory Gardens.

Related: Great Family Walks in Carlow

#4. Clashganny Lock

During the summer months a perfect place for a dip is Clashganny Lock, south of Borris. 

There are also opportunities to go cycling on the towpaths or take canoe or kayaking trips along the Barrow – keep a look out for tester sessions.

#5. Bagnelstown Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool

The outdoor heated swimming pool at Bagnelstown is open daily from June-August too.

Related: Outdoor Swimming in Ireland

#6. Carlow Town Playground

An excellent modern playground, with swings, slides, bridges and benches for us too!   There's something for everyone.

#7. Bagnelstown Fairgreen Playground

Centrally located in the middle of the town, you can go and feed the ducks by the Barrow river afterwards. Toilets, picnic tables, benches and parking all close by.

Related: Playgrounds in Carlow

#8. Duckett's Grove

Duckett's Grove or Carlow Town Park are perfect places to fly kites, with their large open spaces. 

Related: Mykidstime Family Guide to Carlow

Do you have a favourite outdoor place to go with the kids in Carlow?  Tell us about it  in the comments below.

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