Best outdoor spots for families in Cork

With the vagaries of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can.  So here's some of the best places in Cork to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.


Dursey Cable Car

Dursey Cable Car experience is an absolute must If you have a head for heights. Travel over Dursey sound to Dursey Island where you can stroll around and admire the truly breathtaking ocean views, have a picnic while observing the many birds including puffins that live on the island and, if you are lucky, spot some whales and dolphins too!

Millstreet County Park

Millstreet County Park  – open from the end of March to the end of Sept,  has loads to offer families for a great day out. There are several lovely picnic spots, plenty of toilet facilities (including baby-changing), walking trails which are buggy and wheelchair accessible as well as a deer farm, archaeological sites, themed gardens outdoor games and much, much more…

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Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Glengarriff Nature Reserve– a selection of trails awaits you here. Take the gentle riverside route or, for the more adventurous, the steeper climb to enjoy the vistas from Lady Bantry's Lookout.

Glenbower Woods

Glenbower Woods, Killeagh- set off on the road into the forestry or go down the myriad of footpaths to enjoy the serenity of the trees and river. Fun wooden bridges to cross and several little huts along the way in which to rest!

Related: Nature Walks for the Family in Cork

Passage to Blackrock Cycle Lane

A novel cycling route in Cork is along the old railway line from Passage to Blackrock Castle. This trail is frequenty used in Family Fun Cycles in Cork and is suitable for young and old 🙂

Ballyhass Lakes

Ballyhass Lakes in North County Cork boasts 2 fabulous lakes for fishing (equipment and tuition can be provided) and if you fancy trying something different there are also kayaking and raft-building activities on offer.

Rosscarbery Lagoon

Rosscarbery Lagoon is a fantastic place to have an adventure on the water with your children. From June-August visit The Lagoon Activity Centre where you can rent a paddle-boat, row-boat or kayak. Life jackets are provided and all ages catered for. There is also a lovely cafe where you can grab a quick bite after your exertions!

Fitzgeralds Park and Playground

My absolute favourite playground/park in Cork is Fitzgeralds Park. Bring a picnic, let off steam at the playground and there are several child-friendly places of interest to visit within walking distance should the skies decide to open!- Cork Museum, the Stone Corridor in UCC, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, the Lifetime Lab and lots more…

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

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