Best outdoor spots for families in Kildare


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 Kildare to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.

Donadea Forest Park

Donadea Forest Park has some lovely woodland Walks with lake and ducks, and many historical remains.  Small tea rooms open all year round. Plenty of picnic spots throughout park.

Curragh Plains

Between Newbridge and Kildare town, this extensive tract of grasslands is popular for walking, kite flying and picnics. 

Also good for learner cyclists as grass softens the falls! 

Arguably, the best, and most popular place to fly a kite in Kildare is The Curragh. The wide open grasslands ensures a strong breeze on the best of days!  Close to the motorway you will see lots of bigger kites being flown.

Related: The Best Picnic Places for Families in Kildare

Castletown House & Parklands

Castletown House in Celbridge has lovely walks from the house down to the river. Combine a walk with lunch in the lovely cafe.  Good for more able cyclists.

Mullaghreelan Wood

Mullaghreelan Wood, Kilkea is a picturesque old woodland estate with mixed walking trails. The woods adjoin Kilkea Castle and there are picnic benches.

Related: Great Family Walks in Kildare

Monread Park

Monread Park in Naas has great paths for walking, scooting, cycling. Combine with a trip to the playground in the park for a good day out.

Liffey & Barrow

The rivers Liffey and Barrow and the Royal and Grand Canals all run through Kildare.

They provide great water amenities including canoeing, barging, and walkways.

The best known walk is where Barrow meets Grand Canal at Athy – about 2.6km of walk that starts at the Courthouse.

Related: Free Things to Do with Kids in Kildare

Playgrounds in Kildare

Lots of great playgrounds in Kildare, but two of my favourites are:

  • Kilcullen Town – An excellent modern playground in Kilcullen and along with the usual equipment has a zip-line and a water/sand play-area. (Change of clothes/wellies may be required for toddlers!) Parking is available.
  • Maynooth Town is another excellent playground, with 3 play areas( toddlers, children and older children/teens). Free parking nearby, and can also feed ducks in park.

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

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