Are you looking for activities for teenagers? Need some ideas for tweens? Here’s our Mykidstime pick of Things to do for Teenagers and Older Kids in Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford.
Reptile Village Zoo
With over 150 animals and 50 different species on display, Reptile Village Zoo offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with animals that would normally only be seen on TV. Situated in Gowran, the 6000 square foot indoor venue also includes a childrens soft play area, snack bar, indoor picnic area, tropical walk through enclosue and reptile handling zone.
The Zoo hold animal encounter sessions everyday, usually on the hour during their busier times and less frequently at other times. But they like to ensure that everyone gets the chance to hold or touch one of “friendlier” animals!
Courtown Adventure Centre
Gravity Extreme Adventure at Courtown Adventure Centre boasts one of the largest adventure ropes courses in Ireland. With varying levels, the activities are ideal for all. The nature of the activities allows individuals to build confidence whilst having fun. The sense of achievement is both exhilarating and rewarding. Choose from aerial trekking, zip wire, the climbing wall or the leap of faith or try them all with a multi ticket.
Fenor Bog is an alkaline fen located beside the Church in the tiny village of Fenor in Co. Waterford within the Copper Coast Geopark. The bog lies in a depression overlooked by Ballyscanlon Hill which rises to an elevation of 148m.
The bog is a storehouse of natural variety with wet woodland dominated by willow and alder, undulating greater tussock sedge vegetation and flat wet wild flower areas. Over 200 species of plant, bird, insect and animal have been recorded on the site. It is worth a trip to check out the native wildlife.
The Mahon Falls And Coumtay
Hike up to the Mahon Falls or drive the Comeragh Drive to get to Mahon Falls and Coumtay. The base of the falls is an ideal picnic area with breath-taking views. Coumshingaun is a fine example of a glacial lake.
After a picnic continue to Coumtay. Cross the river above the falls and head up-hill in a south-westerly direction over a wide plateau with the Mahon tributaries draining down from the marshes.
The area offers some fine views – Knockaunapeebra is behind with the Waterford coastline and Dungarvan bay to the south.
Further along the route you will approach the narrow neck where the cliffs of Coumfea to the north and Coumtay to the south are only a few hundred metres apart. Turn in the direction of Coumtay. Circle around the edge of the cliffs and only begin to lose height when you reach the far end of the southern encircling spur.
Head on a nature trail at Wildways Adventures and explore the wonders of nature in the woodlands and walkways. Trail sheets are provided that have photographs of some of the leaves, berries, birds or wild flowers you should encounter on your way along with questions and puzzles to encourage thewhole family to interact with the world around you.
The Grid Entertainment Centre
Experience indoor karting and Roller Disco at The Grid Entertainment Centre. Each lap is recorded with computerised timing and a scoring system so each visitor can monitor their own progress. Helmets, gloves, race-suits provided.
The Roller Disco has 4,500 square feet of roller rink which features laser lights, full sound system and a 25-feet wall projector. Top quality skates are provided for all, with a handrail that will help participants around the dance floor, irrespective of skill level.
K Bowl Entertainment Centre
Don a pair of bowling shoes and play a game or two of 10-pin bowling at just €5 per game with special offers including food/snack options.
After you’ve bowled your mates over, switch to the smaller balls on the pool tables. Other options at K Bowl Entertainment Centre are the amusement arcade and virtual mini-golf.
History & Culture
Wexford Opera House
Wexford Opera House is Ireland’s first custom-built, multi-purpose opera house.
It offers a wide range of entertainment, from light opera to popular culture, amateur drama, top comedy acts and international tours.
Enjoy a behind the scenes tour and take in the orchestra pit, artists’ dressing rooms, backstage areas and sample the acoustics of the two diverse performance spaces, the O’Reilly Theatre and the Jerome Hynes Theatre.
Tour Kilkenny Castle, beginning at the entrance gateway to the courtyard and using their guidebook explore the castle room by room, gaining insights into the architecture, decoration, furnishings, and paintings of the castle. Discover intriguing medieval spaces and features beneath the ground floor of the present building.
Waterford County Museum
Waterford County Museum hosts a permanent display on the history of Waterford County and also runs occasional temporary exhibitions on other local history topics. Admission is free.
St Mullins Heritage Centre
The former Church of Ireland Church, originally built in 1811, now houses the St. Mullins Heritage Centre, situated beside the famous monastic ruins and cemetery. All aspects of local history including publications, church records, maps, old photographs and artefacts are housed here and provide a fascinating account of village and rural life over the centuries.
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