Things for Teenagers and Older Kids to do in Cork


May 13, 2014

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Are you looking for activities for teenagers in Cork? Need some ideas for tweens in Cork? Here’s our Mykidstime Things for Teenagers and Older Kids in Cork, in no particular order!!

#1. Curraheen Park

Dogs – better known as man’s best friend. I’m sure most teens have seen and enjoyed the film “Man About Dog”. Let them experience the euphoria of seeing their “Mo Chara” get placed or win! Teens will enjoy a great night’s craic at Curraheen Dog Track where entry costs just €4.00. But remember, who ever wins the most, has to pay for the bus fare home!

#2. Ballyhass Lakes

If you have active teens who love the outdoors, then Ballyhass Lakes will suit them down to the ground. The activity centre at Ballyhass makes full use of the natural environs with kayaking, raft building and trout fishing on the spring clean water, rock climbing and abseiling on the limestone rock faces, and specially constructed low ropes courses, archery and team building games on the lawns. The resident instructors plan the activities to suit each group be they family outings, school groups, or corporate team building.

The fishery has two separate lakes. The main lake is 12 acres of spring water some 35 feet deep and is reserved for fly fishing only. It can be fished by boat or from prepared fishing stands on the bank. On lower lake, worm spinning and bubble and fly methods are permitted and extensive safe fishing stands surround the lake. The fishing lodge has an extensive tackle shop for fly and bait, and rod hire. The fishery is open daily and tuition on fly fishing is available. You never know, they might just come back with dinner!

#3. Fitzgerald’s Park

Nestled away in the hub of the city, is a haven to many and one of Cork’s gems – Fitzgerald’s Park. The first playground for lots of children, and the scene of many a first kiss, the park is the perfect place for teens to gather with their friends, have a picnic, play a little footie or frisbee and maybe, just maybe, even catch a few rays! The skaters can bring their boards as they have their own area within the park. Don’t forget the “Shakey Bridge” overlooking the Lee and run across if you dare!

#4. Cork Museum

Located on the Mardyke, the Cork Museum at Fitzgerald Park houses a collection of some of the memories of Cork’s commercial, political, historical, ancient history, old glass, coins and general local memorabilia. Micheal Collins exhibition and items relating to Thomas MacCurtain and Terence McSweeney, two martyred Lord Mayors of Cork. With free entry, teens can peruse the various displays then relax over a cuppa in the cafe while admiring the magnificent views.

#5. The Titanic Experience

The Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor attraction which opened on February 1st 2012 in Cobh. Situated in the original offices of The White Star Line, the location marks the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage to America. The story is told using innovative audio visual technology bringing our characters to life through cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology. You can retrace the footsteps of the Queenstown passengers. Students gain entry for €8.50 and children for €7.00.

Related: Coillte Outdoors

#6. Blackrock Castle Observatory

Situated in an historic 16th century castle and nestled in the River Lee Harbour, the Blackrock Castle Observatory makes a fantastic destination for a great day out filled with science, cosmos and history. Admission for students costs €5.00. Also, every first Friday of the month there’s an open night with workshops, lectures, the Cork Science Café, stargazing and of course Cosmos at the Castle from 6-10pm and is free for all visitors.

#7. The Shandon Bells

Climb the tower to the top so as you can ring the infamous Shandon Bells. The Tower forms a striking landmark, visible from many parts of the city, with its red sandstone (North & East) and white ashlar limestone (South & West).  It is believed that the colours of the tower gave rise to the sporting colours of Cork. The bells were cast by Able Rudhall of Glouchester in 1750, and have been recast twice since in 1869 & 1908.  They still bear their original inscriptions, including the following: ‘When us you ring we’ll sweetly sing, since generosity has opened our mouths our tongues shall sing aloud its praise’. The bells weigh over 6 tonnes altogether.

Related: 50 Things for Teens to do

#8. Leisureplex

Leisureplex provide the ultimate bowling experience with state of the art scoring systems and bowling lanes. Each lane is fully equipped with a special ball wall so bowlers of all levels can enjoy.

Or how about a game of Quasar? Their high-tech laser tag system will have your heart racing as you battle it out between friends, family and classmates in an effort to capture the enemy’s headquarters and become “Top Gun” of the game. Prices start from as little as €6.00 per person.

At Leisureplex there is a fantastic range of American pool and snooker tables to suit all. Play with friends and family and see who the king of the table is. Avail of their “Pool Special” and get 1 hour of pool for just €7.50 (Mon-Sun before 5pm).

#9.  Cork Beaches

County Cork boasts a spectacularly jagged coastline which continues for over 1,100km. Nestled between the many rugged cliffs are natural harbours and dozens of beautiful sandy beaches.

Garretstown beach is a favourite of many. A long beach which has the convenience of cars being able to park along the road, cross the footpath and then they are on the sand. Bring a board and surf if you can, play some frisbee, or fly a kite. Regardless of the weather the beach can provide numerous hours of fun.

Related: Top Beaches in Cork

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