Things to do in Wicklow for Teenagers and Older Kids


May 14, 2014

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

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#1.  Powerscourt Estate

Experience one of the best views in Ireland at Powerscourt Gardens! Featuring ornate Italian and Japanese Gardens & wooded walks, Powerscourt offers a fantastic family day out. Visit the highest waterfall in Ireland which is located 5 km from the main Estate. Discover trees that are hundreds of years old such as the Giant Redwoods, which are native to Northern California and grow up to 80m high! Wildlife at the waterfall includes Cuckoos, Chaffinches, Deer and Red Squirrels. Why not bring a picnic or BBQ and make it a special day? There is car parking, a summer kiosk and toilet facilities.

#2.  Killruddery House

Visit Killruddery House in Bray for a great day out for all the family. There is so much to see and explore. From leisurely walks in one of Irelands most renowned gardens to guided tours of the house, there’s always plenty to do. They run regular events throughout the year so make sure to keep an eye out! Afterwards, have a cup of tea or coffee or a bite to eat in their tea rooms. There is outdoor seating and a lovely farm shop selling local produce.

#3. Bray Bowl

Take the family bowling at Bray Bowl, which is located conveniently just 50 yards away from Bray Dart Station. The venue which not only offers games of ten pin bowling, but also Quasar Laser Tag, Pool, Retro Arcade Video Games, Air Hockey and Snooker which can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. They have free underground parking.

#4.  Sea Life Bray

Check out all the underwater creatures at Sea Life in Bray, without getting wet! They have over 30 displays, including Nemo’s Kingdom and their breathtaking Tropical Shark Lagoon. Feeding times take place throughout the day and children can have the opportunity to handle some of the animals. They have a kids quiz trail and a colouring table. They also have a soft play area and an indoor picnic area. Adults’ admission is from €11.25 and children are from €8.75.

#5.  Go Swimming

Go swimming at Coral Leisure in Arklow, the largest leisure complex in the southeast! They have a wide range of facilities perfect for families, including a 25m pool and separate learner pool, as well as some for the adults such as a sauna, steamroom, large gym and sports hall. Children aged 9 years and under must be accompanied in the water at all times by a person over 18 years of age.  Toddlers swim for free!  Coral also have a pool and gym in Wicklow Town.

#6.  Clara Lara

Clara Lara Fun Park in Knockrath, Rathdrum is an outdoor adventure park. Here, the kids can play outdoors, run around, use their imagination, stretch their physical fitness and not notice time going by. Activities include the ‘Aqua Shuttle’, their massive water slide, their amphicats canoes, go karting and rowing boats, as well as an obstacle course, zip-lining, climbing and much more. Children aged 4 and under and senior citizens go free. Clara Lara’s is open on the weekends during May and then daily from 1st June until 1st September.

#7.  Visit your local library

Visit your local library.  The majority of the libraries in Wicklow have a junior library! Great for a rainy afternoon – take part in many of the free events and activities that take place. Make sure to check out library opening times before you make plans.

#8.  Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley in Rathdrum is a holiday park, but you don’t have to stay there to try out the facilities! Why not try out something adventurous to get the adrenaline pumping with the whole family, such as kayaking or archery? They even offer the unique Combat Laser Tag for the more energetic teenager! They also have a large outdoor kids adventure park, bumper boats and football.

#9. Catch a movie

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?

Take in a movie at the Omniplex Cinema located in Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow. There is a kids’ club with discounted rates on weekends and during school holidays. They also offer special kids meals too.

Storytelling at the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray is always a big hit with the kids! Different fun events are run intermittently throughout the year.

Alternatively, why not enjoy all the fun of the cinema, without ever leaving home, by creating your own home cinema experience! Get the kids involved in setting up the cinema, arranging seating, making tickets etc. then sit back and relax!

#10. Wicklow Gaol

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is one of Ireland’s most interactive experiences. The museum tells the story of the gaol’s prisoners through an interactive tour led by experienced and passionate actor guides. On entering the building, you will be transported back in time and meet face to face with some of the most notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic and history-filled building. You can experience the life that the prisoners led and even experience boarding the convict ship for a rough voyage to the New World.

Take a day tour – €9.50 for adults and €6.50 for children – or if you’d like something spookier, they have eerie night tours on offer. If you’re really brave, they also have paranormal tours. The gaol is open daily, and there is a café on-site.

While you’re there, visit the Wicklow Genealogical Museum to have a go at tracing your roots back in time!

#11. Glendalough

Visit Glendalough to see the world famous monastic site with the round tower, or the  fascinating ancient graveyard. See who can find the oldest gravestone! The Visitor Centre has an interesting exhibition and an audio-visual show. Explore the beautiful monuments and lakes. There is parking available as well as toilet facilities. The scenic lakes and valleys have a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.

#12. Yoga Classes

Why not experience some mindfulness in this beautiful county?

Soul Art Yoga in Bray hold some brilliant classes for teenagers. Meditation, relaxation and yoga in a fun and educational class. Yoga helps teenagers to cope with stress and different emotions. It is also really useful for helping them with their other sports as it helps them build strength, flexibility, be more confident, improves moods and concentration.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our article with 50 Things for your Teen to do this Summer.

Do you have a favourite place to go in Wicklow with teenagers and older kids? Share it in the comments below.

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