If you’re visiting Sligo with kids and are on the lookout for things to do, then here’s our Mykidstime Top 10 things to do with kids in Sligo, in no particular order.
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#1. Sathya Sai Sanctuary (Donkey Sanctuary)
The Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature was founded in 1991 primarily to offer a place of peace and refuge for old, injured, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused donkeys.
Situated in truly magnificent surroundings adjacent to the Carrowkeel Megalithic Site (which is also worth a visit!) at Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo, Ireland, only 5 kms off the main N4 Sligo to Dublin road.
Bring waterproof boots, enjoy your visit and give these humble animals the love they deserve.
#2. Waterpoint Aqua Park
Waterpoint Aqua Park in Enniscrone is a great spot with fun for all the family. Facilities include an indoor heated pool with 65-metre flume water slide, separate children’s pool and Kids Funzone water inflatables every Friday evening.
#3. Gleniff Horseshoe
Go for a nature walk at the Gleniff Horseshoe, located in North Co Sligo, it’s a hidden valley in Gleniff with totally stunning scenery. At the base of the Horseshoe route there is a renovated Millsite, with a lovely nature walk and sculpture trail. Picnic tables are there asking to be used!
This is also where you’ll find the ‘Magic Road’ in Sligo, where your car will roll back up the hill 😉
#4. Eagles Flying
Situated amid the beautiful landscape of Ballymote, Eagles Flying is Ireland’s largest sanctuary for birds of prey and owls. During the highly entertaining and interactive Bird Shows you can experience Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Vultures and Owls flying right over your head or landing next to you.
Some of them even allow to be touched – but ask one of the birds trainers before you do! You might even have the chance of a bird landing on your bare hand. Watch different species of eagles hunting on prey-dummies in their natural environment and be astonished about the arrow like flight of the falcons and the high intelligence of the vultures.
There is also a children’s pet zoo with goats, lambs, donkeys, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, pot-bellied pigs.
Related: Nature Walks in Sligo
It is said that Queen Maeve is buried on Knocknarea mountain and that the mound on the top is her cairn. According to local folklore, she was getting away from an enemy army that were trying to kill her.
There are beautiful views of both Ballisodare Bay and Culleenamore on one side and Sligo Bay and Benbulben on the other.
To climb Knocknarea, follow signs for Strandhill / Knocknarea and it will take approximately 25 mins to climb to the top from the car park. It is one of the most striking landmarks in the country.
#6. Hazelwood Sculpture Trail
Only 3 km from Sligo town at Half Moon Bay on the shores of Lough Gill is the Hazelwood Demesne.
Well known locally for its forest trails where you will find a unique series of outdoor sculptures from Irish and International artists, a quiet picnic area and beautiful lakeside views.
The nature trail forms a loop of about 3 km with two shorter alternatives available. All are clearly marked and begin and end at the car park.
Related: Best Picnic Spots in Sligo
#7. Sligo Folk Park
Sligo Folk Park is located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, Co Sligo. This community based attraction gives a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century.
It’s a “Trip Down Memory Lane” here, in the heart of County Sligo, the cultural history and heritage of the whole region comes to life. Children can discover how their great grandparents used to live and, those who are still young at heart, can rediscover how life used to be in days gone by.
#8. Sligo Beaches
You are spoilt for choice as Sligo beaches are havens for most water sports including surfing, body boarding, kayaking and surf kayaking. They are also very clean!
- Enniscrone prides itself on its 5km of sandy beach and it is a pleasant seaside town with lots to see and do with all of the family.
- Easky is the surfing capital but for experienced surfers only.
- Strandhill is roughly 10km from Sligo town. With its wild Atlantic waves is another popular spot for surfers but swimming is forbidden at Strandhill beach due to the very strong currents.
- Mullaghmore Beach is another stunning beach in North County Sligo, 25km from Sligo town via the N15 and beside the town of Mullaghmore. This is a great beach for children as the water is so shallow for ages!
#9. Gillighan’s World
A stone tunnel entrance, with dolmen and amphitheatre rising out of lush green lawns commences your escape into Gillighan’s World with its botanical gardens, natural flora and fauna blend together, enhanced by “faeries” in miniature models villages and “enchanted” glades.
Streams and secluded seating areas create a magical atmosphere, whilst a visit to the “faerie fort” offers spectacular panoramic views.
There’s also a wild-life pond and aquatic cove, plus an informal guided tour round the “Pet Village”.
#10. The Model Sligo
The Model, home of The Niland Collection, is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts centres. It is a bright open airy space, very welcoming to children.
They run frequent workshops and programmes for all ages. They also show family films and have activity sheets to help younger visitors get the most from their visit.
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