Family Fun in Galway: 10 Kid-Friendly Adventures

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Stone circle in Brigit's Garden Galway

Galway is a wonderful city and it’s not just for adults looking for the perfect pint of Guinness. Families with children can also find loads of exciting and kid-friendly activities to choose from.

From exploring historic sites to enjoying outdoor adventures, Galway has something for every age group. Here are 10 fun things to do in Galway with kids.

9. Rinville Park

Rinville Park Galway

Located a short drive from Galway in the picturesque village of Oranmore, Rinville Park provides a peaceful retreat with playgrounds, walking trails, and a stunning view of Galway Bay. Pack a picnic and spend a relaxing day surrounded by nature.

7. Quay Street

People walking down busy Quay Street in Galway
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Stroll down Quay Street in the heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter, where the lively atmosphere and street performers create a vibrant ambiance. Enjoy some street food and traditional Irish music in one of the family-friendly pubs.

6. Merlin Park Woods

Merlin Park Woods with a bed of bluebells
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Escape to nature in Merlin Park Woods, one of Ireland’s largest and most diverse urban woodlands. With walking and cycling trails it’s an ideal spot for a family nature walk or a picnic. Let the kids explore the playground, and keep an eye out for the various species of birds that inhabit the area.

6. Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum viewed through Spanish Arch in Galway

Make learning fun at the Galway City Museum, where interactive exhibits and displays cater to children of all ages. The museum showcases the city’s history and heritage through artifacts and multimedia displays, making it an educational yet entertaining experience for the whole family.

5. Loughwell Farm Park

Three baby rabbits eating a carrot at Loughwell Farm Park
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For a farm-tastic day out, head to Loughwell Farm Park. This family-run attraction offers a range of activities, including animal feeding, tractor rides, and a giant bouncing pillow. It’s a fantastic way for kids to experience farm life and soak up the great outdoors.

4. Brigit’s Garden

Standing stones in Brigit's Garden Galway
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Take a short drive from the city to Brigit’s Garden, a delightful destination for families. This beautiful garden features Celtic themed gardens, woodlands, and interactive trails that encourage exploration. With workshops and storytelling sessions, Brigit’s Garden engages children in the wonders of nature.

3. Exploring Eyre Square

Galway Eyre Square
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Eyre Square, the heart of Galway, offers a spacious and lively environment for families. Let the kids run around the park, play on the playground, and enjoy a picnic. During the summer, the square often hosts family-friendly events, adding an extra layer of excitement.

3. Leisureland

The front of Leisureland in Galway
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For a day of swimming and splashing, head to Leisureland, located along the Salthill Promenade. The indoor pool area includes a kid-friendly section with water slides and a pirate ship, providing hours of aquatic fun. It’s the perfect place for the family to cool off and enjoy some quality water time.

2. Wildlands Adventure Park

ziplines from Wildlands Adventure Park Galway
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Don’t miss one of Galway’s best attractions for family fun – Wildlands Adventure Park. With its array of outdoor and indoor activities, including zip-lining, archery, and treetop adventures, Wildlands promises an exhilarating experience for thrill-seeking families.

1. Galway Atlantaquaria

Family looking at a fish aquarium in Galway
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Start your family adventure with a visit to Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. Kids will love the interactive exhibits, especially the touch pools where they can get up close and personal with marine life. From seahorses to sharks, the aquarium offers an educational and entertaining experience.

Galway, with its blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, offers an array of family-friendly activities that will create fun lasting memories for both parents and kids. From aquarium adventures to outdoor explorations, Galway ensures that every family member, big or small, finds something exciting to do. Plan your family trip to Galway and unlock the door to a world of fun and discovery.