Waterworld (< 1 mile)
Splash around at this indoor leisure centre with water playground, 6 slides, two 80m waterslides, water cannons and two spa pools. Plus tenpin bowling when you want to dry off.
Shankill Leisure Centre (50 miles)
Shankill Leisure Centre
Swimming pool with wavemaker machine plus corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Waves Leisure Complex (53 miles)
Waves Leisure Complex
In addition to standard swim facilities, offers a learner pool with water features especially popular with small children.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (53 miles)
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex
The Leisure Pool has the longest, fastest and most definitely wettest water flumes around,
including: The Space Bowl; The Falling Rapids; Rubber Tyre Ride; Drag Racer; Master Blaster; Spa Pools; Sunken Pirate Galleon; Bubble Loungers; Dancing Water Fountain, and now featuring Aqualand interactive water play...
Bangor Aurora (54 miles)
Flagsip aquatic and leisure complex in the heart of Bangor, with 3 swimming pools, and leisure waters with flumes, inflatable fun, and Northern Ireland’s only ‘Sidewinder’ slide! Extensive gym facilities, plus loads of different sports to take part in.
Riverwatch Aquarium (31 miles)
Discover the wildlife thar live in the surrounding local habits, with aquariums representing each one, including rockpools and freshwater environments. You will see eels, lobsters, rays, starfish and more! Free actitivity packs for kids and free to visit!
Watertop Farm (16 miles)
is a family farm in the Glens of Antrim. Family activities include Pony Trekking, Boating, Pedal Karts, Quad Train, Paddi wagon. Plus camp and caravan site, sheep racing, shearing demos, Assault Course, Tea Room and scenic walks and new indoor play area are also available!
Sperrin Fun Farm (27 miles)
Sperrin Fun Farm
With indoor and outdoor play, loads of beasties to visit with big and small, feathered and furry, plus quad train, farm walks, aviary and Heritage Viewing Gallery. A lovely day out for smalls!
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre (28 miles)
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre
shows visitors the major challenges facing our planet in a fun and dynamic way! Interactive displays teach how global problems are being tackled and what we can do to help. Plus play parks, ecosquiz, toy tractors and great nature trails!
Tower Museum (30 miles)
Discover the fascinating history of one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland, from monastic times to present day. All exhibitons use displays and interactive techniques to present the story of Derry. See a shipwrecked Armada ship too!
Foyle Valley Railway Museum (31 miles)
Foyle Valley Railway Museum
A free museum dedicated to telling the rich history of the railway in Derry and the surrounding countryside. Includes recreated platform, plus information about different railway companies. Open during weekdays only.
Cheeky Chimps (5 miles)
Clean, modern, spacious multi level adventure soft play packed with classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, in full sight of the parents' area.
Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre (6 miles)
Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre
One of largest Indoor Play/Party Centres: three level 5+ frame: corkscrew slide, mega-super slide, lookout tower, cargo bridge and more. Two level under 5’s frame: boggle-ball, ball-shower, carwash and more. Private birthday party alleys. Sit back and watch the children have fun and exercise. Cafe,...
Treasure Island (12 miles)
Exciting pirated themed indoor 3 level play area for kids up to 12 years. Includes ball pool and ball cannon, spiral slide, soft play area, and a treasure hunt. Yar! They do parties too.
Fun Factory (29 miles)
Large and small adventure play frames with age appropriate thrills including ball blast, vortex slides and pedal tracks.
Play Shack (39 miles)
Purpose built 3 storey interactive soft play area divided into 3 areas for 3 different age groups, under 2s, age 2 to 4, and over 4s. Also on site are swimming pool, bowling alley and sports courts: handy!
Giants Causeway and Visitors Centre (5 miles)
Giants Causeway and Visitors Centre
A World Heritage site and National Nature Reserve maintained by the National Trust. The Visitors' Centre is a good starting point where you can learn about the origins of the Causeway: the mythology, the science and the nature.
St Columbs Cathedral (31 miles)
St Columbs Cathedral
Visit one of Londonderry’s most historic buildings, full of information about famous people, plus a number of interesting artefacts. Recently renovated, and stunning to look at. Small museum inside. Open daily and free to visit.
Glenarm Castle (32 miles)
Features one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens and a wealth of immaculately landscaped themed counterparts including water features, herb garden, yew circle and much more. Very limited castle opening.
Creggan Country Park (31 miles)
Creggan Country Park
A centre providing angling, outdoor pursuits, and watersports, with something for all ages. Activiites include Canoe Fun Sessions, canoe and kayak lessons for under 16s , plus the Aqua Station!
The Jungle (33 miles)
Amazing selection: kids' high ropes, archery, Gruffalo Trail, Zorbing, Rocket Building (a real one!) (yes, really!), Segway and mountain biking! Well worth checking out the Kids' Adventure Packages!
Foylehov Activities (16 miles)
For small ones: foot golf, laser clay pigeon shooting, laser tag and Junior Archery! Over 13s can drive hovercrafts at 40mph, plus Powerturn Buggies for the over 15s. Awesome!
Brunswick Movie Bowl (30 miles)
Brunswick Movie Bowl
Your kids can't fail to find something to do at this entertainment complex: cinema, bowling, pool tables, video games and indoor play park!
Campsie Karting Centre (25 miles)
Campsie Karting Centre
Indoor karting in professional adult and kiddie karts. Their exciting circuit has been professionally designed to incorporate a number of fast straights, technical corners, and a chicane that if you get it right can save you up to 2 seconds per lap!
Raceview Karting (28 miles)
is a centre available for anyone from the age of 9 and upwards. Various races on indoor and outdoor go karting tracks. A private party room is also available in the “Monaco” room which overlooks the circuits. Cafe facilities.
Speedway Indoor Karting (39 miles)
Speedway Indoor Karting
A friendly and supportive indoor racing track with 270cc Honda powered Karts and mini motos race experiences for racers over 4ft8in. Groups can access bonus activities like the supreme Grand Prix race!
Portrush Sea Tours (< 1 mile)
Portrush Sea Tours
Is a popular attraction offering sightseeing experiences by RIB. You will have the opportunity to see the local wildlife: birds, seals, porpoise and, if you're very lucky, dolphins and whales. This will most definitely be a trip to remember and an added bonus: children under 5 go free!
Roe Valley Country Park (17 miles)
Roe Valley Country Park
Offers spectacular riverside views and woodland walks along with opportunities for salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and orienteering
The Peoples Park (27 miles)
The Peoples Park
A great park that is free to visit and has a well equipped play area, a bowling green, picnic areas and tennis courts. A number of events held during summer. Also has a Teddy Toddler Walk, ideal for young kids.
Carnfunnock Country Park (38 miles)
Carnfunnock Country Park
- colourful gardens and walking trails, a fun packed family fun zone, a large activity centre and golf activities to name a few.
Portrush Whiterocks Beach (< 1 mile)
Portrush Whiterocks Beach
2013 Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach with summer lifeguard cover. Take a boat trip into the amazingly structured caves visible from the beach, or visit nearby Dunluce Castle.
Portstewart Strand (4 miles)
Blue Flag award winning 2 mile sandy stretch is great for sand castling and activities such as surfing, swimming and scenic walks. Plus the dunes are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies.
Downhill Beach (4 miles)
Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach, plus wildlife nature walks against the backdrop of cascading waterfalls, towering sand dunes, and the prominent Mussenden Temple.
Ballycastle Beach (18 miles)
Sandy beach with spectacular views, good for sandcastles, shallow swimming and taking boat trips for bird watching and diving down to the shipwrecks around the island.
Barrys Amusements (< 1 mile)
6 rides for younger kids and another 8 for older types, including splash ending roller coaster, ghost train, mini and maxi dodgems and the frankly terrifying Looping Star roller coaster!
Laser Space (30 miles)
A futuristic man hunt with harmless laser guns, with a cool atmospheric play arena and special effects! Great for over 7s, plus black light mini golf on site too!
Gravitee Golf (30 miles)
Ireland's first Black Light Mini Golf course puts your putting to the test in semi darkness with super glowing neon features! Great for brave kids, plus laser tag on site too!
Junction Jacks Mini Golf (36 miles)
Junction Jacks Mini Golf
18 holes of pirate themed golf during which you'll learn all about Blackbeard the famous pirate! Fun features include waterfalls, bridges and even a walk through pirate ship, so this is one that everybody should say 'Yarr' to!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Water Parks near Portrush with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Ulster can enjoy the great day out as well.
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