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Things To Do & Days Out near Ballymena
The Peoples Park (< 1 mile)
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.
ECOS Millennium Environmental Centre (< 1 mile)
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!
Fun Factory (1 miles)
Fun Factory Large and small adventure play frames with age appropriate thrills including ball blast, vortex slides and pedal tracks.
Raceview Karting (2 miles)
Raceview Karting 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.
Junction Jacks Mini Golf (9 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!
Speedway Indoor Karting (12 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!
Glenarm Castle (15 miles)
Glenarm Castle 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.
Treasure Island (16 miles)
Treasure Island 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.
Talnotry Avian Care Trust (16 miles)
Talnotry Avian Care Trust Currently has around 350 animals in its long term care to visit and learn about.
Clementsmount Fun Farm (17 miles)
Clementsmount Fun Farm With a children's farm full of domestic friendlies, miniature train and pony rides, pedal go karts, indoor adventure play, sand diggers, trampoline and a crazy golf course too!
Nutts Corner Circuit (17 miles)
Nutts Corner Circuit Enjoy Speeds of up to 50mph on Northern Ireland's only European Standard Kart Racing Circuit. There is no age limit, only a height restriction of 150cm. Try Arrive and Drive, Time Attack or group racing!
Carnfunnock Country Park (17 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.
The Jungle (18 miles)
The Jungle 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!
Fun Works Play Centre (19 miles)
Fun Works Play Centre A massive 5 floors of adventure play structure each featuring even more crazy activities than the last! They've also got some epic slides, ball cannons and a great zone for the smaller kids with regular Funworks Toddler Club too. Yay!
Glengormley Sports Bowl (19 miles)
Glengormley Sports Bowl 16 lanes of top class Tenpin bowling provided by Brunswick, the Rolls Royce of bowling equipment. Kids' bowling balls and ramps are available on request. Also on site kids' quads, karts and an indoor play area!
Playzone (19 miles)
Playzone Outer space themed multi storey play area with slides, flumes, a climbing wall and much, much more: you will have a funtastic time!
Belfast Zoo (19 miles)
Belfast Zoo Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals plus a play park and a kids' farm. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Northern Ireland.
Glenariff Forest Park (20 miles)
Glenariff Forest Park A forest park covering over 1,000 hectares, half of which is full of trees, the other a mix of small lakes, open spaces, and waterfalls. Several trails to follow, including the Waterfall Walkway. Free to visit.
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre (20 miles)
Belfast Castle Visitors Centre Offering an award winning adventure playground for 3 to 14s with loads of fun features and structures, plus go looking for Napoleon's Nose in the surrounding Cave Hill Country Park. No actual castle access.
Cave Hill Playground (20 miles)
Cave Hill Playground Suitable for children aged 3 to 14 and includes loads of classic play equipment plus for older children, there's a spectacular space net and aerial runway. Plus archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes!
Carrickfergus Castle (21 miles)
Carrickfergus Castle one of Ireland's finest and most impressive Medieval castles with a rich history of military actions, sited on the shore of Belfast Lough. Audio visual exhibitions and other displays await you full of fascinating facts!
Grove Wellbeing Centre (22 miles)
Grove Wellbeing Centre Friendly zoo themed soft play area offers fun for children aged one to 11. Full of clean, bright tunnels, slides, ball pit, climbing nets, rollers and a magic ball juggler! There is also a toddler’s splash pool. Birthday party package available.
Shankill Leisure Centre (22 miles)
Shankill Leisure Centre Swimming pool with wavemaker machine plus corkscrew slide and children's pool with mushroom umbrella and dolphin slide.
Ballycastle Beach (22 miles)
Ballycastle Beach 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.
Titanic Belfast (23 miles)
Titanic Belfast Extends over 9 galleries which include special effects, dark rides, life sized reconstructions, new Ocean Exploration zone and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story. Some elements may be distressing to young children.
W5 (23 miles)
W5 With over 250 fun and amazing interactive science exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages and a special area for under 5s.
SkyTrek (23 miles)
SkyTrek is a high ropes activity centre based in the heart of the Belfast Hills. SKYTrek caters for everyone from 5 years and up with a high and low ropes course, 30ft multi-level rockface climbing wall, ultimate power fan descender and Ireland’s first 90m zip lines!
Odyssey Bowl (23 miles)
Odyssey Bowl Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and bowling ramps to give the kids a chance. Also do glow bowling for an extra edge!
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail (23 miles)
The Belfast Mystery Treasure Trail There’s no better way for you and the kids to explore Belfast than with this mystery themed self guided Treasure Trail. Can you find the answers to the clues based around the Trail route to eliminate the suspects to solve whodunit?
Cheeky Chimps (23 miles)
Cheeky Chimps Clean, modern, spacious multi level adventure soft play packed with classic fun features to entertain and exhaust, in full sight of the parents' area.
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens (24 miles)
Ulster Museum at Botanic Gardens Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces, from Ireland to the South Pacific. The museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast. Free to visit.
The Ozone and Indoor Tennis Centre (24 miles)
The Ozone and Indoor Tennis Centre Bruiseless shoot em up fun in Laser Zone, climbing wall with easy routes, tennis courts and classes for all ages.
Laser Zone (24 miles)
Laser Zone is a multi level space age labyrinth full of hidden corners and elevated attack areas for you to stalk your opponents through, armed with your trusty laser cannon!
Watertop Farm (24 miles)
Watertop Farm 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!
Botanic Gardens and Palm House (24 miles)
Botanic Gardens and Palm House includes a children's playground, giant bird feeders, rockery, rose garden and sculptures. Make sure you visit the Palm House with its mini jungle of exotic plants and birds of paradise!
Victoria Park (24 miles)
Victoria Park Home to a range of photogenic water birds such as swans, geese, ducks and herons. Plus play park, soccer pitches, traditional bowling green, cycling and BMX track too!
Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre (24 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,...
JumpLanes Coleraine (24 miles)
JumpLanes Coleraine is an indoor play centre which includes a Trampoline park that provides a fun, safe, and active activity for all children and families. JumpLanes is suitable for everyone aged 5 and above!
Aunt Sandras Candy Factory (24 miles)
Aunt Sandras Candy Factory Take a visit to this candy shop that looks just as it did when it opened in 1953 and tour the factory with an excitable guide to see candy being handmade!
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (24 miles)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum The outdoor Folk Museum and indoor galleries tell the story of life in early 20th century Ulster; plus The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection! An all day-er!
Belfast Activity Centre (25 miles)
Belfast Activity Centre Climbing, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, vertical challenge, orienteering, team games and high ropes course including surprise features like a trapeze!
Stormont Park (25 miles)
Stormont Park Pleasing public green space with adventure playground and varying length way marked nature trails, plus picnic spots and BBQ facilities. You can also visit the Parliament Buildings further up the estate!
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park (25 miles)
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park Featuring international camellia trials, a walled garden, a Japanese style garden with water features and a great children's playground with orienteering and eco trails too!
Downhill Beach (25 miles)
Downhill Beach Blue Flag Awarded sandy beach, plus wildlife nature walks against the backdrop of cascading waterfalls, towering sand dunes, and the prominent Mussenden Temple! Cool!
Wallace Park (26 miles)
Wallace Park Now boasting the region's flagship Adventure Playground as part of it's refurb, huge with loads of state of the art equipment; plus Soccer Pavilion and floodlit Tennis Courts!
Oxford Island (26 miles)
Oxford Island A National Nature Reserve with a number of habitats to explore and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Trails to follow, plus a marina full of activities, and a museum to visit.
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre (26 miles)
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre A good starting point for a family visit to Oxford Island Nature Reserve, with lots of information available from leaflefts and knowledgeable staff. Great views of the island and over Lough Neagh. Free to visit.
Waterside Museum (26 miles)
Waterside Museum Discover the historical heritage of the Craigvon area through a variety of interesting objects. You can also see a barge that was built in 1900! Set in a Natural Nature Reserve. Free to visit.
Kinnego Marina (26 miles)
Kinnego Marina Visit the largest marina on Lough Neagh, offering a variety of water based fun, including boat trips. There is also man made pond that is full of wildlife to enjoy, including dragonflies and waterfowl.
We are Vertigo (26 miles)
We are Vertigo Welcome to Northern Irelands premier Trampoline Park, Ski and Adventure Centre and Spa. Join the Adventure Today!