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Things To Do & Days Out near Ballyvaughan
Aillwee Cave (< 1 mile)
Aillwee Cave One of the oldest caves in Ireland, formed by the erosive power of glacial melt waters of an early ice age that created a river running deep underneath Aillwee mountain. The river has subsided leaving behind one of Ireland's most stunning caves to explore by guided tour.
Burren Bird of Prey Centre (< 1 mile)
Burren Bird of Prey Centre Home to birds from all around the world, including falcons, hawks, owls, eagles and vultures. Flying displays and a guided Hawk Walk add to the experience.
Doolin Cave and Farmland Nature Trail (7 miles)
Doolin Cave and Farmland Nature Trail A stunning underground experience, which includes the longest free hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere!
Burren Nature Sanctuary (10 miles)
Burren Nature Sanctuary A magical sanctuary with friendly farm pets to meet, indoor and outdoor play areas to enjoy, and a fairy woodland to discover, but don’t knock on the fairy doors! Special seasonal events held throughout the year.
Dunguaire Castle (10 miles)
Dunguaire Castle This restored 16th century tower house gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times. Close to local village to explore too.
The Farmyard (12 miles)
The Farmyard Promotes a healthy way of living through fun farm activities and educational workshops. Plus seasonal events.
Galway Atlantaquaria (13 miles)
Galway Atlantaquaria Offering a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations plus touch tanks and animal interaction sessions.
Leenane Cultural Centre (13 miles)
Leenane Cultural Centre Enjoy daily woodcraft and sheepdog demonstrations, plus vintage looms, spinning wheels and traditional farming equipment.
Pure Skill (13 miles)
Pure Skill The first of its kind in the world! Spanning over 25, 000 Sq Ft the facility offers you a wide selection of sports from all around the world for everyone to enjoy, keeping score as you go!
Kiltartan Gregory Museum (14 miles)
Kiltartan Gregory Museum Educational but fascinating, with guided tours, memorabilia, estate maps, and authentic early 20th century classroom.
Planet Entertainment Centre (14 miles)
Planet Entertainment Centre Offering Space Kids indoor play, Laser Quest infra red tag game arena, classic tenpin and modern glow bowling, plus arcade with games and simulators.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre (14 miles)
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre set on the western seaboard of County Clare a state-of-the-art visitors' centre has been created to enhance the already impressive visual experience. 200m high cliffs put you above the soaring seabirds and a trip up O’Brien’s Tower is even better!
Galway City Museum (14 miles)
Galway City Museum A great little museum telling the history of Galway and the surrounding area. Variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, plus a busy calendar of events (and a boat hanging from the ceiling!) Free to visit.
Galway City Karting (14 miles)
Galway City Karting The kids can get behind a state of the art Honda 160cc engine with even more horsepower for the big kids (we mean you), plus parties, video game area and pool tables.
Moher Hill Open Farm (14 miles)
Moher Hill Open Farm There are a large range of outdoor and covered facilities including nature walk, animal paddocks, antique farm machinery, mini golf course, picnic area and play areas including outdoor go-karts.
Rathbaun Farm (15 miles)
Rathbaun Farm Behind the scenes look at farm life including historical talk, commentated tour, bottle feed the lambs, plus watch the rounding up and shearing of sheep.
Hip Kidz (16 miles)
Hip Kidz From a Mini Athletics Stadium and Ball Target Impact Panels to indoor Gaelic Games, Rugby, Basketball, Soccer, Cyper Ball; they have loads of great Sports and Fun, Fitness Activities where you can measure your performance to compare to your friends!
Drumcliffe Equestrian (18 miles)
Drumcliffe Equestrian Offering a range of activities for horse lovers, which include scenic trekking through the country side: all ages catered for.
Athenry Heritage Centre (22 miles)
Athenry Heritage Centre An excellent starting point to discover the medieval town of Athenry, with interactive exhibits, archery try and costumes to dress up in. There is also a replica street scene and a medieval dungeon! They do birthday parties too.
Athenry Castle (23 miles)
Athenry Castle One of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, battlements are original 13th century work with tall arrow loops and parts of the original enclosure wall of the castle survive.
Aughnanure Castle (23 miles)
Aughnanure Castle A richly historic 1500s castle on a rocky island. Great to explore, guided tours also available.
Glengowla Mines (25 miles)
Glengowla Mines Discover how silver and lead were mined during the 1800s with a unique underground tour of Glengowla mines. Pan for gold, see how a seismograph works, meet ponies on the farm, and watch a herding demonstration from Bob the sheepdog!
Slieve Aughty Riding Centre (25 miles)
Slieve Aughty Riding Centre Riding lessons in the all weather arena, cross country course or guided tour, plus scenic family rides on horses and ponies with lots of experience.
Pallas Karting (25 miles)
Pallas Karting Europe's Largest Karting Centre, with a 500m beginners' track, a 1500m advanced track, and a 2200m Rally track. Suitable for 10s and over. Also offering paintball and zorbing!
Dartfield Horse Museum (25 miles)
Dartfield Horse Museum Plenty of heritage and education in the museum but also a working children's farm with lots of friendly domestic creatures and horse riding opportunities plus a huge range of toys and games to amuse the small folk.
Turoe Pet Farm (27 miles)
Turoe Pet Farm Children's farm with plenty of animals, outdoor and indoor play areas, plus loads of seasonal events and activities.
Mountain View Trekking and Horse RIding (29 miles)
Mountain View Trekking and Horse RIding Offer a range of equestrian adventures suitable for beginners upwards with a simple one hour trek providing outstanding views, basic terrain and family friendly mounts.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (30 miles)
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Slip through a window into Ireland's past and enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll through authentic buildings with characters.
Corrib Cruises (31 miles)
Corrib Cruises Offering Island, History and Traditional Music tour types, with informed commentary and great on board facilities. Families more than welcome.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum (33 miles)
Foynes Flying Boat Museum Seasonal museum featuring the only remaining full sized replica B314 flying boat, the authentic 1940′s cinema plus the Radio and Weather Room. Try your hand at flying the B314 on their flight simulators with amazing visuals!
Kilkee Waterworld (35 miles)
Kilkee Waterworld Featuring beach, leisure and bubble pools, 61m slide and lazy river, suitable for the whole family. An indoor but seasonal facility open July and August only.
Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park (35 miles)
Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park Offers a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals, plus indoor play area with pedal vehicles and bouncy castle, surrounded by fabulous nature trails and walks.
St Marys Cathedral (36 miles)
St Marys Cathedral Welcoming families for worship and respectful exploration, the cathedral has a rich history and opulent construction with many interesting features for kids to look at! Atmospheric and fun to visit with curious minds.
Portumna Castle (39 miles)
Portumna Castle The ground floor houses historical exhibitions and a virtual reality presentation.
The Irish Workhouse Centre (39 miles)
The Irish Workhouse Centre Discover what it was like in “one of the most feared and hated institutions ever established in Ireland” in this workhouse experience. Short film to start, followed by guided tour and a chance to ask questions.
Roller Jam (39 miles)
Roller Jam Offers a classic evening and weekend roller rink experience, with regular sessions including UV nights, skate fit kids' exercise classes, discos and more.
Dolphin Watching on the Shannon (41 miles)
Dolphin Watching on the Shannon Watch dolphins and their calves playing in the wild, plus whale watches seasonally. Each trip is unique and may contain other pleasant surprises! Great company with family friendly attitude and firmly ecotourist ethos.
The Sheep and Wool Centre (42 miles)
The Sheep and Wool Centre Discover how sheep’s fleece is made into wool and cloth through demonstrations, interactive exhibits and displays. A chance to see weaving and spinning, and sheep shearing during the summer! You may also get to meet a sheep!
Creagh Equestrian Centre (43 miles)
Creagh Equestrian Centre For learning rather than day tripping. Lessons are taught by a qualified instructor and are available for all levels of rider. Indoor, outdoor and all weather options!
Kylemore Abbey (45 miles)
Kylemore Abbey • 150 year old abbey and Victorian walled gardens to explore, plus a Gothic church. Miles of lake shore walks and woodland, Tree, Nature, and Children’s Play Trail to follow. Kids under 10 years visit for free!
Connemara National Park (46 miles)
Connemara National Park Vast terrain for family exploration from bogs and heath to mountains and woods. The visitor centre has an exhibition on the Connemara Landscape, plus nearby nature trails and an adventure playground.
Graune Pet Farm and Play Centre (47 miles)
Graune Pet Farm and Play Centre 14 acre farm with a wide variety of animals in all weather petting areas, plus indoor inflatable play, kart track, spongy toddler zone, football pitch and super sandpits.
Lough Gur Visitor Centre (47 miles)
Lough Gur Visitor Centre A mysterious and magical place to take the family, with a wealthy of history, folklore and archaeology to discover. Centre includes an exhibit covering over 6,000 years at Lough Gur, listening points, and interactive activites.
Glendeer Pet Farm (51 miles)
Glendeer Pet Farm Indoor and outdoor petting and feeding farm experience, plus indoor play area. Plus seasonal special events.
The Adventure Islands (52 miles)
The Adventure Islands is a centre offering a multitude of outdoor activities, most suitable for kids aged 8 and older. Zip line, archery, wakeboarding, dinghy sailing, sea safari and loads more! Open all year, package deals available if you want to combine activities.
Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park (52 miles)
Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park Pirate flavour shenanigans all round with thrill rides, play areas, boat rides, go karting, golf, a train and indoor play area, plus see the real life dungeons and take the Grace O’Malley Tour of Westport House.
Funster Playcentre (53 miles)
Funster Playcentre Multi level adventure play experience packed full of contemporary features and fun challenges and a dedicated toddler zone.
Maghus Castle and Tir na nOg Funpark (53 miles)
Maghus Castle and Tir na nOg Funpark Indoor and outdoor adventure play with loads of features, including maze, aerial runway and currently unique to Ireland: Funbooster Cannon Games! Toddler areas inside and out.
Kiltimagh Pet Farm and Wildlife Park (53 miles)
Kiltimagh Pet Farm and Wildlife Park A pet farm with a wide variety of animals for the kids to meetm including some exotic ones! Animals include farm animals, furry friends, birds and reptiles. They have a playground too!
Mayo Leisure Point (54 miles)
Mayo Leisure Point Featuring Nokeys' Adventure Land for soft play, Q2000 for laser tag, Tenpin for classic and glow in the dark bowling, plus family cinema and arcade! Let's never go home!