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Activities for Family Hotels, Killarney

Killarney is the ideal place for your family holiday in Kerry and there is no better family hotel in Killarney than the Holiday Inn Killarney. To view our current Family Offers click here! For centuries the Killarney Valley has been recognised far and wide as Ireland's most beautiful destination - being aptly titled as "Heaven's Reflex". It inspired Poet Laureate Alfred Austin to write - "If mountain, wood and water harmoniously blend, constitute the most perfect and adequate loveliness that nature presents, it surley must be owned, that it has, all the world over, no superior".


Killarney is one of the most stunning locations in the country, with its backdrop of magnificent mountains and array of lakes.The Holiday Inn Killarney is ideally situated on the doorstep of the spectacular Killarney national park, home to Muckross house and lush gardens, as well as the idyllic lakes. The hotel has the best of both worlds, in a location that is both tranquil yet close to everything the vibrant town of Killarney has to offer. We have complied a list of some of our favourite activities in Killarney that all the family can enjoy while staying with us but there are plenty more activities to experience, just ask our fabulous receptionists.

Killarney Tourist Train

 Killarney Tourist Train is an amazing and unique way of seeing what  Killarney has to offer its visitors. Getting around Killarney and experiencing our world renowned sights has never been easier or more fun for individuals,families and groups.

 For mor information and departure times visit

Crag Cave- Ireland's Most Exciting Showcave.

 Imagine squeezing along an underground tunnel underwater! Total darkeness except for the beam from you diving lamp. Then you emerge into a wonderous cavern never before revealed to human eyes, this was the experience of driver Martyn Farr when he discovered Crag Cave.A visit to Crag Cave in Castleisland with the family is a must while staying in Killarney and is sure to delight and enthrall families and children all ages. The friendly and knowledgeable guides will be pleased to explain the origins of the cave, describe its many beautiful formations and introduce you and your family to an amazing world older than mankind.Discovered in 1983 & thought to be over 1 million years old Crag Cave is a magicial wonderland of stalagmited & stalactities.   It is an all weather visitor attraction located in Castleisland approx 20 mins drive.

Buddies Indoor Playcentre

Buddies Play and Party Centre is located on Park Road in Killarney and perfect for the rainy days when looking for things to do in Killarney. Buddies is 80,00 square feet of fun and games. It consists of a cafe with full menu where the parents can relax and an exciting and full filled play frame - Toddler area, Junior area - 3 lane astra slide, dizzy discs, ball cannon, sports area and a lot more!!
Other attractions include a Bouncy Carousel, inflatable bungee run, and a real favourite Bungee trampoline

Muckross Traditional Farms.

Take a stroll down memory lane to visit Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s. This was a period before the widespread use of electricity, when all work was carried out using traditional methods.You will visit three separate working farms (small , medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery.You will also visit a labourer's cottage, a carpenter's workshop, a harness maker and a blacksmith's forge.

The interiors of the dwelling houses are furnished in the traditional manner, and include such items as the dresser, settlebed and mealbin.


Family Fun in Tralee, Co Kerry- Toby World

 Largest & Best Play Centre in the Southwest - 10,000ft2 of Fun!
Open 7 Days a Week from 10am-6pm
For Family Fun – Toby World is the largest All Weather Attraction in the Southwest
In the heart of Co. Kerry - 5 min from Tralee, 20 min from Killarney

Ring 066-7192469 for directions or visit

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium.

Oceanworld Aquarium is situated in Dingle town approx 1 hours drive from Killarney town and hosts Ireland's largest collection
of Sharks. Experience this enchanting underwater world and come face to face with our fearsome Sharks, only a wall of glass stands between you and these dangerous creatures!! Make sure to visit the New Polar Penguin Exhibition & Stroll amongst the amazing Amazonian Display including deadly Piranhas, Catfish, Pacu and lots more.


Seafari. Seal and Eagle Watching.

  From age 3 to 93 a Seafari boat trip has something of interest for everyone.The cruise leaves the quaint Kenmare Harbour pier and voyages west down the bay which is sheltered by the Beara peninsula to the south and the Iveragh (Ring of Kerry) peninsula to the north. A special Seafari boat trip sweet or lollipop helps you to relax at the start of the cruise. The length of the cruise depends on the weather and tides and normally varies between 6 and 10 miles. There is much to see and observe and we like to take our time.

Wisit for sailing times



Blennerville Windmill.

Ireland's largest working windmill, built in 1800, it has been painstakingly restored & is now a major visitor attraction, Guided tours are available, weather permitting to see the windmill working. Located approx 30 mins drive outside Tralee. Blenerville was the main port of emigration from Kerry to North America & from here the famous Jeanie Johnston famine ship operated. A new family history service, featuring the Irish Familne ship records will be available this summer.

Star Outdoors.

Star Outdoors is a activity centre located approx 30 mins drive on the waterfront of Kenmare Bay. The Star of Kenmre provides guided one hour scenic trips of Kenmare Bay, see seal colonies, birds ,catles & uninhabited islands, sailings throughout the day. They also provide a range of other activities suitable for families such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, pedal boats, waterskiing & much more. New for 2011, children & teen camps, get picked up from The Holiday Inn Killarney & enjoy an action packed day, price is E30 & includes transport & half days activities which vary from day to day. Please contact us for more information.

Kennedys Pet Farm.

Kennedys all weather pet farm is perfect for a family day out, located approx 10 mins drive from Killarney on the Cork road. Pets from fur to feather, indoors and outdoors, ready to be Cuddled, fed and admired - deer, pigs, piglets, calves, sheep
And lambs, goats and kids.. "Roisin", "Dawn" - the little brown donkeys with their foals. Pot bellied pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, cute cuddly puppies,ducks, ducklings, geese and goslings in the pond. "Freddy" the scarecrow and mother hen brooding over her fluffy chicks, while "Prince" the peacock struts her stuff around. Open daily from 10-5pm