There is plenty to amuse children during their stay in County Clare, the long sandy beaches, patrolled by lifeguards are enjoyable and safe places to play for the day, whether bathing body boarding or building sand castles its all fun.
Pony trekking on these beaches or on quiet county lanes is a sheer delight for all the family and later a round of pitch ‘n’ putt will finish to day nicely.
Petting farm animals really brings a smile to children’s faces, see them light up at the numerous pet farms dotted across the county.
Swimming pools are great for all weathers; there are great pool facilities in Ennis and Shannon and at the seaside resorts along the coast line. The indoor pool at Kilkee has a bubble pool, shower geysers, the 'lazy river ride' and a 61m crystal tower slide. Lahinch has an aquarium along side theirs and Ennis Leisure Complex indoor attractions in addition to the pool include, a games room and climbing wall.
Most of the festivals in County Clare are family orientated and provide a diverse range of fun activities for children of all ages. Tug-O-War, Bonny Baby, face painting, talent contests, and once seen never forgotten, Donkey Derby are only a taste of what’s to be found. Festivals especially catering for families are: The Ennistymon Family Festival, Mountshannon Fair Day, Doonbeg Family Festival and Carrigoholt Family Festival.
Swimming pools include:
Shannon Leisure Complex
Ennis Leisure Complex
Lahinch Seaworld and leisure Centre
Pitch and Putt Courses include:
Liscannor Pitch ‘n’ Putt
Cil na Mona Pitch ‘n’ Putt, Kilnamona
Doolin Pitch ‘n’ Putt
Pony Trekking and Equestrian Centres include:
Lough Hill Family Pony Trekking, White Gate
Clare Equestrian Centre
Carrowban Farm Riding Stables
Willie Daly Riding Center, Ennistymon
Burren Riding Centre - Fanore
Cliffs of Moher Pony Trekking Centre
Burkes Riding School, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Clonlara Equestrian Centre
East Clare Equestrian Centre, Scarriff
Hill House Stables, Sixmilebridge
Liam Perrill Pony Trekking, Mountshannon
Morgan O'Brien Riding Stables, Quin
Pet Farms include:
Fortfield Farm and Agricultural Centre - Kilrush
Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park
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