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Children of all ages will love the thrill of driving their own cruiser and the freedom that comes with a Carrickcraft holiday. They can spend days exploring the lakes and rivers and be transported to a magical land where time stands still. We like to encourage the kids to play a part in the maintenance of the cruiser and they are often happiest when they are given a particular responsibility. You may be content to spend all your time on the water, but if the children need any further entertainment, there are many opportunities for family fun along the river.
The Zone at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen
Tel+44 (0)28 6632 4121 www.lakelandforum.com
Fermanagh Lakeland Forum is large sports and leisure centre with swimming pool, soft play area for toddlers and cafeteria. Beside the forum is The Zone, an outdoor leisure facility for children and young people, with tunnels, slides, jungle walk, cargo nets and much more. Entrance to The Zone is free of charge.
All the facilities of a camping and caravan site, as well as a children’s playground and games room. There is a small charge to moor here, but this will give you access to all the facilities.
Acres Lake, near Drumshanbo, Lough Allen.
There are great facilities here for children, including outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, children's playground and a pool table.
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park
Tel +353 (0)71 967 3122 www.loughkey.ie
Excellent family attractions and Forest Park facilities. There is an information centre directing visitors to nature walks and a new visitor centre with many activities for all the family. While here, the children will be entertained for hours at the children's play area and the Boda Borg Challenge will entertain adults and children alike, with mental and physical challenges provided with no instructions! Other attractions include the Looking Tower and views from the top are spectacular - you can also wander around the old church ruins or take a walk along Ireland’s only Tree Canopy Trail. One of the latest additions is Zipit Forest Adventures www.zipit.ie with circuits for adults and children.
There is a very good childrens’ play area at Boyle Pleasure Gardens, just behind King House.
Mulvey’s Kidz Kingdom and Bowling, Carrick-on-Shannon
Tel +353 (0)71 962 1605
State of the art entertainment facility with something for the whole family. Soft play area for the kids, ten-pin bowling, F1 karting, pool table area and coffee shop for Mum and Dad!
There is a very good playground just beside the harbour.
A safe play area, located just beside the harbour.
Bay Sports, Hodson Bay
Tel +353 (0)9064 94801 www.baysports.ie
An inflatable floating adventure park on the water with slides, rafts, climbing frame and hamster wheels. One of a kind in Ireland.
This is a lovely quiet spot to spend a few hours. There is a very good children's playground and a small beach and bathing area.
Jump 4 Joy Adventure Centre, Athlone
Tel +353 (0)90 649 8450 www.jump4joyathlone.com
Bouncing castles, inflatable sumo suits, go-karts, bungee trampolines, crazy golf, air hockey and loads more. Great fun for under 12s.
Athlone Regional Sports Centre
Tel +353 (0)90 64 7097 www.athlonesportscentre.ie
This state of the art health, sports and fitness centre includes a 25m heated indoor swimming pool, a toddler's pool, separate family changing areas, jacuzzi, sauna and steam-rooms, children's outdoor playground and the recently developed outdoor skatepark. The Centre also has a coffee shop and créche service.
Shannonbridge, Shannon Harbour, Banagher, Portumna, Terryglass, Dromineer, Garrykennedy
All have very good children’s play areas located near the harbour.
Banagher Pitch and Putt
Tel +353 (0)57 91 51421
18 hole course located over the bridge.
Pallas Karting, Portumna
Tel +353 (0) 90 97 45147 www.pallaskarting.com
Europe’s largest Karting Centre with karting, paintball and splatball
Aistear Iniscealtra, Mountshannon
A community park in the centre of the village between the harbour and the main street. The main feature is a maze with a pathway through the history of spirituality. There is also a childrens play area and picnic area.
Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Killaloe
Tel +353 (0)61 376122 www.lakesidehotel.ie
Fully equipped leisure centre with indoor pool featuring a figure of 8 waterslide.
This is just a small selection of the many family attractions available close to the river. For further information, just ask any of our staff for recommendations.