Galway has so many great places to visit and a wide range of things to do to suit all ages. From Galway City with the Museum and the Claddagh, to the wilds of Connemara and the beautiful Aran Islands. There are plenty of beaches and playgrounds, and of course the annual Galway Races Festival and lots of other festivals and events for all the family to enjoy. Below we have brought you just a selection of wonderful Family Activities in Galway that can be done during your stay with us at the Skeffington Arms Hotel.
Looking for family activities in Galway to keep everyone happy? Then Leisureland in Salthill is the perfect choice. It is a unique entertainment and health and fitness facility situated on the picturesque Salthill's seaside promenade. The pool area contains a 25 metre, 6-lane competitive deck level pool. Leisureland also boasts a warm up pool, and a kiddie's leisure pool which comes complete with full size Pirate Ship, Bubble Pool and Interactive water features for hours of fun. If that is not enough things to do to entertain you there is also a 65m waterslide which proves a favourite with all.
At Leisureland Funworld Salthill, you can now enjoy the best of both the traditional carnival and the modern theme park experience. This very popular Galway Attraction is outdoor and is open from Easter onwards each year. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere with an assortment of rides and attractions to suit a diverse range of age's .The Leisureland Funworld theme park has a poolside restaurant which caters for all tastes and all at reasonable prices. Perks fun fair boasts the most impressive line up of major fun fair attractions and things to do in Galway, including attractions such as its signature ride the 50 metre Giant Ferris Wheel, the Waltzer, the Mega Dance, he truly terrifying "Mega Drop", the Kangro, mirror Maze, The Ghost Train, Dodgems and so many more . There are a host of attractions that are sure to please even the most seasoned thrill seekers who dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A fun family day out is guaranteed.
City Limits is the ultimate in family entertainment, an emporium of indoor adventure andactivities in Galway for all ages. City Limits is located in Oranmore, just a few minutes drive from Galway City.
Tel: 091 388100
Salthill Beach Galway
Galway City as an attractive destination is enhanced by its proximity to fantastic beaches. The beach at Salthill is a Galway attraction that cannot be missed. The beach is actually several small beaches separated by outcrops. Some of the beaches are sandy and some pebbly. The beach is lifeguarded from mid-May to end of September and there are plenty of leisure activities and things to do nearby.
Ladies beach is located across from the Galway Bay Hotel and is sandy and has shallow water for the younger kids to paddle in. From here, there are spectacular views across Galway Bay. Further down the beach at Blackrock there is pier with many diving platforms all at different levels. The top level is certainly not for the faint hearted and for those who don't want to give it a try you can still have hours of fun watching fearless kids taking the big plunge.
There are plenty of beaches and playgrounds, and of course the annual Galway Races Festival and lots of other festivals and events for all the family to enjoy.
Turoe Pet Farm Loughrea
Turoe Farm offers many opportunities for people to enjoy a fun-filled day out. No matter what the weather conditions are, there is always something to do!Turoe Farm is fast becoming one of the most interesting and most loved Galway attractions to visit and is also home to the world famous 2,000 year old Turoe Stone. Cuddle and feed the animals, visit the pet's corner, and enjoy a leisurely walk around the 14 acres park or simply follow the nature trail. Indoor play areas include plenty of things to do for the rainy days, such as, Ireland's first "Inflatable City", a ball pond, adventure land, bouncing castles and games room. Outdoor amenities include a football pitch and playgrounds with swings, slide, and a tree house. Turoe Farm has its own restaurant but also provides picnic areas. Just 30 minutes drive from Galway City, Turoe Petfarm is the perfect choice for kids and all the family when looking for things to do in Galway
The Eye Cinema
EYE is the cinema that Galway deserves but has never had. EYE is amongst the most advanced cinemas in Ireland, EYE offers almost 1200 stadium planned seats across 9 screens, each with Dolby Digital EX full surround sound and Widescreen and Cinemascope picture. For those who want more than a seat at the cinema EYE has one luxury screen for those special moments. All the screens are wheelchair accessible and each screen has an allotted amount of wheelchair space.
EYE has, in addition, installed an Infrared system, which enables us to make the Eye-Xperience inclusive to all. EYE offers free parking as well as bars, cafes, Pepsi and Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlour within its public spaces. Tickets can be purchased on-line, by phone or at the box office - seat selection and reservation ensure that the Eye-Xperience is one that all the family will wish to repeat...
Atlantaquaria is a very popluar Galway attraction and is Ireland's National Aquarium, home to the country's largest display of marine and fresh water life. The aquarium is located on the Seafront Promenade of Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay and attracts thousands of visitors every year . Galway Atlantaquaria is focused on the display of indigenous Irish fish and invertebrates. Spanning two floors the aquarium is home to over 150 different species of marine and freshwater life. Talks are held throughout the day during summer on a variety of topics including Fin Whale, Touch Pool, Fresh water Fish Feeding etc. As Ireland's largest aquarium, staff strive to ensure that a visit to the aquarium is original and full of wonder for visitors of all ages.
Take a spin to Pallas Karting. Here you can be in the driving seat, jostling for pole position in one of the fastest and most exhilarating sports in Ireland today on Europe's largest Karting Centre. At Pallas Karting you can experience the thrill of real motor racing first hand at our new kart circuit which is currently one the most popular activities in Galway. Whatever the weather, Pallas Karting has the green light for an action packed non-stop race programme for everyone.