We have compiled a list of the best family-friendly playgrounds in Galway. Whether it is the kids' day to choose the family activity, or maybe there are some of you who simply miss the zip-lines, we have the spots for you.
Doughiska park has it all, from the common slide to the not so common human hamster wheel there’s sure to be entertainment for the whole family. Along with the adventure playground and toddler playground, there are tennis and basketball courts, soccer pitches and a skate park. If the running around becomes too much, there are walkways with planting trees and flowers to stroll around while you catch your breath.
Doughiska Road, Galway
SOUTH PARK PLAYGROUND (CLADDAGH PLAYGROUND)
The recently refurbished playground has been given a pirate themed makeover with murals of sea creatures adorning the walls. There is a pirate ship jungle gym to climb with slides and a wheel equipped with sounds so your child can man their very own voyage on the Claddagh. There is fun included for everyone with a Picture Exchange Communication Board installed for non-verbal children. When the time comes to jump ship, grab a drink and crepe from Dolly’s Coffee Truck before you go!
MILLENNIUM CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND AND SKATE PARK
Opposite the Cathedral on University Road Galway there sits the Millennium Children’s Park. The fully-gated playground has tunnels, diggers and water fountains for the toddlers and a skate park for the older children. This colourful playground has plenty of equipment to keep everyone entertained. There are public toilets and lots of picnic benches to enjoy the peace of the canal and, if you have time, grab a head of lettuce from the shop nearby and feed the ducks, birds or swans.
University Road, Galway
Renville park in Oranmore is the perfect place to spend a full day. With the multiple picnic benches on site, including a designated picnic area with built-in barbeque wall’s, there is plenty of room to have a packed lunch. After lunch you can treat yourself to an ice cream from the ice-cream van that is on site. The park in the middle of Renville has an adventure playground with swings, tunnels and slides galore.There are paths all around the area that go through the woodland lined with fairy trails and homes. If all that doesn’t tire you out, you can always go for a swim in the ocean down by the pier.
Renville West, Oranmore, Galway
CLARINBRIDGE COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND
Newly introduced to the area, Clarinbridge Community playground has been a hit with the locals. Located beside Kilcornan Swimming Pool and Hall it has a super zip-line, slide and various climbing frames. The Secret Walled Garden, which is just around the bend from the playground, has free entry if there is still more fun to be had. With animals and nature hiding behind the walls, there are a lot of secrets to uncover. The GAA pitch and nature trails through the woods are the final touches to ensure that Kilcornan will have enough activities for the whole family to enjoy.
CAPPAGH PARK AND BARNA WOODS
Follow the woodland trails and pass the streams and bridges to find the playground at Cappagh Park. With junior and senior play equipment there are plenty of ways to have fun at the playground. Swings, seesaws, cable ride and multiple activity units are just a few of the features on offer once your woodland walk is complete.
Cappagh Road, Knocknacarra, Galway
The enclosed grass grounds of the Moycullen Playground is just waiting to be discovered. There is a basket swing and zip-line ready to be explored, but the ultimate test would have to be the red climbing frame with a slide. If you’re still feeling brave, hold on tight to the giant spinning cage as you whirl through the Moycullen air.
Mountain Road, Kylebroghlan, Moycullen, Galway.
If there are other playgrounds you are interested in going to, the Galway City Council have good to know information on their website where you can find out more.
Feature and article photos of Clarinbridge and Renville by Hannah MartinPublished on Updated on