There is a local playground in Doolin about 400m to the right as you leave the entrance for the Lodges and another one on the right-hand side of the promenade in Lahinch.
Doolin beach is small and rocky but there is some lovely walks all around and plenty of climbing and exploring can be done. Lahinch is a more popular beach due its long sandy beach and numerous different activities to do there. It is always bustling and there is a lovely walk you can do along the beach. It is 15 minutes from Doolin. Enjoy surfing, body boarding, rock climbing and the life guarded beach. Fanore is a quiet long sandy beach a 20-minute drive north of Doolin. While it does not have as many of the amenities as Lahinch it does offer a refuge from the crowds and there is endless fun to be had in the dunes.
Seaworld in Lahinch has a large pool as well as a kiddie’s pool. (065) 708 1900).
Ennis is about a 40-minute drive from Doolin. While not really ideal because of the drive it does have a cinema and numerous indoor play halls such as Barneys (bigger kids) and Jumping Jacks (smallies).
Burren Nature Sanctuary, Kinvara
Burren Nature Sanctuary is a special place to experience the unique and diverse Burren landscape and botany. Set on a 50-acre organic farm in Kinvara, Co. Galway, it is an ideal introduction to the magical Burren landscape. Visit the Botany Bubble which houses the National Collection of Burren flora in season. Explore the nature trail through Burren habitats of shattered limestone, ancient woodland, a unique disappearing lake and wildflower meadow. Discover fairy houses in the hazel wood and meet friendly goats, pigs and donkeys. Explore the adventure playgrounds and indoor Nature Quest play area. Connect with nature, yourself and each other as you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient landscape. It is about 1 hour from Doolin.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Welcome to Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. At evening time Medieval Banquets are held in the castle and are open to the public to enjoy. Enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub. Enjoy a medieval banquet in one of the most accurately restored castles in Ireland. It is 1 hour from Doolin.
Doolin Cave is one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience. ‘The Great Stalactite’ is your opportunity to see one of the largest free hanging stalactites anywhere in the world. Offers guided tours as well as café, gift shop and farm. Call +353 65 707 5761. Open daily: 10am to 5pm. Prices: Adult €12, Child €8, Family €50. Tip: Book online to save 20%. You will not be able to bring a buggy/stroller.
Aillwee Cave is an ancient cave system and also has a Birds of Prey centre and a lot more besides. It is located in Ballyvaughan about 30 minutes from Doolin. This really is recommended and fun for all ages. The guides are knowledgeable, and the caves are spectacular. The Birds of Prey is a must to get the heart racing. Offers guided tours as well as gift shop and farm shop. Call +353 65 707 7036. Open daily from 10am. Price between €5 and €15.