Search icon

Travel + Fun

16th May 2022

Things to do in Kerry with kids: Family holidays in The Kingdom

Laura Grainger

Wondering what to do with kids in Kerry?

If a staycation is on the cards this summer and you’re after a family-friendly destination with plenty of things to do and see, the kingdom of Kerry is a spectacular choice.

In fact, all this week on HerFamily, we’re here with staycation inspiration for holidaying in Ireland with kids.

Whether you’re looking for pet-friendly places to stay so your furry friends can join the fun, autism-friendly hotels so your neurodivergent kid can be themselves, or day fun in the capital city and surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered.

First up in our staycation series: the Kingdom. Here’s our guide on things to do in Kerry with children.

Things to do in Killarney

Gap of Dunloe and Ladies View

Killarney National Park has so many stunning features to see. The Gap of Dunloe and Ladies View are particularly scenic points to take in. Why not take a boat trip across the stunning lakes while you’re there?

Killarney House and Gardens

The beautiful Killarney House is now home to an exhibition all about Killarney National Park and the work put into protecting it. The whole family can learn about the local flora and fauna, then go for a stroll in the gardens.

Muckross House and Gardens

Like Killarney House, Muckross has beautiful gardens to explore with a stunning mountainous backdrop. The mansion itself is also a museum offering a glimpse into Victorian life.

Things to do in Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

With its collection of fish, sharks, penguins, reptiles, otters, jellyfish and interactive displays, the aquarium has something for all the family.

Whale and dolphin watching

Though we’ve said our sad goodbyes to Fungie the dolphin,  there are plenty of boat tours that bring you whale and dolphin spotting in the Dingle peninsula.

Water sports

Water-lovers can partake in a number of water-based activities. Take surf lessons, kayak in the sea, or go paddle boarding in Dingle.

Slea Head Drive

The Slea Head Drive is a beautiful loop along the peninsula that begins and ends in Dingle town. There’s gorgeous scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way and Kerry landscape on the drive if you want to take it all in from the car. But there’s also plenty of geographical and historical landmarks to stop at and see along the way, including…

Fahan Beehive Huts

Slea Head (with Blasket Island views)


Riasc Monastic Site and Gallarus Oratory

Things to do in Castleisland, Kerry

Crag Cave

Over a million years of history can be found beneath the surface at Crag Cave.  Above ground you’ll also find a fun indoor play centre, restaurant, gift shop and some outdoor activities making it worth the trip to Castleisland.

What have we missed? Let us know in the comments what you love to do with children in Kerry.

Read more: Dublin adventures: Summer activities that will keep the kids entertained