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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Family Activities to Explore in Cork this Summer

Looking for fun things to do with the family this Summer in Cork? We have put together a list of the top things to keep all the family entertained! 

Spike Island is an island of 103 acres in Cork Harbour. Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel. The island's strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison. Spike Island is reached by ferry from Kennedy pier, Cobh which is about a 20-25 minute drive from The Maryborough Hotel making it the perfect day trip for all the family!


Cork is filled with many family friendly attractions. You will be spoilt for choice! Our favourite has to be Fota Wildlife Park – A true favourite with families when visiting Cork. Walk amongst animals from all over the world at Irelands wildest attraction! With ample parking, buggy & wheelchair friendly access, it is perfect for all the family. 


If the weather isn’t what you were hoping for, don’t get cabin fever just yet! Why not pop to Mahon Point which is less than a 10-minute drive from The Maryborough. Catch a movie at the Omniplex cinema at Mahon Point which hosts 13 screens and boasts the latest in projection and digital sound technology delivering one of the most superior multiplex facilities in Ireland. Feeling peckish? With over 18 food & beverage outlets to choose from all under the one roof, all the family will be spoiled for choice! Kiddies can also burn off some energy in the play zone or get a train ride through the centre to really get them excited. 


Have the best fun at Airtastic Entertainment Centre which is only a 13-minute drive from The Maryborough. With a massive array of activities to choose from, let the kids go crazy for Inflata bounce, trampolining, ninja, bowling, golfing, play amusements to win prizes and dine. 


Zipit is a treetop high ropes forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child. You can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a bmx across a bridge, before zipping down one of our many ziplines. Come as a family, come on your own, or bring along a group. Children from age 7 to adults can enjoy up to 3 hours of excitement and adventure.

Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just looking to try something different, Zipit offers a unique outdoor experience for everyone to enjoy. Forget the day to day stuff. Put down your smartphone. Escape the office. Get back to nature and let yourself go! Zipit is only a 22 minute drive from the Maryborough Hotel making it another great choice for a family adventure day!


Looking for something different for a great night out? You’ll find it at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium. Nothing beats the excitement of greyhound racing, and some of the most prestigious greyhound fixtures of the year take place right here. Curraheen Park is within easy access of Cork City Centre, so you have no shortage of things to do before or after your night of greyhound racing. You can watch all the action unfold from the comfort of your table in their glass-fronted restaurant offering panoramic views of racing.  You don't even have to leave your seat as table drinks service and table-side Tote betting are available every night. COVID-19 restrictions are in place for your well being to ensure that you can relax and enjoy your evening.


Discover up to 20 different outdoor activities at Ballyhass set in acres of natural landscapes and watersports lakes. Try something new, bring groups, teams or circles of friends. Take some me time or enjoy quality family time. Get ready for your outdoor rediscovery at Ballyhass Mallow.