13 family fun attractions
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Published February 23, 2017
Whether its mid term break time, summer holidays, or just a regular weekend we’re sure your little ones are always itching to get out and about! But stress not – for we’ve got lots & lots of cool ways to fill your days with fun, excitement & adventure. Here is a selection of some of our best loved family attractions.
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
1. Ulster Museum
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet a Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. A world to captivate the curious, this treasure house of the past and present offers something for art lovers, history buffs, excited children and the simply curious.
2. Armagh Planetarium
See the stars at Armagh Planetarium.
Visitors can use interactive displays to learn about the cosmos and watch the latest space news in real time. Highlights include a full-colour 3D experience projected on to the dome of the planetarium.
Travel to the International Space Station, outwards to Mars in our 3D stereo room and the new immersive gallery can project stereoscopic animations of Solar System exploration. During your visit why not design, build and launch your own rocket!
3. Titanic Belfast
If you haven't been already – a trip to the World's Leading Visitor Attraction Titanic Belfast is a must for all the family!
The Titanic Experience takes visitors on a journey over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. Visit late 1800’s Belfast, meet the men who worked on Titanic and experience what life on board was truly like from the joy of boarding to the devastation at saying goodbye to loved ones.
The visitor experience will take you to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean – the final resting place for what was in 1912 – the largest moving object ever created by man.
Marvel at the nautical treasure that is SS Nomadic. Take a tour of the four decks of 'Titanic’s little sister’ moored close to where she was built.
4. HMS Caroline
Why not extend your visit at the Titanic Quarter and continue your maritime tour to HMS Caroline, one of the world’s most historically significant ships and only survivior of the Battle of Justland. Moored in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter its's now a state-of-the-art floating World War I.
Engage the kids’ brains in this fun-filled science and discovery centre at W5, Belfast with daily interactive shows and an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions.
6. Ulster American Folk Park
Step back in time at the Ulster American Folk Park, County Tyrone.
Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier.
Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
7. Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory
How about a sweet treat at Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory, Belfast.
Creating memories for the young and rekindling sweet memories for the not so young is what a visit to Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory is all about. Gobstoppers, Yellow Man, raspberry ruffles, Belfast lollies and brandy drops are just some of the tempting treats on offer from today and yesterday.
A show, demo, tour or chocolate workshop allows you to see how traditional sweets are made, and most can be sampled along the way. The sights, tastes and smells of old time candy making at its' best.
8. Exploris Aquarium
Enjoy the wonders of Exploris, County Down, Northern Ireland's public Aquarium and seal sanctuary.
Take a diver’s view of marine life at the amazing Exploris aquarium. From the native fish of Strangford Lough to the colourful coral reefs of the tropical oceans and the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest, there’s something for everyone at this dip into the deep.
9. We Are Vertigo
We Are Vertigo is perfect for a family day out. On the outskirts of Belfast city centre, the trampoline, alpine-themed adventure park and ski centre is all you need to enjoy a fun filled day with family and friends from toddlers to teenagers and beyond.
10. Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
An ideal spot for families, as it is home to a vast range of birds, plants & animals.
Visitors can explore a diverse range of habitats, enjoy walks around the shores of Lough Neagh, stop off at the bird watching hides – where you are welcomed with stunning views over the Lake, where the kids can enjoy the play areas & paddling pool.
Take a trip into the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre which has a wonderful craft & gift shop, you can also find plenty of information on the area and its wildlife.
11. Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Step into the Seamus Heaney experience and explore his beloved home place, Bellaghy. Visit the exhibition where children and adults alike can quite literally ‘put their thinking caps’ to experiment with words and play with puzzles and where everyone can add to our word wall.
12. Belfast Zoo
Enjoy a trip to the zoo which is home to over 1,000 animals & 150 species.
Belfast Zoo is a perfect family day out and one of our best loved attractions.There’s the chance to find out all about the animals at the daily demonstrations, talks and feeds, and you can also go for special giraffe, penguin and lemur experiences, where you can meet the keeper and feed the animals. The zoo also offers picnic & play areas, gardens & a souvenir shop.
13. Enniskillen Castle
Delve into the history of Enniskillen Castle in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands.
The historic castle hosts many family fun living history days throughout the year – which are perfect for any family day out. Enjoy a walk along the shores of the Lough Erne which surround the castle, where you'll find plenty of green grass to enjoy a family picnic.
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