Things to do

Here you have Top 10 Things to Do and See in and around Tralee:

 

1. Aqua Dome

 

Aquadome

 

Aqua Dome Tralee is an enjoyable experience for everyone in the family with fun water activities for the kids and mini aqua golf for those in Kerry not interested in swimming at Aqua Dome Waterworld.

If you are looking for things to do in Tralee, Aqua Dome is one of the largest indoor waterword in Ireland. With its water activities and mini golf as main attractions it is an activity centre not to be missed in Tralee. Aqua Dome offers various membership deals so you and your family can make the most out of this water world.

For those looking for extra kids fun during holidays or midterm don’t miss out on Aqua Domes camps or their kids birthday party deals.

 

2. Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

 

Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

 

If you’re looking for something different for a great night out, you’ll find it at Tralee Greyhound Stadium. Nothing beats the excitement of greyhound racing, and some of the most exciting greyhound fixtures of the year take place right here.

Tralee Greyhound Stadium is within easy access of Tralee Town 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 the bar. Or maybe from your table in our bright and atmospheric restaurant, where you can relax and place a bet with our table-side Tote service. We have a range of packages on offer to suit all budgets, so you can tailor a great night out that suits everyone. – See more at: http://www.igb.ie/go-greyhound-racing/our-stadiums/kingdom-greyhound-stadium/#sthash.sIgXd11K.dpuf

 

3. Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre

 

Siamsa Tire

 

Kerry’s number one theatre situated in the centre of Tralee. Performances in dance, comedy, opera with tht film and music concerts as well as various workshops.

At the heart of the National Folk Theatre lies a professional core group of full-time performers, led by Artistic Director, Jonathan Kelliher and supported by selected artists drawn from the local community but trained in the unique Siamsa Tíre style and idiom.

The aim of the National Folk Theatre is to protect, explore and develop traditional artforms in music, song and dance. These aims are delivered through numerous activities: Folk Theatre stage productions from the Siamsa Tíre repertoire, the development of new work, as well as training and education.

The origins of Siamsa Tíre and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland go back to the first ‘Summer Season’ of performances in 1968 directed by founder Pat Ahern.  In 1974, Teach Siamsa in Finuge was built and officially opened, the first General Manager, Martin Whelan was appointed, the first Board of Directors was formed, and the training of young people in the unique Siamsa style, began.

 

4. The Playdium

 

Playdium

 

Big indoor play zone for kids of all ages. Caters for individuals and groups/parties. Nice adult area with cafe, wi-fi, tv and easy chairs.

The Playdium, Tralee is Kerry’s Largest Indoor Kids’ Play Centre. Facilities include Large Kid’s Soft Play Centre, Climbing Frames, Plastic Ball Pools, Indoor Slides, Formula Fun Kiddie’s Go-Karting, Tiny Tot’s Play Area, Café … and a few surprises guaranteed to keep the kids happy and entertained in a safe and secure play environment.

Offering indoor play facilities for children from toddlers to 12 years, the Playdium has 4 age segregated play area’s allowing children of all ages to play and socialise in comfort and safety.

Our dedicated team, will ensure that all children are allowed enjoy themselves to the full, whilst remain in safe and secure in this wonderful facility.

 

5. Kerry County Museum

 

Kerry County Museum

 

Always something interesting going here. One of Kerry’s leading attractions. Take a stroll through the Kingdom’s rich history at Kerry County Museum and you will find plenty of activities for all ages. Solve a medieval murder mystery in our new interactive gallery ‘Bone Investigators’, and learn the tricks of the trade used by archaeologists and historians. Play like a Viking in our Museum Gallery and defend your king in the board game hnefeltafl.

Or why not plot St Brendan’s route across the Atlantic? See if you can guess the origin of Ireland’s animals, discover a Stone Age survival kit, and try on Tom Crean’s Antarctic clothes. Find out what life was like in Tralee in 1450 as you stroll through the recreated streets and houses in the Medieval Experience. Discover what people wore and ate and even how they got rid of their rubbish. Special sound and odour effects make this an experience to remember. Remind yourself of the more recent past by looking at the photographs in ‘Kerry Lives’, our new exhibition showing life in the Kingdom from the 1950s to the 1970s.  For further info see www.kerrymuseum.ie

 

6. Fenit Little Samphire Lighthouse

 

Little Samphire

 

In 1851 a lighthouse was built on the little Samphire island, located a few hundred meters west of Fenit pier.  Little Samphire Island is home to a very compact light station, enclosed in a high wall around it’s perimeter. The lighthouse is a 12 metre high, unpainted stone-built tower located just off of Fenit, outside of Tralee.

The station was built in 1854 and remains much the same today as it did back then. The light marks the entrance to the Tralee Bay‎ and Fenit’s harbour with the exhibition of 1 white flash every 5 seconds with some areas being covered by Red and Green sectors depending on direction. The white light is visible for 16 nautical miles, whilst the red and green areas of light can only be seen for 13 nautical miles. The light was converted to un-watched automatic operation in 1954, at which point the keepers left. Electricity arrived on the island in 1976 and the light was converted to electricity at this time.

Weather dependant, Little Samphire Island is open to the public during summer months and tours can be had of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse can be seen up close from Fenit Pier, which is more of a bridge between the mainland and Fenit Island, where the harbour is located, as well as from the road to Dingle.

 

7.  Banna Beach

 

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Banna Beach is located approx. 12 km (7 m) north west of  Tralee (in Tralee Bay) and is a beautiful Blue Flag Beach that extends for many miles with magnificent views.   This is a walkers paradise with views of the mountains of the Dingle Peninsula on the south west horizon, Kerry Head and the Maulin Mountain to the North West and straight out to sea you can see Mucklaghmore Rock.

The wonderful sand dunes here are a designated area of conservation with an abundance of rare plants and animals to be found for the wildlife enthusiast and it is also a popular surfing location with surfing lessons available and summer camps during July and August for both children and adults.

Shore Fishing is excellent here , North and east of the Black Rock and Carrahane, which is north of Banna Beach, known as “an Poll Gorm”, are recommended fishing spots.  The Golfing enthusiast will be well catered for at  Ardfert Golf Centre (9 hole) and Tralee Golf Club (18 hole) nearby.  The picturesque heritage village of Ardfert has much to offer those in search of history and architecture with Ardfert Cathedral and Friary and a choice of quality restaurants and pubs.  Accommodation is available in local B & B’s and the Banna Beach Hotel.

Children will love the endless stretch of beach, perfect for sandcastles with a wide choice of sea-shells and some lovely little rock pools to explore while the sand dunes offer much shelter to enjoy picnics by the sea-shore.  Banna Beach is an ideal day trip from Tralee, Fenit or Ballyheigue.

 

8. Ardfert Cathedral

 

Ardfert Cathedral

 

Built on the site of a monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Brendan the Navigator.  The Cathedral that we see today dates from the 11th century, however, as with many building of this age it has undergone substantial changes over the centuries.  One of the gems of the site is the Romanesque style west doorway, part of an earlier church constructed in the mid-12th century and incorporated into the later building.

During the late 16th century Ardfert was caught up in the Desmond Rebellion and the cathedral was severely damaged although it appears to have continued to function.  However, in 1641 during the Irish uprising the building was destroyed by fire and abandoned.

In 1671 the south transept was rebuilt and served the Protestant congregation until the 1870s when a new Church of Ireland church was built in the village.  After this the cathedral ceased to serve as a place of worship; a situation that continued until May 16th 2013 when an open air mass was celebrated as part of The Gathering 2013.

There are two other small churches on the site.  Temple na Hoe is a late 12th century Romanesque church predating the cathedral.  It contains a surviving beautifully carved window on its south wall.

 

9. Tralee Golf Club

 

Tralee Golf Club

 

Situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west lies the sensational Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and world famous scenery. The links features towering dunes, undulating fairways, punishing rough and cliff top tees and greens.

View the white sandy beaches and the ocean waves breaking across the rocks against a backdrop of the majestic Slieve Mish mountain range running along the Dingle peninsula to the West. After your round of golf, retire to the clubhouse and savour some fine Irish hospitality in our bar and restaurant while taking in the panoramic views.

We invite you to come and join us and share in this unique experience.

 

10. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

 

tralee bay wetlands

 

Popular at home and abroad with locals, tourists, walking enthusiasts, nature lovers, day trippers, coach groups, garden clubs, school tours and families, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is equipped with not only scenic views from the 20 metre Viewing and Observation Tower but also with full visitor facilities, including the Lakeside Café and Bistro, An Interactive Wildlife Exhibition, Guided Nature Boat Tours, Bird Hides, and for the more energetic the light Watersports and Activity Lake!

Vibrant on the one hand, tranquil on the other, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre is really a fantastic place to visit with facilities and activities to cater for all ages making your visit a uniquely individual experience.
Whether you are looking for an all action activity outdoor day or a quiet and peaceful break from the stresses of modern living, the range of options are here.

With 2 Areas / Zones and a myriad of attractions on site there really is something for everyone!