From inflatable parks to forest treks, here are some of the top ideas for family days out in County Antrim this summer.
Whether you’re after high energy fun at an inflatable park or a low-key trek on a forest trail, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best family-friendly days out in County Antrim.
Many attractions are currently operating on a booking-only basis or have certain restrictions in place, so be sure to check with each venue before you travel.
We Are Vertigo has two fun filled venues in Belfast, with indoor skydiving, an inflatable park, and the Ninja Master course at Titanic Park. Newtownbreda also hosts an inflatable park as well as adventure climbing and soft play.
Northern Ireland's premier owl, bird of prey and exotic animal conservation centre, World of Owls is based within Randalstown Forest. The centre is also home to reptiles, minibeasts, and a host of other rescues from alpacas to rabbits.
Located off the Antrim Coast Road, the 191 hectare park hosts an activity centre and outdoor adventure playground, a nine hole golf course, and the Family Fun Zone as well as number of picturesque trails and picnic areas.
From playparks, ziplines, a quad train and bouncy castles to meeting the farm's animal residents, there are a host of activities to keep kids entertained at this rural spot. Booking is essential - visit the Farm's Facebook page for more details.
Suitable for ages 10 and up, this activity centre starts visitors on the low ropes course before progressing to heights of 50 feet. The centre also has a fan descender free-fall, a 90 metre zip line and 30-foot multi-level climbing wall.
The Gobbins cliff path takes visitors across a suspension bridge, tunnels and along pathways in an up close and personal experience of the spectacular coastline. It is suitable for older children or teenagers over 1.2 metres in height.
Grab a picnic and your walking shoes for a day out at this scenic spot. With over 1,000 hectares of planted woodland, lakes, recreation spaces and conservation areas, the park has several trails to explore, including the stunning 3km Waterfall walk.
Kids and adults alike can enjoy finding out more about medieval life at this remarkably preserved Norman castle on the shores of Belfast Lough. It is currently open for pre-booked guided tours only; to book, phone 028 9335 1273.
These beautifully restored gardens offer a green haven for kids to explore, with a café and visitors' shop at Clotworthy House. The site also links with the Six Mile Water river path, leading to the nautical themed play area at Lough Shore Park.
A firm favourite for family days out, Belfast Zoo is home to more than 120 different animal species, many of which are endangered or extinct in the wild. Kids can also enjoy the play area, Treetop Tearoom, and on-site gift shop.
Ulster Museum's three discovery centres are set to reopen in the coming weeks, with Discover Art on July 2, followed by Discover History and Discover Nature on July 17. Visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot in advance.
An ideal spot for a summer picnic, the park covers over 128 acres, with meadows, copses, woodland and gardens to explore. There is also a children's play park, barbecue area, and coffee shop.
Follow in the footsteps of giants at Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site - now fully dog friendly. Pre-booking is essential for the Causeway Visitor Experience, which includes guided tours with the award-winning storytelling team.