Top 10 Unique and Fun Activities to Do in Dublin for an Unforgettable Experience

Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland, is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, and a lively atmosphere. From its charming streets lined with Georgian architecture to its world-famous pubs and legendary literary heritage, Dublin offers a myriad of exciting and unique activities that will make your visit truly memorable. While visiting Dublin, you’ll find a wide array of activities that go beyond the traditional tourist attractions. In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 unique and fun activities that will help you create unforgettable memories during your time in Dublin.

1. Go Karting at Kylemore Karting

If you’re looking for a thrilling karting experience, then you’ve come to the right place! Located just 15 minutes from the city centre and 5 minutes off the M50 motorway, Kylemore is Ireland’s biggest indoor kart arena with three different tracks. For over 25 years, it’s been the go-to spot for karting enthusiasts. With top-of-the-line Sodi karts, great customer service, a digital timing system and online booking, Kylemore is part of the National Karting Association (NKA). Whether you’re looking for an indoor time trial session or an F1-style race experience for a group, Kylemore is the place to go. 

Safety is their top priority, so you can rest assured knowing that your race jacket, suit, helmet and hygiene packs are sanitised. Plus, the arena uses only the best Sodi karts and tracks, so you know you’re safe. Kids aged 9 and up can take part in the event, with extra checks if they meet the borderline. And don’t worry about any rainy Irish weather – it’s 100% indoors!

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2. Bowling at LeisurePlex Bowling Alley

Leisureplex is one of Ireland’s largest indoor entertainment and family entertainment centres, with branches in all major towns and cities in the country. Leisureplex’s centres are located in Blanchardstown and Charlestown, with branches in Tallaght and Cork. There’s something for everyone at Leisureplex. 

The Leisureplex Bowling Alley provides the ultimate bowling experience, with ball walls on every lane, child’s ramps and a fully automated and computerised scoring system. All Leisureplex centres, except for the one in Charlestown, feature the exciting Quasar, a hi-tech game that features lasers, bases, smoke and music. Zoo Adventureland is an indoor children’s adventure play area, featuring slides, tunnels and ball pools. It’s the perfect place for parents to relax with a cup of tea or coffee whilst watching the kids play. A separate toddler area is available for under 3’s with height restrictions.

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3. Roller Disco at The Rink D12

The Rink is Ireland’s favourite roller skating rink, located in Dublin 12’s Finches Business Park. With more than 4,500 square feet of floor space, it’s the perfect spot for family fun, dance and fitness classes, and more. Whether you’re looking for a night out with friends, a birthday party, or just a fun way to stay fit, The Rink is perfect for you. With skates ranging from junior size 9 to adults size 14, you can get ready for a unique experience. Come prepared for a unique experience. Throw on your skates and take your first few nervous baby steps.

Plus, there’s a full schedule of dance lessons and fitness classes and a Musical Theatre class for kids and teens. And if you’re looking for something to do after a busy afternoon or evening, there are plenty of dining options to help you relax and enjoy some light snacks.

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4. Gaming at the Token Arcade

Start your night out with a unique arcade gaming experience. Token is an all-in-one bar/restaurant/retro arcade/event space based out of Smithfield in Dublin 7. A lot of people just love the pinball parlour at Token, but there’s so much more to do. 

Not only do you get to play a variety of other games, including Pac-Man, Mario Kart and more, but you’ll also be able to munch on delicious burgers and vegan bites, as well as a great selection of alcoholic drinks. If you’re looking for a fun night out, Token is worth checking out.

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5. Jumping at JumpZone Trampoline Park

If you’re looking for a unique and cutting-edge experience, come check out JumpZone! Located in Stillorgan/Sandyford in Dublin, it’s the perfect spot for a fun-filled day out on the trampoline. With a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, you’ll find a variety of sports and entertainment options, from trampoline dodgeball to trampoline aerobics. Whether you’re alone or with a group of friends, you’ll have a blast. 

Plus, Jump Zone is perfect for kids over 5 years old, young adults and even adults over 55, so you can exercise and have fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. And if you’re looking for the perfect place to host a birthday party, corporate event, group outing, family get-together, or fundraiser, Jump Zone has three party rooms with enough room for 10-100 people. Don’t forget to book in advance!

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6. Immersing in the Escape Boats

If you’re looking for a unique escape room experience, Escape Boats is the place to go! Located in Dublin City’s Grand Canal Dock, Escape Boats offers a range of games, from SOS for two to six players to Convicts for two to ten players. Whether you’re a family, group of friends, hen and stag party, or corporate client, Escape Boats has something for everyone. Each game lasts an hour, but you can schedule consecutive games for two- or three-hour blocks. 

Plus, Escape Boats works with a nearby bar and restaurant to provide finger food and entertainment in between games. For kids aged 12-under 18, you’ll need an adult to accompany you, and you’ll need to pre-book ahead of time. The Escape Boats are located on the barge Zorg Ella in Grand Canal Dock. The entrance is via the Waterways Ireland main door, and private car parking is available at Q Park Grand Canal Square, a few minutes walk away.

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7. Enjoying at Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out with the kids, then look no further than Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland.

Set in the heart of Lucan, the world of adventure awaits children as they explore the assault course, reach for the sky on trampolines, get a bird’s eye view from the high tower, race their peers on the kart track or test their nerve on 40 ft slides. It is suitable for children aged 2 to 12 years.

There’s endless fun to be had and a great way to tire out the most energetic children. There are indoor and outdoor picnic areas and a small café on-site. Children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge.

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8. Kayaking on the Liffey with City Kayaking

If you’re looking for a fun and safe way to explore Dublin, then kayaking is the way to go! The river Liffey runs through the heart of the city, and it’s been used for centuries to explore and understand the city. You don’t need to be an experienced kayaker to take part in this tour, as the open-top kayaks are very stable and easy to use. 

You can have up to three people on board each boat, and the safety boats are ready to give you a tow if you need it. So grab your lifejacket and get ready to go! Along the way, you’ll see some of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks, like the Ha’penny Bridge, the O’Connell Bridge, the Custom House, and Jeanie Johnston’s ship. City Kayaking is a great way to explore the city and it’s safe and fun.

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9. Ziplining with Zipit Forest Adventures

Experience the thrill of zip lines, swing through trees and feel a sense of achievement as you zip around the treetop in Tibradden Wood, County Dublin. This treetop adventure course is designed for adventure lovers and families alike. It’s based in the beautiful surroundings of Tibradden Wood in County Dublin.

Whether you’re a new adventurer or a weekend warrior looking for the latest challenges, Zipit has something for everyone. The course covers more than 650 meters of treetop terrain and includes 1.8km of activities. Zipline, BMX, suspended ladder, cargo net, and rope are just a few of the activities you’ll find on the course. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, the base jump is also available.

The course includes five separate circuits, ranging from 1m to 20m in height. A qualified instructor will provide you with safety instructions as well as practice circuits. Participants must be aged seven years or over and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Hours of fun are available for families and club day out.

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10. Horse riding at The Paddocks Riding Centre

The Paddocks riding center in County Dublin is high up in the Dublin Mountains, covering an area of around 3,000 acres with the city of Dublin in the background. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a trek up the mountainside with stunning views and stunning scenery, enjoy a relaxing beach ride or take riding lessons at the Paddocks.

The riding centre is AIRE approved and is family-run. Covering 3,000 acres and overlooking the city of Dublin, the Paddocks is situated in the very heart of the Dublin mountains. Riding lessons are offered in the indoor arena in Sandyford County Dublin for adults and children up to 3 years old.

Walkouts and treks take you up into the picturesque Dublin Mountains on horse or pony. An experienced trek leader leads the way for beginners, with a leader walking beside them on foot. They offer riding hats and boots and pre-booking by phone is recommended.

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Dublin is a city that effortlessly blends its rich history with a vibrant contemporary culture. By engaging in these unique and fun activities, you’ll be able to experience the essence of Dublin from various perspectives. So, pack your bags, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to explore the adrenaline-rushing fun activities. 

Remember, these are just a few examples of the unique and fun activities you can enjoy in Dublin. The city is constantly evolving, offering new experiences and surprises at every turn. So, go ahead and embark on your Dublin adventure, and let this captivating city leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

Happy Exploring!

Luvya Bhatia
Luvya Bhatia

An upcoming M.Sc. Communication and Media student at University College Dublin, with a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature from Amity University, Noida, India. Previously worked as a travel journalist, content proofreader and social media intern in India with a number of different media organisations. Specialises in working on Travel and Lifestyle pieces for Babylon Radio.

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