Playgrounds in the Locality

Sometimes it’s nice to just spend some quiet time with the little ones and let them run around and enjoy themselves while you get a chance to sit and relax. Thank God for playgrounds! – and we have plenty of them for you all within a short drive – or walk of your accommodation. 

According to the good folk over at Leitrim Tourism, there are 20 playgrounds across the county.

You will find 15 of them described at this link here:

Here is a list of fun places to stop off with the kiddos and let them run around and be kids! We have devised a short breakdown of some more. Keep them in mind for when you are out and about and the little ones need some play time. These playgrounds are for children up to 12 years of age and are open all day every day of the year.  We have included a Roscommon candidate as well, for good measure 😊

 If you have been out exploring all day and  find the kids are in need of some serious play time, keep these locations in mind and let the fun begin!  

Right in town, just between the Rowing Club and The Dock, is the People’s Park. Here you can let the kiddos run around – with plenty of soft landing on the grassy areas. It’s a handy spot within a couple of minutes’ walk from your accommodation.

At the other end of town, beside Aura Leisure Centre  is a fully kitted out playground – complete with soft landing rubber flooring. An easy walk, through town or along by the river and waterside park will get you there in 20 minutes.

Cootehall Baracks Playground

The quaint village of Cootehall has a delightful  playground, safely located  right on the water’s edge and on the grounds of the former Garda Barracks, which is now the newly developed McGahern Museum, devoted to the writer John McGahern.

Drumhierny Playground is located in this gorgeous woodland destination. The playground is a woodland surprise – and you can get a coffee or snacks from the Woodpecker Café to keep hunger at bay.

Adventure Playground at Lough Key

The Adventure Playground at Lough Key – The recently refurbished playground at Lough Key re-opened to the public in July 2023 and is a magical play area that provides stimulating and entertaining activities and equipment for children of all ages and abilities in a colourful and safe environment.

An all-day pass costs €5 per child. You can find out some more on their website here:

Ballinamore Playground: Ballinamore Playground is located on the Swanlinbar Road right beside the Ballinamore Sports Complex. Let the kids run around and  while you take in  the scenery of  Slieve an Iarainn and Cuilcagh mountains in the background.

Drumshanbo Playground

The playground in Drumshanbo is located right beside Acres Lake, at the start of the Floating Boardwalk and the outdoor heated  swimming pool – so there is something for everyone in Drumshanbo! 

So you see, there are plenty of opportunities in the region for fun times with the kiddos and to run the legs off them in safe and secure playgrounds. Keep the locations in mind for when you are out and about, and when all the cultural and historic sightseeing has been done, let them run the legs off themselves before heading back to town for dinner.

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