29/06/2023

NI's Most Adventurous Activities

As the summer break approaches so does the annual dilemma of how to keep the family and yourself active and entertained, and not just glued to our phones.

Now more than ever there are a variety of options for those who love to bring out their competitive side, those who love a thrill, and those who are just there to take in the beautiful scenery.

Here are some of the best ways to take advantage of Northern Ireland's great outdoors.

Colin Glenn Forest Park, Belfast
Northern Ireland's leading adventure park is filled with attractions for all the family. A fantastic 200-acre Forest Park at the river entrance just 5 minutes away from Belfast city centre.

There is SKYTrek high-ropes, archery, and laser tag available and if this isn't enough to get the heart racing, there is the Black Bull Run – a fast-paced trip through the forest on Ireland's first and only alpine coaster. Still not enough? Colin Glen also has Ireland's longest zipline at 250 metres.

Maybe travelling through the air isn't your scene, then the Colin Glen River Rapid may take your fancy. If you are looking for something a little slower paced why, didn't you know, there is a whole walking trail made for the Gruffalo.

Opening times 09:00-17:00. Prices and bookings available here at www.colinglen.org/

Streamvale Open Farm, Dundonald
A great opportunity for the kids to learn more about animals and how they are cared for by the farm. Streamvale is a family-run dairy farm that allows you to get close to some of their furry friends while feeding newborn lambs and goats as well as watching how cows are milked and how it is made into the ice cream that's available on the farm.

There are outdoor and indoor play areas as well as pedal go-karts, there's lots to keep everyone entertained while the parents can enjoy a coffee from the Creamery Café.

The farm is open 10.30am to 5.00pm daily with family bookings available and more information at streamvale.com/

Lagan Adventures- Hydrobikes, Belfast
A chance to explore Belfast's River Lagan like never before these hydrobikes provide a fun, adventurous, and safe activity.

The hydrobikes are the only experience that the Lagan offers and a different way of sightseeing around Belfast as it is a unique way to view Harland and Wolf cranes, the Obel Tower, historic bridges, canal structures, and lots more.

Take a hydrobike out for a leisurely ride, a fast cardio workout, a photography session, or even fishing from £16, and must be over 8 years old. Opening times are 10:00-19:00.

Book a session here laganadventures.com/

Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan Down
Located in the historic Castlewellan grounds on the edge of the Mourne Mountains, Life Adventure Centre is perfectly situated for a unique range of adventure activities.

One hour away from Belfast city centre, whatever outdoor activity you're looking for this summer Life Adventure Centre has likely got it. It could be stand-up paddle boarding, kayak hire, mountain biking, or electric biking, you could even improve your rock-climbing skills in the hands of professionally trained coaches.

Take yourself on an adventure or make the most of the expertise of the guides to make the most of your experience. Whether you're there with your partner, family, or group of friends, the Life Adventure Centre can tailor sessions that fit your needs and they specialise in working with groups.

Opening time 09:00-17:00 daily year-round. Book sessions at www.onegreatadventure.com/

Eazy Tours, Belfast
Take a ride through Belfast and see some of the best Historic sites Belfast has to offer from the Titanic Building, HMS Caroline Warship, the City Hall Building, and more, all while cruising at a maximum speed of 10mph it is a memorable experience and a great way of seeing parts of Belfast you may not think of otherwise.

The guided E-tours last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes and tours run every Thursday and Friday from 13:00-15:00 and Saturday from 12:00-14:00.

Bookings are available at £49.95 for up to 6 people, with a minimum booking of 2 persons on the tour with tailored tours also available. Must be 16 or over book sessions on their website www.eazytours.co.uk

Let's Go Hydro, Carryduff
A 10-minute drive from Belfast City Centre lies Ireland's largest aqua park, Let's Go Hydro is quickly becoming a favourite for many in the country with its vast amount of floating inflatable fun and its activity Lagoon it is easy to see why.

A trip to the resort is the perfect day for family and friends, after an adrenaline-filled hour of fun there are plenty of options for a bite to eat with the brand-new Lakeside Lounge and Restaurant just opened this year or even a BBQ pod that is available to book 7 days and even an ice cream shop for dessert.

Prices and more information at letsgohydro.com/ with the aqua park priced at £23 per person.

(RP)

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