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Best things to do in Cork with Teens

Best things to do in Cork with Teens

Sometimes it is the Teens who are the hardest to entertain on your stay away, but we have you covered

Avoid hearing the usual “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do” on your next break in Cork from your teens. While it may be easier to entertain the younger kids, there is so much for your teens to enjoy in Cork. Whether its a thrilling adventure day or visiting spots that have gone viral online, you can plan the perfect day for the whole family. Here are some of our suggestions to enjoy.



Have an adrenaline filled day out at Zip-It Forest Adventure in a tree-top adventure suitable for the whole family. Get your kids to challenge themselves and climb sky high.

Before zipping down on over the 800m of ziplines, you can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets and take a ride on a BMX across on a bridge. With 5 circuits ranging from 1 – 20 metres high, Zip-It offers up to 3 hours of fun, for everyone age 7 to adult. This is especially popular with the older kids in your family and gives them a great sense of adventure.

Zip-It is located 20 minutes away from Cork International Hotel and if you book our Family Adventure package you can get your tickets included in your stay. See offer here.


Smuggler’s Cove

After going viral on Tik Tok, you can guarantee that the teens in your family would love a trip to Smuggler’s Cove.

Located in Roscarberry, an hour drive away from Cork International Hotel, you will find Smuggler’s Cove, Ireland’s first Summer Tubing Park. With 4 tracks varying from 50 to 100 meters and surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Rosscarbery, Smuggler’s Cove is truly fun-filled experience.

The fun doesn’t end at the tubing park though. Smuggler’s Cove offers a timber maze, which is a fun challenge for all the family, with up and over bridges, cut off paths and confusing turns. They also have a crazy golf course, so you and your friends & family can definitely spend an entire day here.

Smugglers Cove is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm every day for the Summer. Check out their website here for more information.


Ballyhass Lakes

Head down to Ballyhass Lakes for a day on a Aquapark. An hour drive north to Mallow and Coachford, you will find an exhilarating host of activities from a high net course & ziplining to archery & axe throwing. But the highlight of the lakes is truly their inflatable aqua park on the lake.

Munster’s largest and most exiting aquapark and covering over 40m squared of an old quarry lake, Ballyhass is a great day out for friends where you can spend your time jumping, sliding, bouncing & racing one another through the wipeout style course. A day filled with laughs & excitement is guaranteed and is a great family bonding activity.

Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and wakeboarding is also available at Ballyhass Lakes. In our Family Adventure Package, you can get a family ticket to Ballyhass Lakes, see offer here.


Spike Island

Looking to do something with fresh air, history and maybe even a few spooks? Bring the family to Spike Island, a place of mystery that for years has been used as a place of worship, defence, confinement and punishment. Just a short journey from Cork International Hotel and a short ferry ride from the harbour town of Cobh, Spike Island day tours offer a deep dive into the islands great & rich history filled with stories of those you called it their.

If the teens are looking for a immersive experience, why not book one of their ‘After Dark’ tours. Learn about the eerie history of this island. Hear about the horrors of convict treatment in the 1850s, when Spike was the world’s largest prison. At this period, the Punishment Block, a jail established solely for the purpose of punishing humans, was built. The dark cells that hold countless memories are among its dreadful conditions. It is sure to send a shiver down your spine and a few spooks.


Marina Market

Have you got some picky eaters in the family? Or just want to try something different? Take the family down to Marina Market for an afternoon and discover some of the tastiest eats in Cork.

The Marina Market has brought new life and energy to one of the city’s oldest industrial sites just a short stroll from the city centre on the banks of the River Lee or a short 10 minute drive from Cork International Hotel. It provides a fabulous food and drink experience in the heart of the city. From fresh pizza from Oak Fire Pizza, to delicious pasta from Sicilian Delights, or gorgeous goujons from Pou-Let-Vous you will be spoiled for choice. Finish off your trip with a stop to the insta famous Sweet King to put up some pic & mix or Amercian Candy.

The market is easily accessible, just a short 15-20 minute walk from the hotel along the Blackrock to Cork city centre cycle-and-walk greenway via the recently pedestrianised Marina Walk.


National Kart Centre

Do your kids reckon they could be the next Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen? Put their speed and skills to the test at National Kart Centre Cork. Experience the thrills and spills of adrenaline fuelled racing in Corks only indoor kart racing centre, located a 15 minute drive away from Cork International Hotel.

The karts are not your ordinary karts; they are true racing karts that achieve top speeds of 40mph at 1 inch off the ground and have a 350m indoor course that will test any driver.

You will suit up, view a driver briefing video, and get ready to race once you arrive. Because all of the karts are identical, the racer’s only advantage is his or her ability. Every lap is timed, and you’ll get a record of your lap times and finishing position to brag about.


Adventure awaits for you here at Cork International Hotel. If you need help to plan your up & coming staycation in Cork, get in contact with our Family Concierge Team today.


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