10 places to cool down on the hottest day of the year

The temperature is expected to hit a whopping 29 degrees in places today.

It's going to be a very tough day if you are stuck in work or school but those lucky enough to be off will be looking for somewhere to cool down.

You can do no worse than visiting a local beach and pretending you are on your holidays on the continent.

Some of our favourites include Rossnowlagh Beach, Portmarnock Beach, Inchydoney Beach, Marble Hill and Curracloe Beach.

However, if you want to throw in some organised water activities then these options will guarantee you a fun and cool day. You can also select Search Near Me at the top of this page to find some different option near your location.

Aquazone, Dublin

Indoor fun waterpark in Dublin with loads of wild waterslides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a pirate ship for the littles ones and Flow Rider surf machine. 

Funtasia Waterpark, Drogheda

The Pirates Cove Waterpark features over 200 water gushing activities including the adrenalin pumping Super Bowl speed slide and the incredible gravity defying Boomerang slide. There is also bowling, Sky Climbing, indoor play area and much much more.

Bay Sports, Athlone

The popular water park on Lough Ree is back. Every year they add new sections to the inflatable island with its own jungle, towers, trampolines, slides, water-based obstacle courses and even a castle. Other activities available too.

Waterworld Bundoran, Donegal

A completely enclosed indoor waterpark with a wave pool, rapids and a slide pool with 3 flumes; Tornado, Twister and Whizzer. Parents can relax in the Bundoran Seaweed Baths and enjoy fresh seaweed and filtered sea water.

Carlingford Adventure Centre

Loads of fun outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. SUP, Kayaking or the Water Trampoline will keep you cool on a hot day.

Rathbeggan Lakes, Meath

Beautiful family park opens every day but some activities dependent on weather. Zip across the lake, fish for trout, race the paddleboats and mini Jeeps, visit the pet farm and bring a picnic for a fun day out.

Foylehov Activity Centre, Derry

The only hovercrafting centre in Northern Ireland as well as other exciting activities like Buggies, Footgolf, Target Archery, Laser Tag / Laser Combat and Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting. A perfect family day out for all ages.

Ballyhass Lakes, Cork

Set around two two spring water lakes in the heart of Munster, there are loads of different activities to choose from including Kayaking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing & Zip Lines. It is also home to Ireland’s newest Aquapark.

Tayto Park Theme Park & Zoo, Meath

Located just 30 minutes from Dublin is Ireland's only theme park and zoo, Tayto Park. With over 100 attractions to experience and enjoy, there is something for everyone; young, old and in between. They have just opened the Viking Voyage flume ride with plenty of water splashes to cool you down.

Cork Harbour Boat Hire

Why not hire a self-drive boat and see the views from Cork Harbour? The views of Cobh from the sea are spectacular especially when one the huge liners is in port. Maximum of 5 per boat.


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