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Despite being the land of plenty of pints, touring Dublin with kids in tow is still a cinch. These five picks from Forbes Travel Guide editors are sure to keep kids entertained:
1. Pillage away by land and sea. Board a World War II-era amphibious vehicle for a rollicking comedic history tour with Viking Splash Tours. Although there are no shortages of bus tours offering sightseeing with a historical bent, this is the only one that starts on land and also floats down the Grand Canal (and provides horned helmets). The vehicles all have Norse mythology-themed names, like Loki and Odin, and passengers are encouraged to let loose a battle cry at unsuspecting passerby.
2. Get medieval. If your children are a little more hands-on (or they might not sit still for a history tour), Dublinia (in Dublin City Centre) offers a kid-sized window to the world of medieval Dublin, bringing history to life with interactive exhibits. Younger ones can try on Viking clothes and play medieval games with costumed actors, while older kids will enjoy medieval artifacts from the National Museum of Ireland and learning about archaeology in the Time Detectives lab.
3. Try your hand at hurling. Head to Croke Park to learn about the history of Gaelic games at the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum. Children can try their hand at hurling, similar to field hockey, known as the quickest game in the world. How fast can you hit a sliotar ball? If you’d rather take a stadium tour by yourself, bring the little ones to the museum’s Cú Chulainn's Den for sports-themed activities.
4. Explore Phoenix Park. One of the largest urban parks in Europe, Phoenix Park covers 1,752 acres in northwest Dublin. Created as a royal deer park in the 1600s, the park now is home to miles and miles of walking and biking trails, playgrounds and Victorian gardens. Start at the Visitor’s Centre for historic and nature exhibits, and pop by neighboring Ashtown Castle, a Renaissance guard tower. Next, head to the Dublin Zoo for the newly constructed Kaziranga Forest Trail, an Asian elephants’ habitat.
5. Find fairies and folklore. Have your wee ones get in touch with Irish mythology at the National Leprechaun Museum in Smithfield. Going beyond the myths of pots of gold, each of twelve themed rooms explores mythic Ireland and creatures of the otherworld. Children can clamber through a fairy hill or tunnel beneath Giant’s Causeway and feel what it’s like to be leprechaun-sized.