Things to do | Posted 06 Feb 2012
Dublin is a wonderful destination for a family break of any length. Whether you only have a few short days to enjoy the city or you are planning an extended holiday with the kids for midterm break, you can plan fun-filled days that you and your kids will love and enjoy your stay in one of the many hotels in Dublin city centre.

Dublin Zoo Families love visiting the Dublin Zoo together, and you will want to devote several hours of your holiday to explore all that this popular zoo has to offer. The Dublin Zoo is among the most visited tourist attraction in the city, and it features natural habitat settings for over 700 animals. Covering 65 acres, highlights here include a farm area and an arctic animal habitat.

Dublinia and the Viking World You can add an educational experience to your time in Dublin with a visit to Dublinia and the Viking World. This is a unique, themed museum that takes your family on a semi-interactive trip down memory lane. It includes sensory immersion experiences, simulated models, a reconstructed city street from centuries ago, and more. It is designed to give you and your kids a true-to-life way to experience what early life in Dublin was like.

Phoenix Park While the weather may be a bit chillier in winter months, there are many sunny days in Dublin that are perfect for spending time outdoors at Phoenix Park. The park spans 1.8 acres and is located just outside of the downtown area. On sunny days, you can enjoy a stroll across nature trails and formal garden areas, and you can also let the kids burn off some energy on designed play areas, too. You can spend an hour or two here in between visiting other attractions, or pack a picnic and enjoy more time outdoors.

Natural History Museum Families will love exploring the famed Natural History Museum, located in the heart of Dublin next to the National Gallery. Here, you can browse various wildlife exhibits that include the skeleton of a humpback whale and a dodo bird, mounted insects, and more. This is a popular family destination that is an ideal way to spend a few hours in Dublin when the weather outside is frigid.

Christ Church Cathedral Treat your family to the historical experience of visiting the famed Christ Church Cathedral. Its impressive architecture alone makes this a site worth visiting, but you will want to make time to learn more about church's rich history, which dates back to the twelfth century. The church is located on the Christ Church complex near the Christ Church Christian College, so make plans to visit the cathedral when the weather is nicer and permits the ability to explore the surrounding attractions, too.

As you plan out your upcoming family holiday be sure to include some of these Dublin attractions in your travel plans. If you are looking for a more lively event then check out the St. Patrick's Day in Dublin celebrations in March where the city will truly come to life.

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