Tralee is probably best known for The Rose of Tralee Festival but there are numerous other attractions which will keep visitors of all ages busy during their stay in the capital town of Kerry.
This is our list of the top 10 things to do in Tralee throughout the year. Visitors will find many other points of interest, sports venues, entertainment and things to do but this list is a good start. Whatever the weather, adults and children can find something to entertain them. You need never be bored in Tralee!
- The Aquadome
One of Ireland’s Largest Indoor Waterworlds is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather! Numerous features including a 90 meter high flume slide, a lazy river, very fast river rapids, waves, outdoor falling rapids, Aqua Golf, a gym, sauna and steam rooms. The Aqua Dome is great fun for swimmers & non-swimmers all year round.
There is lots of free parking, a cafe, lockers and changing facilities on site.
See more about the aquadome at http://aquadome.ie/
- Siamsa Tíre Theatre
Siamsa Tíre theatre and arts centre operates as a National Folk Theatre from May to September, staging traditional theatre, music and dance to a mainly international audience of visitors to Tralee.
From October to April, drama, classical music, comedy, dance and opera are among the fare on offer with many national and local groups producing events. The work of artists from Ireland and abroad is on display in the gallery spaces of Siamsa Tíre. See more including upcomong events at http://www.siamsatire.com/.
- Tralee Wetlands
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre offers the visitor magnificent views from the 20 metre Observation Tower and also other facilities including the Lakeside Café and Bistro, An Interactive Wildlife Exhibition, Guided Nature Boat Tours, Bird Hides, Watersports and Activity Lake. Lots of educational nature fun at one of Tralee’s most popular attractions.
Full details at http://www.traleebaywetlands.org
- Kerry County Museum
The collection consists of about 4,000 objects dating from the stone age to the late twentieth century, all telling a story about the people of Kerry.
As well as the Tom Crean room which chronicles the life of the famous Kerry Antartic explorer and the Medieval Experience, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions from time to time.
This is well worth a visit. Children, especially, are fascinated by the Medieval Experience where the sights, sounds and even smells of streets in medieval times can be experienced.
- Tralee Town Park
The park is located on the site of the old castle demesne owned by the Denny family. Now the Town Park is a pleasant place to stroll among the trees and monuments.
The Rose Garden and Garden of the Senses are one of the park’s most attractive features. The Rose Garden contains 35 varieties of rosesand the Rose Wall displays the names of every Rose of Tralee Festival contestant since 1959.
- Blennerville Windmill
The windmill is one of Tralee’s iconic landmarks. Located about 1km west of the town. this is one of the few windmills in Ireland which actually works.
There is a visitor centre featuring an Emigration Display focussing on The Jeanie Johnston which was built nearby, a Vintage Equipment Display and Kerry Model Railway.
A pathway takes you from tralee to Blennerville along the ship canal.
- Kingdom Greyhound Stadium
Tralee has greyhound racing 3 race nights a week, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, with 10 or 11 races on the card. Besides the atmospheric racing and betting, the stadium has a very nice restaurant, bars and a hospitality suite.
Experience a great Night at The Dogs at this really popular venue.
- Tralee Omniplex Cinema
This multi screen cinema shows all the latest releases on the big screen. You are spoilt for choice with numerous movies on show at the same time. This cinema also screens live events (musicals , operas etc) from time to time
See programme and booking at https://www.omniplex.ie/cinemas/cinema/tralee
- Austin Stack Park
This GAA pitch in the centre of Tralee is also the headquarters of Kerry GAA.
Experience the thrill of inter county league football and hurling matches or the fierce rivalry of Kerry county club matches.
Some of the greatest stars of football and hurling play here.
- Tralee Golf Club
Located at Barrow a few miles from Tralee town, this top links course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean at Tralee Bay.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf course is considered to be among the top links courses in the world.
For more information visit http://traleegolfclub.com/
If you are looking for things to do in Tralee, there is no shortage of pubs, clubs, music, sport and entertainment for all the family.