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La Mon …The Destination To Explore
Family Fun & Local Adventures

Stay at La Mon and make some family memories by planning a family adventure in Co. Down or nearby Belfast: Lonely Planet's number one region to visit in 2018.

1. Streamvale Open Farm     4 Miles From La Mon

Located only 8 minutes from La Mon, why not spend a few hours on this family-run working dairy farm? There are lots of opportunities to learn and play including: Tractor rides, barrel rides, play village, animal feeding times and nature trail where you can get up close to red deer and goats. Streamvale Farm is open everyday between 17th March and 4th of November 2018. Handy Hint: There are seasonal events at Halloween, Christmas, St Patrick's Day, Easter and Unicorn Weekend are extremely popular so pre-booking is recommended.  www.streamvale.com 

2. Wearevertigo Adventure Centre   5 Miles From La Mon

A short 8 minute drive from La Mon, wearevertigo offers something for all the family: a 30ft climbing wall, multi-tiered soft play village with a high & low ropes course. Why not take a ski or snowboarding lesson in the indoor ski centre or advance your existing skills on the slopes? Or bounce around in one of Europe’s largest indoor trampoline parks, all of which is contained in the one complex. (Pre-booking recommended). Handy Hint: No need to bring your own ski's!  www.wearevertigo.com  

 3. Castle Espie Wetland Centre     7 Miles From La Mon

Castle Espie is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Visit Ireland's largest collection of native and exotic water birds, bats and migrant birds while enjoying the estuary views. Feed the birds, visit the soft play Brent play barn or the adventure wildwood and secret swamp. Handy Hint: Pack your wellie boots & ask La Mon to make you a family picnic before you explore. www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/castle-espie  

 4. Pirates Adventure Golf     4 Miles From La Mon

Only a 9-minute drive from La Mon, all the family can play the outdoor Pirate themed mini golf experience complete with waterfalls, fountains and pirate ship. Handy Hint: Dundonald Ice Bowl is located beside Pirate’s Adventure for lots more family fun. www.piratesadventuregolf.com 

5. Exploris Aquarium   26 Miles From La Mon

Visit Northern Ireland’s only aquarium & reptile exhibition and discover the wonders of the Irish Sea through a fantastic interactive experience. Visit the educational open pools, kid’s zone, seal sanctuary, a reptile section and a deep-sea exhibit. Handy Hint: You can take the car ferry from Strangford to Portaferry to reach your destination. www. explorisni.com 

6. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum    10 Miles From La Mon

This attraction will keep you busy all day as it comprises of 2 separate museums – the Folk Museum & the Transport Museum. The Folk Museum lets you experience the traditions and what life was like in Northern Ireland over 100 years ago. Visit thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops. Set in a quaint setting, meet the costumed visitor guides, blacksmith, admire traditional crafts, visit the folklore park and meet farm animals.  The Transport Museum explores & exhibits methods of transport by land, sea & air, past & present. This comprehensive transport collection is fascinating for anyone interested and knowledgeable about transport in the pastHandy Hint: Pack your walking shoes.  www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-folk-and-transport-museum/Home 

7. Castle Ward Forest Park & Clearsky Adventure Centre   

24 Miles From La Mon

So much to see at this National Trust 18th-century mansion with a stunning backdrop over Strangford Lough in County Down.  There are 34km of walking and cycling trails around the estate and located onsite is an adventure activity centre. So why not rent bikes from the Clearsky Adventure Centre and get exploring? With over 20 exciting activities to choose from, Clearsky Adventure Centre has something for everyone whether you are 4 or 104 years old! Including New Game of Thrones film location experiences and new mountain bike trails throughout the estate. Handy Hint: Pack your trainors and ask La Mon to make you a family picnic before you set off . www.clearsky-adventure.com     

8. Belfast Zoo     16 Miles From La Mon

Explore over 1,000 animals and over 150 species within 55 Acres of Belfast Zoological gardens, the majority of which are in danger in their natural habitat. This zoo day trip even offers kids playarea and a winding hill climb with impressive views over Belfast. The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day and also has a farm with pygmy goats, miniature donkeys, barn owls & Shetland ponies. Have fun in the play park and take note of the animal feeding times for a close-up experience. Handy Hint: Pack your trainers, wet gear & a camera!  www.belfastzoo.co.uk   

9. Ulster Museum     7 miles From La Mon

Step into this striking space and learn about world history, local history, admire fine art and meet dragons, dinosaurs, and an ancient Egyptian Mummy.   Impressive galleries with a diversity of exhibits on natural history, and beautiful art works, all in a museum building that is easily explored in an afternoon. The interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages and the art room entertains younger children. Handy Hints: Free to all visitors and why not go for a family walk in botanic gardens & Palm House beside the Ulster Museum. www.nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-museum/Home.aspx 

10. W5 at Odyssey     7 miles From La Mon

This is a brilliant interactive science centre of Who, What, Where, When and Why? W5 is great for children but the grown-ups will enjoy it too with over 250 interactive exhibits in 4 fun education exhibition areas. There are daily programmes of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day and permanent features include:  Climb It, Robothespian, Tug Of War & lots more. Handy Hints: Why not see a movie whilst in The Odyssey Complex?   www.w5online.co.uk   

For more tourist information visit: www.discovernorthernireland.com   

Images courtesy of Tourism NI