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Family Activities Athlone

Take a family trek through the locality, discover adventure centres or simply enjoy a bit of quality time with the family- the Hodson Bay Hotel provides the perfect base for exploring. Below are some of the activities we suggest that you try to make it a memorable staycation. 

Within the hotel:

  Kids Camp
Your kids will love our Penguin Kids Camp which is jam-packed with energetic games and fun filled activities to ensure all our little VIPs are kept entertained. A fully supervised service, this allows parents to sit back and relax while kids are thoroughly amused in a safe and secure environment. Full camp available during school holidays and a mini camp on Saturdays.
Tiny Tots
Our "Tiny Tots" play room is available & stocked with games & toys - Parental/Guardian supervision required as it is un-supervised. However we offer supervision during camp times for kids from 6months - 4yrs so our vip’s who are too young for kids camp don’t miss out! Please enquire at hotel reception for cost.
12+ years For those a little too old for kids camp we have a teenagers area available which is stocked with games and activities to suit. Parental/Guardian supervision required as it is un-supervised. Teenagers room is available whilst full kids camp is in operation.
At the Hodson Bay, we know that parents often need a little time out. Allow us to arrange a babysitter so you can enjoy dinner or a few drinks in the knowledge that the kids are being cared for by one of our professional babysitters. It is advisable to book this service in advance and prices differ depending on the number of children being looked after.


In the locality:


Bay Sports (Seasonal)
Baysports has Ireland’s Largest Inflatable Waterpark which is located on our doorstep. Adults and kids will love the challenge of the waterpark and the range of water based activities such as kayaking, sailing and pedal boating. Suitable for kids from the age of 6, Baysports offers the perfect addition to your family staycation.

Watch the Baysports video here!

  Viking Boat Cruises
On the Hodson Bay Hotel doorstep, a fine Viking ship moors daily to take visitors from the Hotel to the Athlone town centre and back. Enjoy the serenity of the cruise while your guide ‘Viking Mike’ delights you with stories of the area.
Dún na Sí- Amenity & Heritage Park
Dun na Si is a microcosm of Irish culture, a picture of bygone days with preserved farm machinery containing agricultural implements, a traditional fisherman's cottage, a bohain, a hedge school, replicas of megalithic monuments, traditional cottages and traditional livestock. The adjacent Amenity Park consists of a series of paths, children's playground, a wetland reserve and planted parklands which includes native species and bird hides.
Trecks and Trails
The area is home to many treks and trails where guests are invited to walk, cycle or run. Rindoon, Mote Park, St John’s Woodland and the newly launched Old Rail Trail between Mullingar and Athlone are some of those on offer. Our activities table in the hotel is stocked with information and we also rent bikes from our leisure centre reception.

Watch the Greeway Old Rail Trail cycleway video here!

Glendeer Pet Farm
Glendeer Pet Farm is an award winning 12 acre open farm situated in the heart of Ireland. Glendeer provides a safe and carefree environment for children of any age. Glendeer Farm is a fantastic day out for families, groups and school tours. Children are provided with a bag of food to feed the goats, sheep, emu, donkeys, cows, llama and lots more animals. No matter what the weather conditions are, there is always something to do as there is a lot of facilities undercover. Visit the indoor farm pets, the indoor suspended play area and the coffee shop which all provide shelter and entertainment.
Lough Key Forest Park
Located a short drive from the hotel is the Lough Key Forest Park. The park is home to a range of scenic nature sights, as well as Boda Borg which provides physical and mental challenges… not to mention 900m of ziplines.
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