Clara Lara Fun Park is a 50-acre child and family-centred attraction located in County Wicklow, five miles from Glendalough. Featuring many water-based activities, the park provides a refreshing break for the energetic little ones, and can be reached in just over an hours driving from Dublin city. Clara Lara is a fun outdoor adventure park that includes popular attractions for children such as: amphicats, an aqua shuttle, rowing boats, junior go-carts (designed especially for the little ones), and mini golf and radio controlled boats, which can be used for small additional fees above the overall ticket price. Basic admission allows the children to enjoy the smaller water slide, kiddie carts, tree houses, and assault courses. Clara Lara Fun Park is filled with opportunities to for kids to exercise both their bodies and imaginations while experiencing challenging and adventurous fun. Visitors have the option to bring along their own picnic baskets and enjoy the picnic area or to purchase a meal or snack at the picnic restaurant, which serves burgers, chips, sandwiches, ice cream, and refreshments. Barbeques are also encouraged, as there are a small number of barbeque facilities on site. As with picnics, you may bring your own barbeque lunch, but beware of wasps on sunny days There is also a small shop featuring souvenirs and other items.
- The park gets very busy throughout June, when many school groups attend, and hundreds of children typically enjoy the park's attractions at busy times
- Sunnier days are better for enjoying the outdoor activities, but they are busier too -- get there early!
- Many of the activities are best suited to the 6 to 10 year old age group, though smaller children will enjoy some of the rides
- Be aware that each adult has to pay 10 euro, a fee that aggrieves some parents
Basic Entrance Fees
The 2014 entrance fees were as follows. Please check the official site for up to date information.
- Adults and Children: €10.00
- Group Rate €9.00
- Children up to 4 years old FREE
- Senior citizens FREE
- Family Season Ticket (6 family members to the end of the season): €80.00
Note: booking is not normally required. For groups, and to avail of the group discount however, booking by phone is advised.
Additional Fees - Gold Wristband - €9
In addition to the entrance fee, children will have to pay €9 euro for a wristband, which gives them unlimited access to the more popular rides -- such as the boats, the bigger water slide and the junior go carts. If you do not have a wristband, you can pay-as-you-go on these rides -- the cost is typically €2 or €3 per ride. Note: while children up to 4 enter free, they will get a gold wristband, thus they will not automatically be allowed on all of the rides. For four-and-unders who want to go on the "big" rides, you can either buy a gold band, or pay-as-you go.
Clara Lara Fun Park is open on weekends in May and every day from June 1 to September 2. Opening times are 10:30 to 6 PM daily.
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