If you’re wild about watersports and water based activities, Belfast has it all. Canoeing, kayaking, bellboating, dragonboating, rowing, sailing, sea safaris, waterskiing and wakeboarding – there are endless ways to enjoy the waters safely on the River Lagan which stretches from the city centre through the picturesque Lagan Valley Regional Park.
Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park
Andersonstown Indoor Aqua Park is the largest centre of its kind in Northern Ireland, offering three high speed water slides, a surf simulator and children’s adventure aqua play area.
Experience the thrill of catching a wave indoors on Northern Ireland’s first ever indoor surf simulator. Pumps fire a constant five metre wide wave sheet to challenge riders. Designed for a variety of age groups and skill levels, Surf Belfast has four different performance settings to ensure that the ride can be enjoyed by just about everyone.
Mobile Team Adventure
Mobile Team Adventure specialises in providing professional and fun outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, archery and rock climbing as well as a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and team building activities.
Let’s Go Hyrdo
Let’s Go Hydro has everything you need to play, eat and relax. Make a splash at Ireland’s largest inflatable aqua park or enjoy an afternoon at the cable water sports park. The cable systems provide ways to learn and advance in towed water sports like kneeboarding and wakeboarding or just have a blast with a friend on the tubing activity.
Mix It Up!
One of the best ways to get adventurous is to visit a multi-activity centre. Suitable for all ages and group sizes, you will find loads of great ways to enjoy yourself. Scale a climbing wall, drive a quad bike, have a game of paintball or try to hang on to a banana boat. Give canoeing a go, try clay pigeon shooting, climb a high ropes course, or bounce downhill in a zorbing ball – the choice is yours. You can go for a day or longer as many of the centres offer accommodation too.
Colin Glen Forest Park
The activity centre at Colin Glen Forest Park in southwest Belfast offers SKYTrek high ropes courses, kayaking, lazer tag, mountain biking, team building, raft building, archery and orienteering. There’s also a nine-hole golf course, Top Range driving range and sports arena, plus beautiful woodland walk with a spectacular view over Belfast. Look out for Ireland’s longest zipline and the Alpine Coaster due to open in summer 2021.
The Jungle NI is a leading outdoor adventure centre offering exciting activities, events and funky accommodation suitable for all ages. Activities include clay pigeon shooting, high ropes, archery, laser tag, quad biking, mountain biking, llama trekking, paintball and downhill zorbing – plenty to get your adrenaline pumping!
Vertigo Titanic Park
Fly without wings at Ireland’s only indoor skydiving centre! You’ll be swept off your feet with gusts of wind over 120mph as you feel the sensation of skydiving, accompanied by a trained instructor. Or test your skills on the Ninja Master Course – a 110 foot obstacle course of walls, hoops and challenges.
We Are Vertigo
Lose yourself in We Are Vertigo’s giant Inflata-Park, a fortress of fun which is the only inflatable fun world in Ireland! This whopping 30,000 square feet inflatable playground has inflatable floors, inflatable doors, inflatable walls, and inflatable falls. The centre also has indoor ski slopes and adventure area with a climbing wall and high ropes course.
Get on Your Bike
Belfast City Bike Tours
Belfast City Bike Tours offer fun, eco-friendly tours of Belfast with local guides to show you the sights, some of which are only reachable by bike. Tours depart on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am from Norm’s Bikes, Unit 12 Smithfield Marketplace, Winetavern Street. Group tours can be arranged at other times.
Belfast Bike Tours
Meet in the vibrant Titanic Quarter and hop on your bike with Belfast Bike Tours. Running from Wednesdays to Sundays each week, these informative and fun tours take in all the sights on Belfast’s waterfront before heading into the Cathedral Quarter, city centre and south Belfast, stopping at St George’s Market for tasty treats along the way.
Mountain Bike Trails and Jump Park
For those looking for a little bit more adventure, try the bike trails and jump parks at Barnett Demesne. The trails consist of a shared use 3.4km green trail and a 3.9km blue trail with 3 red loop options (1.5km). With Ireland’s first official purpose-built jumps park boasting no less than 6 lines of mouth-watering table-tops, doubles and hip jumps, these trails tick all the right boxes for those searching for that all important adrenaline fix! The trails start at the Mary Peters Track in South Belfast.
Test Your Skills
Release your inner Viking at Axe Yard where the aim of the game is simple: throw an axe at a wooden target, compete against friends and gain points for getting as close to the bullseye as you can! Each session starts with a quick demonstration from one of the on-site ‘axperts’, before you limber up for a steel-sinking competition.
Test your orienteering skills in beautiful green spaces. Breathe the fresh air, explore wild woodlands and feel like you're miles from the city, while only around the corner.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Follow orienteering trails in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, an award-winning expanse of rolling meadows, copses, woodland gardens on the Upper Malone Road.