Visiting Dublin with Kids? You’ll want to become a Viking

Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction that's both amusing for children and adults is a tough balance to strike.  In Dublin, Ireland, Viking Splash Tours has the winning combination.

What is a Viking Splash Tour?

A Viking Splash Tour is one of the most unique tours I’ve ever taken. 

Passengers don Viking helmets,board an amphibious vehicle from the second World War called DUKWs, and tour Dublin’s City Center on land and sea.

Anna Marie on the duck Dublin Ireland

What You’ll See

The tour begins across from St. Stephen’s Green, outside of Starbucks, and winds through historic Dublin.  The tour lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes and takes in most of Dublin’s big sites. As the Viking Splash website boasts, Vikings will see sights such as, "Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Government buildings, the Dublin Docklands plus much, much more"
O'Connell Street Bridge Dublin May 14 2016

How Much of the Tour is on the Water?

The tour ventures along the city streets, crosses the Liffey River and splashes down in the Grand Canal. Once the DUKW (Duck) arrives at the Grand Canal, life jackets are passed out and the tour takes to the water exploring sites along the canal.  I was excited to see the theater where Riverdance was originally performed and as a huge U2 fan, it was cool seeing the band’s recording studio from the water.
Riverdance Theater Dublin Ireland

Riverdance Theater

U2 recording studio Dublin Ireland May 14 2016

U2's Recording Studio

What Makes the Tour So Much Fun?

The guides are what make this tour entertaining.  When I asked my 11-year old what he liked most about the Viking Splash Tour, he didn’t hesitate, “The jokes.” 

Not only do the guides impart a vast amount of information about the city, they do it with great humor.  Our guide was Anthony and he had us laughing throughout Dublin.  We especially enjoyed roaring at the unsuspecting Celts along our route.

Goats are accepted

Take Away

If you’re traveling to Ireland's capital with kids and the thought of a boring, dry tour is unappealing, a Viking Splash Tour is a refreshingly unique alternative.

Is it for everyone?

Maybe not, but if you like to learn and have a few laughs, this is a popular and fun way to see Dublin.

Jason the viking May 14 2016 Dublin Ireland
Viking Splash Tours
Tours depart from St. Stephen's Green North close to Grafton Street
Tours run rain or shine and reservations are recommended.
Tickets may be purchased on line or in person.
Vikings in Dublin May 14 2016

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