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10 Things to Do When It Rains in Tralee

- Posted on: 31/07/2023 -

If you lived in or visited Tralee located in the picturesque County Kerry, you know the town is teeming with vibrant culture, history, natural beauty – and of course a litte rain!

But while sunny days may be ideal for outdoor exploration, there's a unique charm to Tralee, even on rainy days. The rain-soaked streets and cozy atmosphere offer an opportunity to delve into indoor activities and discover hidden gems that thrive in the wet weather.

In this blog post, we present the top 10 things to do when it rains in Tralee, ensuring you make the most of your visit, come rain or shine.


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1. Warm Up with delicious and traditional Irish Food at The Rose Hotel


You already know that rainy days call for warm and comforting meals that brighten your day from the inside out. And whether you’re staying in-house or spending the evening at Dotts Bar, we have an array of hearty, traditional Irish dishes like our Irish stew, or seafood chowder. Of course, you get to wash it down with a pint of locally brewed beer.

The warm ambiance and delicious fare will make you feel right at home.


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2. Delight in Culture at Siamsa Tíre


Fill your summer with LIVE music, song, dance, comedy, theatre, children's summer camps and workshops, with something for everyone of all ages at Siamsa Tíre.


Kerry County Council

3. Experience History at Kerry County Museum


When the rain starts to fall, it's the perfect time to immerse yourself in the captivating history of Tralee and County Kerry at the Kerry County Museum. This award-winning museum boasts an extensive collection of artifacts, interactive exhibits, and multimedia displays that span centuries of local history. Learn about the town's past, from medieval times to the Irish War of Independence, gaining insights into the rich tapestry that forms Tralee's identity.


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4. Unwind at the Aqua Dome with our Aqua Dome Packages


Don't let the rain dampen your spirits; instead, head to the Aqua Dome, one of Ireland's largest indoor water parks, located right in Tralee. The Aqua Dome offers an array of fun-filled activities, including water slides, a lazy river, and a mini golf course. The indoor setting means you can enjoy a splashing good time without worrying about the weather outside.

With our 1-night or 2-night Aqua Dome offers, you can enjoy a splashing good time with:

- Overnight stay in a family room

- Delicious breakfast the next morning 

- A Family pass to the Aqua Dome just a few minutes walk from the hotel

- Milk & Cookies at bedtime for our junior guests!

- Access to Spirit Gym

 View our Aqua Dome Packages here.

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5. Discover Local Art at John Hurley's Art Gallery


Immerse yourself in the thriving art scene of Tralee by visiting a local artist, John Hurley on Denny Street. Inspired by the drama and majesty of Ireland's wild Atlantic coastline, John's painting is intuitive and physical - a powerful response to the elemental forces that stir the seas and buffet the headlands of the west coast.


Tralee Bay Wetlands Viewing Tower

6. Explore the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre


Embrace the wet weather by visiting the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, a unique indoor-outdoor experience that celebrates the region's wetland habitats. Learn about the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area through interactive exhibits, nature trails, and wildlife spotting opportunities. Don't miss the panoramic views of Tralee Bay from the observation tower, even on a rainy day.


Serenity Spa

7. Indulge in Spa Therapy at Serenity Spa in The Rose Hotel


Our award-winning Serenity Spa is just what you need to relax and rejuvenate on a rainy day.

We offer a variety of Spa packages, skin treatments, facials, and messages for you to choose from, view our packages here

And while you’re here, we invite you to enjoy time in our Relaxation Room with its unique and mesmerising water wall while gathering your thoughts before or after your treatment.


Kerry County Library

8. Get Creative at the Kerry County Library


If you're looking for a quiet escape from the rain, the Kerry County Library offers an inviting refuge. Pick up a good book, lose yourself in a literary journey, or delve into local history with their extensive collection of books and documents. The library often hosts events and workshops, so keep an eye out for activities that pique your interest.


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9. Spend quality family time with the kids:


There are so many fun activities, play centres for the kids to immerse themselves in:

  • The Playdium
  •            Bowling Buddies
  •            Crag Cave
  •            Blennerville Windmill
  •             Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

And lots more


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10. Enjoy Live Music at a Cosy Pub


Rainy days provide the perfect ambiance for an intimate musical session at one of Tralee's traditional pubs. Savour the melodic tunes of local musicians as they play traditional Irish music on instruments like the fiddle, flute, and bodhrán. Tap your feet and join in on the lively atmosphere, creating memories to cherish forever.


Tralee, Ireland, may be known for its sunny charm, but a rainy day in this town is a chance to uncover a different side of its allure. From exploring history and culture at museums and theatres to indulging in delicious Irish cuisine and enjoying indoor water park adventures, Tralee offers a diverse array of activities to keep you entertained when it rains. Embrace the rain, and let the magic of Tralee's indoor wonders captivate your heart, leaving you with cherished memories of your rainy day escapades.