I am very lucky to live beside the seaside. A stones throw away and I can be in the picturesque Wicklow or less than a stones throw away in my local town Dun Laoghaire. When the sun is out you couldn’t pick a better place to be. Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove is great for walking and swimming, if you dare. I prefer to walk and spectate at the brave swimmers.
If you are a driver and looking for somewhere nice to go with the children and perhaps a bit of lunch then Arboretum is great in Kilquade. www.arboretum.ie
It is more than just a garden center, there is a children’s play area and beautiful secret garden areas for the little ones to explore. And the cafe is reasonable and has a childrens menu. There is something for everyone here. Well worth a visit. Heres some pics at Arboretum and Dun Laoghaire/Sandycove: