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The Lagoon Activity Centre - Water Park and Activity Centre in Rosscarbery, West Cork.

Welcome to the Lagoon Activity Centre, Rosscarbery. A place where you can relax, feel free and take in the breathtaking serenity and beauty of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way.

At the Lagoon Activity Centre you will be able to take on our inflatable water park, rent a kayak, take the kids pedal boating, try your hand at stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or for the less adventurous, simply relax in our outdoor dining area by the water at Jack’s Shack, while enjoying some fresh coffee and food with a breathtaking view of the lagoon.

We are situated on the in-land side of the N71, or as most people know it, the Clonakilty to Skibbereen road. When you are driving to Skibbereen from Clonakilty, if you look to your right you will see our white beach hut and the Lagoon where we operate from.

Stone with the name of the town Rosscarbery in English and Irish and the inflatable water park in the background

Family Friendly

Enjoy great day out for all ages

*Only 3 feet deep!

Can't swim? Don't worry!
If you fall in just stand up!
*Does not apply to waterpark

Great food served

Pizza, Crepes, Ice Creams and Drinks

About Rosscarbery

The history of Rosscarbery's causeway and why we exist today.

The main causeway across Ross estuary was part of the new Post Office road between Cork and Skibbereen. It was built between about 1810 and 1814.  As parliamentary papers from London show, the route across the tidal sand flat represented a considerable deviation from the original, planned route, and additional costs were incurred. In the end, the new section of road at Rosscarbery became part of a long-running dispute between George Kingston, supervisor, and William Larkin, surveyor. Nevertheless, just over two hundred years later, the structure remains in good condition and serves as evidence of its good engineering design and strong foundation (Anthony Beese 2017).

‘Twas quite admired by everybody in the neighbourhood.’ (Ann Plumptre 1817).

With the causeway built, this effected the flow of water from Rosscarbery bay and the way the bay flushed out. This caused a build up of sediment and along with the baking heat of the summer sun, an unbearable stench arose. Cork County Council decided to do something about the stench and in the 1970’s they dammed the bridge on the western extremity of the causeway to permantly flood the in-land side of the bay. This would prevent the water level from dropping below 3.2m of the lowest tide at sea level at gives the Lagoon an average depth of 3 feet today.

The natural Lagoon.

In todays Ireland damming like this would seem an unspeakable act but it has created a mini ecosystem that would not exist otherwise. The Lagoon is an ecology of  sea snails and worms, krill, shrimp, crab, pollock, mullet, silver eel, sand fish/rock fish and bass. All of these attract larger predators such as sea otters along with an extensive birdlife, including cormorant, little egret, heron, ganet, mute swan and many species of duck.

What our visitors say...
tripadvisor

The experience was mixed. If you’re fit you’ll get lots from it . Less so if you’re less so. We went with our Autistic son who felt limited in the things he could because the access to certain obstacles involved going through others he couldn’t manage. Other reviewers have

HoweDublin August 1, 2021
google

It is a very family area for all ages and I really enjoyed my day

Nellie Cohen August 15, 2020
google

Great family day out. The centre is run very well. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We've done a few of these water activities and this one is by far out favourite. You take a short boat ride out to it which was very exciting for the kids also. Toilet facilities are very clean and plenty of hand sanitizer. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic. We'll definitely be returning. Would highly recommend. Our kids are 13 and 11.

tripadvisor

Did the waterpark and pedal boat and kayaking - fantastic day out. Even in the rain. Highly recommend.

Conor August 1, 2021
google

Very good

Barry Joyce August 17, 2021
google

Big family group. Highlight of the family holiday. Kids loved it. Well worth a visit!

Aideen Lydon August 28, 2020
google

Kids had a ball... Lots or running, swimming & climbing... For the spectators, the coffee was really good

Eoin O'Riordan July 15, 2021
google

Water park is great fun! Friendly helpful staff. Warm showers!

Aaron Grunewald July 14, 2020
tripadvisor

This was such a fun day out for adults AND kids. We kayaked, SUPd, and went on the activity park. They have a great set up, and great staff

missdaraq August 6, 2022
tripadvisor

Staff were so helpful and friendly. Boys were aged between 9 and 11 years in our group. They truly enjoyed every minute. Only complaint they had was they wanted more time for their session. Highly recommended!!!

Brigid hartnett August 1, 2021
google

Great for the kids and adults

dave kelly July 7, 2021
tripadvisor

Fun facilities and a lovely relaxed atmosphere at the centre. Very friendly staff at the centre base. Aqua park was fun but very daunting. Be prepared for essentially a slippery bouncy castle. Those in charge of the Aquapark we very unhelpful, bordering on rude. Myself and others were the ones pulling the dingy closer to the inflatable to help people on and off while they looked on. No positive interaction, just looked constantly bored by our existence and us possibly being in need of a hand. Nothing to wipe the very many cuts I witnessed on the way back. Those on shore were very helpful. Please remember that it is all of our first time on a wobbly, slippery inflatable in deep water that most of us are only on to keep out children happy. Our old bodies ache. It costs nothing to give us a fake smile and a hand onto wobbly polyethylene. In fact, it would go a really long way. You catch more flies with honey then with vinegar. Still had a great time though!

Martha D August 22, 2022
google

Great place for all the family.

Paul Kelleher August 15, 2021
tripadvisor

Had a fab time here with my family. Staff were so friendly and helpful and made sure to look after my little girl.

Danielle M August 1, 2021
google

Great place. Really enjoyed Kayaking.

John Mollaghan August 2, 2020
tripadvisor

A really great thing to do with children of all ages!! Tired arms today but such good fun! nWell organised and safe out with lifejackets. They provide wetsuits if needed. nDefinitely recommend

DayTrip328571 August 1, 2022
tripadvisor

This is our second time here at the lagoon , as always a super morning with lots of fun for all the family. Great new addition is the big big big slide!! Staff as always very professional a d extremely helpful We will be back again thanks to all the team at the Lagoon Activity

Paul W August 1, 2021
tripadvisor

Had a fantastic day out as usual, our annual visit to the lagoon! Changing rooms and toliets spotless, staff amazing and very helpful. We did the waterpark which requires a good level of fitness but thats clearly started in the terms and conditions,very detailed safety talk, lifeguards on the ball as per usual. Overall a fantastic day out , we will most definitely be back, looking forward to next year already. nHighly recommend.

DDM August 20, 2022
tripadvisor

I would likely recommend The Lagoon Activity Centre. The family really enjoyed the Total Wipeout style course. They were all smiley and tired afterwards. The coffee was good and the place is very well run and easy to navigate. It is a must see and do in West Cork!

rameire August 5, 2022
google

Had a fab time here the kayaking was brilliant

Sharron McGee August 4, 2021
tripadvisor

Greatest 45 min of our holiday, really safe, crazy activity for all the family. You dont need to be a good swimmer its easy to get around

fromire July 15, 2022
tripadvisor

We had a great time here this weekend. My eldest happily went out kayaking and enjoyed the large open space. The rest of us did the water park which had so much to do and was really fun.

google

This activity centre is so much fun, and easy to find in Roscarbery! The staff were wonderful and friendly. Life jackets are supplied, and wetsuits are available if you need them. There are showers and restrooms available, and food to purchase also.The Lagoon Activity Centre is a great laugh. It's a bit on the slippy side, so be prepared to fall into the water if you're walking or running too fast! The water is salty, and while it's around 3ft deep in some places, it's much deeper in other parts. You can also hire out peddle boats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks also.A great activity centre for both adults and kids! 5 out of 5!!

Jenny Clancy July 23, 2021
google

Great fun day out

GM Os September 4, 2021
google

Great fun all (kids and adults).

Peter O'Higgins July 17, 2020
tripadvisor

Great time kayaking first then water park we all had fun teens also had a great time just needs a little cleaning around water park some wood and rubbish floating around

ray August 14, 2022
tripadvisor

Great fun, well run and very safe! Staff were very friendly. Facilities were good also. Even a picnic area and some crepes etc available there.

Dave C July 29, 2022
tripadvisor

Great fun for all the family, staff excellent and facilities, well worth a visit. Will definitely be back

Grainnemadde July 3, 2022
tripadvisor

We went as a family (4 kids ages 16, 14, 6 and 4, and 2 adults) a day out to celebrate the 16th birthday! It's hard to impress the older lads, but they thoroughly enjoyed this! They went on the water park, we watched for a while before bringing the smallies out on a pedal boat.

Niamh H August 1, 2021
tripadvisor

Brilliant, Went there with 4 kids aged between 8 and 13 plus a big 50yr lol. Kids loves every minute. Staff were great.

Noel C August 16, 2022
google

Great experience. Friendly staff. If the weather is good the place will be a super fun. Very safe place, just 4 feet deep.

google

It's brilliant but changing rooms are small.

Elbin C Joseph June 26, 2021
google

Staff very friendly , quaint , little coffee shop , 2 toilets a selection of water sports

amelia norman July 10, 2021
tripadvisor

Kids ages 8-12 enjoyed it, adult thought it was good. The only negative is that groups tend to take over a session too much. There was a group of about 10 teens and our kids couldn’t get on certain things (e.g. rotator) as the group took it over for most of the session. Lifeguard should break this kind of hoarding up. The place is run by very young staff (teens), punctual and polite but I do wonder how they would cope if a serious incident occurred. Overall 4 happy people, but not racing back

H7256JKmaryc August 14, 2022
google

Went here today did kayaking and the water park.. We had a great time loved every minute of it the water park is a great experience, great for kids and adults.. Definitely will be returning before school starts. Staff very friendly which is a plus.

Monica R July 28, 2020
tripadvisor

Went with my 8 year old, had an absolute blast,was in bits after the activities and still went out on the kayak after. Staff are amazing and so helpful. Will return on our next trip.

Simon Q August 1, 2021
google

Lovely place

Paddy Connolly August 22, 2020
google

Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.

Liam O'Grady August 27, 2021
tripadvisor

Had a great time with my kids on the inflatable water park. Staff were helpful and friendly. Change rooms are a little small when everyone is trying to get changed after, but thats a minor complaint. Will definitely go again

philpom July 30, 2022
tripadvisor

Had an amazing day at The Lagoon in Rosscarbery yesterday. We had 13 kids varying in ages from 8-18. They all had an absolute ball. So we’ll organises and safe. All of the employees, lifeguards etc were extremely helpful and great wit the kids. We will be back

Sandra O July 1, 2021
google

Absolutely fantastic place well worth a visit

John Barrett August 1, 2020
tripadvisor

We took the trip from Cork City to The Lagoon Activity Centre for the day and it did not disappoint. We had an 8 year old with us and he really enjoyed the water park, as did we it is really great for all ages. Wetsuits and life jackets were provided and there was lovely hot

Nuala R August 1, 2021
tripadvisor

We had a great time at The Lagoon Waterpark. The five of us took part, kids from 8 to 15 and we had great fun. The only thing for us was that a couple of the inflatables could have had more air in them and showers stopped before we had a chance to use them when we finished,

Elaine S August 1, 2021
tripadvisor

Our teenage son did this on his own and loved it. Well worth the money. We had great fun laughing when he fell in. I think 45 minutes is perfect. He was wrecked after it!😂

Petrice S August 1, 2021
tripadvisor

Took my two grandchildren to The Lagoon today. They had an absolutely great day and are already planning a return trip! The efficiency and friendliness of staff is second to none! Couldn't recommend it enough. Well done everyone!

Kittythehare27 August 1, 2021
google

Lovely well maintained park . Have seen the bin collection guy here even in a sunday morning good parking area.tennis court for older kids lovely lake view and only a walk from the shops and restaurants.

Sylvia Vincent August 8, 2021
tripadvisor

Booked for family of 4 as part of our holiday in West Cork and Paul the manager was very accommodating when we had a problem with the time we booked. We had great fun on the inflatables…kids loved the slide and the hamster wheel! There are lovely warm showers after too. Staff were great. We had previously been as a few times and and we will definitely be back again…it doesn’t get old!

tripadvisor

Fantastic activity centre kids thoroughly enjoyed it. Great fun plenty of exercise. Staff were friendly and helpful today especially Dylan with welcome and wetsuits etc. Recommend it highly kids of all ages will love it. Will be back again.

Deirdre N August 3, 2022
google

Great place. Very well run and very safe. A must visit if in west Cork.

Liam O'Grady August 27, 2021
tripadvisor

Would highly recommend birthday party here staff were so helpful before and on the day. Children had a ball on the water park and birthday boy had the best fun. Enjoyed the lovely warm pizza in adjoining garden.

Elaine Hegarty August 1, 2021