JFK Arboretum

By @ 01/07/13 in For a Dry Day, Tourist Attractions

Spread over more than 600 acres, JFK Arboretum boasts a beautiful and diverse collection of plants and 4,500 varieties of trees from each of the five continents. A series of woodland walks meander around the 200 well-kept forest plots, each planted with unique tree species and grouped by geographical origin. The scenic lake is home to a range of waterfowl and fish.

A two-mile walk takes you around the perimeter of the park, but if you’d prefer a more leisurely visit, you can enjoy the experience  from a horse-drawn cart, which runs in the high season. A miniature railway also operates on summer afternoons. The state-of-the-art playground and maze will keep children entertained.

The arboretum is dedicated to the memory of John F Kennedy, whose grandfather grew up nearby.

Adjacent to the main entrance, a drive up to the top of Sliabh Coillte yields stunning expansive views of the south east. Five counties –  Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wicklow – can be seen from this point.


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