By Megan Millisky
Galway is an excellent choice for a vacation spot! This February, there is lots of nature to explore and history to discover. Come to the Fishery Watchtower to learn about a building with a unique purpose. And for adventurers, try orienteering near Cregg Castle! There is much to see and do this February - here are the eight most thrilling activities in Galway.
1. Galway Opening Ceremony
Large crowds gather each year to listen to live music and watch pyrotechnic shows! You can watch the “firey” parade on February 8. It ends in South Park at Claddagh, where over 50,000 people gather to celebrate Galway’s European Capital of Culture.
Address: South Park Co. Galway Ireland
2. Bingo Loco
February 1, prepare to play bingo like never before! This awesome concert mixes bingo with rave music. DJs will be spinning top hits to start the party! Head to the Galmont Hotel for the rave of a lifetime.
3. Lynch’s Castle
Stroll through the streets of Galway to find Lynch’s Castle, a 16th-century fortress. The castle has interesting and gruesome legends that visitors can learn about through February!. Don’t miss the stunning coat of arms from Henry VII.
Address: 7WFX+73 Galway, County Galway, Ireland
4. Fishery Watchtower
Visit this unique “draft netting” station, built in 1853. The building was used to spot illegal fishing, and to catch salmon in the “draft netting” style. There is a small free museum full of photographs and other interesting memorabilia. Check out the watchtower through February.
Address: Wolfe Tone Bridge, Galway, Ireland
5. Galway City Museum
Visit one of Galway’s newest museums to learn about Ireland’s art and natural history. Visitors are captivated by traditional Galway sailboats, coats of armor, and 16th-century antiques. Visit through February.
6. Detective Day Mystery Game
Transport yourself back to 1920’s Ireland in this new outdoor detective game! On February 29, over 100 teams will meet up and use an app to find clues and solve the mystery. The game takes about three hours. There are prizes for teams who show up in costume!
Try your hand at orienteering! This awesome activity involves trying to make your way from one location to another using only a map and compass. These “come and try it” events are created for beginners - test your skills on February 9.
8. Galway Cathedral
One of Europe’s newest stone cathedrals is in Galway. The grand building opened its doors in 1965. It is free to visit but donations are requested, and it is open for the public to visit through February.