Dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park stretches across 623 acres, near New Ross in County Wexford. This tranquil arboretum features over 500 different rhododendron and azaleas and an internationally important collection of over 4,500 different trees and shrubs, some of which are very rare.
A small islet-studded lake on the site is home to large numbers of mallard, moorhen and rudd, while a nearby magnolia collection contains some outstanding specimens. Forest plots at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park are divided into areas containing trees from each of the five continents of the world.
The ideal place for a reflective ramble, the park features woodland walks, a playground, tree houses and a lake with ducks and fish. A miniature train and a pony and trap operate during high season, while six different counties can be seen from the spectacular viewing points on nearby Slieve Coillte. Group guided walks of the memorial are provided by arrangement in advance.
Bring a packed lunch as there are plenty of nice spots for a picnic with the kids.