The town also lies beside the Shannon-Erne Waterway. This waterway links the Shannon and Erne Rivers therefore making Ballyconnell accessible by cruiser as well as by road.
This canal – formerly known as the Woodford Canal – was initially opened in 1856, but was re-opened in 1994 for cruisers, boats and canoes to explore the waterway.
Ballyconnell is a lively town, with a number of pubs, restaurants and nightclub. The nearby Slieve Russell hotel has an 18-hole championship golf course, par 3 course, tennis courts, country club, and several bars and restaurants. Ballyconnell is a well-known coarse fishing centre.
ODD’s Gamespark is located beside Brackley Lake, a local beauty spot a few miles west of Ballyconnell and beside the borders of Leitrim and Fermanagh. This outdoor activity centre is a dedicated 20 acre venue for extreme outdoor action events.
Otherwise known as Out Doors & Dirty, ODD’s five events are a unique, adrenaline-pumping combination. Hovercrafting, Rage off road buggies, Conflict! Woodland Laser Combat, Powerturn twin drive Dragsters and Clay Pigeon Laser Shooting.
The Ballyconnell area has many sites of archaeological interest, including the promontory fort at Ballyhugh 3 miles east and Killycluggin 4 miles south-west, where the decorated Killycluggin Stone was found.