Once you have kids, picking a holiday destination is no easy thing: you’d want a place which is fun and entertaining, but also a place where your kids will learn something new or see something truly significant in some way. To ease your dilemmas, we’ve come up fun family vacation ideas with a list of 5 holiday destinations which are truly family-friendly.
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Toy Museum and City Zoo in Munich
The city of hand-crafted beers and hand-crafted toys will enchant the entire family; start off at Marienplatz, Munich Old Town’s main square. Make the kids happy by visiting the Toy Museum in the Old Town Hall, or perhaps even the toy store Obletter Spielwaren, located in the Karslplatz square. A visit to the Deutsches Museum will be both fun and educational; it’s actually one of the oldest science museums in the whole world, with plenty of activities aimed at kids.
Have we mentioned the Tierpark Hellabrunn? It’s the Munich city Zoo spreading over 90 acres, offering pony rides (and even a penguin parade in the colder months!) which your little ones will surely enjoy.
Cave Diving and Chocolate Museum in Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia will impress you with its architecture; start your holiday by taking the kids to see the infamous Sagrada Familia, the symbol of the city. After that, visit the Boqueria market and enjoy all kinds of flowers, fruit, and local goods. If, however, you’re in for something sweeter than fruit, head to the Chocolate Museum and get some tasty souvenirs! Spark up your kids’ imagination (you might learn something new as well!) at the Museum of Ideas and Inventions.
For those of adventurous spirit, the Oceanarium near the Port Vell Marina offers shark cave diving!
Sailing adventure in Croatia
A sailing adventure in Croatia is the best way to get to know this beautiful country. It’s incredible coast is dotted with more than a thousand islands. And, what better way to explore them then venturing on a sailing holiday? There are many Croatian charters which will help you out get on board, but be sure to study the guidelines for safe sailing with kids to ensure a headache-free sunny holiday for both you and your kids; having an experienced skipper to accompany you on your little adventure is recommended (don’t worry, your yacht rental company will provide you with a one).
The Adriatic Sea is quite safe in terms of winds and tides, and finding a nice beach is no problem in Croatia.
Painting activities and history lessons in Florence
The idyllic hills of Tuscany and the ancient city of Florence have a lot to offer; art galleries such as the Uffizi Gallery Museum will give you a chance to teach your kids something about the old masters such as Michelangelo or Caravaggio. Better yet, sign them up for a tour of the Palazzo Vecchio where they will learn something about painting and make their own fresco masterpieces. The gardens of Giardino di Boboli are a great place to have a family picnic afterwards.
The history of the region goes back to the Roman times, and many Roman and Etruscan ruins not far from the city are sites worth visiting.
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Relaxation and Fun in the Sun in Helkidiki
Halkidiki is a region in northern Greece consisting of three peninsulas, or, as the locals call them, the three fingers of Haldiki. Start your holiday at the most popular one, Kassandra, Visit the Petralona cave, known for its stalagmites and stalactites, and Athitos, a town with a history which goes back to 300 BC! Haldiki is pure sightseeing combined with relaxing beach time; the warm and clear Aegan Sea is safe and suitable for kids. The second peninsula, Sithonia, features a great deal of coves perfect for an afternoon sunbath. While, the third Mount Athos, is actually a monastic community and is not open for tourists.