It's decided – everyone's going! Make the most of your holidays and spend time with your loved ones on a fun trip to an airBaltic destination. Need a little inspiration? Check out the list of family-friendly attractions we've put together for you. Read more.
Going on holiday with the whole family can be a trying experience, as the little ones long for fun and amusement, while the parents would love immerse themselves in the local culture. Why not get the best of both worlds? We have gathered a list of family-friendly airBaltic destinations that will impress both kids and adults. See what each of these destinations has to offer for your perfect family vacation!
Amsterdam, the NETHERLANDS
Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s most famous and largest city park, and it has lots of things especially for kids. The Melkhuis has a terrace in summer and a good playground right adjacent to it. There’s the Kinderkookkafé where children can cook little dishes while their parents enjoy a cup of coffee, and a lovely paddling pool with a little playground where seemingly all of Amsterdam's parents and kids congegrate on hot summer days.
Artis – opened in 1835, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. It has a very beautiful antique setting with terrific gardens. The zoo is not large, but it truly has a lot to offer – with plenty of inside-fun for rainy days as well.
Nemo is Amsterdam’s science museum aimed at children 6 years and up, and it's very informative and educational. The building has a huge sloping roof that provides some of the best panoramic views of Amsterdam. In summer the roof is transformed into a beach – complete with sand, bean bags, and tapas-style snacks.
A boat tour is definitely the best way to experience the wonders of Amsterdam's canals. The guides can provide you and the kids with interesting background information in a number of languages.
Located in Amsterdam West, Westerpark is a wonderful place to walk, skate, relax, or have a picnic with friends. This green expanse, dotted with trees and ponds, is part of the Westergasfabriek complex, a former gasworks that has been completely renovated in recent years. Many large cultural events take place here throughout the year.
Flevoparkbad is an outdoor swimming pool located on the edge of the spacious Flevopark in Amsterdam Oost. Here you’ll find an Olympic-size (50-metre) pool for swimming laps, a much shallower pool for children, and a wading pool for toddlers. Surrounded by greenery and lawns with plenty of room for soaking up the sun, it also features a large playground. The swimming pool is open every year from the end of April through the beginning of September.
A visit to Guell Park, designed by the famous Spanish architect Gaudi, is one of the best things to do when in Barcelona with kids. The views of the city are truly beautiful from up here. Street performers, vendors and musicians add to its colourful excitement.
A tour of Camp Nou is a must for all budding footballers/soccer players. Take a tour of the largest stadium in Europe and learn all about FC Barcelona. Barcelona Camp Nou has a capacity of 110,000 people, and for most matches practically every seat is sold.
Magic Fountains – the Font Màgica is an unmissable musical show featuring water fountains and coloured lights that makes for a wonderful after-dark treat for children. You can watch the show from various points – on the steps of the MNAC gallery or in different areas around the fountains. If you want to take a close up view on a windy day, prepare to get a little wet!
Tibidabo Amusement Park is designed for older and younger children alike. Attractions include a pirate area, a castle, and a variety of both modern and more old-fashioned rides – there is plenty here to keep them busy and entertained. Tibidabo is also home to Sacred Heart Church which, perched upon its hill-top, can be seen from all around the city.
Catalunya en Miniatura is the world's biggest scale model complex of Catalonia and it features, of course, replicas of all of Gaudi's architectural wonders. Located only 17km outside of Barcelona, this theme park is an ideal destination for a day trip with kids. Catalunya en Miniatura also contains a huge picnic zone, a shop, a restaurant, and model train rides.
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona. The world-renown Catholic basilica is still under construction; when finished, it will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus, and another to the Virgin Mary. When visiting Barcelona, this is a must see! Sagrada Família is now slated for completion in 2026, which will mark the centenary of Gaudí's death.
MarineLand Catalunya is a water park, marine zoo and dolphinarium that combines a water-filled day-out along with an educational experience – watch and learn about seals, sea lions, penguins, otters and even tropical birds.
Autoworld. At this automotive museum, cars are appreciated for a variety of characteristics – be it beauty, design, or the quality of their technology. Retracing the evolution of the auto-mobile between 1886 and 1960, over 400 vehicles have been put on exhibit under the huge metallic structure of the ancient World Palace.
Comic Strip Centre – a kingdom of Smurfs, Tintin, Lucky Luke and plenty of other heroes of print, all housed in a superb example of Art Nouveau architecture. Everything here relates to the art of the comic strip – from its origins up to its most recent developments – by way of exhibitions, a reading room, and archival conservation.
Cinquantenaire Museum for Children. Go on a journey through art and history at the Cinquantenaire Museum, located in a magnificent building in Cinquantenaire Park. Traverse continental borders – from prehistoric times to the 20th century – in just a couple of hours. Games, guided visits, stories to listen to, and more – for young kids up to teens!
Museum of Musical Instruments. The museum offers a range of musical activities for children that include guided tours, exploring the Garden of Orpheus (a multi-sensory and playful approach to music), and a Sound Area.
Océade water park. Heated to 85°F with both indoor and outdoor zones. Plenty of activities for memorable moments: 11 water-slides, a vast wave swimming pool, an aqua fun-house, saunas, jacuzzis, rafts and more.
Parc Pairi Daiza (Brugelette) (an hour's drive from Brussels). A unique way to spend a fascinating day in close contact with wild animals, each with their own surprises. Get up close to giraffes, zebras, seals and lemurs, and attend an exceptional demonstration of birds of pray in free flight.
Budapest zoo – here you can feed giraffes, watch tigers up-close, or just rest on a bench and watch orang-utans doing what they do best – monkeying around. A walk-through butterfly enclosure allows you to get up close to these beautiful insects.
The Palace of Miracles is a unique interactive science museum designed for kids. The basic idea here is scientific principles explained in a playful and fun way.
With its 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools, Széchenyi Thermal Bath is one of the best and largest spa baths in Europe. In addition to the marvellous natural and medicinal hot spring waters in the 18 pools, there are 10 saunas and many spa procedures – massage therapies, facial treatments, etc. – on offer.
Erzsébet Square, also known as Elizabeth Square, is the largest green area in Budapest’s inner city. It features a skate park, water fountains, a playground, a giant Ferris wheel, and one of the city’s most popular spots for sitting on the grass and having a drink from one of the numerous surrounding open-air bars.
Founded in 1868 by a group of Frankfurt citizens, Palmengarten takes you on a horticultural journey from the African savannah and the exotic plants of the rain forests to the blooming flower gardens of Europe. Spread out on 50 acres and among various green houses, visitors can see more than 6,000 different botanical species from all around the world.
One of the best ways to see Frankfurt is from above: from the top of the skyscraper Main Tower. Although the Main Tower (650-feet) is not the highest skyscraper in Frankfurt, it is the only one with an observation deck open to the public.
Dom is one of Europe’s biggest fun-fairs, and it's staged three times a year (spring, summer and winter). Enjoy its myriad of stomach-churning rides, challenging games, fireworks and cotton-candy stalls.
Miniatur Wunderland – a magical venue filled with miniature wonders. The makers of Miniatur Wunderland have recreated famous places of the world in minuscule form, and now display it for guests of their museum-cum-shop.
Chocoversum by Hachez. In this museum of chocolate you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate (and more): learn how cocoa beans are grown and shipped, watch a live performance of how chocolate is made on historical antique machinery, and discover the secret of 500 different flavours and aromas of chocolate.
Spice Museum. Among the many goods that arrive daily at Hamburg Harbour are spices from all around the world. Set in an old storehouse close to the harbour, your kids can see, smell and, of course, taste their way through 500 years of exotic spices, all whilst learning about their cultivation, processing and packaging.
There is something for everyone at Gardaland Water Park, including a special area just for babies, toddlers and small children. Older kids and teenagers will be happy on the water slides and in the pools. My kids absolutely love Gardaland – it is a great way to spend the day (even though it really wears you out and it does get quite crowded at times).
Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Black Light Theatre is a wild mix of ballet, animated film, illusions, puppets and mime artists. The shows are highly visual, and even very young children will enjoy the dancing and the lights and sounds.
National Marionette. This puppet theatre enjoys a long tradition in Prague. The master puppeteers' creations are true gems of artistic craftsmanship.
(Both Black Light and the National Marionette are suitable for children of all ages and language-abilities.)
Although small by international standards, Sea World (Morsky-Svet) is the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic, and it makes for a pleasant excursion with young children. Allow a couple of hours for your visit, including travel time.
Wallenstein Palace Gardens – enjoy the colourful fish in the ponds, the peacocks strolling the gardens, and the aviary. The garden is filled with sculptured hedges, sparkling fountains and beautiful flowers.
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
Saint Petersburg Zoo is the oldest zoo in Russia. It was opened back in 1865 and remains a popular place for both kids and adults. Conveniently located in the city centre, here you can see more than 2,000 animals representing 410 species (tigers, polar bears, deer, giraffes, monkeys, snakes, insects and many more).
Dolphinarium – a great opportunity to see dolphins and sea lions, talk to sea horses, and listen to the singing of beluga whales.
Oceanarium – the first of its kind in Russia, this is one of the newest family attractions in Saint Petersburg, and it's definitely worth a visit. The Oceanarium features 33 aquariums containing nearly 150 species of fish, sea mammals and other sea creatures.
State Circus – a great place if you want to keep your child occupied with something for more than an hour. During the show you'll begin to notice that you, too, have become fascinated by the aerial gymnasts, tight-rope walkers and trapeze acts which literally take your breath away. The circus building also houses the very first-of-its-kind Museum of Circus Art.
Zoo Zurich & Masoala Rainforest. At Zurich Zoo visitors can see snow leopards in the Swiss version of the rocky Himalayan landscape, observe Andean bears climbing in a mountain cloud-forest enclosure, and watch giant tortoises looking for food in the Masoala Rainforest. This tropical oasis is a little piece of Madagascar covering an area of some 13,000 square yards, with a treetop walkway offering spectacular views of the flying foxes and butterflies that move about freely here.
Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich – a journey into the animal kingdom. There is a lot to experience here: listen to singing whales and buzzing insects with headphones; observe the small mouth of an ant or the hairy legs of a spider through a magnifying glass; and feel the texture of the fur from a deer or wild boar.
Lucerne – City of Lights. One of Switzerland's most popular excursion destinations, lovely Lucerne is only a 60-minute trip from Zurich. The city is renowned for its attractive townscape, the historic Chapel Bridge, and excellent shopping facilities.
Berne – Switzerland's captivating capital. Beautiful Bern is only an hour-long rail trip from Zurich. This is a city of medieval magic, and it's listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Attractions include the famous clock tower, the bear pits - home to Berne's heraldic animals, and excellent shopping arcades.
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