If you are planning a vacation to Venice with the whole family; possibly with the little ones, it’s important, first of all, to book the right apartment. (Have you seen our Family Apartment?) You can research itineraries or experiences suitable for your older or little ones.
Fortunately things to do in Venice with the little ones are numerous.
Museum of Natural History
Not only is it for the younger ones, but adults will also love this museum. Set up in the marvelous spaces of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a grand palace that faces the Grand Canal, this museum hosts fossils, the aquarium of Tegnue and many other collections worth discovering. The exhibition’s footpath is filled with multimedia installations perfect to entertain children. Not to miss out on is the magnificent garden where you can rest peacefully even to eat a packed lunch.
The Gardens of Sant’ Elena
There are many public gardens in Venice (listed are some on this post). If you are looking to relax in a large green space, a little out of the touristic flow, the oasis of Sant’Elena can be the best place to run and play- with playgrounds set up on the grass.
The Biennale exhibition is something everyone should see. Art and Architecture are celebrated in the best way thanks to this Venetian institution. In the main areas of the Giardini and Arsenale (arsenal), even children are left ecstatic by the marvelous pavilions rich with works of art, and not only. Even the immense spaces where at one time boats were constructed in the Serenissima’s Arsenal or where the verdant Giardini of the Biennale have now become marvelous memories for the little ones to make.
Guggenheim and Accademia
There are two most loved museums in Venice. And they are the most attentive in including families in their exhibition experience. Periodically in fact they organize marvelous laboratories- almost always free- for children of all ages. It is a splendid way to play and learn about Venice.
Playing in Squares
Little Venetians have done it since forever. There are no cars in Venice, so campi and campielli (squares and smaller squares) have always been a perfect playground to run and let loose with “games from the olden days” all while being outdoors.
During the warm season, why not dedicate a beautiful day to a day at the beach (or a bike ride) on the island of Lido in Venice? The sandy coast of the island is perfect for smaller children, and the numerous beach establishments offer sunbeds and beach umbrellas for rent from May to September.
Cover photo courtesy la Biennale di Venezia