Best Things To Do In Venice With Kids


Kids love boats. And Venice is the best city in the world to explore by boat. Gondolas are fun, but expensive - catch a vaporetto instead. Venice's ACTV public water bus system is a fun way to get around town, and children under 6 ride for free. The standard adult (and 6+ years of age) fare is €7,50 for a one-way journey of up to 75 minutes. If you're staying for a few days, and plan to take a few trips, the Multi-Day Tourist Travel Cards are your best budget bet. Prices range from €20 for 1 day, to €60 for 7 days. Vaporetto Line 1 gives you the most scenic bang for your buck - starting from the Piazzale Roma, it travels past the beautiful palaces along the Grand Canal and goes under the Accademia and Rialto Bridges. Hop off at the Piazza San Marco, and take the elevator to the top of the Campanile for the best bird's eye view of Venice, or continue on to the Lido.

From the deck of a vaporetto



Venice is at its most beautiful at twilight, once the tourist crowds start to wane. It's also a great time to find a campo or piazza (town square), and let your little ones run wild with the local kids. Or, find a spot by a canal and watch the boats go by. Venice is built on water, of course, so boats take the place of vehicles. Look out for police, ambulance or fire boats racing up the canals with sirens blaring, and mail delivery and garbage collection barges.

Watching boats go by near the Ponte delle Guglie


Running wild in Campo San Giacomo



What's more fun than building a sand castle? Knocking down a sand castle! Venice's Lido, an 11km long sandbar that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea, is the perfect remedy to long days on the tourist trail. The water is warm and calm, and it's just a 12 minute vaporetto ride from St. Mark's Square. From the Lido S.M.E. vaporetto station, it's a 10 minute walk down the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta to the Blue Moon Beach. There's lots of shops, restaurants and even a Conad Supermarket along the way. This public beach can get pretty crowded during peak season, so try heading further south along the Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi towards the Excelsior Hotel if you need a little personal space.

If you want to explore the Lido on your own, there are a few bike rental shops along the Gran Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta. Quadricycles are lots of fun, plus you can let your other half do all the work while you enjoy a gelato.

The beach in front of the Hotel Excelsior

I believe I can fly


Venice's car and bike free calles make it the perfect place to let your kids wander. There's lots of narrow alleys to explore (the narrowest, Calleta Varisco, is only 53cm wide), and plenty of pizza shops to discover. Our favourite is Pizza Al Volo in Campo Santa Margherita, where you can get a whole pizza for only €6. It's also fun to head east from St. Mark's Square along the Riva Degli Schiavoni, and admire the super yachts (complete with helipads) moored along the banks of the Venetian Lagoon. Looking for a place to play? See our next post for Venice's best playgrounds.


Pizza picnic from Pizza Al Volo

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