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Exploring the ancient Greek ruins are not the only things to do in Athens with kids! There is an ultra modern planetarium showing IMAX films about the solar system, the lovely National Gardens and plenty of fun souvenirs shopping!
If you are traveling with babies or toddlers it will be best to travel with a baby knapsack for exploring the ruins as there is lots of climbing involved.
Your children may soon tire of seeing Greek ruins, museums and more ruins! Intersperse your sight seeing with a visit to the gardens, zoo or an afternoon at the beach.
If you are traveling in the summer be aware of the heat! Bring lots of bottled water, sun hats and sun screen as you explore the sites. Head out early in the morning, relax at the hotel pool or air conditioned museum in the afternoon, and then head back out in the early evening.
A visit to the Parthenon and The Acropolis is a must do when traveling to Greece with children. This historic site is one of the most famous in all of Greece. Learn the fascinating history of these ruins and see great views of Athens. There is climbing and the rocks can be slippery so be sure everyone is wearing good shoes. If you are traveling with a baby or toddler then use a baby knapsack instead of a stroller. This is one of the top things to do in Athens with kids.
The New Acropolis Museum is one of the best museums in Athens for kids. Stop by the information desk to pick up a family backpack which contains a treasure hunt for 12 representations of the Goddess Athena throughout the museum. Lots of fun for the kids. They will be fascinated by the archeological dig that is being done below the museum (you can watch through the glass floor). There are great views of the Acropolis from here and a recreation of the Parthenon as well. This is one of the top things to do in Athens with kids.
The Greek Reptile Center is one of the fun Athens family attractions. The center houses vipers, the only poisonous snakes in Greece. They also have lizards, boas, black mambas and pythons. Your children may even be able to hold a snake or lizard!
The kids will have fun riding the funicular up to the top of Mt Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens. You will have panaromic views of the city and the Acropolis. There is a lovely church up there and a restaurant to grab a bite to eat. There are still lots of steep stairs to climb to reach the funicular so this Athens family attraction is better for older kids and teenagers.
Relax with the kids at the fish spa. You will dip your feet in the tanks with the garra rufa fish and they will nibble the dead skin off your feet. It is a strange sensation! Lots of fun for children and teenagers.
The Athens Planetarium is one of the most high tech in the world. The screen provides a 3d 360 degree view of the shows. Each seat has an interactive control unit. You can see IMAX and OMNIMAX films here based on the solar system and other subjects.
A visit to the Agora will be interesting for the whole family. Check out these ruins which were once the site of the market. There are lots of interesting nooks and crannies for the kids to explore. There is an old church, the temple of Haphaestus and a small museum. There are lots of big trees to have a rest under. A good guide will make this place come to life.
If you are traveling in the summer months then head to Asteria Sea Side Beach in the neighborhood of Glyfada. There are beach chairs, umbrellas and inflatable water structures. There are also beach sports. You can also visit the Archelon sea turtle rehabilitation centre in Glyfada.
Your teenagers will enjoy the Monastiraki flea market. There are vendors and little shops selling everything from jewelery, purses, hand made souvenirs, clothes and paintings. There are fruit vendors here too. Stop at one of the cafes for some tasty Greek food.
Head to the National Garden with the kids. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Bring some bread to feed the ducks in the pond. There is also a small zoo with birds and animals here. Great place for a picnic! One of the more relaxing Athens family attractions!
Another fun thing to do in Athens is to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This monument is always guarded with a change of guards once an hour. Head there on a Sunday with your children and see the parade of soldiers and musical bands complete the ceremony of the changing of the guard.
Browse the stores in Plaka one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens. Your children will love exploring the narrow cobblestone streets in search of the perfect souvenir. Have lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants or enjoy some sweet baklava at one of the cafes.
Swimming in Lake Vouliagmeni is one of the best things to do in Athens with kids. This beautiful clear lake is fed by a natural hot spring. The water is warm enough to swim year round. The water is said to have healing properties-great way to relax after visiting all the Athens ruins! There are beach chairs and umbrellas as well as a cafe. There is an entrance fee to access the lake.
Attica Park is located outside of Athens and is home to more than 2000 animals. Your babies, toddlers and children will love seeing the monkeys, penguins and white rhinos. There is an excellent bird park and reptile park.
A visit to the Hellenic Cosmos will keep the kids entertained. There are a few different 3D shows that cover different aspects of Greek history such as ancient Agora and the Olympics. There are lots of hands on exhibits.
Eating will be one of the highlights of your family travel to Greece. Souvlaki, savoury pies and baklava (flaky pastry with nuts and honey) will soon be your kids favorites! Check out these tasty Greek food for kids to sample on your Athens family trip.
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