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Vacationing with kids can be a special experience, especially if you've chosen Croatia for your destination. Summer in Croatia is best spent on its numerous beaches most of which are popular with families with children because of their long shoals and different entertainment activites. But beaches aren't the only places where you can have fun. There's lots of interesting things to do, especially those that are both fun and educational.
Read on and find out what are the 6 best activities on the Adriatic for families with children.
Before your trip, make sure you check out our advices for travelling with children.
1. An one of a kind experience – zipline in Omiš
Encourage your kid and yourself to step out of your comfort zone and experience what's like hanging 100 meters above the magnificent Cetina canyon. Even if you're not an adventurous type, the kind and professional guides will loosen you up. Before the real stuff, you have to do an excercise on a small zipline where you'll learn how to use the zipline. Then you pass on to 8 ziplines of different lengths. The minimum age is 9 years old, while the maximum age is 70 years old. The ride lasts 3 hours (it includes walking to other ziplines) so make sure you bring a bottle of water, sport shoes and good will. This will be an adventure both you and your kids will remember for a long time.
Book an apartment or room in Omiš.
Shake off that adrenaline you got on the zipline and visit Omiš which will amaze you and your kids with its stone cobbled streets and wonderful beaches that stretch over 20 kilometers and have different activities for children – they can rent a pedal boat, play volleyball on sand etc.
Buy yourselves an ice cream, find your spot on the riva and soak in the mediterranean atmosphere of this pirate town.
2. Wholeday fun in "Croatian Gardaland"
From this tourist season Dalmatia is richer for yet another activity for families with children. Near Biograd na moru the newly opened Fun park Mirnovec is opened. The park streches up to 45 000 acres and consists of three thematic parts – The Pirate Town, Space and The Wild West. Each of these parts hides exciting activities for kids. Other than these fun attractions, there are also different restaurants, caffes where you can take a break from all that adrenaline rush. The price of the ticket for adults is 120 kunas, for children under the age of 14 is 110 kuna, also one can buy a "family ticket" that costs 100 kuna for each member of the family.
Book an apartment or room in Biograd.
3. Playing on the sandy beach Sakarun (Dugi Otok)
Sandy beaches are not so common on the Croatian coast which can sometimes dissapoint tourists, especially families with children unacustomed to pebble. However, the sand beaches that Croatia has enchant guests and they keep coming back to them every year. One of those beaches is Sakarun beach, located on the north side of Dugi Otok in Northern Dalmatia.
This 800 meters long beach of fine, almost white sand is encircled by a lush pine forest that has a good shade where kids can hide from the sometimes almost tropical sun. Moreover, the beach has a long shoal so kids can play carefree or swim in it. There are also restaurants and caffes where you can freshen up.
Book an apartment or room on Dugi Otok.
4. Meet dinosaurs in Funtana dinopark in Istria
The heart of Istria hides the Funtana dinopark – first theme park in Croatia. The park is located between Poreč and Vrsar. It's special because in a natural ambient surrounded by woods there are various entertainment content. From the mechanical dinosaurs in whole length who "wander" through the park, riding on ponies or even dinosaurs to souvenir shops. This unusual but fun and educational park will definitely amaze your youngest ones.
Book an accommodation in Poreč.
5. Swimming under waterfalls in National Park Krka
The image of the magnificent Skradinski buk in National Park Krka is one of the most famous images connected to Croatia. And now imagine yourself swimming and bathing under that waterfall, in crystal clear water. Skradinski buk is the most known and longest of all seven waterfalls in NP Krka. Its unusual look is due to the 17 cascades on 800 meters of length which the waters of Krka and Čikola river overflow.
Give your kids the unusual experience of swimming under waterfalls. But also don't miss to explore the whole park that hides magnificent viewpoints, souvenir shops, old mills and Dalmatian konobas where you can stop and have a bite of traditional Croatian food.
6. The Falcon centre near Šibenik
You and your children have an oportunity to meet the magnificent birds that rule our skies in the Falcon centre in Dubrava, 7 kilometers from Šibenik. This is the only centre of that sort in Croatia. Other than falcons, meet different predatory birds, from the endangered griffon vulture to the cute Eurasian eagle – owl.
There's also a stationary where wandering birds, whether hurt or just tired can rest before being let into the wild again by the professional staff. The staff will also educate the children about the birds and teach them the secrets of falconry in one of their courses. After hanging out with these interesting birds, refresh yourself in one of restaurants in the vicinity. An ideal combination of fun and learning.
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