Visiting Venice with kids

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From the famous Grand Canal to Piazza San Marco, the city is iconic for all age groups.

Since traveling in Venice is car-free, it is an excellent place for a family visit as you can cover the city on foot.

Whether you want a fun gondola ride or the famous gelato, here’s a complete list of things you could do while visiting Venice with Kids.

Ride a Vaporetto 

Ride a Vaporetto
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The best way to get the essence of Venice is by riding a Vaporetto through the waters of the Grand Canal.

Vaporetto will be an excellent adventure for your kids, as watching the boat navigate and avoid collisions with colorful buildings will make the trip lively.

You’ll also pass numerous gondolas, water taxis, police and delivery boats on the way, which could be fun for the kids.

Also, Vaporetto is far cheaper than gondolas, making it a great deal when visiting Venice with Kids.

Best suited for: Kids above three years of age.

Go for Venetian lion king hunting

Go for Venetian lion king hunting
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Venice’s most iconic symbol is the statue of a winged lion in Piazza San Marco.

The famous lion is an ancient symbol that came from the place where Turkey resides today.

You will find the winged lion statue at several locations in the city, such as in the campo (square) and churches.

It is a great way to engage the kids in the city’s history by spotting the symbol in various places, similar to a treasure hunt.

Best suited for: Kids above three years of age.

Prisons in the Doge’s Palace

If you have older kids who are into spooky stuff, then Doge Palace’s prisons are the right choice.

The palace is next to St Mark’s, an excellent attraction that stores the Venetian ruler’s lavish lifestyle.

But what’s more interesting is the tour of the dark, dull cells underneath them which older children will find quite interesting.

It gives them an insight into how the medieval justice system worked. 

Best suited for Kids above ten years of age and adults. 

Go mask shopping

Go mask shopping
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Carnivals are a breath of fresh air in Venice.

One of the top highlights of this festival is mask making, where kids can get a glimpse of how to mask makers paint their art pieces.

You will find the mask makers mostly in San Polo and Dorsoduro, which are great spots for traditional mask makers. 

If your kids find this fascinating, enroll them in the mask-making workshop, which will help them build their bunch of fun souvenirs. 

Best suited for: Kids above three years of age and adults.

Witness the glass blowers 

Another one of the best places to visit in Venice with kids is the glass blowers in Murano.

In ancient times, the artisans were quarantined on the island to safeguard their talent from the rest of the world.

You can spot the glass blowers designing the glasses into beautiful vases, goblets and other art pieces.

If your kids love one of the designs, you can buy it and support the local talent. 

Book tickets in advance to create your own glass artwork.

Best suited for: Kids above five years of age and adults.

Gelato at Gelateria Nico

Gelato at Gelateria Nico
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When visiting Venice with kids, it becomes a compulsion to try the famous gelato at Gelateria Nico.

The shop overlooks Giudecca island, making it the perfect spot to take your kids for a treat after exploring the city.

Gelateria Nico is famous for using fresh fruits and vegetables, making it a safe and tasty treat for your children.

Best suited for: Kids above three years of age. 

Visit a Palace

Visit a Palace
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The best parts of Venice are its abundance of palaces.

Touring the castles present in the city will help the kids understand how Italy’s upper society lived in olden times.

Many still look as they did in the middle ages, while some have become famous museums.

Ca’D’oro and Ca’ Rezzonico are some great choices for kids to visit. 

Best suited for: Kids above two years of age and adults.

Beach at Lido

Beach at Lido
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Every vacation is complete with a visit to the beach.

Lido is one of the best in Venice, as it was the first beach resort in Europe.

Children find themselves joyfully picking up seashells and building sandcastles or writing something on the sand while watching it washed away by the waves.

The beach is a peaceful site making it an excellent place for families.

Best suited for: Kids above two years of age and adults. 

Free Things to do with kids 

Despite its inclination towards history and art, Venice has a lot of things that are free of cost.

From enjoying a picnic with breathtaking views to finding new friends, kids find beauty and companionship in anything.

Here are some popular free activities and attractions when visiting Venice with kids.

Bonding at Campo San Polo

Campo San Polo
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Campo San Polo should be one of your top things to do in Venice. 

It is the largest Campo in the city and the second largest square after Piazza san Marco and is one of the most visited places by the locals.

Campo San Polo is an excellent spot for tourists to get an insight into how the locals live and is a perfect place for kids to play.

While you will spot a lot of kids playing around here, making it an opportunity for your child to make new friends even if they don’t speak the same language.

Also, San Polo is quite famous for its carnivals, concerts and events. 

Have a picnic at Giardini Pubblici

Giardini Pubblici
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A picnic by the Giardini Pubblici, designed by Napoleon, is a fantastic way to get away from the city and breathe fresh air.

The gardens offer shade for adults to relax and a lot of slides and swings for the kids to play.

When hungry, stop by the local Via Garibaldi market and enjoy a picnic with your family.

Walk on the Rialto bridge

Walk on the Rialto bridge
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The oldest bridge made to cross the grand canal Rialto Bridge is one of the most visible symbols in Venice.

This bridge offers stunning views that you and your kids will love seeing.

Also, it is aligned with fun shops where your child can buy his favorite souvenirs, such as T-shirts, painted masks and Murano glass. 

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