Mythical Venice is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. For many people, visiting Venice with children is unimaginable. However, there are lots of interesting places for the younger members of the family to enjoy. Here you will find some useful tips and recommendations to get the most out of your time in Venice with children.

Where To Stay: Kid Friendly Hotels in Venice

Even though there are hundreds of options from which to choose, finding a good place to stay at a fair price is not always easy in Venice. If possible, try to visit the city during the low season, from November to March — excluding carnival dates. If you are traveling during high season, try to book well in advance, as the places that offer the best deals fill up early.

If you are looking for kid friendly hotels in Venice, try the Bauer Hotel. Located just a short walk away from St. Marc’s Square, this chic boutique hotel offers a good deal for family travelers looking for a central location. A little further away, there is the Hotel Palazzo Vitturi, offering spacious rooms that are well suited for families. There is also the Best Western Hotel Olimpia, in the Santa Croce district on one of the few places in Venice that are accessible by car. There are family rooms available with breakfast included.

Alternatively, you can choose to rent an apartment during your stay. This is a great value option for bigger families; plus, you can prepare your own meals and save even more.

Getting Around

While in Venice, it is fun to ride on the vaporettos (boats that take passengers on several routes around the city’s canals). One of the most famous routes is the number 1 which covers the Gran Canal. Try to sit outside and watch the sumptuous palazzos go by. You should also take some time to wander around the streets. Venice has many hidden surprises, and the best way to find them is to simply wander around its streets and alleys. If you are traveling with a small child, remember that there are multiple bridges to cross the canals in Venice and, most likely, you will have to carry the stroller to get to the other side. Try to travel as light as possible.

Things To Do With Children in Venice

  1. Visit St. Marc’s Square. Venice’s main square is a very lively place, and there is always something new to see and do.
  2. Splurge on a gondola ride. Although they are pricey, riding a gondola in Venice is a memorable experience. Your children will likely remember it for the rest of their lives.
  3. Go on a quest to find the best gelato in Venice. This is a good way to keep your kids entertained and motivated to move from one place to the next.
  4. Visit Murano and Burano. These nearby islands offer a nice day trip from Venice. In Murano you can see how glass being made, while in Burano you can walk and admire the colourful houses.
  5. Beach time at the Lido. During the warmer months you can rent a bike, have a picnic, and play on the beaches of Lido.

This post is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.

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  1. A great read-aloud for kids traveling to (or dreaming about!) is Cornelia Funke’s “The Thief Lord,” set in a magical, magnificent Venice.


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