Heraklion for Kids: Where to Go and Have Fun

Holidays in Crete include numerous options available for the kids and teens with activities, sites and theme parks, where they can have great time and connect to the culture.

Minoan Palace, Knossos Visit the ‘Parthenon’ of Crete with your kids and unwind your own thread of Ariadne in time to the glorious era of the Minoan civilization and the beginning of Europe. The ceremonial and political center of the Minoans has a lot to tell your children, after all, it is no coincidence that it is the source of the most charming Greek myths, such as the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, and Daedalus and his son Icarus, with their first flying machine. To make the most out of your visit in Knossos, book a private family guided tour combined with a family pottery class.

The Natural History Museum, Heraklion Extremely interesting for children and parents! The marine and land wealth of the fauna and flora combined with many paleontological and historical elements, before your eyes! Be sure to visit the Seismic Table, an earthquake simulation that is a great experience and educational in a safe environment.

Labyrinth Park, Hersonissos A family theme park that harmoniously blends Greek mythology with children’s amusement, so that fun and creativity is guaranteed. The young children will love the Labyrinth that is designed with levels of difficulty, so that they can find the Minotaur and get their praise! The park also includes rides on electric quad bikes and cars, archery, a pottery workshop, mini golf, a mini farm, and horse riding.

CretAquarium, Gournes The impressive Thalassokosmos will keep your child's attention from start to finish. You and your kids are at the bottom of the sea without a mask, flippers and snorkels. You see the rocks of Matala, the seabed in Vai, and tropical species that grow on the seabed of the Mediterranean. Sharks are the attraction but they are not the only protagonists, after all you will come face to face with about 2,500 sea organisms, in one of the largest aquariums in Europe.

Dinosauria Park, Gournes The Jurassic Park of Crete is an exciting interactive theme park, where little visitors will have the chance to see life size dinosaurs accompanied by realistic sounds and movements, including a fantastic museum, great fossil replicas, and animatronics. Moreover, there are spaces devoted for interactive activities and workshops, like the high-tech labs for dino egg hatchery. 

Minoiki Avli (Minoan Yard) At the biggest riding centre of Crete, Ippikos Riding Club, , children are offered not only private or group riding lessons, but they can also see “Minoan Yard,”, where professional dancers dressed as Minoans will showcase some Minoan rituals taking place in a beautiful stone amphitheater. The show includes the famous Minoan bullfighting known as “tavrokathapsia”, a non-violent bullfighting sport in which athletes performed jumps over a bull.

Watercity Park, Anopolis If your kids need a break from the beach, a fun day excursion splashing in the swimming pools and water slides will make your kids smile and create fun memories during your holidays in Crete. Don’t miss to bring your sun screen!

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