If you’ve decided on camping in Lake Garda as this year’s family holiday, you definitely won’t be disappointed by the range of attractions and activities on offer, not only for yourself but for your children, too.
From unlimited water sports opportunities and trips to fun theme parks to exploring nearby towns packed with charming sights, here’s our guide to the best things to do in Lake Garda with kids.
Have some exhilarating fun at a theme park
There are a surprising number of theme parks and water parks near Lake Garda that are simply sublime for a fun family day out. Gardaland is a popular pick thanks to its magical, historical and space themed rides, while Caneva World’s Aquapark is fit to bursting with river rapid rides, swimming pools and a leisure beach.
Explore Sirmione’s spectacular castle
Whether you have young kids who are obsessed with princesses and knights, or teens who love getting immersed in history, Sirmione’s well-preserved medieval Scaligero Castle is a must when on holiday in Lake Garda. Surrounded by a moat and boasting several towers, it costs just a few euros to enter and provides stunning views of the lake and the cobbled streets of Sirmione.
Take a boat tour to idyllic Isola del Garda
Most kids love the thrill of a boat ride – and they’ll be even more excited when they hear it’s to a tiny, enchanting island in the middle of the lake. While Isola del Garda is privately owned, you can embark on a two hour tour via boat from various towns — including Salò, Portese and Sirmione —that’ll see you wandering around the gorgeous gardens of its grand Venetian villa.
Journey up Monte Baldo in a cable car
Adults will appreciate the views of Lake Garda from the summit of Monte Baldo, while kids will definitely love the journey up there. Accessed via a cable car from the town of Malcesine, you’ll soar over the surrounding mountainside and even turn 360 degrees for a panoramic outlook.
Visit Desenzano del Garda
There’s many idyllic towns and villages on the shores of the lake, including Desenzano del Garda. It’s a pretty resort town that’s packed with historical highlights like Roman ruins and a majestic castle. You’ll also find a good play park along the lakeside promenade for little ones, plus a bustling lido for teens.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Whether your kids want to let loose on a walk (or run!) through the hills or they fancy trying their hand at kayaking, sailing or windsurfing, you’ll discover bountiful ways to enjoy the region’s natural wonders. Many Lake Garda campsites, such as Camping Cisano San Vito and Camping Eden, even come with fantastic positions right on the water as well as their own on-site sports facilities.