April 21, 2024

5 Fun Things to Do in Copenhagen with Kids

If there’s one thing to be said for Scandinavian countries it’s that they do things right where kids are concerned.  Copenhagen is a perfect example of this.  It’s a small enough city to travel around with ease, and you can easily jump from the city’s parks to the beach to the beautiful cobbled streets all with a pushchair.  And, should you want to take public transport, you’ll find there are reserved spaces for strollers here too.

Denmark‘s capital is a great place to visit with children of all ages, and there’s tons of attractions for all the family.  Keep reading for a list of my top five things to do in Copenhagen with kids.

1. The Blue Planet Aquarium

The Blue Planet is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe and it’s truly a sight to behold.  The exterior looks almost like a giant wave; it’s so impressive that its architecture has won awards, including the World Architecture Festival’s Display award and a RIBA EU award.  But it’s unlikely it’s the architecture that your kids will be interested in.

Inside the Blue Planet, you’ll find 48 separate aquariums, holding over 7 million litres of water, and more fish than you ever knew existed.  Visitors can explore the aquarium in any direction they like, and you’ll find numerous storytelling events and shows on throughout the building. Touchscreens and interactive games are also available.  From hammerhead sharks to sea otters and stingrays, your kids will be amazed by the creatures who live here.

Whether visiting Copenhagen with kids in the summer or the winter, The Blue Planet Aquarium is a must see.  The aquarium is open from 10am-9pm on Monday, and 10am-5pm the rest of the week.  Adult tickets cost DKK 185 and children’s tickets cost DKK 100.  Babies up to two are admitted for free.  You can also use the Copenhagen card to enter the Blue Planet Aquarium.

2. Bakken Deer Park

Billed as the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken Deer Park is a great day out for kids of all ages.  Located just north of the city of Copenhagen, there are over 30 rides for all levels of thrill seekers.  Ride on the rollercoasters if you’re feeling daring, or enjoy one of the more gentle rides like the carousel or mini train.

Entrance into the park is free with visitors just having to pay for the rides or amusements they want to enjoy.  If you want to get the most for your money, I highly recommend visiting Bakken Deer Park on a Wednesday.  Prices are reduced by half on this day, which is ideal if traveling with a large family.  In addition to the rides and games, you’ll also find a wide range of eating and drinking options.  From picnics to barbecues, and even an old London Pub, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Bakken Deer Park’s opening hours vary so it’s best to check the official website in order to plan your visit.  As mentioned above, entrance into the park is free.  Should you not want to worry about paying cash for rides, you can purchase a Turband prior to visiting. These can be bought via the official website and provide unlimited access to everything in the park.  Turband prices start at DKK 249.

3. Copenhagen Zoo

Home to over 4,000 animals, Copenhagen Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.  It first launched to the public in 1859, and since then it has grown from strength to strength.  Kids will be able to see all of their favourite animals, including pandas, giraffes, chimps, and even a Tasmanian Devil!  A new Elephant Garden has also been built.  This award winning garden is now home to several elephants and is truly a sight to behold.

Young children will absolutely love the children’s zoo where trained zookeepers will introduce them to pygmy goats and snakes.  And adults aren’t left out either!  The tropical section is the ideal place to head on a cool day.  With over 27 acres to explore, thousands of animals, and special experiences available, this is a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family.

If you’re visiting Copenhagen with kids on a budget, the zoo is a top choice of attraction.  Much cheaper than amusement parks, prices are DKK 105 for children, and DKK 195 for adults.  Children under three can visit for free.  Opening times vary throughout the year – you can find out more here.

4. The Nature Playground

I can’t write this article without including The Nature Playground.  Located in Valby Park, just a short distance away from the city’s centre, this is a great place to take active kids for a fun day out.

The country’s largest natural playground, you’ll find 17 themed gardens to explore as well as climbing ropes, an earthwork with a lookout point, and lots of small hills.  There are plenty of things for children of all ages to explore, and the separate sections almost make it look like you’re visiting different worlds.  The Nature Playground was designed to give kids a fun activity away from the amusement parks, and it does it incredibly well.

Entry to The Nature Playground is free.

5. Canal Tours

Finally, young children can tire easily, so if you’re looking for a relaxing activity – for you and them – canal tours may be ideal.  Simply hop on board and enjoy a tour around the city’s harbour as a guide describes the city’s churches, old listed houses, castles, and other sites of interest.  Your kids will be in awe as you pass The Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Palace, while the architecture of the Operahouse is something every adult can surely appreciate.

The Copenhagen Canal Tour sails all year round, and during the winter months, the boars are covered and heating ensuring the ultimate in comfort.  Prices start at DKK 99. However, families of 2 adults and 3 children can purchase a family ticket at a reduced price.  This specific tour lasts for an hour, but there are others available in the city that enable you to hop on and off at will.  Some tours are also covered by the Copenhagen card.

Visiting Copenhagen with kids has never been more relaxing!

If you’ve visited Copenhagen with kids and have any attractions to recommend, please let me know in the comments.

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