From simple plans such as simply crossing the Adige river by the stone bridge, to taking them to the Marcantonio Stadium, the city of Verona has many attractions that you can visit with the kids, and most of them count as some of the best things to see and do in Verona.
It is also an excellent activity for children to take them to eat ice cream in any of the best ice cream parlors in Verona, considering that this is one of the most representative desserts of Italian cuisine. Among your plans you can also include a visit to the most incredible amusement parks in the city.
1. Get in touch with nature at Parco Natura Viva
Children generally love adventures with animals, being able to see them up close and learn how they behave in their natural habitat, that's why Parco Natura Viva, a zoological garden near the city, is ideal to take them and also to include among the best excursions from Verona.
With about 42 hectares of forest and more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species. The park offers two incredible sections to visit. One of them is the Faunistic, which is a path where you can walk through the spaces of each type of animal, according to their continents. Here you will see up to 90% of the total number of species, and it will take you at least 4 hours to walk through it.
There is also a Safari area, which is a circuit where you can tour the park in your own car. To enter this area you have to go through a separate entrance, but it still belongs to Parco Natura Viva. There you will be able to see the African animals, always in your car. It will take you no more than 40 minutes to complete the tour.
- Price: Tickets to this zoo can cost between 12 and 17 euros per person, depending on age. There are also free tickets for children up to 5 years old.
- Hours: The zoo is open daily between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm.
- How to get there: You can get there by bus, using the summer bus lines, although in winter these are deactivated, so you should consult the Verona bus page.
2. Travel back in time to Roman times at the Arena of Verona
One of the things you will love to do with children is to visit this amphitheater in Verona, if you do not know how to visit the Arena of Verona, I recommend you to inquire about their prices and also the types of guided tours for children. This is a very good option because it allows them to know the Arena and its history from an entertaining point of view.
Some guided experiences for families with children include some dramatizations of the Roman era. You can make this visit to the Arena an excellent plan for children, taking into account that it is important to make the reservation with enough time in advance to avoid queues for the children.
- Price: The price of this type of visit can vary, but the entrance to the Arena of Verona can cost from 2.5 euros per person.
- Hours: The visiting hours of the Arena usually last from 10:00 to 16:30, sometimes, when there are shows in the evening, the Arena usually closes a little later.
- How to get there: To get to the Arena you have several options, you can arrive on foot, by private car, by cab or even using public transport.
3. Walk along the city's river with children
Going for a ride on the river is one of the best ways to discover the fascinating and rich in history Verona. One of the best ways to embark on a river trip is rafting, which is an activity that kids love. This type of trip usually starts at the church of Santa Anastasia.
After this place, you will continue to the cathedral and the Bishopric square, just before entering the stone bridge. This is one of the best points of the tour to take good pictures, because it is here that you will see the hills of the city, the Roman theater and San Pietro, more than important points of prehistoric Verona.
One of the things you and the kids will like the most, is the way the Adige river divides the city in two, barely communicated thanks to a couple of ancient bridges. In addition to the fun of the ride, your kids will really enjoy the scenery on this, definitely one of the best tours of Verona.
- Price: Depending on how you choose to go along the river, you can pay from 18 euros per person.
- Schedule: The schedule is proposed by the tour guide, although these types of adventures are done during the morning.
- How to get there: These activities are done by boat, so you will have to get there on your own using public transportation or by private car.
4. Take them to taste the huge variety of ice creams and cookies
If there's one thing you can't miss doing with the kids in Verona, it's taking them to taste the most popular ice cream treats in Verona, which are also traditional among the local population. I assure you that the hardest part of this activity is to choose just one among the many flavors in which you can find the creamy ice creams.
Veronese cookies are also a must that you have to try together with the kids. In case the kids or you prefer sweets instead of ice cream, then you have to give yourself the chance to taste the famous Romeo's sighs and Juliet's kisses.
To taste the Verona pastries I recommend you to do one of the best gastronomic tours of Verona, where you will be able to know and taste even more flavors of the Veronese cuisine in general.
- Price: The prices of the gastronomic tours vary according to the type of tour. While the prices of ice cream and other sweets vary from one establishment to another.
- Hours: You can enjoy ice cream, cookies and sweets at any time of the day. About the gastronomic tours, the tour guide is in charge of giving you all the information.
- How to get there: To enjoy Veronese desserts you don't need to travel far because there are many sweet shops where you can taste these flavors. So the best option is to walk around your lodging place. In the case of tours, you could travel by private bus, private car or on foot, depending on the tour.
5. Visit the Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium
If you plan to visit Verona for two days, and you have the kids with you, I recommend taking them to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, which although a multi-purpose venue, is mainly dedicated to soccer, which is one of the Italian passions. It serves as the regular home of the Chievo Verona and Hellas Verona teams.
It was built to replace the "Stadio Comunale di Verona", and inaugurated in December 1963. As for its name, it is dedicated to Marcantonio Bentegodi, who was a very important benefactor in the history of sports in Verona during the 19th century.
You can take the kids to visit this place and you can even take them to enjoy the soccer played in this venue. If you want to take them to enjoy soccer, you can include this place among the best places to visit in Verona in June.
- Price: If you want to go to watch soccer together with the kids, you have to know that the tickets may vary according to the popularity of the teams that are playing. The least you can pay for each ticket is approximately 8 euros.
- Schedule: The schedules of each game may vary depending on the planning of the season games.
- How to get there: To get to this stadium you can do it by private car, or by public transport, either train or bus, and you can also go by cab. It is located in Piazzale Olimpia.
6. Enjoy the Gardaland amusement park
For an adventurous experience together with the kids, I recommend you to visit Gardaland, which is one of the most popular amusement parks in Verona and all of Italy. It is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Garda, hence its name, of course.
If there is one thing you will like about Gardaland, it is its large number of attractions for both adults and children. At the same time, it is subdivided into areas with different themes and shows for all audiences. These areas are divided into: Fantasy, Adventure and Adrenaline.
The first one is dedicated exclusively to children's fun. Some of the most fun things that children will enjoy in this section are the Prezzemolo Land, which has a large medieval castle. They will also have fun at the Baby Canoe, Kung Fu Panda Academy, Saltomatto, among other attractions.
The adventure section is full of entertainment for all ages, while the third area is especially dedicated to thrill seekers. Undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Verona in summer if you are traveling with children.
- Price: Tickets vary in price according to the places you want to visit inside the park. The general admission ticket costs approximately 44 euros. To enter Gardaland and Miniland Lego, you will have to pay around 49 euros. And finally to enter Gardaland and the Aquarium you will have to pay up to 47 euros.
- Opening hours: It always opens around 10:00. Closing time may vary according to each month. There are special opening hours for certain important dates such as Christmas or Halloween.
- How to get there: To get to this park from Verona, you can use the 164 bus that goes to Garda and stop at Gardaland.
7. Climb to the top of the Lamberti tower
Very close to the famous balcony protagonist of the Shakespearian novel, stands the Lamberti Tower, which is about 84 meters high. With these dimensions, it is the highest of the entire old town, so at its highest point you will find nothing less than a 360° view of the entire Veronese cityscape.
Obviously this is an adventure you can't miss with children, so even if you are in Verona for a day, you have to take the time to go up and enjoy the scenery. To go up to the panoramic terraces or to the bell tower, you will have to use the stairs or go up in a transparent elevator from which you will be able to see the architectural features of the structure.
This is a good activity to take the kids during the day, and it is even one of the activities I would include in my list of things to do in Verona at night, because it allows you to see the whole city in the moonlight, besides being able to live magical and exciting moments together with the kids and the whole family on its panoramic terrace.
- Price: The general admission ticket costs about 6 euros, while reduced tickets can cost up to 4.50 euros and applies to groups of 15 people, adults over 60 years, children between 8 and 14 years and tourists who have the card of the province of Verona. You can also find free admission for children up to 7 years, people who have the Verona Card and want to climb the stairs, as well as international exchange tourists.
- Hours: The tower is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00. While on Saturdays and Sundays it is open from 11:00 to 19:00.
- How to get there: The tower is located exactly in Via della Costa, and you can reach this place by private car, on foot, by cab or by public transport.
8. Take part in the treasure hunt through the city
One of the most fun and entertaining things that children will surely love to do in Verona is to embark on an adventure to discover the most emblematic sites of the city through a treasure hunt with curious riddles based on attractions. At the same time you will be able to see different interesting places such as the Castelvecchio Bridge and the Arena of Verona.
The game consists in that at each of the attractions that you reach, you will be given new clues to discover the next place of your visit, so it is one of the best activities to work as a team and find the treasure, in this case, the next site on the itinerary. Of course, during this time you will be getting new local information and interesting facts about the city.
Details of interest
- Price: This type of activity has an approximate cost of 7 euros per person.
- Schedule: The schedule for this activity is determined by the tour guide and you are given the information once you make the reservation.
- How to get there: To get to the meeting point you will have to do it on your own, either by private car, cab or public transport.
9. Stroll on Lake Garda and visit the medieval castle of Sirmione
With many features that differentiate it from other lakes located in northern Italy, Lake Garda is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, especially for qualifying as a popular summer destination for travelers arriving from Switzerland, Austria or Germany.
Not to be outdone by its popularity, being a place whose northern area is nestled in the Alps, while the southern area, on the contrary, is complemented by a terrain that is completely flat and photographic. With these attributes, undoubtedly going to visit this lake is an incredible activity for children.
But in addition to the lake, children will love to visit a fun village located on a narrow peninsula, and that is none other than Sirmione. The old town is surrounded by water, so kids will love it because they will think they are floating on water.
- Price: This experience can be priced at approximately 89 euros per person.
- Schedule: The schedule is chosen by the tour guide with whom you are going to live the experience.
- How to get there: To go on the excursion, you must get to the starting point on your own, either by bus, cab or private car.
10. Cross the Adige River by the Stone Bridge
The history of the Stone Bridge of Verona is similar to that of any bridge, it simply came to replace a wooden one that was no longer working. But its historical value is undeniable, being that it was built during the height of the Roman Empire, around the 1st century B.C.
All these centuries of history plus the beautiful views and the peculiarity of the bridge, is a perfect combination to make children want to go across it. It is a simple but very entertaining and didactic activity, in which you and the children will learn about the history behind the restoration of the bridge after Nazi Italy.
- Price: Crossing the river is free, although if you do it through a guided tour of the city, you will probably have to pay some money for the tour.
- Hours: The bridge is open all day, so you can visit whenever you want. If you go on a guided tour, the visiting hours will be provided by the tour company.
- How to get there: To get to the bridge of Verona you can do it on foot if you are nearby, but you can also do it by private car, bus or cab.