Five of the Best Family Days Out in Poland
Since we’ve been adventuring here in Poland for way over a year now, I thought it was about time I gave a run-down of some of the best places to take the kids. Polish cities like Warsaw and Gdansk have a great reputation for their architecture and heritage but what might surprise is that there are also loads of ways to keep children occupied on a day trip.
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
This museum and activity center has an excellent range of exhibits, so no matter what your kids are into they should find something to interest them: from dinosaur bones to a planetarium to an elevator ride up a whopping 30 floors where you can see out over the whole city. The huge complex also has a ‘Youth Palace’ for sporty kids, with a swimming pool and basketball courts which double as an ice rink in the colder months.
Royal Lazienki Park, Warsaw
I’ve listed these separately as, although you could get round them in one day, you really need a good chunk of time to make the most out of both. This park is in Warsaw’s historic old town and makes a stunning trip on a sunny day, with red squirrels, peacocks and deer for company. There’s the palace to look round, a lake for boating and rickshaws for when they get tired.
Up on the Baltic coast near Gdansk, Sopot is the perfect place for a day out at the seaside, with its quaint wooden pier, sandy beaches and a characterful town centre to keep the grown-ups happy. The facilities at the beach are some of the best on the coast, but you could also check out Aquapark for more action-packed chutes and slides, that all ages will love.
Even if your kids aren’t fussed about history, they can’t fail to be impressed by the massive red stone fortress on the lake at Malbork, one of the largest castles in the world. Built in the 13th century, it’s linked to the crusading Knights of the Teutonic Order, so there are plenty of battle stories and armoury exhibits for boys, as well as the amazing Gothic interiors.
Polish Lake District
If you like the outdoors as much as we do, this is a brilliant spot for longer trips as the countryside around Masuria in the north is some of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen. There are bright green forests, resorts like Gizycko and of course, huge lakes for windsurfing, fishing or whatever you fancy. Take the kids on a horse and carriage ride for a real treat in Drweck, or try and spot some bison in the Borecka Pushcha Forest.
So if you’re planning a holiday to Poland in the near future, these are just some of the things I would recommend for families. Even if you’re a resident like me and just need a few ideas for the weekend, this beautiful country has all the waterparks, zoos, castles and countryside you could wish for when trying to keep the kids entertained.
This blog post was contributed by Thomson Travel Agency
Have you been to Poland or do you live in Poland, what is your favorite day trip? Mine, tie between Sopot and Malbrok Castle.