Crete is very well equipped with things to do for children, due to its popularity as a tourist destination and it’s wealth of amazing history. You’ll find lots of museums with interesting exhibits for kids, aquariums, hotel kids clubs and some stunning natural scenery to explore.
So without further do, let’s explore our favourite things to do outside in Crete.
1. Natural History Museum, Heraklion
Marvel at bears, zebras, dinosaurs and lions in this fantastic museum, which has lots of interactive exhibits for children.
Your children would love taking some time visiting The Stavros Niarchos Discovery Center within the museum too.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9am-9pm, weekends 10am – 9pm
2. CretAquarium, Heraklion
Discover over 2,000 species of marine life at this award winning aquarium, which is one of Crete’s best things to do with kids indoors.
They will also love the open tank sections where you can see colourful jellyfish and the sand tiger shark is sure to be a highlight too.
Address: Gournes, Crete 71003, Greece
Opening Hours: Open daily 9:30am – 7pm
3. Dikteon Cave (Psychro Cave)
This famous cave is believed to be apparently the birthplace of Zeus in Greek mythology. And it’s one of Crete’s most visited indoor activities. It is fairly remote, so if you book a coach trip or a hire car, be prepared with a bag stuffed full snacks and water for the kids.
There is also a nice walk to entrance that takes around 20 minutes (0.8km) but it should be do-able for even young children as the shaded path is even and not too steep.
Don’t take your buggies though!
More info: +30 2841 022462
4. Agora Covered Market, Chania
Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of a typical Greek market at this huge covered one in bustling port city Chania. Built between 1909 and 1913, this historic market was modelled on the covered market of Marseilles.
Taste local produce, pick up souvenirs and enjoy some friendly bartering with the stall holders. You will find everything here from fruit and veg to kids clothing and toys for example. A good way to spend an hour or two, if the day is cloudy or you want to escape the heat.
Address: Pl. Agoras, Chania 731 32, Greece
Opening Hours: Mon, Weds & Sat 8am- 2pm. Tues, Thurs & Fri 8am – 9pm. Closed on Sundays
5. Minoan’s World
Firstly, learn all about Crete’s history at this interactive cinema and museum. Kids will love this entertainment whilst learning about Crete.
Stroll around the small museum before entering the movie theatre, where an “epic” film (narrated in English or Greek) tells a short history of Crete and Greek mythology.
The whole family is clearly bound to be entertained by the stories of Zeus and Icarus who flew too close to the sun. Or King Midas and the eruption of the volcano in Santorini.
Finally, the experience comes complete with snow, rain, bubbles…. the kids will love it!
Address: Ipsilanton 10, Chania 731 35, Greece
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm- 9pm. Closed on Sundays
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