Children’s activities and things to do in Dubrovnik

Looking for ideas for things to do in Dubrovnik with children? Family-friendly Dubrovnik and its surrounding area is a great choice for a city break or beach holiday with kids. The area is very safe and the locals love little ones, so you know they’ll be welcome everywhere!

In this post (part one of two), we suggest a few family activities – from exploring the city to fun sports – to enjoy with your children in Dubrovnik, based on what our 7-year-old, Charlotte, likes to do with us.

Explore Dubrovnik Old Town

The car-free Old Town is safe for children to run around while you wander along the beautiful streets or enjoy a drink in one of the bars. There are also lots of ice-cream shops; try one of our family favourites, Dolce Vita (Naljeskoviceva 1a).

The are also two playgrounds within walking distance of the Old Town: Pile Gate (on your left when you enter the Old Town), and Ploce (opposite the taxi station).

Walk Dubrovnik’s city walls

You can walk the entire 2km-length of the Old Town walls, part of which dates back to the 12th century; Charlotte loves playing ‘hide and seek’ here. Game of Thrones fans will love the bird’s eye view of the narrow streets that are the filming location for King’s Landing. Everyone will enjoy a clear view of the stunning blue sea.

Need a snack or a drink to boost your energy levels? There are plenty of juice stands and cafés along the way. The best time to visit the city walls is in the morning or, for amazing sunsets, in the evening (last entrance in the summer is 7.30pm). It costs 120 Kuna per person. (Note: not recommended for pushchairs; there are lots of steps.)

Paddle in Lapad Bay

With excellent bus connections, Lapad Bay is just 3km from the Old Town. The pedestrianised Uvala promenade is packed with shops, bars, restaurants and playgrounds, making it ideal for families.

When you’ve finished walking, cool down at one of the family-friendly beaches with a refreshing dip in the Adriatic. There are also lots of watersports on offer. Find out more about Lapad.

See Dubrovnik from above in a cable car

The cable car is only 4 minutes away and offers breathtaking views of the Old Town, the Adriatic and the many islands. It’s a lovely spot for a drink or a bite to eat at the snack bar or restaurant. Venture a little further to see donkeys in the fields! There’s also a war memorial museum.

The cable car leaves from above the Old Town. For more information how how to find it and to buy tickets online, visit Dubrovnik Cable Car. A round-trip ticket costs 108 Kuna per person, or 50 Kuna for children aged 4-12 years.

View life underwater in a submarine

Explore the world beneath the sea without getting wet in a semi-submarine. This special boat has an underwater viewing cabin for observing bays, reefs and fish, offering a unique experience that children love!

Each tour leaves from the Old Town harbour and costs 90 Kune (12 Euros). Contact Dubrovnik Semi-Submarine (+385 20 56 228) for more information, timetables and to book.

Kayak or paddle your way around Dubrovnik

Kayaking and paddling is the ultimate way to take in the Old Town’s majestic walls and rich coastline. Explore beaches, caves and private coves, or simply escape the crowded streets. Several kayaking companies offer tours and welcome beginners; we recommend Adriatic Kayak Tours (+385 20 312 770).

Cool off with exciting water sports

If fun in the sea is what you want, Banje beach near the Old Town, Uvala beach in Lapad and Copacabana beach all offer water sports and activities, such as water slides, inflatables, banana rides and pedalos (paddle boats). Find out more about family-friendly beaches in Dubrovnik.

Want to know more about activities for children?

If you’ve any questions, please contact us. We’re here to help! In our next blog post, we’ll give you some more family-friendly activities to enjoy with your children near Dubrovnik and in the surrounding areas.

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