Things to Do at Lake Como with Children

Lake Como isn’t just for romantic getaways and luxurious retreats. This stunning Italian lake district is a fantastic destination for families with kids of all ages. From exploring historic villas and lush gardens to enjoying thrilling adventures on the water, Lake Como offers a delightful mix of activities that will keep everyone entertained.

Is Lake Como a Good Traveling Destination with Kids?

Absolutely! Lake Como boasts a variety of activities that cater to families with children. Whether your kids are energetic adventurers or budding artists, there’s something to keep them entertained. Plus, the relaxed pace of life at the lake allows for a slower travel style, perfect for families with young children.

Here’s why Lake Como stands out as a perfect family vacation spot:

  • Variety of Activities: From action-packed adventures like kayaking and cycling to cultural experiences like exploring historic villas and museums, and relaxing downtime by the lake with scenic strolls and delicious gelato breaks, there’s something to keep everyone happy.
  • Beautiful Scenery: Picturesque towns adorned with colorful houses, charming villages nestled amidst rolling hills, and breathtaking natural landscapes with soaring mountains reflected on the glassy surface of the lake create a magical backdrop for your family vacation.
  • Delicious Food: Italy is renowned for its incredible cuisine, and Lake Como is no exception. Indulge in fresh, delicious meals that will tantalize everyone’s taste buds. From kid-friendly favorites like creamy gelato and cheesy pizzas to regional specialties like fresh lake fish and delicate pastries, there’s a culinary adventure waiting around every corner.

Things to Do with Babies & Toddlers at Lake Como

While some of the cobbled streets and steep staircases  in the historical towns can be challenging with a stroller, fret not and embrace the Baby Carrier. A comfortable baby carrier is your best friend for navigating charming towns with narrow streets and uneven sidewalks. This allows you to explore freely while keeping your little one close and content.

Here are some ideas to keep your little ones happy and engaged:

  • Private Boat Tours: Consider booking private boat tours and transportation to move around comfortably with your little one. This way, you can set your own pace and ensure a stress-free experience. Visiting villas with your littles is a good option as it provides shade and they can run around quite freely.
  • Lakeside Relaxation: Spend quality time splashing in the shallows on the shores of the lake of your hotel’s pool. Swimming and jumping in the water especially from a boat is super fun but remember to be  extra careful of Lake waters as they can be a bit unpredictable… Always stay close to your little ones and have them wear a life jacket or similar even in shallow water. 
  • Parks and Playgrounds: Every town has at least one park and playground with swings, slides, and climbing structures, perfect for letting your toddler burn off some energy and socialize with other children. Also most luxury hotels are equipped with babysitting services. 
  • Cooking experience: For kids aged 3 or over, especially if they already love it at home, a cooking class could be a fun experience to do especially on a rainy day. They’ll love manipulating pasta dough and then enjoying the homemade pasta of their making! Truly an unforgettable experience.

Things to Do with Kids aged 6 – 12 at Lake Como

Lake Como comes alive with exciting options for families with kids aged 6 or older as we can also cater to their preference in designing the perfect itineraries. Some of our Families Favorites are:

    • “Cook with Us” Tours: These interactive experiences allow your kids to get hands-on in the kitchen, learning about Italian cuisine from scratch. They’ll have fun kneading dough, mixing ingredients, and creating delicious dishes they can proudly devour afterwards.
    • Boat Tours: Embark on a scenic boat tour across the lake, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and historical landmarks. Our expert guides will dish out the most interesting fun facts, keeping even the youngest explorers entertained. Ask us for a boat pic-nic or to stop in the best stops for a jump in the water. As stated before we suggest keeping safe with a life jacket while in lake waters!
    • Villa Adventures: Explore the magnificent villas that dot the lakeshore. Visit the incredible Villa Balbianello and learn about the adventurous expeditions of its former resident, or participate in a kid-friendly learning activity at Villa Carlotta, where they can embark on a scavenger hunt or discover the secrets of the beautiful botanical gardens with an expert.
  • Orrido di Bellano: This unique and awe inspiring gorge will make for an unforgettable experience for families with children. The combination of natural beauty, thrilling adventure, and a touch of mystery will leave a lasting impression on your little ones. This can be done with toddlers as well as it’s a safe and not challenging path, but the loud sounds of the waterfall and narrow paths can be scary for smaller children.
  • Castello di Vezio: a relatively short walk brings you to this castle with incredible views and…ghosts 
  • Nature Exploration: Head for the mountains and woods, where exciting jungle riders parks await. Let your kids climb, explore, and connect with nature. Piani di Bobbio and Piani d’Erna offer a cableway ride and many adventures on top.  We offer guided hikes or nature walks specifically designed for families, ensuring a safe and educational experience.

Things to Do with Teenagers and Young Adults at Lake Como

Teenagers and young adults crave unique experiences and Instagram-worthy moments. Here’s how Lake Como delivers:

  • Picturesque Spots: Lake Como is dotted with stunning locations perfect for capturing those envy-inducing social media snaps. From the colorful houses of Bellagio to the charming harbor of Varenna, there are countless backdrops for that perfect photo.
  • Thrilling Activities: Opt for a kayak tour or a thrilling bike ride around the lake… Kayaking allows them to explore hidden coves and get a unique perspective of the lakeside landscape, while a bike ride along the scenic trails offers stunning views and a healthy dose of exercise, especially our best seller: Three Lakes E-bike Tour.
  • Culinary Delights: Cooking classes are a great idea for them too as they can delve deeper into Italian cuisine and impress their friends back home. They can learn to make pasta from scratch, whip up delicious pizzas, or master the art of traditional Italian desserts.
  • Milan Day Trip: Since Milan is just a short train journey away, a day trip allows teenagers to experience the fashion capital of Italy. Shopping sprees, delicious aperitivo (with non-alcoholic options available!)museums, and trendy exhibits will keep them entertained. Insider Tip: Ask us about upcoming exhibits in Milan during your visit. Many museums offer interactive and engaging displays that teenagers will find fascinating.

Family friendly Lake Como: Making Memories that Last all year round

While summer beckons with sunshine and water adventures, Lake Como’s charm extends to all seasons. In winter, cozy villages host festive Christmas markets, while nearby mountains offer skiing opportunities. Spring brings mild weather perfect for gentle hikes and outdoor explorations. Autumn’s crisp air and fiery foliage create a peaceful escape ideal for families seeking a relaxed vacation. Year-round, Lake Como offers a unique opportunity to create lasting memories with your children. From exploring charming towns and historic villas to indulging in delicious food and exciting adventures, your family vacation at Lake Como will be an unforgettable experience

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