January 13, 2022 0 Comments What to see

Lake Como with kids: 14 things to do

14 activities to do with your children on Lake Como

In these weeks on Lake Como, wherever you turn, you can see couples with little travellers in tow. Children of all ages and nationalities full of energy and curiosity, but above all a desire to explore and enjoy this holiday time to the full!

So here is my list with 12 things to do and see if you are visiting Lake Como with your children.

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What to do and visit on Lake Como with kids?

1# Feeling like Tarzan at the adventure parks

As we all know children love amusement parks!

Lake Como adventure park, activities for children and adults

Lake Como Adventure Park – children’s trail

Gardaland, Acquatica or Swiss Miniatur are the most famous ones in the area around Lake Como. But if you have just a few days and maybe you aren’t travelling by car, just go to the Jungle Raider Park near Bellagio or the Lake Como Adventure Park near Gravedona to spend an adrenaline-filled day!

They are both parks built on trees, with paths made of trunks, walkways, Nepalese bridges and lianas. Here laughs are guaranteed!

2# Visit the Castle of Vezio

Easy game is a visit to Vezio Castle.

Lake Como with kids: here the falconer at Vezio Castle in Varenna

Of course you know that children are fascinated by castles, but belive me, your day can really become unforgettable if you go there at the time when the falconer shows the birds of prey in flight, illustrating the various characteristics and curiosities of these elegant birds.

The show is truly awesome!

There is no fixed schedule for the shows, to protect the animals’ peace of mind. You will find out when you arrive if there is a chance to watch the flight of birds of prey that day.

3# Tour on the Bernina Express

The Bernina Express is a little red train, which leaves in Tirano and slowly climbs up to Saint Moritz, passing by the Ospizio Bernina, a refuge at 2310 metres above sea level.

Ever seen a glacier up close? With this train you can!

On board the carriages of this fantastic train, it won’t be the only wonder you see! Lakes, alpine landscapes, pine forests, rhododendrons in spring, chamois and other mountain animals in summer, alpine pastures and meadows… a real wonderland of wonders!

Try it to believe it!

I was lucky enough to take it once a week, for an entire summer season, and every time was a thrill! I used to accompany groups of English tourists on day trips ‘around Lake Como’ and, among the various trips planned, this was undoubtedly one of the ones that left its mark the most.

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4# Being a cave explorer

Pretending to be explorers is another favourite pastime for children… so why not take them to the Rescia Caves? They are located in Claino con Osteno, near Porlezza, and are a real underwater world of stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls and tunnels!

The little ones will certainly enjoy it!

As the route is very short, I recommend it above all to those who, for one reason or another, are already in that area of Lombardy region.

5# Try Leonardo’s Ferry

If, on the other hand, young tourists are more creative than inventors, then an idea for a different day out could be a trip to the Adda Nord Park, where, as well as going for long bike rides or walks in the woods, you can experience the thrill of getting on Leonardo’s ferry: a wooden barge without a motor which, thanks to an ingenious mechanism that exploits the current of the Adda, joins the two villages on opposite sides of the river.

It is said to be the work of Leonardo, but even if it wasn’t, it is still a fine example of genius!

6# Venturing along the Path of Expressions

Now here’s an idea for the more adventurous: the Trail of Expressions (Sentiero delle Espressioni).

scultura in legno nel bosco

It is a path along the slopes of the Comana Mount (Schignano, Intelvi Valley), populated by logs depicting goblins, dwarfs and other fantastic creatures, but also characters linked to local history, all made by the expert hands of craftsmen and sculptors.

These amazing wooden figures will accompany you all the way to the top, where you will be even more amazed by the view from the top!

7# A day within the Fortress Walls

Another good idea, if you visit Lake Como with kids, is a visit to the Forte di Fuentes and the Forte Montecchio Nord in Colico.

The former dates back to the 17th century and was built at the behest of the Spanish governor of Milan, only to be used again during the First World War. The second was built between 1912 and 1914, as a defensive system of the Northern Frontier.

And the best thing is that both include visits tailored for children, to immerse them in history in an engaging and interactive way.

Again, to be kept up to date on the initiatives planned, just visit their website or Facebook page.

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8# Riding an e-Bike

An activity that is very appealing to older children (you have to be 15 years old or older to take part) is undoubtedly riding an e-bike!

Activities for kids on Lake Como, bike rides

One of my favourite routes is the one that winds through the Val Sanagra (above Menaggio), to be done independently or, for greater safety, by taking part in one of the fun guided tours that are organised in the area.

For those in and around Como there is an e-Bike itinerary with a digital guide. Another fun opportunity to enjoy with the family!

9# Farmers for a day

Another excellent proposal that could really make the whole family happy is a day in an educational farm.

Lake Como with kids, children with sheep in an educational farm

There are many of them on Lake Como and children love them, because in these special places they have the opportunity to experience country life and contact with animals, as well as being able to try out activities that are unusual for them, such as making butter or cheese, milking cows and goats and learning the secrets of the farmer’s work.

In many cases, farms are also equipped with wellness centres or saunas, to the delight of parents.

And, last but not least, they usually offer excellent food and opportunities for beautiful walks in the surrounding area.

Here some adresses:

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10# Horseback ride

For active, daredevil, and especially animal-loving children taking a horse or pony ride is always a great thrill!

On the lake it is possible to do this at several riding stables:

  • Ranch Prato Rotondo in Porlezza
  • Maneggio del Ceresio in Carlazzo
  • Il Cavallino in San Fedele
  • Ranch La Quercia in Colico

Here I have pointed out a few, but of course, if you need a hand in organising your family day or holiday, remember that you can always rely on me and my Travel Designer service!

11# The Orrido of Bellano

A place that generally never disappoints either young or old is the Orrido di Bellano, a very atmospheric natural gorge that can be visited thanks to a system of footbridges anchored to the high walls above the water.

The Orrido of Bellano in winter

It is open all year round, and although it is also very atmospheric in winter, it is undoubtedly during the summer season that its charm and of course its coolness are best appreciated.

12# Dives and laughter at the Acqua Park and Ninja Park in Dervio

Another beautiful place to spend a fun-filled day in the warmer months is the Acqua Park in Dervio and the adjoining Ninja Park.

Acqua Park

Both are floating obstacle courses on water, the former suitable for children up to 4 years old, the latter more suitable for teens and adults.

Needless to say, even here, fun is guaranteed.

13# Workshops for children…in the rooms and gardens of ancient villas

Lake Como is, in the common imaginary, a very romantic place and maybe for this reason you will not want to give up visiting at least one of its famous and very romantic villas!

varenna cosa vedere villa monastero

Villa Monastero in Varenna

And you do it very well!

Because a lot of workshops and activities tailored for children are often organised within the walls of these ancient residences and in their gardens.

The best thing to do is to consult their websites and choose what inspires you most from the many proposals. In some cases it is possible to book personalised visits.

Otherwise it is sufficient to consult the events already scheduled in their calendar and register a few days in advance.

14# Adventures at the Nature Reserve

Finally, if you are on Lake Como with kids, not far there is another place perfect for a day in the open air: Lago del Piano, a small lake on the road from Menaggio to Lugano.

It is a nature reserve, a magical place if you love nature.

And here a long list of activities can be done: daytime visits, night-time visits, by jeep, mountain bike, archery courses, listening to the roaring of the deer, rowing boat hire and much more.

In this very special place, children, if they are not too young, have a thousand opportunities to have fun and marvel. And their parents too!

It is also beautiful in winter, when the surface freezes over and the lake is transformed into a natural skating rink!

My list ends here for now, but only for now… 😉

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