With Denmark’s travel restrictions no longer in force, the country’s cozy capital Copenhagen is back on the radar of travelers looking for a taste of Scandinavia.
While the city’s cafe and bar culture, edgy freetown Christiania and historic castles may not be suitable for all ages, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in Copenhagen to fill your days if you choose to bring the little ones along.
A day at Tivoli
Scandinavia’s most-loved amusement park Tivoli Gardens lies at the very heart of Copenhagen on a plot of just 20 acres. Just a two-minute walk from the central train station, Tivoli is well-located for a family day out.
Offering a combination of peaceful gardens and thrilling rides, Tivoli has played an important role for Danish tourism and in the lives of Copenhagen locals since 1843. You’re just as likely to see elderly locals out for a stroll as you are fellow-seekers .
The Blue Planet
There is a small aquarium within Tivoli, but it pales in comparison to northern Europe’s largest and most modern aquarium, close to Copenhagen Airport.
Everything about the Blue Planet is impressive, starting with the whirlpool-inspired architecture. Inside, hammerhead sharks are the star attraction for those watching from the acrylic glass tunnel through the largest of 55 aquariums.
Kids will love the colorful coral reefs, hiding many species of tropical fish, octopuses and sea horses.
A family cycling tour
Copenhagen is one of the most cycling-friendly cities in Europe and bike rental is commonplace throughout the city.
Older children will love the ability to explore with a bike of their own, but younger families needn’t miss out. Bike Copenhagen offers family bikes with front-facing seats for your youngest.
Family-friendly museums in Denmark
Museums are always a tricky choice when traveling with children, as you can never be sure how much interest they will offer younger minds. In Copenhagen, there are some great choices for families.
Starting with the National Museum of Denmark is a must for anyone with an interest in history, as the museum tells the story of the country from prehistory to the modern day. But the largest cultural and historical museum in Denmark is also perfectly suited for children. An entire floor is dedicated to a children’s museum, while older kids can look out for the ‘boring button’ located at strategic points throughout the main museum.
Elsewhere, the Experimentarium is an interactive science center in which children will have no idea they’re learning.
Parks and beaches
Good weather can never be guaranteed in Scandinavia. If the sun does shine, take full advantage by heading to one of Copenhagen’s many beaches and seawater pools.
Islands Brygge is one of the best known, featuring a sun terrace and outdoor pools right in the center of the city. For a beach experience, the almost three miles of sand at Amager Strandpark is a great choice.
4,000 animals from across the world live at Copenhagen Zoo, one of the most visited attractions in all Denmark.
The park is split into world regions. Polar bears and North Atlantic seabirds can be seen in the Arctic ring, while white rhinoceroses, giraffes and hippos star in the African savannah.