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Travel to Athens With Kids: The Best Things to Do, See and Eat

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All you need to know for an unforgettable family trip to Athens: food the kids will love, family-friendly hotels, and the best things to do in the Greek capital. Boasting a mild Mediterranean climate and offering all kinds of educational museums and archaeological sites as well as a wide array of fun outdoor activities, Athens is a great family vacation destination.

So, if you’re traveling to Athens with kids and want to make your trip a unique experience for your little ones keep reading. These are the best things to do, the most interesting activities, and fun tours for families traveling with kids to Athens.

Add at least some of them to your itinerary and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the Greek capital.

The Acropolis

Climbing on top of Athens’ sacred hill, Acropolis should definitely be on top of your to-do list, even if you’re traveling with kids and you worry that you’ll struggle to keep their interest alive.

You can take a guided tour with your family to the Acropolis and let the experienced guide spark up your little ones’ imagination. The view from the hill’s summit offers a spectacular view that captivates the whole family for at least a while.

When traveling to Athens with kids, don’t forget to make a visit to the Acropolis and see the Parthenon

A guided tour of the Acropolis is a must! Check some options we picked for you from Most of them are combined with a skip the line ticket!

Tip: Download The Acropolis 3D app (android & iPhone) and see the Parthenon, the Propylaia, and the Erectheion exactly how they looked in the 5th century.

The Acropolis Museum

A visit to Acropolis Hill can’t be complete without a complimentary visit to the Acropolis Museum that is located at the foot of the sacred hill.

The Acropolis Museum, one of the most important museums in the world

Even though many kids might resent museum visits on vacation, this one will be all too different. Just grab a “family backpack” at the museum’s reception and get ready to be amazed.

The goodie bag includes all kinds of fun, exhibition-based activities that will guide you through the museum entertainingly and educationally.

While there, don’t miss the huge LEGO model of the Acropolis on the second floor. Also, make sure to pick up a couple of kids’ illustrated books about ancient Athens from the museum’s shop.

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Allou! Fun Park

Being Athens’ largest amusement park, Allou! Fun Park offers many activities and rides for kids of all ages. Power carts, a huge wheel that offers a panoramic view of the city, and train rides are some of the things you’ll find in Allou! Fun Park.

Moreover, numerous restaurants, cafés, and food stalls serve local delicacies and snacks.

Allou! Fun Park
Allou! Fun Park is the largest amusement park in Athens. Photo courtesy: Allou Fun Park Facebook page

Athens Happy Train

Starting from Syntagma Square and passing through the historic city center and the Acropolis Hill, Athens Happy Train is a great vehicle to explore the city with kids.

With its old-fashioned design and red-colored carriages, Athens Happy Train looks straight out of a fairytale.

The route lasts for 40 minutes, which is enough time to see Athens’ main attractions without making your kids bored. 

Tours run from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm and a bilingual guide is always on board narrating the history of each place.

The Athens Happy Train passes through Plaka.
Courtesy: Athens By Locals

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is one of the few museums worldwide displaying artworks made by kids between the ages of 4 and 14.

Boasting a collection of over 10,000 paintings and handmade items, The Museum of Greek Children’s Art aims to inspire kids and boost their creativity.

Plus, it’s located in Anafiotika, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Athens, where you can stroll through the narrow picturesque streets and go souvenir hunting or spend a relaxing afternoon in one of the cozy cafes.

  • 9 Kodrou str., Plaka, 10558, Athens
  • Τ: 210 3312621, 210 3312750      
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The Cultural Park

Spanning 25,000 square meters, the Cultural Park in Keratea is a green oasis full of educational activities and fun games.

Vineyard and winemaking units, traditional olive extraction units, a water mill house, and a domed wood oven are some of the things found in the park’s flourishing area.

A Greek Folk Museum that resembles a small traditional village introduces visitors to life in the Greek countryside, while a farm and an herb garden bring kids close to nature.

Visitors will also find exhibits of faithful representations of life-size at the Environmental Education Program: “The Age of the Dinosaurs.”

  • Lavriou Avenue, 16th km. Extension of Attiki Odos to Lavrio, Keratea, 190 01
  • T: 22990 42100, +30 210 9211812
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  • Ways of Access: Private car & KTEL (stop at Cultural Park, outside Keratea)

Hop on Hop off Tour

Hop on Hop off tours are an easy and fun way to explore Athens’ attractions.

Sit back on the bus’s comfortable red seats and see the Greek capital’s landmarks while savoring a refreshing beverage.

Discover one of the world’s oldest cities during a Hop-On, Hop-Off Athens Bus Tour.
Courtesy: Athens By Locals

There are several tours to choose from including the Athens Line, the Athens & Piraeus Line, and the Athens & Beach Riviera Line. 

All of the tours provide commentary in 12 languages and offer 2 free escorted walking photo tours.

Even if the kids aren’t interested in learning the history of the Hellenic Parliament or Hadrian’s Arch architectural style, seeing the city from the comfort of their seats while soaking up the sun will definitely keep their interest alive.

See some excellent options for a hop-on hop-off tour in Athens

Museum of Cycladic Art

Every weekend, from October to May, The Museum of Cycladic Art holds special family programs, including interactive tours, creative workshops, theatre, and music.

Divided into groups based on the kids’ ages, these programs aim to introduce little ones to the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Even though most programs address native speakers, specific programs are suitable for English-speaking and bilingual kids.

Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, Greece
From October to May, every weekend is an opportunity for children and their parents to engage with the Museum through interactive tours. Pic:

The Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum houses a vast collection of 5,000 items that fall under different categories, and they aim to inspire and educate kids of all ages.

From materials collected from the forests and the seas that introduce kids to nature to radios and other electronic devices from the past and present, the museum’s collection covers the different aspects of daily life in the most fascinating way.

The National Garden

Spend a morning with your family strolling around the National Garden of Athens.

Spanning 15.5 hectares, the majestic garden features a wide range of plants and trees, offering an ideal backdrop for some moments of fun and relaxation away from the city’s noisy streets.

The National Garden of Athens. Courtesy: Athens By Locals

Aside from its vast vegetation, the National Garden of Athens is also well-known for being home to antiquities, a sundial, monuments, and sculptures.

Close to the garden, you’ll also find the neoclassical Zappeion Hall.

Go Swimming

If you’re visiting Athens in the summertime, you can’t miss out on spending a day at the beach. It is a great activity for the whole family, and kids will love it.

Numerous beaches in the Athenian Riviera are suitable for every style and budget. Some of them have an entrance fee while others are free, but all of them are kids-friendly.

For a more high-end experience, head to Astir Beach or at The House Project- Balux Cafe. 

Here, you’ll find comfy coaches and sunbeds, refreshments, a playroom, a volleyball court, as well as changing rooms and hot showers.

Sunset at Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni, Athens
Sunset at Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni, Athens. Pic:

Evzones and the Changing of the Guard in Syntagma

On Syntagma Square, two soldiers with traditional Greek uniforms stand still in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These are called the Evzones, the monument guards that wear the iconic white kilts called “fustanella”.

Watching the changing of the guards and the ceremonial walk is really popular among younger visitors.

Something unique in Athens is the Evzones and the Changing of the Guard at Syntagma Square

Guards change every hour, but there is an official ceremony every Sunday at 11 am with a grand parade passing through Syntagma Square.

Make sure to be there at least half an hour before to secure a good spot.

Panathenaic Stadium

Are your kids usually hyperactive on the holidays? Have they ever dreamt of being international track stars and participating in the Olympic Games?

If the answer is yes, then a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium is a must for your family.

family visit panathenaic stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Courtesy: Athens By Locals

This impressive ancient marble stadium will allow kids to run on the same tracks that Olympic athletes used to run in ancient Athens while giving them a chance to learn a bit more about the city’s history simultaneously.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

Located in the southern suburbs of Athens and just a short ride from the city center, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is the most recent addition to the rich cultural scene of Athens.

The complex is home to the National Opera and the Library of Greece, while it also encompasses magnificent outdoor spaces with playgrounds, flower gardens, and an artificial canal.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Courtesy: Athens By Locals

Here, you can enjoy a sunny afternoon by biking, taking sailing lessons, or even ice-skating in the winter.

It is a definite must if you are traveling to Athens with kids.

The Averoff Battleship at Flisvos Marina

Flisvos Marina is located in the coastal area of Faliro in southern Athens and it’s known as one of the most upscale areas of the city, complete with high-end restaurants and cafes lined up in front of luxurious superyachts.

So why is it a suitable place for kids, you might ask? The answer takes the form of a colossal battleship-turned-museum that is called Averoff.

The Averoff Battleship at Flisvos Marina. Courtesy:

After surviving the Balkan Wars and WW2, the impressive ship is now open to visitors who can explore its decks, cabins, and quarters while learning about the country’s history.

Plus, there is a colorful waterfront playground on the marina where the kids can unwind while you enjoy a refreshing beverage.

The Lycabettus Hill Funicular

Lycabettus Hill is the highest peak of Athens, offering the most magnificent views over the city center, the Panathenaic Stadium, and the Acropolis.

The cable car ride that will take you all the way to the top makes a visit to the charming hilltop especially enjoyable for children.

Unfortunately, you can’t really enjoy the views from the funicular. However, if you’re up to the challenge, you can also trek up the hill.

At the top, you’ll find the picturesque church of St. George, a charming cafe, and a modern restaurant.

Spectacular views across Athens

The Eugenides Foundation Planetarium

The magnificent digital planetarium of the Eugenides Foundation is a great place to play, learn and marvel at the universe’s wonders.

Its massive 25-meter dome screen will make you believe that you are really stargazing into the night sky.

The planetarium features all kinds of projections on different topics that are bound to fascinate kids.

Courtesy: Eugenides Foundation Digital Planetarium

Right next to it, you’ll find the Science and Technology Center of the foundation, which has interactive educational exhibits revolving around astronomy, physics, robotics, biology, and more.

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  • Address: 387 Syngrou Avenue, Palio Faliro, 175 64
  • Phone: +30 210 946 9600

Food for Kids in Athens

Eating out with kids while on vacation sometimes requires a lot of research, especially if the young ones are not accustomed to the local cuisine and seek familiar tastes.

Well, we’re certain that you will have no such problem in Athens.

Traditional Greek cuisine is universally loved both by younger and older visitors, and the delicacies you’ll come across on your way to the famous sites will undeniably prove it.

Still, we wouldn’t want you to miss any of the classics, so here’s a short list of all the local treats you have to try with your kids:

  • Souvlaki
  • Keftedes (beef or pork meatballs)
  • Tyropita (cheesepie)
  • Bougatsa (cream-filled pie)
  • Greek frozen yogurt
  • Handmade ice-cream
  • Loukoumades (the famous deep-fried dough balls with honey)

You’ll be able to find most of the above anywhere in the city center at small shops and street food stalls. Don’t hesitate to try.

The best places for a quick self-guided food tour are Monastiraki and Plaka, where you can find small artisanal shops every few steps along the way.

If you’re looking for a truly local foodie experience, make sure to pay a visit to the Central Market of Athens (or “Varvakeios” as locals call it).

There, you can shop and taste all kinds of local products including dried fruits, fresh fish, cold cuts, olives, spices, and more.

Finally, save a couple of hours to spend at Little Kook, a marvelous cafe in the neighborhood of Psyrri that has seasonal themes and looks like a real-life fairy tale.

Family-friendly Hotels in Athens

Picking out where to stay in Athens when traveling with kids is no easy task. There are many options, but figuring out which hotel is ideal for your stay can be time-consuming.

First off, you should be paying attention to the hotel’s location.

We highly recommend choosing a hotel in one of the city’s main tourist areas in the city center, such as Plaka, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Thission, Koukaki, or Petralona.

These are the safest and most convenient neighborhoods for walking around town and sightseeing.

Have a look at Grecotel Pallas Athena which features rooms for kids with colorful paintings on the walls that the young ones will love. Its restaurant also has a specialized kids menu.

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Just a few minutes away, also in Plaka, you’ll find Hermes Hotel, one of the best value-for-money hotels in the city that offers interconnecting rooms, its own playroom, and babysitting services.

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Finally, if you are not traveling on a strict budget and wouldn’t mind splurging on your accommodation, book a family room at Hilton Athens and enjoy spending time at the lush outdoor swimming pool, the indoor spa pool, and the play area.

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If you want to see more accommodation options and read more about which area to stay in Athens and why, please read our detailed article below.

When is the Best Time to Travel to Athens with Kids

There is no right or wrong time to travel to Athens with the whole family.

Athens is indeed considered to be a summertime destination, and some would argue that summer vacation is the best option when traveling with kids, but the truth is that it all depends on what kind of trip you are planning.

Indeed, the summer months are ideal if you want to explore the coastal areas of the city, like the Athenian Riviera, or go swimming at the beaches in and around Athens.

On the other hand, wintertime is the best time to do some sightseeing and visit the city’s museums away from the tourist crowds.

Finally, autumn and spring offer mild temperatures ideal for strolling around the city’s neighborhoods, enjoying outdoor spaces and alfresco restaurants and cafes, and planning day trips.

All in all, Athens is an exceptional choice for a family vacation.

The city provides amazing opportunities for kids to learn about local and world history, as well as fascinating attractions, beautiful outdoor spaces, and mouthwatering food that will make the trip unforgettable for the young.

Just follow our guide and plan the best itinerary for kids in Athens. We’re sure they’ll love it.

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