There are plenty of things to do with your family in Crete as the Greek island has a rich culture, incredible scenery, and activities for the old and young. You can explore gorgeous beaches, rocky coves, ancient ruins, and eat delicious food. There's also a variety of parks and centres where your little ones can get some excitement, some education, or both.

    Whether it’s snorkelling, exploring the caves, or enjoying tasty calamari and saganaki, Crete offers adventures everyone will always remember. Here are the top things to do with your family in Crete.

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    Chania

    Explore the harbour and enjoy some fishy exfoliation

    The Venetian Port in the charming town of Chania is a beautiful place to visit with the whole family. The harbour has a lighthouse, plenty of cafés, and several cute little shops to explore. Spend the day wandering the narrow streets of the harbour and go for a fun glass bottom boat ride.

    If you want to make a fun little stop, head over to the Fish Spa and dip your feet in the fish tanks to let the little Garra rufa fish nibble dead skin cells off for you. It’s a tickly and fun experience to treat your skin to.

    Location: Chania 731 31, Greece

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    Amazonas Park

    Meet and learn about endangered animals

    For anyone who loves animals, the Amazonas Park has some uncommon creatures that you can watch and learn more about. You can also find out more about the risks they face in the wild from special teams who help educate children on the importance of conservation and the rainforests.

    This nature reserve is the home to several species of endangered birds that kids can see up close, such as multi-coloured macaws, cockatoos, and parakeets. Families can also meet and greet these birds in the outdoor park while learning about the park’s special breeding programmes. Apart from birds, kids can also feed several friendly donkeys and lemurs.

    Location: 3rd Km. Neapoli-Kourounes, Kourounes, Crete 724 00, Greece

    Open: March–November: daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +30 284 103 1182

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    CretAquarium

    Explore the sea and its beautiful creatures

    CretAquarium is a fun aquarium that invites your family to experience the underwater marine life of the Mediterranean and beyond. Children will have a wonderful time seeing sand sharks, octopuses, and fish of all shapes and sizes. The best part is that many of these creatures are preserved in natural ecosystems, allowing kids to learn about how these marine creatures live in the wild.

    To add to the fun, there are interactive apps and virtual and personal tours available to visitors. There are also different scientific setups for the children to enjoy, like microscopes that will give them a close-up view of sea creatures invisible to the naked eye.

    Location: Heraklion 710 03, Greece

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 7 pm (until 4 pm in winter)

    Phone: +30 281 033 7788

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    Dinosauria Park

    Dinosauria Park

    Dinosauria Park is a fun and educational animatronic dinosaur park. It features fossil replicas and a wide array of dinosaur models of species from all periods of the Mesozoic era, alongside several other prehistoric animal models.

    Families can enjoy interactive activities like the Dinosaur General Hospital, where they can see how dinosaur eggs and babies must have looked, and enjoy fun dinosaur themed films in 5D and 7D cinemas.

    Location: DEKK, Gournes 715 00, Greece

    Open: Summer: daily from 10 am to 6 pm (closed during winter)

    Phone: +30 281 033 2089

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    Little Fun Train

    Enjoy the sights of Crete from a train ride

    The Little Fun Train allows you and your family to explore Crete’s rugged landscape, charming villages, and sparkling coasts without getting sore legs. This adorable choo-choo train takes the whole family along the coast to see fishing towns, olive groves, and charming cottages on various half-day and whole-day tours. 

    The train stops at local attractions and fun little gems that are off the beaten track, making it both a fun and comprehensive way to see the very best of Crete.

    Location: Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +30 282 106 0817

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    Cretan caves

    There are plenty to choose from

    Because of its rugged topography, Crete has numerous caves that share cultural and historical significance. The whole family can visit some of Crete’s beautiful caves such as the Sfendoni Cave, the Melidoni Cave, or the Iedon Andron Cave.

    You can take a guided tour to learn all about a cave’s history and about different formations inside one, like stalagmites and stalactites. Most caves are tourist-friendly and have different halls to explore.

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    Watercity Waterpark

    Enjoy swimming, games, and more

    The Watercity Waterpark is a great place for people of all ages to cool off and spend a few hours splashing around. Enjoy several fun water attractions like the wave pool, hydro tubes, free-fall slides, kiddie pools, whirlpools, and the lazy river, where you can relax as you float down the river on an inner tube.

    For the more adventurous members of your family, there are several water games you can choose from, including a variety of slides that you let you race each other in friendly competitions.

    Location: Anapolis, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

    Open: Summer: daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +30 281 500 0200

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    Chrissi Akti Beach

    Sun, sand and snorkelling

    The Chrissi Akti Beach is a star among Crete's many beaches – and one that's fit for the whole family. The sand is soft and perfect for making sandcastles, while the warm water remains shallow for a long way out.

    If the kids want to snorkel, the west side of the beach near the rocks is best. It’s not as windy as the other parts of the beach, so the water is calmer there. There's a constant lifeguard on duty and you can rent sunbeds for lounging and stowing your beach bags. There are also several Greek tavernas nearby for drinks and snacks.

    Location: Agion Apostolon, Daratsos, Crete 731 00, Greece

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    Cretan Olive Oil Farm

    Learn about Greece’s industries

    The Cretan Olive Oil Farm offers tours that provide an interesting way to learn about this beloved Greek product along with Greece’s other traditional industries. There's also a wine press where everyone can stomp on grapes to make wine. 

    Other activities include cheese-making, cooking, pottery, and traditional weaving demonstrations throughout the day. The kids can also enjoy interacting with friendly local farm animals like donkeys, rabbits, and dogs.

    Location: 2nd Km. Agios Nikolaus, Crete 721 00, Greece

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +30 284 102 4139

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    Fourni Horses

    A horseback ride through stunning scenery

    Discover the natural beauty of the Fourni plateau through one of the most fun ways possible – on horseback. Kids will enjoy riding horses through the small villages and mountains of Crete. The easy trails take guests through ancient paths while offering wonderful panoramic views.

    The horses are familiar with the terrain, allowing riders to just sit back and enjoy the ride. They are well-cared for and are very gentle, so riders of all experience levels will be able to equally enjoy the tour.

    Location: Fourni, Crete 724 00, Greece

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +30 694 084 6019

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    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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