Just the mention of Venice, Italy conjures up images of a romantic gondola ride along the canals. If you are traveling to Venice with a baby or toddler, a romantic gondola ride might just need to wait for a subsequent visit, but you can still make your trip to Venice incredibly memorable.
Venice with a Baby or Toddler
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If you are traveling to Venice with a baby, your biggest challenge will be traversing the many bridges and steps with your stroller. A baby carrier and a light travel stroller will be your best friends.
If you are traveling to Venice with a walking toddler, exploring the car-free narrow streets will be fun, just be extra diligent watching your little one to make sure they don’t get too close to the channels or get lost in a crowd. A light travel stroller or toddler carrier will also be a must for when those little legs get tired.
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7 Things to do in Venice with a Baby or Toddler
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- Visit Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) and while you take in the incredible architecture of the Basilica San Marco, the Torre dell’ Orologio (clock tower), the Campanile, and Doge’s Palace, let your toddler chase all the pigeons.
- Take the #1 Vaporetto: (considered the main street in Venice). This is a highly scenic 40 minute public boat ride along the Grand Canal from Piazzale Roma to San Zaccaria. Your toddler will love being on the water.
- Explore the narrow streets and have your toddler search out the winged lions of Venice. Your toddler will enjoy having some time to run and if you are lucky you can find some uncrowded streets.
- Take some time to visit Beach Lido. A beautiful, long stretch of beach along the Adriatic Sea, a day at the beach is fun for kids of all ages. Be sure to pack your toddler beach essentials!
- Visit the famous and iconic bridges of Venice with your baby, like the Ponte di Rialto that spans the impressive Grand Canal.
- The Islands of Venice: Enjoy a cruise on the water and see a difference side of Venice with a baby-friendly tour of the many islands around Venice.
- Don’t forget the many stops for gelato!
3 Best Parks and Playgrounds in Venice
And after you’ve taken the time to see the sights around Venice, what’s next? Give your baby or toddler some much needed time to play at a Venice playground or park!
1. Garden Park Savorgnan
Parco Ca’ Savorgnan is located in the district Canaregio, between the Santa Lucia train station and the Guglie bridge (Ponte delle Guglie). This Venice park is well-treed, very clean and well-maintained.
There is a playground for children with slides, swings, a wooden house, a climbing gym and see-saws for the little ones. For the bigger kids, there is also a climbing structure and monkey bars. There is also plenty of space for children to kick a ball around, ride a bike and enjoy the refreshing shade of the trees.
Parco Savorgnan is a great park in Venice to let your toddler run around or let your baby practice her first steps. Don’t forget to pack a picnic as it’s the perfect spot with lots of benches in the shade and a drinking fountain.
If you want something to do with your baby nearby, try a stroller-friendly tour of the nearby Jewish Ghetto.
2. Giardini della Biennale
Giardini della Biennale is another excellent Venice park, just a 20 minute walk from St. Mark’s Square.
This Venice playground has equipment for kids of all ages. There is a wooden playground structure complete with wooden house, slides, swings, climbing frames, an obstacle course and many others play structures.
Giardini della Biennale is a very beautiful and peaceful park in the heart of Venice, along the shores of the Venetian Lagoon. It can been reached also by water bus (vaporetto) lines 1 and 4.1.
3. Gardens of Sant’Elena
Giardini di Sant’Elena is the greenest public area of Venice, immersed in the beautiful pine forests on the Venetian island of St. Elena.
There are large areas for picnics, for playing basketball, football, volleyball and skating. There is also a very nice playground area with all the playground equipment guaranteed to delight kids of all ages. You can also enjoy a spectacular view of the south lagoon.
Things to do in Venice with a Toddler on a Rainy Day
Wondering what to do with your toddler on a rainy day in Venice? Don’t worry! Venice is full of surprises and has thousands of secrets, perfect for discovering while it is raining outside.
If your baby or toddler is great at napping on-the-go, then take in some of the spectacular museums in Venice like the Gallery of Academy (Le Gallerie dell’Academia), the Museum of the 18th Century Venice (Museo del Settecento Veneziano) or the Gallery Giorgio Franchetti.
In these museums you’ll find Venetian masterpieces while you explore real Venetian palaces from the Gothic and Baroque periods.
If art isn’t your thing, try the Museum of Natural History in the Fontego dei Turchi in the district Santa Croce. Your toddler will love seeing the many dinosaur skeletons on display!
If you’re really lucky, your baby or toddler will nap while you enjoy leisure time in one of the many Venetian cafes.
What to Bring to Venice for your Baby or Toddler
They need a portable baby crib, a stroller, a travel high chair and so much more. What’s more, you’ll be walking so much in Venice you’ll likely want to take a break from baby wearing or have your baby sleep in the stroller while you enjoy a meal.
It is possible to travel without all that baby equipment. You CAN arrive in Venice with just your baby carrier and suitcases.
MamaRent has all the baby equipment you need for your trip to Venice with a baby or toddler. Mama Rent offers travel cribs and strollers suitable for walking in Venice. The strollers are easily maneuvered by one hand and can be folded up quickly prior to boarding the water bus. These are the best strollers for Venice as you’ll be carrying it up and down on the many bridges.
Tip: Book a friendly local from Venice to help you through the Prontopia app. It’s a fun affordable service that can minimizes the stress of getting around the city, especially for families. It is also a great help for single parents!
Where to Stay in Venice with a Baby or Toddler
Vacation home rentals are an excellent choice for parents traveling to Venice with a toddler or baby. You will love having separate bedrooms, laundry facilities and your own kitchen.
If you are OK with your baby sleeping in the same room as you and you don’t necessarily need the conveniences of home, there are plenty of excellent family-friendly Venice hotels.
This guest post was written by Olivera of MamaRent.com where you can rent all your baby equipment for your trip in Venice, Brenta Riviera and Padua.
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- Rome with a Baby or Toddler
- Rome with Kids
- Rome Playgrounds
- Transportation from the Rome Airport to your Hotel
- Florence with Kids
- Pisa with Kids
- Lucca with Kids
- Cinque Terre with Kids
- Kid-Friendly Cinque Terre Bike Ride
- Taking the Train in Italy with Kids
- Island of Elba with Kids