Planning a trip to Milan with kids?
Whether you have a weekend or a week, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy in Milan. Before we get into the top ten list, here are a few tips and tricks:
Weekend in Milan with kids
If you only have a weekend in Milan: visit the Duomo di Milano and Parco Sempione which houses the arch, the castle and the aquarium. For more details on these areas, check out my recent trip to Milan with twin toddlers.
Know before you go – City Info
Most restaurants only have a single high chair stocked. You’ll likely need to stop at several before finding a place with more than 1 if needed. Otherwise, you can pull your stroller right up to the table. The streets are mostly stroller friendly, an all-terrain stroller will provide a smoother ride down the cobblestoned areas. Remember to carry cash – preferably change around. You will need it to pay for restrooms, shopping carts, etc. The metro is affordable, fast, convenient and easy to use. If you will be using a stroller, be sure to book your hotel near a stroller friendly (accessible) station.
I can’t suggest anywhere to stay because I was really unhappy with our Milan Hotel. I CAN give you one piece of general advice that I wish I knew before booking your hotel in Milan. Look for a hotel on the Milan Metro’s Yellow M3 line. This line hits most of the major tourist attractions and every station has an elevator.
Best time to visit Milan
Spring and Fall are the time time to visit Milan. If you visit between Nov-March you won’t have as many crowds but the average temps are in the 40’s with a lot of fog (not great for getting great vacation photos). June through August is peak tourist season (large crowds, inflated hotel pricing) and the temperatures can be sweltering.
The world’s 5th largest Christian church by mass. This Milan Cathedral has the most amount of statues of any church in the world. 3,400 in fact, including 135 Gargoyles. Do you think your kids can spot them all? Children 5 and under can explore the Duomo for free and 6-12 are at a reduced rate. Pricing varies by package. For a slightly higher fee, you can skip the stairs and take the elevator to the top instead. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Alps. Young children will enjoy chasing the pigeons around the square.
Chasing pigeons is fun, but exhausting
Sforza Castle is free to explore and you can purchase entry to a number of museums inside for €5. The courtyard often has displays set up inside – for example during fashion week. Keep a close eye on little ones around the exterior because the barrier to the moat area has really huge gaps.
3. Leolandia Italy
About an hour’s drive outside of the city you will find Leolandia Italy a fun-packed theme park your tiny humans will love! Explore all of Italy in one place – in miniature that is. Spend the day on rides or feed the animals at the petting zoo. I can not recommend Leolandia enough! Read more about the park and about our Leolandia Adventure by clicking here.
The largest science and technology museum in Italy – dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci. Kids can experience what it would be like to be submerged in a submarine. Learn about Leonardo’s greatest inventions. Displays are in both English and Italian. Children under 3 are free, ages 3-25 are €7.50 and everyone else pays €10. The museum is closed on Mondays.
A must see arch modeled after the one in Paris. Since it’s in a park and not in the middle of a busy street it’s a lot easier to take your kids in for a close look.
This aquarium is small but well-appointed and you’ll appreciate the AC on a hot summer day. Admission is free for all ages. Ask about the free area wifi on your way out in case you wanted to use it in the surrounding park.
Take in a show at the planetarium or attend a guided projection session which generally takes place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Although many tourists consider the planetarium to be small, it is actually the biggest in Italy and boasts great historical and modern significance. Children are €3 and adults are €5. The planetarium is very close to the natural history museum. Plan to do them both on the same day.
Kids will enjoy exploring three levels full of dinosaurs and dioramas. Children are free, adults are €5.
If you’ve had your fill of museums and city streets head to Idroscalo – located just outside of Milan for some time with nature. You will find a lake that offers every water sport you can imagine. Get the kids into a canoe, paddleboat or even a sailboat. On land, you can enjoy the climbing facilities, play structures, tennis courts, and a horseback riding center.
10. Euro Park Milano
Imagine a carnival that never packs up. Not exactly the pinnacle of culture you may have had in mind for your little ones, but a great place to burn off some energy before a long flight.
Weekend/Day Trips from Milan
The following beautiful cities are all located 1.5-3.5 hours from Milan by car or train.
When in Milan, there is no such thing as too much gelato. Most contain real fruit, so it’s basically healthier than most juices you’ll find on the market….. at least that’s what I tell myself 🙂
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