Top 9 Things to Do in Dubrovnik for families

What to do in Dubrovnik with kids

If you are looking for top things to do in Dubrovnik for families, you are on the right place! Dubrovnik is not only a beautiful Croatian medieval town on the coast of the Adriatic but is also surprisingly family-friendly.

Dubrovnik is great for families since it has many beautiful beaches, crystal clear warm sea, medieval forts and car-free zones. 

We know it’s hard to travel with kids, we have two of our own and are always trying to involve them in different activities. In this guide we made for visiting Dubrovnik for families we will share some of our local tips for having fun together! 

If you are looking for more information about where to stay in Dubrovnik with kids, how to avoid the Old Town crowds, tips for visiting the historical centre & many many more kid-friendly activities, check out our detailed guide on visiting Dubrovnik with kids.

A fun and interactive way to learn about the city’s rich cultural heritage

Family & kids friendly activities to do in Dubrovnik with kids

1. Play an Escape Game together

This is a fun challenge the whole family will remember!

Escape rooms are a real-life adventure game where teamwork and communication are key. This game knows no age or physical limitations. Most important is that you work as a team. It is an exciting challenge bound to bring you closer.

You can choose  from two missions, each being family-friendly (without violence or horror), and requiring no previous knowledge. In other words, all you need to play the game is teamwork, creativity & logic. This is surely the coolest thing to do in Dubrovnik with kids! 

In case it gets too hard, you can always ask the game master to help with hints. Try this ultra-popular activity and see why escape room craze is taking over the world. 

Save King's Landing

Immerse in a captivating, nerve wrecking adventure inspired by Game of Thrones

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Dubrovnik Legends

A fun and educational adventure inspired by the history of Dubronvnik!

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2. Take the Cable Car to Mount Srdj

Take the cable car up the mount Srdj for a bird’s eye perspective of the Old Town. As soon as you reach the top you will be rewarded with the best panoramic views. If you dare to walk around you might encounter a donkey or two.

In case the 4 minute ride up is not exciting enough for your young explorers, take them to buggy safari. This Dubrovnik activity is best suited for older kids & adventurous teenagers (12+)

3. Hang out with animals in Honey Valley

Discover a little paradise in Dubrovnik for kids and adults

This little paradise with fresh air and beautiful nature far away from all the noise is located on Mount Srdj. Your kids can hang out with the animals on the farm & meet the horses, donkeys and sheep. You can sit in the shade of the cherry orchard and have a picnic while your kids roam around freely.

For the more active, there are a dozen ponies and horses eagerly awaiting for your children to take them for a horse riding session.

Ultimately, whatever you decide to do in this little kingdom, we are sure you will not regret coming! It is a very different family activity in Dubrovnik for kids, where you can catch some peace. 

4. Take a 1/2 day trip to Lokrum Island

Short 15 min boat ride away from the Old Town lies another natural paradise – Lokrum.  This beautiful island is a perfect escape from the city heat and crowds since it’s filled with trees and shady pathways.

See the peacocks and bunnies running freely around. If you want to make new friends, take some food with you as they are not too shy to come 🙂

Go swimming in the dead sea, snorkeling and exploring the sea life, see the botanical garden or just hide in the shades of the forest and enjoy the serenity of this island. Indeed it is a true gem & our favorite thing to do in Dubrovnik with kids! 

5. Take a stroll in Lapad Bay

The only sandy beach in Dubrovnik is in Lapad  Bay. Head here to make sand castles, play in the nearby park (with swings, slides, seesaws… ) or play picigin – most popular croatian summer game in water. Since no cars are allowed, you can take a stress-free stroll down the promenade, have an ice-cream or pancakes and let your kids roam around freely.

If you get hungry or thirsty, there are plenty objects offering refreshments and food. This place is locals favorite for different family activities.

Local tip: Take the charming path by the water all the way from Lapad Bay to Babin kuk. There is a park ideal for playing games with a ball, riding bicycles or playing table tennis and mini golf.

6. Explore the Old Town

The entire Old Town is kid-friendly as no cars are allowed on the streets so that you can take a stress-free stroll with your little ones.

You can take the kids to explore the forts and bastions of the city walls. Surely they will enjoy the beautiful views watching the ships pass by.  

Once within the walls, visit the Aquarium, showing diverse Adriatic flora and fauna. See lobsters, octopus, seahorses, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, shells, crabs… Although modest, its cool location in the stone vaults of  St. John’s Fortress makes it a nice escape from the crowds and heat of the city.

While there, you can also visit the Maritime Museum, exhibiting old maps, sailing equipment, ship models from different times…  

7. Challenge yourself at Cadmos Village

Adventure park in Konavle, Cadmos Village, is fun for the whole family. Stay in the first treehouse in Croatia and enjoy fresh air on a 7m high open terrace and beautiful views of Konavle valley. Try homemade specialties and local wines in the family restaurant.

Adrenaline lovers will certainly enjoy park features and activities: 4 zip lines, giant swing, slingshot, fields for archery and paintball, sack jumping, pulling the rope, biking…  This family activity is near Dubrovnik, around 30 minutes driving north.

8. Take a day trip to Lopud island

Take a 1 hour boat ride from Gruz port to Lopud island (check the daily departures schedule) . No cars are allowed on the island, so you can truly relax & enjoy the nature. Take a stroll to the other side of the island (or hire a golf cart) in order to discover  the best sandy beach in the whole county – Sunj beach.

Kids will love this beautiful sandy beach, because it is very shallow so they will have plenty of space to run and splash around. Take snorkelling gear, rent a kayak or pedal boats, swim and dive or just hide in the shade of parasols or the local bar, while your kids roam around joyously. 

This family friendly beach is the locals favorite place to escape Dubrovnik in the summer. 

9. Open air cinema

If you enjoy open air cinema, go see a movie under the stars in the middle of the historical centre (kino Jadran) or in the suburb of Boninovo that has stunning views over the Adriatic (kino Slavica). 

As one comment on TripAdvisor stated “If you’re looking for something low-key one night in Dubrovnik, check this out! For about 3.50EUR you can watch a movie in this outdoor theatre. They are often blockbuster movies with either English language or English subtitles. ”

Definitely be sure to check the details of the movie projections at  Kinematografi.

What's your favourite thing to do in Dubrovnik for families?

We hope these ideas of things to do in Dubrovnik for families it will keep all of you happy durring your stay, kids and parents alike.

 If you tried one of these, please leave a comment bellow and tell us how it was. Or tell us what other cool and interesting activities you would recommend other travelers to do when traveling to Dubrovnik with family!

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Born and raised in Dubrovnik, but lucky enough to travel and experience different cultures (quite frequently unfortunately for my budget:))). I’m very passionate about travel, and love meeting new people. Being a true Croat means I am super proud and excited about my country, so I would love to show you a different experience and a new side of my hometown.

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