Corfu is very friendly Greek island to visit and is perfect for all the family with gently coves and beaches and fabulous hotels with splash pads and baby pools.
If you haven’t booked accommodation with a pool, then not to worry, as Corfu is home to some truly magnificent beaches (which I’ve covered here) that boast soft sand and calm, warm water.
However, if you are looking for a few extra kid-friendly activities, then below, I’ve put together a list of the best things to do in Corfu with toddlers to help with your holiday planning. So, if you’re heading over to the incredible Greek island with little ones in tow, keep on reading!
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In 1890, the Empress of Austria built the Achilleion Palace, which is just outside of Corfu Town, as a summer vacation home. Today, however, the palace has been transformed and restored into a museum featuring statues of Greek gods, breathtaking architecture, and highly detailed ceiling paintings that you won’t want to look away from.
And although the palace itself is impressive, the best part of the Achilleion Palace for kids, in my opinion, are the gardens where the little ones can freely run around while taking in the views of the Ionian Sea and the neighbouring tree-lined valleys.
As I mentioned before, it is no secret that kids love water, and if your hotel pool just isn’t cutting it anymore, then head over to Corfu’s biggest waterpark, Aqualand. Aqualand features five separate kids’ areas, three of which are suitable for toddlers with small slides, splashing areas, and water features for them to play in.
The park also has three large pools, one of which is a wave pool and a lazy river where you can kick back in rubber rings with your little ones and enjoy a slow relaxing journey around the park.
Corfu has some amazing beaches with soft sand and calm shallow waters, which are ideal for toddlers to splash around in. If you’re after more information, I’ve put together an entire article on the best Corfian beaches, however, some of my favourite beaches on the island include:
- Agios Georgios Beach
- Barbati Beach
- Nissaki Beach
- Paleokastritsa Beach
- Issos Beach
- Glyfada Beach
- Acharavi Beach Corfu
Most beaches in Corfu have sunlounger rentals as well as tavernas, cafes, and shops nearby for your convenience. Be sure to pack snacks, water, and suncream, and if you can, I suggest purchasing beach shoes for the little ones to protect against pebbles and hot sand.
Granted, toddlers may not grasp any of the information you can learn about in the Casa Parlante, but the interactive exhibits with animatronics, sounds, and smells will keep them entertained regardless. The Casa Parlante is a museum situated in a 19th-century mansion that educates people on the history of Corfu, and because it is an inside exhibit, it is the perfect activity for particularly hot days.
All toddlers love aquariums, and the Corfu Aquarium, in particular, has three different zones for your little ones to explore. The first zone is dedicated to Corfu’s local sea life, including octopuses, lobsters, crabs, and starfish.
In the second zone, your tots can learn about international reptiles, coming up close to lizards, snakes, turtles, and even a crocodile. And in the third and final zone, they can gaze at different amphibians from all over the world.
Corfu Donkey Rescue
The Corfu Donkey Rescue is a shelter founded in 2004 that rescues old, sick, injured, and abused donkeys from all over the island. If you choose to visit the Corfu Donkey Rescue, your toddlers can make friends with the donkeys, hand-feeding them and showing them the love and attention that they deserve.
Corfu Town, which boasts the title of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the capital of Corfu. What makes the city so appealing are the truly unique and beautiful buildings that were initially influenced by the Venetians who once ruled Corfu for centuries.
While visiting the city, you can visit forts and the main park so they burn off some steam. Be sure to stop for ice cream when it’s time for a break.
Glass Bottom Boat
The final toddler-friendly activity in Corfu is to head out on a glass-bottom boat. There are various glass bottom boat tours that depart from Corfu Town, and once aboard, you’ll be taken over to the Vidos Islands to spot fish, lobsters, and maybe even octopus from the comfort of the boat.
If you have older children in tow, then they also have the option to jump overboard with a snorkel and see the fish up close.
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