Activities for Kids in Sicily

Away from Sicily’s gorgeous beaches, you’ll find plenty of family fun to be had in theme parks, water parks and much more. Older children may enjoy a rollercoaster ride by night at Etnaland, while little ones can be wowed by a puppet show at the historic Teatro dei Pupi in Siracusa.

Aretusa Park Just north of Siracusa, you’ll find Aretusa Park. This fantastic waterpark, open June to September, is a great destination for all ages. There’s plenty to keep kids smiling, from impressive slides including the thrilling ‘Black Cannons’, a lazy river and a pirate ship too. Little ones can enjoy the splash zone while parents can take advantage of the relaxation area.

Boat Trips from Siracusa Take to the seas on a boat trip from Siracusa. You can set sail from Ortigia, Siracusa’s buzzing island heart, see the stunning coastline and take a dip in the clear, azure waters. Near to Ortigia are beautiful sea caves, waiting to be explored. Excursions vary in duration and can include food and drink options. They can be arranged from the kiosk by the bridge.

Etnaland This magnificent park sits south of Mount Etna. A theme park meets waterpark (open April to September) there are countless attractions to enjoy, from rollercoasters and go-karts, to waterslides and wave pools. For a thrilling experience, visit the park at night (peak season only) and brave the heights of ‘The Storm’ and the 60 metre drop of ‘Etnaland Tower’. There is even a laser show and 4D cinema!

Parcallario Nestled in leafy woodland around an hour’s drive from Siracusa, this adventure park is perfect for energetic youngsters. Treetop walkways provide a sky high challenge, plus there are trees to climb and ziplines to fly. A popular attraction, ‘tubby tracks’ are great fun to slide down on donuts. Younger children (aged 3 to 7) can also get involved in the fun thanks to the specially designed courses set low to the ground.

Teatro dei Pupi The art of puppetry is well established in Sicily and Siracusa houses a traditional puppet opera. Here, skilled puppeteers put on regular entertaining puppet shows. Based on Via della Giudecca, there is also a museum nearby where you can take a tour and admire ancient puppets.

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