Best Family Activities in Istria  

Planning a family holiday to Istria, but unsure of how to keep the little ones entertained? Fear not! From high-flying treetop adventures to immersive prehistoric encounters, this beautiful peninsula of Croatia offers a diverse range of exhilarating experiences suitable for families of all ages. Join us as we explore the best family activities in Istria, promising excitement, education, and boundless fun for everyone. 

Glavani Park 

Looking for an adrenaline-packed day? Look no further than Glavani Park, nestled in the heart of Istria. This sky-high adventure park is tailor-made for families seeking outdoor thrills amidst the trees. With a range of obstacle courses, ziplines, and challenges, it’s an ideal destination for a day brimming with excitement, earning its spot as one of the top family activities in Istria. And to keep energy levels up, there’s no shortage of food, drinks, and ice cream available on-site. Open every day from 9am to 5pm, the fun never stops at Glavani Park. 

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Photo Credit: Glavani Park Facebook

Dinopark Funtana 

Experience a journey through time at Dinopark Funtana, where families can immerse themselves in the world of dinosaurs. Become an amateur archaeologist as you unearth bones, explore prehistoric sea creatures, and encounter over 80 different dinosaur species at their true scale. Nestled amidst the lush karst forest near Poreč, spanning 85,000 square metres, this park offers thrilling rides, lifelike dinosaur displays, captivating live shows, and a range of dining options. The Dino Dome stands out as a highlight, featuring daily live performances and interactive programs within its air-conditioned arena. Dinopark Funtana promises an adventure-packed day for families exploring the best family activities in Istria. 

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Photo Credit: Dinopark Funtana Facebook

Aquarium Pula 

Dive into the mysteries of the underwater world at Croatia’s largest aquarium, Aquarium Pula, nestled within a historic 130-year-old fortress. Explore exhibits showcasing the diverse marine life of the Adriatic, Mediterranean, marine tropical, freshwater tropical, and freshwater cold regions. Not only an engaging attraction, but the Pula Aquarium also operates as a sea turtle rescue centre. Situated on the Verudela peninsula, just 3 km from the heart of Pula, this aquatic adventure awaits. Ticket prices range from 12 to 20 euros, with complimentary entry for children under three. 


Istralandia Aquapark 

When the sun is shining, Istralandia Aquapark is the place to be for family water fun. Operating typically from May to September, it’s a hotspot during the scorching summer months. This sprawling water park offers an array of slides, pools, and water attractions suitable for all ages. The main highlight? A colossal 2,500 m² wave pool that steals the show. But fear not, there’s also a dedicated family pool and a kiddie pool for the little ones. Hungry after all the excitement? The park features a restaurant, pizza bar, snack stalls, and other convenient options, ensuring that your family’s hunger is quelled without having to leave the premises. 

Istralandia Aquapark  Istria

Photo Credit: Istralandia Aquapark Facebook 

Beach Day Bliss 

Enjoy a classic family day out at the beach! Istria offers numerous family-friendly beaches, such as Beach Lone Bay in Rovinj or Beach Girandella in Rabac. These beaches offer shade, sunbeds and parasols for rent, bars and restaurants nearby, as well as water activities such as pedal boats. Be warned that these are pebbled beaches, so don’t forget swimming shoes or socks for the little ones so they can comfortably reach the waters. 


Baredine Cave 

Discover the mysterious world beneath the surface at Baredine Cave, located near Poreč. This underground wonderland (with depths up to 132 metres!) is filled with awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites, making it a captivating experience for families. There’s also a cave famous for a subterranean lake that is filled with cave olm, fish-like creatures endemic to the region. Guided tours cater to all ages, lasting around 40 minutes, offering an educational and fascinating journey through the heart of one of Istria’s natural wonders. 

Baredine Cave  Istria 

Pula Arena 

Introduce your children to the wonders of ancient history at the well-preserved Pula Arena. This Roman amphitheatre in Pula provides a unique opportunity for kids to step into the past. It is the only remaining Roman arena where all four side towers remain intact. Explore the arena, imagine gladiator battles, and create lasting memories while immersing the family in the rich cultural heritage of Istria. 

Pula Arena Istria

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