The Best Family Activities in Crete

Ready for some incredible family fun on Greece’s largest island? Crete is packed with exciting activities that are perfect for kids and adults alike, so it’s no wonder why Crete is consistently ranked as one of the top destinations for family holidays. From exploring ancient ruins to splashing in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into the island’s rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and sun-drenched beaches as you embark on unforgettable adventures with your loved ones. Here are some fantastic family activities in Crete to kickstart your holiday!

Hit the Beach

Crete boasts some of the most stunning beaches in Europe, making it the perfect destination for a family beach day. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find a sandy spot that suits your family’s needs. One of the most beautiful (and popular) beaches in Crete is Elafonissi Beach. With sparkling turquoise waters and pastel pink sand, your whole family will be enchanted.

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Elafonisi Beach Crete Greece

Relax at Lake Kournas

For a more relaxed day out with the little ones, head to Lake Kournas, the island’s only freshwater lake. Nestled in a picturesque valley, Lake Kournas offers plenty of family-friendly activities, including leisurely walks (a full lap of the lake takes around an hour), picnics by the shore, and even pedal boat rides on the crystal-clear water. Don’t forget to bring some snacks to feed the friendly ducks!

Pirate Boat Cruise in Rethymno

Ahoy, mateys! Take your family on a swashbuckling adventure aboard a traditional pirate ship in the charming town of Rethymno, one of the prettiest places to visit in Crete. Sail along the coastline, exploring hidden caves, rugged cliffs, and pristine beaches. This half-day tour is guaranteed to be a hit with kids.

Make a Splash at Acqua Plus Water Park

Get ready for a day of aquatic fun at Acqua Plus, the largest water park in Crete. With over 50 water slides, rides, and attractions, there’s something for everyone here. For teens and older children, you’ll find extreme slides like the Kamikaze and Giants of Terror, while little ones can enjoy the kids’ waterslides, activity playgrounds, a fantasy inflatable castle, and lots more. It’s a splashtastic adventure for the whole family.

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Walk Amongst Dinosaurs

Dinosauria Park, just outside of Heraklion, takes you on a prehistoric family adventure, where you can explore the wonders of the dinosaur world. Kids can play games, excavate fossils, and even learn while having a great time. After a day of discovery, refuel at the park’s snack bar, offering a tempting selection of slushies, ice creams, and snacks to satisfy hungry adventurers.

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Discover the Old Town of Chania 

Explore the enchanting Old Town of Chania, renowned for its historic Venetian Port, a must-see attraction. The beautiful harbour with its gorgeous lighthouse, plentiful restaurants, cafes and shops is the perfect spot to take a relaxing walk with your family. Spend your morning wandering the narrow streets in the Venetian harbour area and then take the kids on a glass-bottom boat ride around the harbour.

Discover Marine Life at Cretaquarium

Dive into the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea at Cretaquarium, one of Europe’s most modern aquariums. Explore underwater worlds teeming with colourful fish, sharks, and other marine creatures. With over 2,000 species on display, it’s a fascinating journey beneath the waves.


Explore the Palace of Knossos

Travel back in time to the ancient world at the Palace of Knossos, one of Crete’s most famous ancient landmarks and a must-visit for visitors of all ages. The important archaeological site is home to the ruins of a Bronze Age palace that was the ceremonial and political centre of Minoan civilization. Wander through the ruins of this majestic palace and discover its rich history through interactive exhibits and guided tours. Depending on the age and activity level of your kids, this can be an all-day activity or just a couple of hours. 

Knossos Palace Crete Greece

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