Lake Garda is overflowing with sights, walks, history and culture – and little and big kids alike will love the theme parks. From rollercoasters to log flumes, jungle rides to watersports, a half-term or summer holiday to Italy’s largest lake can be as adrenaline-fuelled as you want it to be.
With over 30 rides, Gardaland is Italy’s biggest and most popular theme park. Test your nerves through the spine-tingling spins and flips of Blue Tornado and Raptor. Little ones can join Peppa Pig on her pirate ship voyage in a world of imagination. During the summer’s Magic is Night events, the park turns out the lights to you can ride in the dark.
Stay in the heart of the action at Gardaland Hotel Resort or The Gardaland Adventure Hotel – the latter comes with themed rooms, and both have access to the Blue Lagoon pool. Hop on the regular shuttle buses to Gardaland theme park, or take the public bus to Canevaworld Aquapark and Movieland, just a few minutes away.
The whole family’s sorted at Canevaworld Aquapark, with a choice of family, adventure and action rides, as well as spots where you can relax and unwind. Sit back on the white sands of Playa de Coco and float along the lazy river. And for thrill-seekers, the Srukas Boom is terrifyingly exciting – the floor opens beneath you and you plummet down a near-vertical chute.
Explore Italy’s take on Universal Studios at Movieland Park, and feel like you’re part of the films with action-packed shows and rides. Walk onto the sets of Zorro and Tomb Raider, complete with fireballs and explosions. Or drive your own jeep through the jungle, across bridges and into the world of dinosaurs on Expedition Pangea. Then get the blood pumping and lungs screaming on the Diabolik Invertigo rollercoaster.
The north of Lake Garda is known for watersports, with windsurfing and sailing schools in Malcesine, Torbole and Limone. In the south, prepare to get wet and try out the exhilarating banana boats and tubing at Camping Serenella between Garda and Bardolino. For something a little more relaxed, spend a few hours close to the beach and hire a pedalo as a family – some even have slides. And single or tandem parasailing is a great way of seeing the area from above.
Want to be part of the action? Start planning your fun-filled adventure on Lake Garda.
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