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Canal Grande
#1 of 800 things to do in Venice
It's grand, it's a massive bustling canal with Venice's beating heart laid out in front of you - you'll pass all sorts of vessels: river taxis, barges laden with dining furniture, a Venetian family in the equivale...
Gondola rides are also available for larger family or friend groupings and a wonderful way to explore this enchanting city.
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Piazza San Marco
#4 of 800 things to do in Venice
Views of the historic St Marco Basilica are amazing from this square and the historical architecture with hundreds of years of history makes it a excellent family friendly experience.
Venice is definitely one of my favorite city in the world, and I have been many times at different time of the year, with my children, friends or romantic trip ... I loved it all the way!
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Centro Storico di Venezia
#7 of 800 things to do in Venice
Although this city is a bit challenging with small children, if you need to reload, this always a great way, just pick less crowded time, live is all we need!
But there are really parts of Venice where tourists are not overwhelmingly present and there is charming local life with stalls selling vegetables and fish, children playing and quiet squares.
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Natural History Museum
#43 of 800 things to do in Venice
Nice to visit Museo Naturale with children, but also for adults, extraordinaire attraction with sharks and many other animals also of prehistoric times.
The exhibits are thoughtfully and beautifully presented - the whole family enjoyed this experience and would gladly go again.
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Squero di San Trovaso
#41 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Torre dell'Orologio
#28 of 800 things to do in Venice
... Epiphany or on Ascension Day to see the 3 Magi and the angel go through the doorways where normally the 2 blue panels showing the time (beside the statue of the Virgin and Child) are displayed – perhaps one day.
Until the 1990s, there was even a family living there whose responsibility was to operate and maintain the clock, Photography of the clock's inner workings and the religious statuary is allowed, and the tour ends...
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Campo Santa Margherita
#52 of 800 things to do in Venice
After walking all over Venice, we would come home to this comfy family square and watch children run, elders walk, and mothers chat.
Being close to the university ther are young people enjoying the bars and benches, there are families with children kicking balls in the square, market stalls and often musicians busking.
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Lido
#55 of 800 things to do in Venice
Lido itself has a great beach all along the one side with very calm and shallow sea so perfect for kids.
Also ideal for families and the fact that you can just hop on over to Venice and have a coffee in St Marks Square and have a look around the shops and then go back to the beach later is perfect.
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Carnival of Venice
#29 of 800 things to do in Venice
A memory not only for parents but children as well in the most romantic city of Europe with excellent service!
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Giardini Pubblici
#79 of 800 things to do in Venice
Piece and quiet, a place to play for the children and a bar with a nice terrace for the parents.
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Cannaregio
#15 of 800 things to do in Venice
Although the district includes some of the busiest areas - like the train station, a few blocks away you can see wonderful scenes of everyday life; kids playing football, house movers (on a barge), visiting relati...
Quiet streets, typical local vignettes, children going to school, laundry hanging, great restaurants, terrific boutiques and bars
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Dorsoduro
#13 of 800 things to do in Venice
We would select Dorsoduro again for its ease in getting around and the delightful plazas with cafes and great people watching, especially the entertaining children.
The Giudecca Canal runs along the back side of the Dorsoduro, where you can find seats out on the water and family-run pizzerias and restaurants, all reasonably priced.
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La Giudecca
#51 of 800 things to do in Venice
There were no crowds, children were playing in the streets and families were going about their daily business.
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San Giorgio Maggiore
#11 of 800 things to do in Venice
Only downside was the guy on the till was rude, but it was towards the end of the day, and there were school children about, so might be excusable.
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Riva degli Schiavoni
#61 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Ponte di Rialto
#5 of 800 things to do in Venice
Our family enjoyed the delicious food, wine and beer in this relaxed atmosphere.
Obviously, the shops on the bridge are expensive, but you can find some lovely jewellery to take home as gifts and handmade leather items from an old family firm.
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Laguna di Venezia
#17 of 800 things to do in Venice
One of the best thing we did, kids loved little shops with Murano glass, tobacco stands with post cards magnets we stopped in stores with hand made clothing.On Burano we stoped at beautifull Cimbal gallery met wit...
Walk in to the less touristy bits and see real life such as home time fom school when the kids rush out shouting Permisso as they rush past you.
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Campo San Barnaba
#58 of 800 things to do in Venice
We came home with a Toucan and a Rialto bridge design but the best are clearly for children, do pop in to see what he has to offer.
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Via Garibaldi
#78 of 800 things to do in Venice
Kids on bikes, boys playing football, dog walkers, a floating fruit stall on a canal and cheap friendly bars.
Campanile di San Marco
#19 of 800 things to do in Venice
my daughter love this place , always go up , 8 euro for adults 4 for kids , lots of photo op's , usually a 1 hours wait to get in but always worth it .
The tower is one of San Marco Square landmarks ,the tickets are cost 8 euro for adult and 4euro for children above 5 years.the
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Ponte dell'Accademia
#50 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Campo Santo Stefano
#80 of 800 things to do in Venice
We try to stay in Santo Stefano...yes there are tourists (like us) but locals, children, dogs all moving and living their lives...a superb leather store, stationary store, two excellent bars, a gelateria...the Aca...
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Scala Contarini del Bovolo
#39 of 800 things to do in Venice
Also, families with twelve year olds will enjoy the fun staircase!
There are loads of steps up and it can be busy with school children.
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Colonna di San Marco e San Teodoro
#67 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Ponte dei Tre Archi
#94 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta detta I Gesuiti
#12 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Mercati di Rialto
#59 of 800 things to do in Venice
Great for the whole family and everything was very fresh.
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Naval History Museum
#99 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Church of San Pantalon
#20 of 800 things to do in Venice
Y three teenage children were enthralled with this little hidden gem.
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
#24 of 800 things to do in Venice
... such as The Pentecost, and the high altar containing a 12th or 13th century centerpiece brought back from Crete in 1669 by one of Venice’s greatest heroes, Francesco Morosini, the Byzantine Virgin and Child.
If you don't have the time, or are with small children (who may not find themselves enjoying it as much as you) I would suggest getting the boat bus which rides past; exceptionally special once the sun sets.
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