Warsaw, the capital of central European country Poland has recently been the love interest of many travel agencies as an affordable yet beautiful destination that’s suitable for everyone and anyone. Families and couples alike have been praising Warsaw for its crazy nights out, fun day activities and delicious street food to keep your energy flowing.
Despite Warsaw’s heartbreaking past, the city that once was stereotyped as dark and dangerous has risen from the ashes and quickly proved itself to be up there with other capital destinations like Berlin or London.
So finances aside, what could a family with young children could go on a holiday in Warsaw? Here we look at five fun places to visit in Warsaw for the whole family.
Copernicus Science Centre
The Copernicus Science Centre has been at the top of many bucket lists since it’s opening in 2010 with hundreds of experiments to conduct that will make children fall in love with science while having fun. The Centre has a spacious, industrial vibe spread across a ground floor and first floor with interactive activities that could keep a family busy for many hours. It’s not just the interactive experiments that are available here; Copernicus Science Centre also boasts a Planetarium where you can book to watch a music show, live concert or a film.
There’s also a large discovery park outside the Centre with beautiful greenery overlooking the Vistula river. This is especially an amazing site during the hottest months of June, July and August.
The Centre hangs over the Vistula river too and is placed three metro stops away from the centre, making it cheap to travel to as well. If after an entire day of experimenting and learning you find yourself wanting more, Copernicus has a gift shop full of affordable experiments and books to take home. And why not finish the day with a warm snack from their café?
The Copernicus Centre is definitely a place to dedicate at least half a day for to truly appreciate it’s ability to entertain and teach.
Ticket prices range from 18zl to 27 zl for the exhibitions and extra charges apply for a show at the Planetarium.
Saxon Gardens history dates all the way back to 1727 when it was first created, becoming one of the world’s first publicly open parks.
With its lush greenery, ponds, fountains and buildings restored to their pre-war Warsaw charms, Saxon Gardens is a perfect way to get away from Warsaw’s loud and fast moving centre. Treat yourself and walk through the Gardens with chestnut trees sheltering you from stress and picturesque buildings to take snaps of. For a spot of history, you’re welcome to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watch the guards change duties.
Here you’ll find yourself at peace surrounded by nature and quietness while children can go and play at a public playground that’s safe and fun all year round.
It’s a spot to visit any time of the year. It’s not so big as to get tiring and boring, yet not so small as to feel you did nothing with your time.
Alongside many enclosures outdoors, it also has an indoor pool for hippos, shark aquarium and ape house. The zoo never fails to impress with it’s consistent and educational exhibitions and fun ways to celebrate the birthdays of its inhabitants.
Like many other sites in Poland, it has a dark history during WWII when the zoo was used as a space to hide Jews and escapees from Warsaw Ghettos. The film, The Zookeeper’s Wife was based on a non-fiction novel that captured a small fraction of the zoo’s past.
Ale Zebra is perhaps one of the least known fun places to go to in Warsaw. Suitable for teenagers as well as smaller children accompanied by adults, it’s a cosy arcade entertainment centre that transports you into a nostalgic world of 1980’s neon.
If games on old arcade machines are not your cup of tea, perhaps mini gold in a dark room filled with neon lights and glow in the dark décor? Or for children over 12, a fast-paced game of jungle themed laser tag? And last but not forgotten, an escape room adventure with the choice of four different storylines!
This place simply has it all, but each different section has it’s own set of fees so bring a little more money than usual.
When you’re exhausted and done for the day, recharge your batteries at Ale Zebra’s pizzeria and coffee shop. Enjoy delicious, straight from the oven pizza and top it off with a warm coffee and a slice of traditional Polish cakes.
Multimedia Fountain Park
Warsaw’s recent revamp and makeover also brought us this fantastic park back in May 2011, in hopes of increasing the amount of cultural and tourist attractions. The Multimedia Fountain Park is just a short walk from the Old Town Square and includes 367 water jets which in the winter are turned off and replaced with bright white LED lights imitating water. During the summer season, after dark, the fountains create a music and lights show which makes for some spectacular Instagram pictures. This is completely free, and Poland’s hot summer nights mean you can get away with wearing a hoodie and sipping a hot cup of coffee and let the dancing water take you on an adventure.
Don’t worry, this is most definitely good for children; drinking alcohol in public places such as this one is illegal, and Warsaw’s police take good care of rude, loud and drunk behaviour. So grab yourself some authentic Polish ice cream from Old Town, pack a few snacks and enjoy, completely free!