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Things to Do in Venice with Kids

Things to Do in Venice with Kids

While far from stroller friendly, Venice is a wonderful city to visit as a family, particularly with older children who don’t mind crowds. But it takes more than gelato to get the balance right between churches, art galleries, and activities even young kids will enjoy. So in between the pizza, make time for some Venetian fun. Here’s how.

  • Take a cooking class. Pasta making is quick, rewarding, and easy enough for even young ones to join in.
  • Cruise the canals or the lagoon in your choice of kayak, sailboat, motorboat, water taxi, vaporetto, or classic gondola.
  • Create art you can take home. Glassblowing makes epic memories for teenagers; younger kids will love decorating a mask.
  • Play dress-up at a costume photo-shoot.
  • Go on a treasure hunt or join a secret tour: The Doge’s Palace boasts dungeons and an armory.
  • Embrace learning. A Romeo and Juliet tour of nearby Verona is ideal for Shakespeare students, while the Peggy Guggenheim Museum provides an education in modern art.
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.46
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.29
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.24
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Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class

Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class

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Take a course on mask making from a master artisan in Venice, and learn about the history of this ancient tradition. You can choose from a production class or a decoration class, or you can even take both. In the production class, learn how to make your own papier-mâché mask, and in the decoration class, you can paint or use materials to decorate your mask. No matter which option you choose, you get to bring home your creation—just in time for Carnival.
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  • 1 hour
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$67.43
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Private Photo Shoot in Venice with Gondola Ride

Private Photo Shoot in Venice with Gondola Ride

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Make your romantic memories of the canal city last forever with a private gondola ride and photo shoot in Venice.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$650.67
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$650.67
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Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour

Real Venetian Kayak - Venice Tour

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Kayak through the historic canals of Venice on this eco-adventure tour. Following your expert kayaking guide, paddle through the canals that are known as the arteries of Venice. Learn about the history and culture of the Italian city through your guides' commentary while getting a unique aquatic perspective. Participants of all levels are welcome; no kayaking experience is necessary. Instruction and use of all equipment is included.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Venice in a Day: the main highlights of the city

Venice in a Day: the main highlights of the city

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If you’re looking to see most of Venice’s well-known sights all in one day, put your trust in this fun combination day tour. This package includes a walking tour of the city away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area, a skip-the-line privilege at Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and at St. Mark's Basilica and a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and smaller canals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$163.26
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
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  • 30 minutes
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$44.96
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Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Public Cruise from Venice

Murano, Burano, and Torcello Islands Public Cruise from Venice

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Cruise around the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello on this daytime cruise. After leaving the city, you'll pass San Giorgio Maggiore on the way to Murano, an island known for its artisan glass. Visit one of the glass factories, then cruise onward to Burano where candy-colored fishermen houses and the famous Burano lace await. Your final visit is to the nearby island of Torcello, where you'll have free time to visit its striking cathedral.
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  • 6 hours
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$23.66
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Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Jewish Ghetto and Cannareggio: Private Tour Of Venice

Most tours only visit Venice’s historic Jewish district in passing, but this specialized guided walk takes you to the heart of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto. Discover hidden corners of the city and little-known palaces and bridges, and listen to an overview of Jewish culture and traditions in Italy. The tour conveniently ends in the neighborhood, so you can opt to visit the museum and synagogue on your own.
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  • 2 hours
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$203.19
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$203.19
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Venice Sailing Cruise to northern lagoon

Venice Sailing Cruise to northern lagoon

See the famous canal city of Venice from the water with a sailing tour of the Venetian Lagoon Islands from Jesolo. Explore unusual and secluded areas most people miss. Sail among the islands to see the unique landscape and natural environment around this iconic city.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$568.77
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$568.77
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