Family trips are fun and memorable for all kinds of reasons. Coming to Goa with your kids is a great idea because there is always something to do, no matter where you stay. Whether it’s something as simple as a day at the beach, or going off the beaten path and taking a forest trek, a week or two in Goa can be jam-packed with a number of fun activities for the whole family! If you’re planning a summer trip with your kids, we’ve listed our top 5 favourite things to do in Goa when the kids are around.
Swim at Splashdown Waterpark
For a tiny state like Goa, it’s rather impressive that we have a full-fledged waterpark. Situated on the Calangute-Anjuna road, Splashdown Waterpark is a ton of fun for the whole family. As we get into summer, there really is no better way to cool off. Whole day admissions cost as little as 420 Rupees, which includes access to all the rides. Twisty water slides, wave pools, waterfalls, and more, Splashdown Waterpark is definitely a fun way to entertain the kids this summer. There’s even a restaurant in the property for when you get a bit peckish.
Pro tip: If you are a large group of parents and kids, ask for a special group booking to get a significant discount.
Trek at Wildernest
Take the kids for a walk on the wild side at Wildernest. This beautiful resort situated up north near the Chorla ghat is the perfect getaway for a couple of nights. The resort itself can be likened to forest camping, thanks to its location in the dense Swapnagandha valley, 800mtrs above sea level, overlooking the Vazra falls. While the parents relax at the pool or the bar, there are tons of activities for the kids. Machans and hides are set up to spot wildlife, special nature encounters are organised to view reptiles and birds, and planned treks and hikes are just a few of the things you can expect to do while there.
Go-karting at Goa Karting
If all you’ve done is relax and the kids are starting to get a bit antsy, then it’s time to do something exhilarating – and what’s better than some high-speed go-karting at Track I and Track II by Goa Karting. If you’re located in the south, you can get your karting fix at Track I which is situated in Nuvem on the Margao-Panjim highway, while the second track, Track II, is situated in Arpora. Both tracks offer go-karts for beginners and professionals, with engines that range from 6HP to 13HP. Needless to say, even at a beginner level, the lower powered karts are fast enough to get your adrenaline pumping! To know more about Goa Karting, you can check out our full article about them here.
Elephant rides and more at the Spice Plantations
If you’re digging the educational experience, then how about a trip to one of Goa’s spice plantations? With specially curated experiences and activities for tourists, you can book a day at places such as Savoi Spice Plantation, Pascoal Spice Farm, Sahakari Spice Farms, or Tropical Spice Plantation. Each farm has its own speciality, such as the real-life Tarzan at Savoi who climbs up palm trees in a matter of seconds, fishing and boating at Pascoal Spice Farm, or the very popular elephant rides at Sahakari. But the one thing they all have in common is the fact that you can leave with some of the most organic produce in all of Goa, and some pretty happy children.
Catch a 3D movie at Goa Science Center
If you’re in the capital city of Panjim, a trip to the Goa Science Center is a must. You probably wouldn’t spend too much time there, however, it is pretty fun, especially for younger children. The Goa Science Centre and Planetarium has been developed as a place of ‘edu-tainment’ in science and technology. It provides a perfect environment for exploring science through hands-on and fun sci-fi exhibits and activities. Daily passes are as little as 20 Rupees, going up to about 50 Rupees for the complete Science, Planetarium, and 3D show. Give it a go, you may just fall in love with science all over again.
Have you experienced any of these excursions with your kids? Do you have any suggestions for a great family outing? Let us know in the comments below.