2 Days in Venice with Kids: An Amazing Family Vacation

Gondolas in Venice, Italy

Ah Venice… Known as a very romantic city, you’d be surprised at how kid-friendly it is.

With its walkable streets, colorful buildings, water transportation, and delicious food, Venice can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

Here are my recommendations of what to do with 2 days in Venice with kids.

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Water Taxi

Enjoying my 5 seconds of alone time in the water taxi after a long flight, Venice

If you are flying into Venice, I highly recommend taking a water taxi. It’s the quickest and most direct way to get to your hotel and the kids will enjoy it.

There are incredible views of the city and after a long flight, it’s completely worth it. You can get a pricier private taxi or a more affordable shared one.

St. Mark’s Square

a family of 4 in St. Mark's Square filled with arched columns and pigeons
St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy (2015)

A must do while in Venice is a trip to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco).

The large, impressive square includes St. Mark’s Basilica, the clocktower, and a colonnade of buildings that surround it.

Walk under the colonnades and window shop or sit down at a café and people watch. Although banned, there are still vendors that will sell food to feed the pigeons.

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Ice cream break, Venice, Italy (2015)

Another no-no is eating a picnic in the square. Somehow we were able to eat our gelato and drink a beer, in a little spot where we tried not to be in the way, and not get caught.

Rialto Bridge

Famous Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the 4 bridges across the Grand Canal, is a must see.

Mostly stairs, there are 3 pathways: the central one has all the shops and then there are the 2 outer pathways.

The bridge can get very busy, but it is still a sight to see.

Walk Around

Just walking around this carless city is a treat. Go over bridges and around canals and see and experience the marvel that is Venice.

Tip

I suggest taking a lightweight stroller that is easy to carry. I don’t recommend a big stroller. There are steps on the bridges and the streets are occasionally very narrow.

Gondola Ride

on a gondola in a narrow canal in Venice with buildings on either side, a child points ahead at a bridge.

If you’re on the fence about taking a gondola ride, just do it. You may never have the chance again.

We went late one afternoon when there wasn’t a line and toured through the canals.

The kids loved the ride, seeing new things, and were fascinated by the gondola driver, especially when he would duck under the bridges.

Osterias for Cicchetti

When we travel, we always try and find things that both the kids and adults will enjoy.

An Osteria is a great place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks.

If you are in the Dorsoduro area, I recommend Osteria Al Squero. It has delicious Cicchetti (small plates) and wine.

You can sit inside in the rustic establishment with small tables and wooden benches or you can also take it outside and enjoy the view of the boatyard across the canal where gondolas are built and repaired.

Other places to go in Venice with kids

If you have more time, other great places to visit while in Venice with kids are the islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido.

In Murano, kids can see glass blowing first hand and Burano is a picturesque island that is known for its colorful buildings and lace. Both islands can be combined into one day, if you have extra time while in Venice.

The island of Lido has a beach, so if you are there when the weather is pleasant, then you may want to head to Lido to spend the day at the beach.

Is 2 days in Venice enough?

Ideally, to be able to see the main island of Venice, as well as the surrounding islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido, 3 to 4 days in Venice would be best. However, with 2 days in Venice you can see the highlights without rushing through them.

Is Venice child friendly?

Yes, Venice is a great place to go with kids. As long as you are prepared, Venice can be enjoyed by kids and parents alike. Take a lightweight stroller or wear your baby in a wrap or carrier to make it as easy as possible.

What is there to do in Venice with kids?

Venice is very entertaining for kids. Walk around the streets, go on a gondola ride, or visit St. Mark’s Square. Make sure you take a lightweight stroller or wear your baby. It will make navigating bridges and water taxis much easier!

Can kids go on a gondola ride in Venice?

Yes, kids can go on a gondola ride. My children loved it when they went. It is slow moving, so make sure they have eaten or you have snacks.

But, they’ll love ducking under bridges, going through the canals, and seeing people on the docks. Watching the gondola driver is also a source of entertainment.

Where to stay in Venice?

Venice can be very pricey. The closer you are to St. Mark’s Square the more expensive it is. When I went, I stayed in the Dorsoduro area. I’ve also stayed on the island of Lido.

Hotel rooms can be on the small side. So, I recommend getting an apartment, if possible. There are plenty of options and with Booking.com it’s easy to search and filter for your requirements.

How to get around in Venice with kids?

Venice is very walkable. But if you don’t want to walk a lot or if you need to go to the surrounding islands, the vaporetto, or water bus, is the best and least expensive way to get around Venice.

Venice is a wonderful place for parents and kids alike. There is plenty to do and see. I hope my recommendations for 2 Days in Venice with Kids inspires your own trip to this amazing city.

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