Heraklion Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Heraklion Family-friendly activities

Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

1. Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

This is the ideal diving course for those who want to try scuba diving but do not have a diving certificate. Enjoy a pre-dive lesson and always be accompanied by a certified instructor. Begin your day with the basic theory on diving and the skills necessary to do so. You will then move on to real-life diving under the supervision of a certified instructor. During the dive, you will have the opportunity to explore the bottom of the sea in Agia Pelagia, learn the basic commands, and get the chance to observe up-close the fish and sea creatures living near the seabed.

Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

2. Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Heraklion: Palace of Knossos 3D Virtual Audio Tour by Tablet

3. Heraklion: Palace of Knossos 3D Virtual Audio Tour by Tablet

Rent a mini iPad tablet and make the most of your visit to Knossos Palace. See how the site looked in ancient times while learning about the Palace's history via audio guide. Immerse yourself in Greek history with a special virtual and augmented reality application. Pick up your rental tablet to see a representation of the archaeological site in its original state in 3D and 360°. The reconstruction is based on studies supervised by a team of globally renowned archaeologists. Feel peace of mind knowing that the tablet is fitted with a shockproof protective case, and purpose-built sun shield allowing you to use it seamlessly under the summer sun. It also features a carry strap, and disposable earphones sealed in a small bag. Take advantage of the audio guide, allowing you to listen to recorded spoken commentary in your choice of language. Hear fascinating facts and learn about the Palace's history as you walk around its ancient ruins.

Heraklion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Heraklion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Heraklion city at your own pace using a hop-on hop-off bus. Enjoy a combo ticket good for 48hours and for 2 different bus lines. See famous attractions, visit the beach of Ammoudara and the Knossos archaeological site. Take your chance to see it all with one combo ticket. Discover the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion. Enjoy onboard commentary in 8 different languages explaining important details and facts. On the first route, embark on a 12 stop line that tours Heraklion city over one hour. Get off and on when you please and appreciate hours from 830am until 530pm every day. The second route provides a 6 stop line that leads to Ammoudara beach.

Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

5. Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

Explore Heraklion on an open bus tour with a 48-hour ticket. See city’s famous landmarks and visit the famous beach of Ammoudara. Use the ticket for 2 days and board the bus at various points around the city.  Familiarize yourself with the Cretan civilization, history, and architecture and learn all about the old and modern city of Heraklion in your own language with the commentary on board, available in 8 languages.  Admire the view of the streets and the landmarks from a safe distance, Hop on and off at all the bus stops to visit major attractions such as Knossos Palace, the Archaeological Museum, Ammoudara Beach, the Venetian Port, the Market, and many others.  The 8 bus stops along the route are: • Old port square • Historical Museum of Crete • Knossos Palace • Heraklion Archaeological Museum • Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis • Venetian Walls • Port bus station • Jesus Gate

Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

6. Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

Join a city cruise from Heraklion to the protected island of Dia. Snorkel in crystal-clear water, enjoy a Mediterranean meal with drinks, snorkel or fish with the gear provided, and watch goats skedaddle across the wild hillside.  Begin the tour at Heraklion harbor in the morning and be greeted by a healthy Mediterranean breakfast on board. Meet the captain and crew and undergo a safety briefing before setting sail for Dia. Upon arrival at the uninhabited island off the northern coast of Crete, choose from an array of activities such as snorkeling, SUP paddling, fishing, and sunbathing, with all gear and swimming accessories available on board. If you're traveling with kids, head to the special entertainment area with board games. If your little one needs a nap, the boat's comfortable cabins are fully equipped for it.

Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

7. Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll the sandy beaches. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion.

Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer

8. Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer

Benefit from hotel pick-up at approximately 08:00 and journey to Acqua Plus Water Park in Heraklion for an estimated arrival time of around 10:30. Then, enjoy the park at leisure until 17:00. Situated just 5 kilometers from Hersonissos and 30 kilometers from Heraklion, Acqua Plus Water Park entertains thousands of visitors every year with its thrill rides and relaxation areas. Divided into 2 sections - one for adults and the other for kids - the park includes a large number of extreme slides and water features. Zig-zag your way through 3 different pools on the Crazy River, or ride through the Black Holes and experience beams of light that attack your senses before you emerge for the final splash! Stroll around the gorgeous garden, filled with native plants and exotic flowers to create a Garden of Eden. Perched on a hill, the park is easy to work your way around with little effort. Save your energy for rides such as the Kamikaze waterslide or Tsunami. Take the little ones to the dedicated kids area and drift around on the Lazy River or just watch them play in the active playground. Avoid waiting in lines with a unique system that ensures you can enjoy the slides and games as much as possible, and benefit from the park's reputation for cleanliness, hospitality and safety. Qualified lifeguards and a stand-by doctor are ready to assist and protect you at any minute of the day.

Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

9. Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

Enjoy an incredible catamaran day tour to Dia island. See the awe-inspiring beauty of the bay and take lots of photos, enjoy a full breakfast and Mediterranean lunch, relax, snorkel or fish, and more, on this all-inclusive trip. Start at Heraklion harbor and board the luxury catamaran, to enjoy a welcoming breakfast. Meet the team, receive thorough safety instructions from the captain, then it’s time to depart for Dia Island. Be amazed by the surrounding beauty of the picturesque bay. Enjoy the waters of Dia island to the full – the boat is equipped with full-face masks and fins for snorkeling, fishing gear and tackle, a stand-up paddleboard, and all the equipment you could need for a leisure-filled day at sea. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal with fresh vegetables, homemade lasagna with spinach, grilled fish, and Banoffee and seasonal fruits for dessert. Finally, head back to Heraklion harbor revitalized from an unforgettable day.

Hersonissos: Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket

10. Hersonissos: Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket

Spend a special day in one of the largest water parks on Crete. Pre-book an entrance ticket to Acqua Plus Water Park, approximately 26 kilometers east of Heraklion, and enjoy over 50 different slides, games and facilities where the friendly and helpful staff await you. Enjoy adrenaline thrills at different slides, and attractions, like the Aqua Slalom, Black Holes, and Crazy River. Alternatively, get in some serious relaxation on a lazy river. Visitors of all ages can find something to suit among the dozens of different slides, making it an ideal day out for the entire family. Swim in the main pool, or slip and slide down the 262-foot (80-meter) hydrotube. Relax on the lazy river or at the hydromassage pool. The park even has a garden section where you can see Cretan flowers, palm trees, and bougainvillea, along with French marigolds and many other flowers.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

staff were lovely- the stable is owned by a father and daughter who are both very hospitable they can speak many languages including English, greek, german transportation wasn't included but they specifically came to pick us up as it was pretty far for us to go by bus/expensive by taxi they also provide orange juice and watermelon up in the mountains there is always a group of staff walking up with you if your horses start acting up or you need help- it's about 4 horses with 1 staff member

Belle excursion à Agios Nikolaos, le car nous a amené récupéré à l’heure à un lieu de rendez vous proche de notre hôtel. A l’arrivée nous avons eu 2h pour visiter Agios Nikolaos et ensuite nous avons mangé un repas sur le bateau (poulet, salade et fruit). Nous avons eu 30 minutes pour nager à côté du bateau et ensuite arrivée a spinalonga ou un guide nous a expliqué l’histoire et ensuite nous a laissé temps libre pendant une heure.

Great scenery and great hosts. The horses are very gentle and well behaved so it was a lovely gentle ride up and down the mountains. We took our 5 year old and he loved it. The guide was with him the whole time so he was completely at ease.

This was amazing! These guys know their horses and the mountains! Always felt safe because they walked close by and understood each horse and how to tell us to react to them! Highly recommend!

The instructors were "on the ball" -responding well to the issues that arose for me in my first dive. I felt very safe.