There are many family attractions in Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia, which is very accurately described as a city within a park.
Polished Adelaide was carefully planned to be a city of sweeping streets logically laid out and surrounded by a green cushion of parkland set against the rolling hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges Colonel William Light designed this way in 1837, and his sharp sight has resulted in a city that is free of traffic jams and fabulous for walking as well.
Throughout the city there are sports fields, a top-class golf course, walking and cycling tracks and elegant gardens. Past the inner city, residential neighborhoods share space with protected natural bush land.
These internal spaces bordering the sea, the foothills, and the rivers protect the environment while providing novel recreational opportunities.
Family attractions in Adelaide, among other things include, the South Australia Museum with its inspired galleries offering hands-on exploration of such diverse interests as early Antarctic treks (complete with a real ice wall), Ancient Egypt (in the form of a New Kingdom tomb), Australian Aboriginal Culture Gallery, Life in the Deep (includes a 4 floor level display of the Life of he Giant Squid). Meteorites are also displayed.
More Family Attractions In Adelaide
Mount Lofty Summit
At night, view the city lights in contrast to the inky blackness of the ocean beyond. Families can drive to the top but, during daylight, the most rewarding method is to climb there by taking the bush track through Cleland Conservation Park.
At 727 meters above sea level, Mount Lofty offers a magnificent panorama at the summit with sweeping views over the city, the Gulf, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, a great family attraction.
Henley Beach is one of the two closest beaches to Adelaide and great for another family beach day. Henley’s bustling center of beachside activity revolves around the lawn, jetty and alfresco cafe precinct. There are nine restaurants within the precinct offering a variety of cuisine including Thai, Greek, Italian and Aussie fish and chips.
Henley Beach is one of the two closest beaches to Adelaide and great for another family beach day.
Henley’s bustling center of beachside activity revolves around the lawn, jetty and alfresco cafe precinct.
There are nine restaurants within the precinct offering a variety of cuisine including Thai, Greek, Italian and Aussie fish and chips.
Situated at the southern reach of Adelaide’s coastal strip, Sellicks Beach has crisp, white sands, sparkling gulf waters and a backdrop of craggy toffee-colored cliffs, great spot for a family beach day. Vehicles are allowed to drive on a stretch of the beach, which is handy for those with a boat to launch.
On a perfect blue-sky day some simply prefer to park on the esplanade and enjoy the spectacular ocean view.
Adelaide Zoological Gardens
The Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest in Australia. Located adjacent to Torrens Lake and Botanic Park, the zoo’s lush mature gardens, heritage buildings and tranquil setting contribute to a wonderful family outing.
The zoo’s collection is diverse and continually changing, and for the children there are lawns to play on, secret paths to explore and a children’s zoo. You can dine at the “Lyrebird Cafe,” stop for a snack at the kiosk, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under a shady tree.
Paddle Boats at Elder Park
Elder Park is in the heart of Adelaide adjacent to the River Torrens and a great place for family attractions in Adelaide. From Elder Park, you can take a cruise aboard the boat Popeye. This boat holds approximately 20 passengers, and travels from Elder Park to the Adelaide Zoo.
You can also hire a paddle boat at the walkway next to the river. Pushbikes are available for hire at the same place. There is a bikeway that runs the length of the park. The Festival Centre offers a backdrop to the park and there is a café for you to grab a snack.
Haigh’s Chocolates Factory Tour
What trip would be complete without chocolate! Enjoy the aroma of freshly roasted beans, watch truffles being hand-dipped then taste the award winning chocolate.
Enjoy a taste of chocolate! Learn how chocolate is made from raw cocoa beans carefully selected from plantations around the World.
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