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Exploring Bruges with Kids: Top Family-Friendly Activities

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Planning a family getaway to Bruges and wondering what fun activities you can enjoy with the kids?

Boasting charming canals, lush parks, and a unique culinary scene from waffles to chocolate, Bruges is a sure bet to charm the entire family!

Let’s dive in.

💡 The Captain’s tips 💡

💬 Interested in delving into Bruges’ history? Captain Ulysses suggests checking out this complimentary city tour. You can choose the tip you want to leave the guide—it’s entirely up to you!

💤 Looking for an hotel in Bruges ? Be sure to check out the Captain’s article: Where to stay in Bruges ? Advice & recommendations

🏛 Planning your trip to Bruges? Take a look at the Captain’s article on the best things to do in the city: A Guide to Bruges

Explore the Choco-Story Museum in Bruges

Calling all chocolate lovers! The Choco-Story Museum offers a tantalizing trip through chocolate’s rich history and crafting techniques. This interactive museum features engaging exhibits that trace chocolate’s journey through time.

Get ready for live chocolate-making demos and, naturally, some delightful tastings! It’s an educational and irresistibly sweet experience!

👉 Find out more: Tickets for the Choco-Story Museum.

Picnic at Minnewater Lake (aka Lake of Love)

For a charming family snack time, make your way to Minnewater Lake!

For an authentic local flair (and to thrill your kids), Captain Ulysses suggests grabbing your lunch from the fry stalls at the Marktbefore settling down by the lake for a picturesque castle view.

It’s the perfecg spot to soak up some fresh air, step away from the city’s buzz, and cherish a peaceful family moment (well, as peaceful as it gets with kids!)

Set Sail for a Family Canal Cruise in Bruges

A boat trip along the Bruges canals is an essential experience for families exploring the ‘Venice of the North.’ It’s a unique way to see the city from a different perspective!

Glide under charming bridges and past medieval architectural gems, viewing the city’s iconic landmarks from the water.

👉 Find out more: Canal cruise with guided tour and chocolate tasting.

Enjoy a Family Bike Tour in and Around Bruges

Got kids bursting with energy? A bike ride is a great way to let them burn it off while exploring Bruges’ famous landmarks. Captain Ulysses suggests cycling through the Venice of the North.

Bonus: the city and its vicinity boast plenty of bike paths for a safe and serene ride.

👉 Discover more: City Highlights Bike Tour | Electric bike rentals.

Explore Bruges in Unique Ways: Carriage, Panoramic Bus, Rickshaw

Spice up your family trip to Bruges with some unconventional city touring. To lift the spirits of kids who might be flagging a bit, try something different.

If your kids love animals, a carriage ride could be a delightful choice. For a comprehensive city tour with engaging stories and insights about the Venice of the North, a panoramic bus is perfect. Or, for a more flexible exploration and a chance to chat with a local, hop into a rickshaw!

👉 Find out more: Panoramic bus tour | Rickshaw.

Savor Local Delicacies (Waffles, Chocolate, and More)

Calling all culinary enthusiasts! Embark on a gastronomic journey to taste the finest local flavors of Bruges.

Get ready to sample 10 local delights, ranging from refreshing beverages and savory dishes to sweet treats. It’s a unique way to experience the city, guided by a local who’s eager to share tales and tidbits.

👉 Find out more: Culinary tour in Bruges.

Join a Chocolate-Making Workshop

A treat for chocolate aficionados! This workshop offers a delightful way to bond with your family over something sweet.

What can you expect? An expert chocolatier will guide you through the art of crafting authentic Belgian chocolates. A guaranteed delightful experience!

👉 Find out more: Chocolate-making workshop + access to the Chocolate Museum.

Explore the Fritsmuseum

After the Chocolate Museum, make your way to the Fries Museum (or Frietsmuseum in Flemish). This one-of-a-kind tasty tour lets families delve into the history of the beloved Belgian fry.

Both entertaining and interactive, the Fritmuseum is sure to be a hit with kids (and parents too)! And naturally, the tour wraps up with a fry tasting, giving everyone a chance to savor authentic Belgian fries in all their delicious glory!

👉 Find out more: Tickets to the Frietmuseum

Family Ice Skating Session

After indulging in those delicious tastings, why not get active?

During winter, Bruges welcomes several pop-up ice rinks, particularly on the Markt. It’s the perfect chance for some family fun on the ice, followed by cozying up in a pub or café, warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate!

Relax at Astrid Park with Play Areas for Kids

Looking for a peaceful escape from the city’s buzz? Astrid Park, located near the historic center, is your go-to spot. This tranquil oasis not only offers a serene environment but also boasts well-equipped play areas for kids.

It’s a delightful green retreat that’s definitely worth a visit!

Escape to Zeebrugge Beach + Seal-Watching Boat Tour

If you’re in Bruges for a while, Captain Ulysses suggests a jaunt to Zeebrugge Beach. It’s a perfect spot for kids to frolic in the sand and maybe even paddle in the North Sea (though it’s a bit chillier than the Mediterranean!).

From Zeebrugge, set sail on a boat tour to see the seals up close.

If you’re driving, Zeebrugge is just a 15-20 minute trip. Alternatively, you can catch a train or a bus shuttle.

👉 Find out more: Shuttle service to/from Zeebrugge | Seal-watching boat excursion.

Treasure Hunt Adventure Through Bruges’ Streets

Spice up your Bruges visit with a touch of mystery and adventure. An interactive treasure hunt is the perfect way to engage your kids in city exploration.

Solve riddles and chase clues through the historic lanes of the Venice of the North. It’s a playful and unique approach to uncovering the city’s secrets and history, all while creating unforgettable family bonding moments!

👉 Discover more: Self-guided treasure hunt | Kid-friendly treasure hunt experience.

Join a Waffle-Making Workshop

They say practice makes perfect, and what better way to perfect the art of Belgian waffles than a family-friendly workshop?

Under the guidance of an expert, uncover the secrets of traditional Belgian waffles and enjoy unlimited tastings!

It’s a delightful and delicious way for the whole family to bond and indulge.

👉 Find out more: One and a half hour waffle workshop.

Interactive Historical Journey at the Historium of Bruges (+ VR Experience)

Ever thought of exploring Bruges’ history from a unique angle? The Historium of Bruges offers just that, blending interactive exhibits with virtual reality.

Step back in time with your family to medieval Bruges, brought to life through stunning historical recreations. The virtual reality experience is so lifelike, it’s an absolute must-see!

👉 Find out more: Tickets to the Historium, including the ‘Historium Virtual Reality’ experience.

Discover the Bruges Christmas Market

Heading to Bruges for the holiday season? Be sure to check out the Christmas Market – it’s a family favorite!

As Christmas approaches, Bruges turns into a magical winter wonderland. The market, with its sparkling lights, quaint wooden chalets, and ice rink, is an enchanting sight not to be missed!

Family-Friendly Guided Tour of Bruges

Interested in a guided tour of Bruges but concerned about keeping the kids engaged? Captain Ulysses recommends a family-oriented tour.

The guide caters to children’s interests, weaving entertaining stories throughout, making Bruges’ history captivating for all ages.

It’s an experience that promises to be a hit with the entire family!

👉 Find out more: Family-friendly guided tour of Bruges

History & Mysteries of Bruges: A Thematic Tour

Curious about the lesser-known tales of the Venice of the North? Captain Ulysses suggests an affordably priced guided tour focused on Bruges’ mysteries.

Led by a local guide with a knack for storytelling, you’ll delve into the city’s hidden past. This intriguing tour is sure to captivate both kids and adults.

Bonus: the tour is very budget-friendly!

👉 Find out more: Guided tour of Bruges: stories, mysteries, and characters.

Family Photo Session in Bruges

Looking to immortalize your time in the Venice of the North? Join a professional photographer to snap family pictures against the backdrop of Bruges’ famous and hidden gems.

The photographer will ensure a relaxed atmosphere, capturing candid and genuine moments amidst the city’s charming scenery.

If it fits your budget, Captain Ulysses says it’s a must-do!

👉 Find out more: Private photo session in Bruges.

Explore Boudewijn Seapark

If your kids are marine animal enthusiasts, they’ll love Boudewijn Seapark!

The park features seal and dolphin shows, water slides, and classic rides.

A word of caution: the park shows its age, and the facilities might seem a bit old-fashioned.

Also, it’s worth noting that, as with any animal-related attraction, there’s no definitive way to ensure the animals’ well-being.

(Bonus) A Short Drive from Bruges: Bellewaerde Park and Aquapark

Just a 50-minute drive from Bruges, near Ypres, Bellewaerde Park and Aquapark offer a fantastic day out for families. Get ready for a mix of thrilling rides, a chance to see exotic animals at the zoo, and splashing fun in the water park!

👉 Find out more: Bellewaerde Aquapark | Bellewaerde Park.

With these suggestions, you’re all set for a fun-filled family adventure in Bruges. For additional tips and ideas, be sure to explore Captain Ulysses’ comprehensive guide to Bruges.

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in Bruges!

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👉 Looking for tips and recommendations? Here are all of Captain Ulysses’ suggestions!

🛏️ Accommodation: Booking.com

🎟️ Activities: Civitatis | Tiqets | GetYourGuide

🚐 Transfers: Transfer from Amsterdam | All-included day-trip from Amsterdam | All-included day-trip from Brussels (available in 7 languages).

🚌 Local transports: electric scooter | rickshaw

✈️ Flights, trains & buses: Skyscanner | Omio

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