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Explore this gorgeous Greek island with your family, and you’ll never run out of fun things to do! Crete offers so many kid-friendly activities from water parks, to beach excursions, aquarium visits, hiking through a gorge, exploring underground caves, and even horseback riding. 

There are many learning opportunities for the kids about Greek culture and mythology while visiting a fascinating museum and palace. 

Take a look at these 13+ kid-friendly things to do in Crete that Gowhee App families have recommended.

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Visit of Knossos Palace. Source: Gowhee App

1. Learn About Greek Mythology at Knossos Palace

The Minoan palace of Knossos is the stuff of legends. While there are lots of ways to spend time at this site, there is a special guided tour designed with kids in mind.

Key Information: Basic admission is 15€ – Food nearby – Parts of the site are not wheelchair accessible.

Good To Know: Depending on the age and activity level of your kids, this can be an all-day activity or just a couple of hours. 

>>> Discover more cultural places for kids in Greece here.

2. See the Pink Sand at Elafonissi Beach

Step into a fairytale landscape at Elafonissi Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. With sparkling turquoise waters and pastel pink sand, your whole family will be enchanted.

Key Information: FREE – Free parking – Food onsite.

Good To Know: Lagoons at Elafonissi Beach are shallow and perfect for little kids!

3. Discover How Olive Oil Is Made in Agios Nikolaos

Participate in an ancient tradition at Cretan Olive Oil Farm: olive oil making! You can gather, crush, and pull olives into oil for an unforgettable family experience.

Key Information: Adults 40€, children over 6 years old 25€ – Wheelchair accessible – Food onsite.

Good To Know: If your kiddos love to cook, Cretan Olive Oil Farm offers family-friendly cooking classes where you can learn to prepare traditional Greek dishes using local ingredients. 

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 4. Make your own perfume at Bioaroma

The herbal farm is nestled on 100 acres, with a shop that you can visit for free. But we recommend taking the perfume workshop and letting the kids have fun making their own concoctions. 

Key information: The workshop is 20 euros for kids and 40e for adults. Mask is required it is recommended for age 6-18.

Goof to Know: The workshops are also offering a create your own olive oil soap and/or natural cosmetic. Make a day out of it and grab a picnic to enjoy the farm.

 

child and adult making their own parfume at bioaroma
Make your own perfume at Bioaroma. Source: Gowhee App

Things To Do in Crete with Kids

5. Take a Guided Horseback Riding Tour for Kids

At Zoraïda’s Horse-Riding, your kids can experience the powerful connection between horses and people on a ride through beautiful Cretan nature.

Key Information: 15€ – Long pants and closed-toe shoes required – Ride lasts 30 minutes.

Good To Know: Parents are welcome to walk or ride alongside, but will not be on the horse with their child.

 

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6. Hike Samaria Gorge

Hiking Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular outdoor activities on Crete. While the full trail is almost 9 miles long, it’s all downhill. 

Key Information: 5€ – No Food/Water Nearby – Dogs On-Leash Allowed

Good To Know: There are return buses, so you don’t have to hike back up into the mountains.

 

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7. Splash in the Kid’s Water Park at Elounda Resort

At the family-friendly Elounda Resort, guests have access to their private water parks. There’s even a Kid’s Club where little ones can play on their own.

Key Information: FREE for guests – Free area shuttle – Food onsite.

Good To Know: If you’ve flown in from the United States or abroad, you can snooze by the pool to avoid jet lag while your kids play in the Kid’s Club!

 

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Elounda Water park and residence in Crete, Greece. Source: Gowhee App

8. See Crete from The Little Fun Train

If you want to see everything while visiting Crete, a tour on the Little Fun Train is perfect. The Pleasures of Crete tour shows you many colorful small towns and beautiful landscapes.

Key Information: Adults 19€, children 9€ – 3½ hours – No bathroom on the train.

Good To Know: There are several planned stops with fun experiences, so kids can stretch their legs, get a snack, and use the restroom.

9. Explore Cavernous Underground Caves

Experience the wonder of the underground at Crete’s many public caves. These include the Sfentoni, Melidoni, and Dhiktean Caves.

Key Information: Prices vary – Caves are not wheelchair-friendly – Plan for a few hours.

Good To Know: Some of the caves are a little far away from city centers, so car rentals might be a good idea for a day trip.

10. Step Back In Time at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum

People have been living on the Greek island of Crete for thousands of years. At the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, you can get to know some of these ancient residents.

Key Information: 12€ – Many free days (check their website) – Wheelchair accessible.

Good To Know: Get the wiggles out before you visit, since kiddos will need to keep their hands to themselves and avoid running for 1-2 hours. 

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12. Snorkel Among Shipwrecks at Matala Beach

Matala Beach is a great place to snorkel with kids. The shallow cove is home to Roman-era shipwrecks, lots of fish, and safe, slow-moving waters.

Key Information: 4€ for sunlounger and umbrella – Free parking – Food nearby

Good To Know: Bring an underwater camera– the visibility is great!

13. Walk Amongst Prehistoric Animals at Dinosauria Park

Dinosauria Park is home to animatronic dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, straight out of your child’s wildest dreams! Kids can play games, excavate fossils, and even learn while having a great time!

Key Information: 10€ adults, 8€ kids – Food onsite – Stroller friendly.

Good To Know: The dinosaurs roar and move, which can be scary for the smallest kids.

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