Families heading to Rio de Janeiro can be pretty sure that the kids won't complain of being bored. With jungle, beaches, mountains and monkeys all to be found in abundance, the city is an outdoorsy kid's dream. While the city is not the world's best for baby-changing facilities and indoor play areas, children are welcome at most bars and restaurants in the city.
The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are like giant sandy playgrounds, while the smaller, secluded Praia Vermelha is a popular spot for families with young children. The city's other legendary landmarks - Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ Statue - are accessed by cable car and funicular railway respectively, making them hugely popular with adventurous kids.
Soccer lovers should be sure to catch a match at the mighty Maracana stadium - one of the world's most famous sports stadiums and the scene for many a legendary match. Having undergone a massive revamp ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, the stadium is now a modern, sleek affair.
Should rain stop outdoor play, there are child-friendly activities to be found at the many museums and cultural centers. The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, located downtown, is our pick of a pretty impressive bunch and has free cinema screenings for kids at weekends.
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