Copenhagen is a great city for families, whether you're here for a week or simply on a short one-day cruise stopover. Remember to take it easy when you're traveling with small children however: You might want to see everything, but the kids will probably need to take things at a slower pace. Just remember to keep activities fun and playful so everyone stays happy.
If the weather isn't playing fair, don't despair: Take a train to Hellerup and get nerdy at the Experimentarium, or to the Kastrup Metro Station near Copenhagen Airport to experience the underwater world of the Blue Planet, Copenhagen's brand new aquarium. Opened in spring 2013, it houses 20,000 aquatic life forms and is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe.
Children of all ages will appreciate the Experimentarium science center. — Photo courtesy of Christian Alsing
Princesses in training will be thrilled by the crown jewels in Rosenborg Slot – and the castle's surrounding park, Kongens Have has plenty to offer kids, including a superb playground, with imaginatively designed climbing blocks great for stimulating creativity. There's also an afternoon puppet show from June to August by the Kronprinsessegade entrance.
All the family can enjoy a Canal Tour of the city - and it's a great way of packing in many attractions without wearing out little feet. Tours run all year round – with more frequency in summer – and you can hop on, hop off as often as you like.
Tivoli is an obvious favorite that is sure to amuse the entire family. With some 170 years under its belt, Tivoli Gardens is a unique pleasure park with a character all of its own that is both tasteful and fun-packed. Kids under 8 go free, though rides are not included in the price be sure to invest in a multi-ride ticket for those family members who like to try everything more than once.
Tivoli is an obvious favorite for families visiting Copenhagen. — Photo courtesy of Ty Stange
On a hot summer day, it is actually possible to bath in central Copenhagen, either on the vast stretch of artificial beach at Amager Strandpark or the purpose-built harbor baths at Københavns Havnebad. Bathing is free and there is also a shallow splash pool for young children.
Copenhagen Zoo is located in the south of the city at the edge of Frederiksberg Have. The best way to reach it from either of the two cruise terminals is by taking the 'S-toget' train to Nørreport Station and then the 6A bus to the zoo gates. With much to see including petting zoo, great play area and many expansive new enclosures, Copenhagen Zoo extends to the other side of the Roskildevej highway via a tunnel.
Don't go hungry, because Copenhagen has some great restaurants and cafes, and almost all of them welcome children and provide changing mats and high chairs. MakkeKafe next to the Nationalmuseet has a great kids' play room, while Sporvejen on Gråbrødretorv Square is a burger restaurant based in an old tram car.