Venice is a magical city, full of unique and inspiring experiences that will make for an unforgettable family vacation. From the canals to the cobblestone streets, there’s something for every family in Venice.
Taking a Venice family tour is one of the best ways to explore its many attractions and hidden gems. With so much to see and do in Venice, planning your trip can be overwhelming but these tours will help you to see the most of Venice while your kids actually have a good time.
Meanwhile, you can sit back and enjoy a tour while someone else teaches, guides, and entertains your kids. It’s really a perfect recipe for kids and adults to have a great time while exploring Venice.
Don’t have time to read a bunch of reviews and blog posts?
Here are some of our top picks for visiting Venice:
Our Favorite Hotels in Venice:
- Hotel Cavaletto (budget)
- Hotel Concordia (mid-range)
- Baglioni Hotel Luna (luxury)
Our Favorite Tours in Venice
- Venice in a Day (great if you’re short on time)
- Hidden Gems in Venice (great if you want to get off the tourist track)
- Venice Food Tour with a Local (great for foodies, eat like a local)
- Book a Photoshoot (capture your memories, discount code: WANDERLUST)
Pro Tip: In an order to promote more sustainable travel, Venice is considering implementing a new booking system which may begin next year. Learn more about the Venice booking system here.
Family Friendly Hotels in Venice
If you haven’t decided where to stay in Venice, be sure to check out some family friendly hotels and a neighborhood guide here.
Tips for Visiting Venice with Kids
If you need help planning your itinerary or learning more tips for visiting Venice with kids, be sure to read our guide here.
The Best Family Friendly Tours in Venice
This is a great list of the best tours in Venice for kids. There is a wide range of options, including tour companies, group sizes, and prices. Pick the one that best fits your needs. You may want to pick a few Venice family friendly tours like a landmark tour of Venice and also one of the food tours. Mix it up and keep it fresh for the kids!
Food Tours in Venice for Kids
10 Tastings of Venice Food Tour
This 10 Tastings of Venice Food Tour is a great private tour that will have you tasting all of the delicious food in Venice. Your local guide will show you some great secret places. Since this tour is private, it can be easily tailored to your dietary needs or tastes.
Sweet Venice for Families
If you’ve got kids with a sweet tooth (or grown ups) this is a great way to explore Venice with some treats along the way. It’s not all junk food though. You’ll get some fresh squeezed juice as well. This Venice tour is also private so can be tailored to your family’s needs.
Sweet Venice Tour – Cafe & Pastry Walk
Embark on a delicious culinary adventure through the six historic neighborhoods of Venice on this Cafe and Pastry Walk! Taste test some local favorites such as gelato, tiramisu, pastries and Venetian cookies while sipping an espresso (or even a corretto with grappa!) in St. Mark’s Square. Learn about the city’s unique culture from experienced guides all in the comfort of small groups consisting no more than 8 people. Discover hidden gems around every corner including historical cafes or even a kosher bakery tucked away inside Venice Jewish Ghetto.
Local Dining Experience
Unearth the genuine flavor of Venice through a private cooking lesson and dinnerwith a Cesarine, or member of an elite network safeguarding Italy’s culinary customs. Discover local hospitality inside your host’s home as you lend a hand in crafting 4 courses of Venetian staples using traditional recipes. Share the delectable homemade meal together around the table, accompanied by wine from nearby Veneto region for an experience impossible to find at any restaurant! I would say this is a good Venice tour if you have older children who are interested in cooking and food. It’s a bit much for younger children.
Walking Venice Family Tours
Private Family Venice Tour with Local Guide
This private tour includes fun activities, entertaining stories, a tasty treat, and unforgettable memories. This private Venice family tour is customizable so it can be tailored to your kids’ needs, interests, and energy level.
Venice for Kids Walking Tour
Keep your kids engaged and entertained during your time in Venice with a family-friendly walking tour! With this two hour interactive experience, parents and children alike will explore St Mark’s Square to Rialto Bridge guided by an experienced local guide. This unique adventure is packed with exciting stories, activities and mysteries related to Venice’s artistry and culture – sure to capture the imagination of all who attend!
Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour
Another one of the city’s great guided tours, this two hour adventure is designed with kids in mind and will take ou all over the incredible city of Venice. You’ll see the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Marco Polo’s house. It’s a great tour to help your family get oriented in Venice and see some of the most famous landmarks.
Venice Scavenger Hunt and Self Guided Walking Tour
For kids who like treasure hunts and are on a budget, this self guided tour is a great pick. At only $6, it’s worth trying. Embark on a thrilling journey around the island of Venice with your family to uncover hidden gems down narrow streets and canals. Use clues from each attraction to find the next destination, stimulating logic, observation skills and imagination! Plus gain local knowledge about the area as you play. Devoid of any timeline restrictions or deadlines – pause anytime before continuing later or even another day at your own leisurely pace. Whether joining forces for team-building purposes in companies, couples on an outing together – everyone is welcome! Be ready for a unique experience and fun for kids who like to solve puzzles. You’ll see the main landmarks and learn some history too! Win-win.
Family Friendly Private Tour of Venice
This highly rated private tour of Venice is geared specifically for kids. Your guide will take you around the city and keep kids engaged in learning while enjoying the unique parts of the city.
Guided Tour of Venice for Families
Explore Venice with an expert local guide and discover its main attractions on this 2.5-hour walking tour! Travel to the celebrated Rialto Bridge, Campo San Bartolomeo, Marco Polo’s house and St. Mark’s Square while having fun along the way – our kid-friendly guides make sure your children will love learning about Venetian culture too! Enjoy all that Venice has to offer in a small group setting for a unique experience you won’t soon forget.
Venice Tour for Kids with Gelato
Let your family embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery in Venice with this intimate, small-group tour. While exploring the city at sunset and nightfall, you’ll get to experience highlights such as the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Cathedral and much more! Your guide will make it even better by sharing unique stories that engage kids’ imaginations along with games and activities specifically tailored for them. Don’t forget to pause midway through – enjoy a traditional pizza dinner before ending off the night with some refreshing gelato (or hot chocolate during winter).
Specific Attraction Venice Family Tours
Peggy Guggenheim Collection Tour for Kids and Families
For art aficionados touring Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a must-see. To prevent kids from becoming bored and fidgety, opt for an exclusive guided tour with a child-friendly guidewho supplies age appropriate games, quizzes, and contests to keep little ones entertained throughout their visit! Not only will you have direct access to your guide for any questions that may arise along the way but also avoid long ticket lines as entry into The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is included in the price of admission.
St Marks Square & Doge’s Palace Guided Tour for Families
For families wanting a knowledgeable guide to help their children understand what St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace are all about, this family friendly guided tour is a great choice. It will give you entry to the palace with a skip the line ticket. It’s one of the best venice tours for the palace.
Adventurous Venice Family Tours
Paddle Board the Canals of Venice
If you’re looking for something a little different during your Venice trip and you have adventurous kids, consider paddleboarding the canals. Embark on an exploration of the city and discover its exquisite, hidden architectural particulars that you may not have noticed before. Take a few moments to marvel at the majestic palaces, canals, and churches with explanations from your guide about each location’s historical significance. Immerse yourself in Venice’s history!
Bike Tour on Lido Island
Escape the touristy areas of Venice and explore Lido Island by bike! Shop at its market, marveling in front of grand hotels constructed during the 1920s’ Art Noveau period. Afterwards, take your bike along the lagoon’s edge to obtain a special view of Venice before arriving at an old Israelitic cemetery. Peruse around a lighthouse and bike through San Nicolò harbor mouth for an experience like no other.
On this unique and unforgettable bike ride, experience the lagoon side of the island with stunning views of Poveglia Island, Lazzaretto Vecchio and San Lazzaro degli Armeni. When you’re done biking around, why not take a refreshing dip in the ocean? Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit for an even more enjoyable tour!
Learn How to Row a Gondola
If you want to do something unique on your Venice trip, book a lesson with Row Venice. Row Venice is a dedicated non-profit organization consisting of both passionate women and expert vogatrici, who are all Venetian by birth or choice. Their main goal is to protect the traditional aquatic culture and customs of Venice, particularly the voga alla veneta rowing technique—standing up facing forward—which has become legendary thanks to its use by gondoliers throughout history. You can take a gondola ride, or you can learn how to row a gondola yourself! It’s such a fun memory!
Venice at Carnival`
If you’re visiting Venice during Carnival, this is a great theater walking show/tour that is really fun and different!
FAQs About Venice Family Tours
Is Venice good for families?
The short answer? Yes! Venice is a fascinating place for kids and they will love seeing all the boats. There’s also so much history, art, and culture to learn here. The one note I will leave is that if you have very small toddlers or babies that require strollers or like to run away, it can be very challenging. Strollers are impossible with all the bridges and stairs you’ll need to cross. I recommend putting babies in carriers and ditching the stroller.
Venice is a truly magical city and the perfect destination for families looking to explore something new. From taking family tour in Venice to rowing your own gondola, there are plenty of activities that will make your vacation one you’ll never forget! Not only can you enjoy all these experiences together as a family but also learn about Venetian culture along the way. I hope yone of these Venice family tours will work for you and your family trip to venice will be made even more memorable.
Need More Info on Venice?
- The Best Things to do in Venice
- Where to Stay in Venice
- Venice Food Guide
- Venice Packing List
- How to Get Around Venice – Transportation Guide
- Venice with Kids
- One Day in Venice Itinerary
- How Much Does a Gondola Ride Cost
- How to Book a Photoshoot in Venice
- New Venice Tourist Booking System
- Paddleboarding in Venice
- Day Trips from Venice
- Venice Home Page