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Join Lotte and I as we explore the sunny city of Genoa over a 4-day, 3-night trip. This city, with its impressive historic center, cozy old harbor, and delicious food, is a treasure trove of activities for kids. Here’s a list of must-do highlights in Genoa with kids!

Top 10 Must-Do Highlights in Genoa with Kids

1. Aquarium

The Aquarium is arguably the most famous attraction in Genoa. We took a backstage tour, which gave us a glimpse of what happens “behind the scenes”. Lotte was particularly fond of the aquariums housing the sharks, seals, and manatees. However, the highlight for her was the “design your own fish” interactive game. This touch screen game allows you to create a unique fish, choosing its shape, color, and pattern. Once you’re done, your fish appears in a large digital aquarium on the wall.

Adults: 26€
Children: 18€ (free for children up to three years old)

2. Exploring Parchi di Nervi

Just a 15-minute train ride from Genoa, you’ll find yourself in the picturesque locale of Nervi. As soon as you step off the train, you’re greeted by the breathtaking sight of the sea. A scenic path stretches along the shore, offering stunning views, access to museums, and entrance to parks. One such park is the “Parchi di Nervi”. This park is a visual treat with its beautiful flowers, lush plants, and panoramic views. It also boasts a well-maintained playground where children can have a great time while adults can relax on a bench in the shade.

Entrance Fee: Free

3. Discovering Museum Villa Grimaldi

Located near the park is the Museum Villa Grimaldi. This museum is not just about its impressive art collection. It also offers a unique photography workshop for kids. This fun activity allows children to create and develop pictures using traditional methods, including sunlight and various developing fluids. The results are simply amazing!

Entrance Fee: Free

4. Discover the Charm of Genoa: Visit Bagni Medusa

Located on the picturesque shore of Nervi, within walking distance from the park and museum, you’ll find the delightful Bagni Medusa. This restaurant offers more than just a meal; it’s an experience that combines gastronomy with relaxation and adventure.

Experience Bagni Medusa

At Bagni Medusa, you can savor delicious food, take a refreshing dip in the sea, and unwind on the beach recliners. The restaurant provides direct access to the sea, as well as to a unique “rock pool”. This natural bath, filled with salt water and nestled in the rocks, features shallow parts suitable for kids. After a day of exploring under the hot sun, this was Lotte’s favorite activity!

Costs at Bagni Medusa

  • Adults: Free if you dine at the restaurant
  • Kids: Free if you dine at the restaurant

Experience the charm of Genoa with a visit to Bagni Medusa, where you can enjoy a unique blend of dining, relaxation, and adventure.

5. Experience Sailing in Genoa

One of the most exciting activities to do in Genoa is sailing. The old harbor of Genoa is filled with sailboats ready to take you on an unforgettable journey. Our sailing trip was organized by the Galata Museo del Mare, also known as the Museum of the Sea.

We embarked on a 1:30-hour sailing trip with four other people. The sailboat provided a stunning view of Genoa as we left the harbor. Once we reached the open sea, we had the opportunity to take a refreshing swim. Our little one, Lotte, even got the chance to steer the boat like a real captain.

Costs: For pricing details, please inquire at the Galata Museo del Mare.

6. Galata Museo del Mare: A Maritime Adventure

Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Genoa at the Galata Museo del Mare. Located in the harbor area, this museum offers a fascinating insight into the world of ancient seafaring. Experience a unique VR (virtual reality) journey and explore a real submarine, a favorite among visitors. This submarine, stationed in front of the museum, is the only one in Italy that can be visited while in water. It served the Italian navy until the year 2000. Discover what life was like for sailors aboard the submarine, where space and privacy were scarce.

The museum is quite extensive, offering both audio and guided tours. Depending on your pace, a visit can take between 2 to 4 hours. If you’re seeking educational highlights in Genoa, especially with kids, this museum is a must-visit.

Admission Fees

  • Adults: 17€
  • Kids: 12€ (free for children up to three years)

7. Jumping Paradise: A Playful Escape

Located in the old harbor is a fenced, open-air playground filled with multiple jumping cushions – Jumping Paradise. From enormous slides to smaller types, there’s something for every child. It’s a perfect spot for kids to burn off some energy.

Payment is made for each 15-minute interval, and you can specify the duration of your visit upon entry. Conveniently, a McDonald’s is just a 2-minute walk away, making it easy for your little ones to refuel and continue their playtime.

Admission Fees

8. Whale Spotting in Genoa

From the old harbor of Genoa, you can embark on expeditions to the Cetacean Sanctuary for whale spotting. This protected sea area is also home to dolphins. Onboard, a sea-biologist will provide insightful information about these majestic creatures and their unique surroundings.


  • Adults: 33€
  • Kids: 18€ (free for kids up to 4 years of age)

9. Exploring the Old Harbor

The old harbor of Genoa is not just steeped in beautiful history, but also offers a plethora of fun activities. Even if you choose not to participate in any specific activity, it’s a delightful place to relax. You can stroll past the market stands, sit on a terrace or bench to enjoy the view of the boats, savor an Italian lunch, or let the kids have fun in the playground.

Costs: free of charge

Discover Genoa: A Unique Treasure Hunt

Are you looking for a unique way to explore the historic city of Genoa? Consider embarking on a thrilling treasure hunt through the city. Equipped with a GPS and a series of riddles, you’ll uncover the best spots in the old city center. And of course, the person who solves all the riddles will receive a special reward. To participate in this exciting tour, visit the IAT Tourist Office in Via Garibaldi or Piazza Caricamento.

Cost: 12€

This article “Highlights in Genoa with Kids: 10 Must-Do Activities” is sponsored by Happy Minds.


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