There are so many things to see and do in AdelaideHere are our favourite family friendly activities in the region
Hit the beach
Most beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city and Adelaide's warm climate means you can enjoy them practically all year round. Head north for some family-friendly beaches with attractions for the kids.
Catch the tram from Adelaide to historic Glenelg, just 12 kilometres from the city centre. Browse the shops and cafés on Jetty Road and at Holdfast Shores Marina. Mosey through Moseley Square and along the jetty as you overlook the water. Picnic under the pine trees and watch the beach-goers stroll by. Brought the kids? No worries – there's an adventure park called the Beachhouse to keep them occupied for hours.
Alternatively, head down to Henley Beach. There's a great beachside atmosphere in the square with cafes, pubs and ice-cream shops available to help you through those hot summer days. Its wide sandy beaches and gentle waves are perfect for the kids looking to play a game of beach cricket or collect some shells.
Parks, Gardens and Zoos
Adelaide's laid-back attitude makes it the perfect place to bring the family. With plenty of activities to keep the little ones happy, no doubt parents will be happy too.
It may be known as the city of churches but Adelaide also boasts stunning Botanic Gardens and plenty of parks, for the kids to run around and burn off some of that energy! Does your little one have a keen interest in animals?
Take them to Adelaide Zoo. You can meet the Southern Hemisphere’s only breeding pair of Giant Pandas. Or they can listen to the roars of the tigers and lions, or see if they can reach as tall as the giraffes. If they have an inquisitive mind, head to the South Australian Museum where kids are encouraged to get hands-on and learn about the world around us in an interactive way.
South Australia’s historic oval has been the site of many historic cricket matches. Legendary Sir Donald Bradman made Adelaide his home and graced the hallowed turf of the oval on many occasions. The sporting great is honoured here with a museum display showcasing his career in a state-of-the-art, purpose built museum. The Bradman Collection lives in the newly-built Riverbank Stand. The venue seats more than 50,000 spectators and is Adelaide's home of AFL as well as cricket and depending on the age of your kids, you can choose which to attend.
The Festival City
If you love being part of an enthralled theatre audience, dancing to international music, laughing at cheeky comedians or being mesmerised by innovative visual arts, then Adelaide is for you. March is the time to come to Adelaide if you want to experience its thriving festival scene. Dubbed Mad March – you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to what to see with thousands of shows and things to do in Adelaide during this time.
The Adelaide Festival is one of the world's great art festivals. Held annually, it has a diverse, must-see program and the Adelaide Fringe is now so popular, it's the second biggest fringe festival in the world. Encompassing theatre, comedy, dance, circus, spoken word, film and visual arts, the Fringe attracts some of the finest artists from Australia and overseas.
The exciting Adelaide Film Festival is where you'll catch world movie premieres, film forums and more. It's the only Australian festival that both screens and finances films. It even has a best feature award, valued at $25,000. It's the first film festival award of its kind in Australia.
WOMADelaide is four days of dazzling music from around the globe. It’s held in the heart of the city at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Giant Moreton Bay fig trees provide shady groves for performances, while the lawn provides plenty of room to dance.
During the winter months, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival will warm you up. It offers a dazzling assortment of old world and innovative cabaret acts with respected creative directors over the years including David Campbell, Kate Ceberano and Barry Humphries.
Alternatively, the Feast Festival is one of the three major gay and lesbian festivals in Australia. Enjoy a program of theatre, cabaret, comedy, film, literature, visual arts and community events.
Or if music is more your thing, the Australian International Cello Festival is a biennial event and is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The best of international and Australian cellists delight audiences throughout the 10-day event. Back
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