Slovenia is prime family-holiday territory, especially in July and August when Europeans hit the road and celebrate the summer break. Waterparks, caves, swimmable lakes and walking trails designed for little legs are just part of the story – many businesses go out of their way to make families welcome.
Best Regions for Kids
Capital attractions include a bridge guarded by dragons, a castle reached by funicular, a zoo, the House of Experiments and a mega-waterpark.
- Lake Bled & the Julian Alps
Cable cars to mountaintops, lakes to swim in, boat rides, gorges, waterfalls and glamping.
- Western Slovenia & the Soča Valley
More waterfalls and gorges, great campgrounds, and a river perfect for family adventures.
- The Karst Region & Coast
Enormous caves fuel the imagination, plus castles, dancing horses, and seaside activities.
- Eastern Slovenia
More castles, forest trails, waterparks, and uncrowded ski areas.
Slovenia for Kids
If you’re travelling with kids, you’re in for a pretty easy ride. Slovenia gets a big tick for its friendly locals, accessible nature, unique attractions and short travel distances. Get your kids involved in your travel plans – if they’ve helped to work out where you’re going and they've heard plans of dancing white horses, train rides through caves, or dragons on bridges, they'll have plenty to look forward to in Slovenia.
Sights & Activities
Parents should enquire at local tourist information centres – everywhere has attractions where kids are king, and there will be recommendations on sights, activities and how to spend a rainy day.
Newer museums are interactive (some have a dedicated kids’ section), and there are parks, playgrounds and swimming pools, plus year-round waterparks. Many attractions allow free admission for young kids (up to about age seven) and half-price (or substantially discounted) admission for those up to about 15. Family tickets are usually available.
In the great outdoors, there are loads of family-friendly activities. Kids (and adults) will enjoy paddling on a lake at Bled or Bohinj, swimming in the Adriatic, taking a cable car up a mountain at Vogel or Velika Planina, or riding a train through a cave at mighty Postojna. Winter activities include ski schools – close to Ljubljana there's Krvavec ski centre; in the west, Kranjska Gora is well set up; and the east has Maribor Pohorje.
Popular warm-weather activities like rafting on the Soča River can be done from around age five; other adventures (kayaking, canyoning) are possible from around age 10.
Sleeping & Eating
In peak season (July and August) campgrounds are hives of activity, and many organise activity programs for junior guests; some are attached to waterparks. Campgrounds often have bungalows for rent, while glamping brings some creature comforts to the great outdoors – and with options ranging from log cabins to treehouses and safari tents, is a fun way to amuse the kids.
Some hostels are geared more to young backpackers, while others are set up for, and welcoming to, families. Rooms may sleep up to six (in bunks); there will invariably be kitchen and lounge facilities. Check out the apartments at Jazz Hostel in Bled, or family rooms at Hostel Pod Voglom on Lake Bohinj. Farmstays offer a rural idyll and/or the chance to get your hands dirty and are perfect for families. Many guesthouses and hotels offer family-sized rooms, and self-catering villas and apartments are plentiful.
On the whole, restaurants welcome children. Many will have a highchair and children’s menu, or serve the kind of food kids will eat (like pizza and pasta). Self-catering is a breeze if you stay somewhere with kitchen facilities – larger supermarkets stock all you’ll need (including baby items), but may have shorter hours than you might expect. There are oodles of prime picnic spots.
Having your own vehicle will make life a lot easier, but getting around using public transport isn’t impossible. A cycling holiday may be doable with older kids, as distances between towns are not vast. Larger bike-rental outfits supply kids bikes.
The best time for families to visit Slovenia is the best time for most travellers – between May and September. Local school holidays run from late June to early September. On the plus side, good weather is likely, attractions are in full swing, and your kids are likely to meet other kids. On the downside, beaches and attractions are busy, and accommodation is in demand (and charges peak prices).
All car-rental firms in Slovenia have children’s safety seats for hire; make sure you book one in advance. Likewise, book cots (cribs).
Atlantis Sixteen (16!) pools in the capital.
Terme Čatež Near Brežice, with watery activities and a campground bursting with family fun.
Terme Ptuj Out east, with indoor and outdoor pools and lots of waterslides.
Dolenjske Toplice Ahoy! The Laguna at Balnea Wellness Centre has a pool with pirate ship.
Terme Olimia At Podčetrtek, with an abundance of slides, pools and activities, plus a child-care club.
Vintgar Gorge Near Bled, this is an easy path (1.6km each way) through fabulous nature, on a wooden walkway.
Postojna Cave Stalagmites, stalactites, a train ride through a cave, eyeless human fish. If your kid likes science projects, this is paradise.
Križna Cave You’re supplied with boots and a lamp, and you get a short boat ride across a lake inside a cave.
Kozjak Waterfall From Kobarid, a forested walk to a beautiful chute.
Bled For lake swimming, rowboats, bike rides and the kremšnita cream cake.
Bohinj More lake swimming, boat rides, horse-riding, and a cable-car ride up Vogel.
Bovec Family river-rafting is perfect, the older/braver can try canyoning and kayaking.
Kranjska Gora Winter skiing is facility-laden; summertime sees hiking and cycling.
Portorož The most active city on the coast, with lots of seaside activities.
Logarska Dolina The Fairytale Forest perfectly pairs walking trails with storytelling.