Sicily is quickly becoming a favourite place for tourists to spend a vacation with kids. The friendly attitude of the locals towards children in particular has furthered many programs and activities that are held all over the island. It is a haven for both adults- who can delight themselves with gastronomic excursions, visits to museums and to architectural wonders dating to the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Northern Europeans- and for children of all ages who can participate in fun activities at the many water and adventure parks, nature reserves, and beaches around Sicily. More and more families who plan a vacation to Sicily are drawn to several types of accommodations other than the usual crowded motels to make their trip more enjoyable, resorting instead to the many Sicilian villas offered for rent directly by local owners- especially beachfront villas with private pools where they can relax in comfort and luxury after a long day of sightseeing.
Sicily has some of the best amusement parks in Italy, filled with water rides, roller coasters, and theme-based playgrounds. The most famous is undoubtedly Etnaland, which much like Disneyland evolves constantly providing new rides and attractions yearly. Its life-size dinosaur statues are a thrill for all children. Another speciality of Sicily is the variety of adventure parks with plenty of fun activities supervised by expert instructors - including tree climbing, obstacle courses, acrobatics, rope jumping, orienteering trails, and more. These are appropriate for children of all ages (2 yrs and up) and even toddlers as in the case of Monte Rossi Adventure Park (kids ages 0-5 and up), where parents also participate to make it a perfect family adventure. Courses are designed according to age group and level of experience. Check out Parco Avventura Madonie, where kids will also acquire an education in geology, environmental concepts, and guides to healthy living & nutrition. Guided excursions to active Mt. Etna and hiking around the craters are an adventure that every kid will love- especially the cable-ride to the top!
Don’t forget exciting water sports like surfing, kayaking, scuba-diving and some good old fashioned beach fun like kite-flying at the beaches of San Vito lo Capo, Mondello (a family favourite and safe overall due to its shallow waters), Favignana and Cefalù.
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