Greece’s Thessaly region has been occupied since long ago, even featuring in homer’s odyssey. It’s capital, Larissa, is home to fun and exciting activities that anyone, especially kids, can participate. We have selected some of the best options for things to see and do in this lovely place for the whole family.
Outdoor activities are good for kids because it takes them close to nature and at the same time, provide them the opportunity to exercise. The Olympos Trek is an ideal option for families with kids who want to explore the depth of the natural environment. The trek is the perfect hiking activity that takes kids to the summit where they can have the most amazing view they’ll ever experience. Some people also take their kids for rafting on the river, which is an amazing fun on its own.
Larissa Ancient Ruins
Go with the kids on a journey to discover art and lifestyle thousands of years ago. The Larissa Ancient Ruins offer a stunning view of the second largest ancient theatre anywhere in Greece. It’s not just one of the best places for kids and parents to see in the city, it is free, easy to locate, and the guides provide amazing stories that are connected to the people who built and used the theatre.
It is highly recommended that you include visiting beaches on your adventure in the city of Larissa. The beaches here are gorgeously irresistible, offering a collection of the most exciting activities you can ever imagine. One of the beaches you should explore is the Agioi Saranta, with its clear waters, peace, and lovely sand. It is only 13 min drive from the Larissa Ancient Ruins, so you can connect both places together, to visit the same day, if you wish. Stomio Beach is another great option, offering luxury suites, excellent hospitality, impeccable cleanliness, great views, and irresistible food. You can also try out Koutsoupia Beach, a large beach with small pebbles. However, try to visit during the week if you don’t like the crowd.
Diachronic Museum of Larissa
Here is one of the best museums you will find in the city. The Diachronic Museum of Larissa represents the historical continuity of the Larissa city with artifacts as old as 10,000 years. More than 2,000 objects are on exhibition, including ancient Byzantine and Greek history. They have an educational program where kids can participate and greatly benefit from, especially when combined with knowledgeable tour guides that tell all the fun stories.
The Pinios River is another great place the kids are going to love. Many tourists love to come here to jog, bike, run, and get close to nature in the center of a major city. Also, if the weather is getting too hot, you can come here to relax as you watch other people do their thing. In the past 15 years, the government has done a lot of job turning this place to a great tourist location, so you should take advantage of that to have a great time with your children.