Namur with kids: 4 family activities!
A day trip to Namur with kids is definitely a great idea when visiting the Belgian Ardennes with the family. We visited the Belgian Ardennes with our daughter during the summer vacations and already wrote the blog the Belgian Ardennes with kids about this region, where we listed all the activities of the region. We also visited Namur for a day and there is enough to keep you entertained for at least a day. Following our visit, we list all the activities you can do in Namur with kids.
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Namur with kids #1: Queen Fabiola amusement park.
Surely the most fun activity to do in Namur with kids is Queen Fabiola amusement park. Now amusement park is a bit of an odd name for this large playground with virtually no rides, but it is certainly fun to visit this park with young kids.
The amusement park is located slightly outside the center of Namur, and you can park your car for free near the playground. Another option is to take the cable car from the center up the mountain and from the cable car station it is a few minutes walk to this amusement park. You can buy tickets at the park’s box office and admission costs a few euros per person.
The amusement park has several playgrounds found in different parts of the park. Count on the park being suitable for young kids up to about 10 years old. Some of the playground equipment had enough challenge for our seven-year-old daughter and are also fun for slightly older kids, but you don’t need to go here with adolescents.
It is also possible to ride go-karts across a traffic square, there are electric carts, there is a trampoline and you can play miniature golf. You do pay a small extra fee for these attractions at the park itself. In addition, there is a restaurant at the park, where you can get something to eat and drink. In total, we spent about an hour or two to three in this park. So count on roughly including some food and drinks for half a day of entertainment at this park in Namur with kids.
Namur with kids #2: Cable car up the mountain
From the center of Namur, you can take the cable car up the mountain. The cable car connects the city center to the citadel located on the mountain. This cable car costs a few euros round trip and kids pay a reduced rate. You can get to the top by cable car in a few minutes and, of course, you have a great view of the city from the cable car.
By the way, you have this view even better once you get off the cable car and stand on top of the mountain. So from here you can also walk to the amusement park and it is possible to visit the citadel (if your kids like castles), but even if you don’t feel the need for this it is fun to have a drink at the top of the mountain. In fact, there is a restaurant near the cable car station at the top of the mountain, where you can get something to eat and drink.
The restaurant has several reclining chairs, from which you have a nice view of the city of Namur. If you don’t want to spend money on parking, you can also drive your car up the mountain first, park the car there for free and then take the cable car down and later take the cable car back up the mountain. That way, you can also visit the center of Namur.
Namur with kids #3: Downtown Namur
Downtown Namur is cozy and it is definitely fun to take a tour of the downtown area. For example, downtown has a number of car-free streets and you can see street art on the buildings in several places downtown. It is also possible to walk a street art route and a map of this route can be found here.
Another route that is fun to walk in downtown Namur with kids is the Little Men’s Route. An artist has hidden 45 little men in the center of the city and it is obviously fun to search for them with kids. More information about this project and also a map of where the males are hidden can be found here.
Namur’s downtown also has plenty of nice little squares where you can have a bite to eat and a drink. We walked around the center of Namur, did some shopping, had some dinner on a terrace and in total we spent about two to three hours here in the afternoon. We had parked the car in the center, but so in retrospect it would have been cheaper to leave the car at the top of the amusement park and take the cable car down.
Namur with kids #4: Railbiking Les Draisines de la Molignée
Ok, this activity may not be in Namur itself, but half an hour away by car, but it is great fun to do when visiting the city of Namur. We went rail biking at Les Draisines de la Molignée, which involves cycling on a bike along a track. You can choose from three different options here in terms of bike routes. In fact, you have a six-kilometer route, an eight-kilometer route and a fourteen-kilometer route.
The route that takes the shortest time is the eight-kilometer route and we also cycled it and in total we were on the road for two hours. You ride along a railroad track and actually cycle a certain route in succession. We found this a very fun activity to do with our daughter and at the end of the route (i.e. at the halfway point, since you bike the same route back) we had a drink.
We were lucky that the weather was beautiful and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. You can fit three people on a bike and in terms of heaviness it wasn’t too bad for us. We pedaled most of the route and our daughter was in the middle. For more information, take a look at this Dutch-language website.
Where to stay in Namur with kids?
You can stay in Namur with kids in a number of accommodations. A number of accommodations have family rooms for families with kids, and we’ve listed the ones that score best in different price ranges.
Luxury Accommodation: Les Tanneurs