What is there to do in Milan with kids? Known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan is a beautiful city. Although there are not a huge number of activities in Milan with kids, like in other major European cities, you and your kids can have at least a day of fun in this great city. It’s also just what you and your kids like to do. We list the top 13 attractions in Milan with kids for you here!
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How to get to Milan with kids
There are several ways you can visit the city of Milan with kids. Many Dutch families visit the city while vacationing at Lake Garda, for example. You can then drive to Milan by car or there are possibilities that you take the train to Milan.
For a city trip to Milan, the car is obviously a bit inconvenient, as it would be a very long hour drive. Then you can fly to Milan just fine by plane. You fly to Milan from the Netherlands in an hour and a half. There are several airlines that fly daily from the Netherlands to Milan.
Milan with kids #1: visiting Piazza del Duomo
Every tourist visiting Milan will eventually come across the city’s most famous square: Piazza del Duomo. In fact, this main square is home to the city’s No. 1 landmark: Milan’s famous cathedral (Duomo Santa Maria Nascente). On the same square is also the beautiful shopping street Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
As a starting point for a city trip to Milan with kids, this is a great place. You can see the inside of the cathedral for free, and it is possible to take your kids to the cathedral’s roof terrace to enjoy the view for a fee. You can choose to go to this roof terrace by stairs or by elevator. Tickets for the stairs are slightly cheaper than the elevator.
Of course, if your kids are not too young, it’s more fun to actively climb the stairs! Just keep in mind that in the summer months the lines will be quite considerable to buy a ticket, so if you already know when you’re going to Milan, you can order tickets online in advance.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade that faces the beautiful cathedral is fun to walk through and take a look at the expensive brands that have premises there, but there is little to do for kids (unless they really like shopping and have lots and lots of pennies ;)). The only thing that will possibly appeal to kids on this shopping street is the Mac Donalds that is also located here. Still, it’s fun to take a look, but after ten minutes you’ve seen it here.
Milan with kids: fun parks
In Milan you have a number of fun parks to go to with kids and we list the best ones for you:
#2 Giardini Indro Montanelli: Just over a fifteen-minute walk from Piazza del Duomo is this fun city park. This beautiful park with its many fountains is an ideal place to let your kids play and run around for a while. In fact, there are no less than three playgrounds in the park with a few slides and swings.
In addition, a small train runs through the park and bumper cars can be found in the park. There is also plenty of grass in the park for a nice picnic. Buy some food at the supermarket and have a nice lunch with the family somewhere in the shade on the grass! By the way, there are a few tents in the park where you can buy some food.
#3 Parco Sempione: This is the other big park which is in the city and you can walk to it from Piazza del Duomo in about 12 minutes. In the park you will find a small lake with turtles, a playground and a number of vans selling ice cream and candy. The park also features a small aquarium with various fish, shellfish and squid and is free to visit. There is also an observation tower here, where you can go up for a few euros.
#4 Parco Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano: This park has a fun playground in the shape of a large circle with various swings and climbing equipment. It is a half-hour walk from the Duomo or 15 minutes by subway (get off at Gioia station).
Tip: This park is also great for cooling off. In fact, the park is located at Piazza Gae Aulenti, where the square is full of fountains and kids can enjoy playing with the water here on a hot day. So bring a set of swimwear for the kids, if necessary.
#5 Parco Boscoincitta: If you really want to get out into nature and go to a very large park, this park is a good option. The park is not easy to get to. You cannot walk from the center to this park and will have to take the metro (a little more 15 minutes travel time, get off at Bonola station, metro line 1 and then it’s another 15-minute walk). In the park you will find a large lake and there you will find hundreds of turtles lying on logs in the sun. An ideal park to take a nice walk through nature in Milan with kids.
Milan with kids: family-friendly museums
Milan also has a number of museums, some of which are fairly family-friendly. We list the most important museums in Milan with kids for you:
#6 Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia: This is the city’s science museum and you will find machines and devices designed by Leonarda da Vinci. There are several departments related to communications, transportation and space. You’ll find old-fashioned trains, a submarine (which you can also enter) and a rocket in this museum.
The museum is quite large, but don’t expect too much interaction like the science museums we know in the Netherlands like Nemo. For most of the exhibits, it is mainly looking and reading the information accompanying it. There are a few exhibits where there is interaction and kids can play a game, for example. Still, you can easily spend half a day entertaining at this museum, and especially in bad weather, this is an option.
#7 MUBA museum: this is the children’s museum in Milan intended mainly for young kids. The emphasis at this museum is on discovering and learning things through play. Here kids can play with different blocks, draw and play with clay.
#8 Museo Storia Naturale: this is the city’s natural history museum and you will find many stuffed animals here. The museum is not very interactive for kids, but if your kids love stuffed animals this is an option. This two-story, 23-room museum also features dinosaurs.
#9 Castello Sforzesco: This castle is found in park Sempione and looks beautiful from the outside with beautiful castle walls and towers. Inside you will find art by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. If your kids find art very interesting, then it is an option for you and otherwise admire the castle from the outside when you visit the park.
Milan with kids: exploring the city
You can explore the city of Milan with kids in several ways. Below we list some of these ways for you.
#10 Hop on Hop off bus: the famous red buses with open roof also run through the city of Milan and we always find it a wonderful way to explore the city outdoors. You can buy a ticket for 24/ 48 and 72 hours. In all, there are four different routes the buses run through the city.
Although most of the sights can be easily reached by subway, the bus passes almost all of the city’s attractions and, of course, you see a lot more of the city of Milan. If you want to see a lot of the city in a short time, this is definitely a good option.
#11 Bike tour of the city: the Dutch company Bajbikes organizes bike tours of the city of Milan with a Dutch-speaking guide. In a tour of about 3.5 hours, you will pass by the city’s main attractions. They have children’s bikes for kids as young as 8 years old, and they also have children’s bike seats, so you and your kids can join this bike ride just fine.
We did this in Paris with Bajabikes and found it to be a really fun bike tour that gave a good introduction to the city. For more information on these bike tours in Milan, take a look here.
Milan with kids #12: Visit the san siro stadium
For kids (and parents) who love soccer, a visit to Milan is not complete with a visit to stadium San Siro. This stadium of major soccer clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan is about a 20-minute subway ride away and there is an option to book a guided tour.
During the tour, you will visit both teams’ locker rooms, the field and the trophy case. For more information on a tour of the stadium check out the stadium website here.
A tour is obviously fun, but visiting a game is of course even more awesome. Check the playing schedule of both clubs and buy a ticket for the match in advance online or in town. When we were there Inter Milan had to play soccer for the league and as you can see from the pictures there was still plenty of room in the stadium. There were a number of places in the center where you could buy tickets, and it was also possible to buy tickets at the stadium itself.
Milan with kids: other activities
#13 Torre Branca: this is an observation tower where you have a great view of Milan. The tower can be found in park Sempione, which we told you about here earlier. For a few euros, you can ascend 120 meters by elevator here, after which you have a 360-degree view of the city of Milan.
Milan with kids: car rental
If you are going to do the activities described above in Milan with kids, then a car might come in handy. Basically, there is public transportation in the city, but having your own car can obviously be an option. We actually find the cars from Sunny Cars are always top notch!
You actually have all costs included in the price here and are insured for most things (including your deductible). We have had problems with this in the past with other rental companies, because all kinds of costs are added at the destination. With Sunny Cars, you know that’s not the case and that’s a nice feeling. You can additionally cancel the car 1 hour before your reservation free of charge. You can also rent a car in Milan with kids from Sunny Cars.
Where to sleep in Milan with kids
You can stay in Milan with kids just fine. There are plenty of hotels that offer rooms for families with kids. We list the best options in each price range. Press the blue link for more information on that hotel.
Budget hotel: Aparthotel Meneghino
Mid-range hotel: Duomo hotel & apartments
Luxury hotel: Intomilan Aparthotel Galleria Duomo
To search for other hotels in Milan with kids click here for the whole list of hotels.