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Family holidays in Sweden

Sweden is the perfect place for a family holiday. Indeed, during the late spring and summer months this most welcoming of countries really comes into its own. The cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg come alive, as restaurants and cafes spill onto the streets and the locals shake of the cobwebs at the end of the long Scandinavian winter. The green parks and open spaces become a playground for adults and kids alike and the country's stunning coastal regions are at their sparkling best.

Here we take a closer look at the best family attractions to be found in Stockholm, Gothenburg and the west coast, and recommend some tours, excursions and attractions to help you make the most of your summer holiday in this wonderful family destination.

Stockholm for families

Blessed with a wealth of attractions including world-class museums, amusement parks and plenty of opens spaces, Sweden's colourful capital makes an ideal destination for a short family break, or as part of a longer summer holiday. The majority of the cities family-oriented attractions can be found on the island of Djurgarden, within a short distance of each other, allowing you to spend your days exploring a number of attractions without the need for too much travelling.

Grona Lund, Stockholm

Attractions in Stockholm

Skansen open-air museum - This museum is a highlight of any trip to Stockholm, combining the unique history of the world's oldest open-air museum with the Stockholm Zoo where visitors will discover all manner of native wildlife including lynx, wolves, bears, moose and seals.

Grona Lund amusement park - Perfect for the whole family, this huge amusement park set right on the water near the centre of Stockholm features 32 attractions including seven roller coasters and the world's highest Free Fall Tilt.

Vasa Museum - This Stockholm institution is home to the world's only preserved seventeenth-century ship, the 69 metre-long Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage from Stockholm in 1961.

Junibacken - Astrid Lingren's world - This charming museum is great for younger children, taking visitors through the fairytale world of celebrated Swedish childrens author, Astrid Lindgren.

The National Maritime Museum - With a vast collection of floating museum ships and comprehensive boat collection, this fascinating maritime museum tracks the history of merchant shipping in Sweden.

ABBA Museum - This newly-opened museum in the heart of Stockholm is dedicated to all things ABBA, Sweden's most famous musical export. Get into the 70's swing with a range of interactive exhibits charting the meteoric careers of Bjorn, Benny. Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

Tom Tit's Experiment - This science-based, interactive museum lets kids and adults alike get to grips with all manner of science experiments, covering everything from optical illusions to earthquakes and windstorms.

Gothenburg & the west coast for families

Sweden's second city Gothenburg and the beautiful surroundings of the country's west coast offer the ideal combination of big-city buzz and a laid back coastal lifestyle, perfect for keeping the whole family happy. Spend a few days exploring Gothenburg's museums, historical sites and plentiful parks - including Liseberg, the largest theme park in Scandinavia - before hiring a car and heading to the spectacular Western Archipelago - a series of 8000 idyllic islands stretching from north to south along the coast where you'll find picturesque harbours, traditional fishing villages and some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. There's the chance to try your hand at a number of water sports and there's plenty of fun-filled activities to keep the younger kids entertained too.

Liseberg, Gothenburg

Attractions in Gothenburg

Liseberg Amusement Park - Boasting 40 different attractions and rides, including AtmosFear - Europe's tallest free-fall drop tower - Liseberg Amusement Park is certain to be a highlight of any family holiday to Gothenburg.

Universeum Science & Discovery Centre - With seven floors of extraordinary exhibits, this interactive centre is perfect for families, with some of Europe's largest marine aquariums, an amazing indoor rainforest and fascinating space exhibition, all of which is located right in the heart of Gothenburg.

Alvsborg Fortress - This historic fortress, dating back to the 17th century, is one of Gothenburg's most interesting and popular attractions, located on Alvsbord Island, a 30-minute boat ride from the city.
Maritiman - Maritime Museum - This maritime experience centre in Gothenburg's port has a number of fun and interactive exhibits telling the history of the city's seafaring exploits past and present.
Attractions on the West Coast

Havets Hus - Ocean's House Aquarium - With almost 40 aquariums, filled with exciting marine creatures and a number of fun and informative tours and presentations, Havets Hus is a must-see attraction on Sweden's west coast.

Nordens Ark - Noah's Ark Zoo - Set amidst the enchanting landscapes of Aby Fjord, Nordens Ark is home to an incredible array of endagered wildlife, including leopards, lynxes, wolves and tigers.

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