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Family Travel in Croatia: Kid-Friendly Activities & Travel Tips

Croatia is a great place to travel with kids—this is a country full of walkable cities, kid-friendly lodging, and plenty of ways to explore the great outdoors. Give your kids a fun history lesson among the Roman ruins of Istria, or take a traditional fishing trip in the Dalmatian Islands. From Split to Dubrovnik, from national parks to beaches, here’s where to go and what to do with tykes in tow—and some itinerary ideas to help you start planning.

Beachgoers wade in the crystalline waters of the Adriatic Sea near Zadar
Map of Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar, & More - 15 Days
Dalmatian Coast Family Holiday: Zadar, Split, Hvar, & More - 15 Days

Planning a two-week family vacation in Croatia may seem like a daunting task, but with plenty of activities for the family, the choices are endless. This itinerary is chock-full of cultural exploration and lazy beach days, from the historic city of Zadar and the small island of Krapanj to the ancient coastal city of Split and the stunning island of Hvar. You'll relax swim, snorkel, and kayak in the sparkling Adriatic, discover dramatic waterfalls and glittering emerald-green lakes in Krka National Park, and catch the most beautiful sunsets in Zadar.

The Old Town of Sibenik along the Adriatic Coast
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Šibenik, & Dubrovnik - 15 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Šibenik, & Dubrovnik - 15 Days

This 15-day family-friendly vacation focuses on a few great locations and kid-friendly hotels to keep everyone entertained from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. Enjoy a day at the beach on Cape Kamenjak, kayak from Šibenik to explore the island fort of St. Nicholas, wander the ancient Diocletian's Palace in historic Split, and take a speedboat to discover the villages, hidden caves, and cliffs of the Elafiti islands.

Splash in the emerald-green waters of Skradinski Buk falls in Krka National Park
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 11 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 11 Days

If spending 11 days traveling with the kids in tow through Croatia's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this complete itinerary is for you. You'll explore the charms of the Istrian peninsula from Pula's mini-Colosseum to the Venetian-inspired architecture of Rovinj before spending three nights in the ancient coastal city of Split discovering nearby Krka National Park and the stunning landscape beyond the coast. End in Dubrovnik and let the kids' imagination run wild as they tramp through the centuries-old streets, climb towering walls, and "sail" through the air up to Srđ Mountain.

A father and daughter duo ride the tree-lined trails of Park šuma Zlatni Rt near Rovinj
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 14 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring Croatia with the family on this packed 14-day itinerary. Stroll the pedestrian-friendly streets of Zagreb's historic neighborhoods, hunt for mushrooms alongside truffle-sniffing dogs in Istria, then continue down the Dalmatian coast to spend time in the ancient Roman city of Split and the famous island town of Hvar. Let the kids peer off Dubrovnik's imposing fortress walls and wander tucked-away stairwells and alleys and if they're up for it, enjoy a horse (or pony) ride at charming Honey Valley.

The island of Brač
Dalmatia Family Adventure: Split, Cetina River, & Hvar

This week-long itinerary is perfect for adventurous families looking to explore the Dalmatian coastline through fun, sporty activities. Starting and ending in Split, you'll spend time exploring the historic city and paddling the Marjan Peninsula before taking the day to hike, climb, swim, and jump your way down the Cetina River. Next, you'll set sail to swim and snorkel around Brač Island as you make your way to Hvar Island, in time to paddle amid the Pakleni archipelago and join a cycling tour of the island's dynamic island terrain.

Ride the cable car up Srđ Mountain to overlook Dubrovnik and the nearby Elafiti Islands
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 5 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 5 Days

Uncover Croatia's colorful history and culture on this kid-friendly 5-day itinerary focused on Split, Hvar Island, and Dubrovnik. Begin in Split, along the sunny Dalmatian coast, to explore Roman remains and an ancient palace before venturing out into the countryside on a fun ATV tour with the family. Find your way to Hvar to check out the rugged island terrain and kayak out to the nearby rocky Pakleni Islands, ending your adventure in the fortress city of Dubrovnik, a child's stone kingdom.

Mom and kids look over Dubrovnik's Old Town from Srđ Mountain
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 15 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 15 Days

This complete 15-day family vacation covers Croatia's highlights from the dynamic capital of Zagreb to the fortressed city of Dubrovnik with an exciting focus on activities sure to keep the children entertained. From one end of the country to the next, you'll explore the charming hilltop towns and Venetian-influenced cities of the Istrian peninsula, travel down the length of the sunny Dalmatian coast with two nights spent on Hvar Island, and discover the delights of the hinterland beyond the ancient city of Split. You'll spend two relaxing nights at Hotel Amarin—a haven for families, work together as a team to solve puzzles and clues to "escape" a room in Split, and kayak the Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni Islands archipelago.

Twins playing in the shallows of the clear Adriatic Sea
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 10 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 10 Days

Enjoy this 10-day family adventure highlighting the top attractions that will delight both parents and children. From Zagreb, you'll transfer to the romantic countryside of the Istrian peninsula to check out Pula and its Roman ruins before settling in Hotel Amarin for two nights just outside Rovinj. Next, you'll explore the coastal cities of Zadar and Split and kayak from Hvar Town to the Pakleni Islands, capping off your holiday with time spent in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and a child's playground.

Cool off with the family at a beach near Rovinj's town center
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 8 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 8 Days

Create unforgettable memories with your little ones on this 8-day family-oriented holiday as you cover Croatia's highlights. You'll begin in the dynamic capital of Zagreb, explore the straight-out-of-a-storybook Istrian peninsula and Rovinj, and discover the Adriatic-fueled melody of the Sea Organ in Zadar, Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace in  Split, and the rugged island terrain of Hvar. The kids will love peering over Dubrovnik's towering city walls, riding the cable car up Srđ Mountain, and meeting the animals of nearby Honey Valley.

Meet the farm animals at Medena Dolina (Honey Valley), near Dubrovnik
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 13 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 13 Days

From Zagreb's cobblestone streets to Dubrovnik's monumental encircling walls, this 13-day trip is the perfect family-friendly Croatian adventure. Discover the Roman ruins of Pula and the wonderful amenities of Hotel Amarin just outside Rovinj in Istria, then venture south along the Adriatic coastline to Zadar, Krka National Park, and the coastal city of Split with two nights spent along the Hvar Riviera. Finish in the "Adriatic Pearl," and let the kids roam the limestone-paved streets and climb the centuries-old stone ramparts of the city's many fortresses.

Kayaking the open Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni archipelago from Hvar
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 6 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 6 Days

With an exciting focus on activities sure to keep both parents and kids entertained, this quick 6-day itinerary begins in the ancient coastal city of Split and ends in the limestone-paved town of Dubrovnik. You'll discover Roman ruins throughout Split, from palaces and sphinxes to historic gates, kayak the Adriatic Sea to the wooded Pakleni Islands from sunny Hvar,  and enjoy an afternoon looking on as the kids take up the reins and ride a pony (or horse) at Honey Valley, near Dubrovnik.

Explore the Dalmatian hinterland on an ATV tour from Split
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

This packed weeklong itinerary is perfect for adventurous families who are short on time. Hit the top highlights with visits to Split and Hvar, where you'll tour ancient Roman ruins, explore the Dalmatian hinterland and rugged island terrain, and kayak the Adriatic sea to nearby islets. End in Dubrovnik to go back in time as the kids stroll the monumental city walls, peer inside fortresses, and discover hidden stairways and elusive alleys leftover from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

A young boy swims underwater in the crystalline Adriatic Sea
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 12 Days

Bring the family and spend 12 days exploring Croatia's top historical and cultural sites, featuring two nights at the kid and parent-friendly Hotel Amarin outside Rovinj. You'll begin in the capital of Zagreb before working your way around the charming Istrian peninsula from Motovun and Pula to Rovinj and nearby Park šuma Zlatni Rt. Then it's off to discover the Dalmatian coast: listen to Zadar's Sea Organ, visit an emperor's palace in Split, and swim in an emerald-green lagoon at Krka National Park, ending your stay amid secret stairwells, imposing walls, and the gleaming streets of Dubrovnik.

Kayaking the open Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni archipelago from Hvar
Map of Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 9 Days
Croatia Family Vacation: Zagreb, Rovinj, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 9 Days

From ancient Roman ruins to kayaking the Pakleni Islands archipelago, this 9-day itinerary is perfectly crafted for your next family adventure and features a mix of cultural, historic, and active pursuits. Explore the capital city of Zagreb before discovering remains of the Roman empire in Pula and the delights of the Istrian peninsula's west coast. You'll then tour Dalmatia with stops in historic Zadar, Split, and Hvar Island, ending your stay in Dubrovnik, a stone kingdom worthy of a child's imagination.