Athens

Athens

The capital of Greece is a lively city full of history and character. Athens is of course considered the birthplace of Western civilization and the Acropolis is not to be missed – but there are tons of other things to see and enjoy with kids as well!

Athens center
Acropolis
Acropolis Museum
Syntagma
Ancient Greek Agora, Roman Agora
Psyrri, Monastiraki, Plaka
Athens Museum of Illusions

A bit further away from the center
National Gallery Athens
National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens
Hellenic Children’s Museum

Northern suburbs
X-Plore Entertainment Center
Athens Olympic Museum
Volta Fun Town

Southern suburbs
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Flisvos Marina
Notos restaurant and playground

East of Athens
Attica Zoological Park

Map

Athens Center

Acropolis

Acropolis is the most iconic place in Greece. No visit to Athens is complete without visiting the Acropolis and the Museum of Acropolis. The word acropolis means the fortified height of the city, the citadel. If you have to choose only one thing to see in Athens, this is it!

Acropolis of Athens
http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh351.jsp?obj_id=2384
Athens 105 58, Greece
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Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is one of the most important museums in the world. It houses archaeological findings from only one site, the Acropolis. There is also a restaurant with captivating view of the Arcopolis

Acropolis Museum
https://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/
Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece
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Syntagma

Syntagma square is where the Greek Parliament is. It is the most important square of modern Athens from a historical point of view. There you can see there the ceremonial change of guards every hour right in front of the parliament. Today Syntagma is also the heart of the commercial area. Take a stroll at Ermou, a busy street full of shops that starts from Syntagma and takes you to Monastiraki

Syntagma square
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Ancient Greek Agora, Roman Agora

The Agora was the beating heart of the city. Where ancient Athenians were gathering, discussing and making decisions democratically. Where business was taking place. Where philosophers and performers would be found. The Roman Agora was the meeting point during the Roman era of Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens
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Adrianou 24, Athina 105 55, Greece
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Psyrri, Monastiraki, Plaka

In Plaka you can enjoy a stroll around the picturesque street while stumbling upon ancient ruins. Psyrri is a gentrified neighborhood. It is contemporary with countless cafés, bars, restaurants and amazing street art. Monastiraki hosts a flea market and the landmarks like the Ancient Agora and the Stoa of Attalos are well known. There are tons of cafés, bars, restaurants and traditional taverns

Monastiraki
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Athens Museum of Illusions

A fun break from sightseeing, the Athens Museum of Illusions is situated at Monastiraki, close to the metro station

Museum of Illusions Athens – Greece
https://museumofillusions.gr/athens/
Ermou 119 Entrance from, Astiggos 12, Athina 105 55, Greece
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A bit further from the center of Athens

If you want to learn more about Greek painters and how art has evolved, this is a good place to start. This is not really a kids friendly place, but if you are into art, then it’s worth a visit. The last floor has more contemporary art

National Gallery Athens
https://www.nationalgallery.gr/el/
National Gallery Athens 116 34, Greece
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National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

If you are more into modern art, then this is a good choice. There is a treasure hunt for kids too, where you look around to find specific works of art

National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens
https://www.emst.gr/en/
Kallirrois and Frantzi, Athens 11743, Greece
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Hellenic Children’s Museum

A small activity center for kids run by volunteers. This is situated near the National Gallery, so it might be a good idea to combine the two places. The Children’s Museum is quite small and limited unforunately, but it makes for a fun couple of hours if you are in the area

Hellenic Children’s Museum
https://www.hcm.gr/
Rigillis &Vasileos Georgiou B’ Ave 17-19, Athina 106 75, Greece
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Northern suburbs

X-Plore Entertainment Center

If you want to venture a bit further away from the center, then X-plore at Golden Hall is great for kids! There are three sections: Adventure, Science and Oceans. There is also an outdoor playground. This is about half an hour drive from the center of Athens (or about an hour by public transport)

XPLORE Entertainment Center
https://www.x-plore.gr/en/index
Leof. Kifisias 37Α, Marousi 151 23, Greece
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Athens Olympic Museum

At the same mall as X-Plore is the Athens Olympic Museum. Worth checking out, if you want to learn all about the Olympic Games.

Athens Olympic Museum
https://athensolympicmuseum.org/en/
Leof. Kifisias 37a, Marousi 151 23, Greece
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Volta Fun Town

Very close to X-Plore and the Athens Olympic Museum there is an amusement park with indoor and outdoor activities for kids. Playgrounds and jumping castles and much more

Volta Fun Town
https://voltafunpark.com/avenue/
Leof. Kifisias 41-45, Marousi 151 23, Greece
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Southern suburbs

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Designed by Renzo Piano and located in Palaio Faliro SNFCC hosts the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. There is a park there too. Many events for adults, families and kids are organized. There is also an explorer’s backpack for kids!

Photo: Dimitris Chapsoulas

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
https://www.snfcc.org/en
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 364, Kallithea 176 74, Greece
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Flisvos Marina

Close to SNFCC lies Flisvos Marina, a great place to stroll around with cafés and restaurants overlooking the sea. There is also a small amusement park with a playground, a carousell, jumping castles and trampolines, perfect for younger kids

Flisvos Marina, Athina 175 61, Greece
https://www.flisvosmarina.com/
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Notos restaurant and playground

This is a good solution if you are in the area swimming and are looking for something to eat and have a playground nearby

Notos Cafe Bar Restaurant
Leof. Kon/nou Karamanli, Voula 166 73, Greece
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East of Athens

Attica Zoological Park

Attica Zoological Park has a variety of animals as well as dolphin shows. You can also feed giraffes and walk in the lemures enclosure. The zoo is close to the airport and about half an hour by car from the center of Athens (or an hour by public transport). There is a café/restaurant

Attica Zoological Park
https://www.atticapark.com/?lang=en
At Yalou Spata, Athina 190 04, Greece
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Map

All the places mentioned above are gathered on the map as always:
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

Map

All places mentioned above are also gathered on the map: outdoor and indoor activities, kids friendly cafés/ restaurants and hotels under separate layers
*Tip: if you want to see a specific layer, you need to tap the upper left corner of the map and unselect the other layers
https://worldwildschooling.com/world-wild-schooling-map/

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