Six great water fun tips for children and toddlers

Splashing about, treading water, sliding and paddling. Having fun in or on the water is one of the best things about a holiday. Certainly as far as kids are concerned. That could be in the sea, but of course also simply at the campsite. More and more are offering complete water parks with amazing pools and water playgrounds for younger campers. Here are six campsites where water fun is guaranteed!

1. Water-fighting in Sardinia

If you’re ready for a water fight, Campsite Village Baia Blu La Tortuga is the ideal location. You’ll find a water park with a fantastic children’s water playground on the breath-taking island of Sardinia. Fire the water cannons while your friends make their way through the water playground, hurtle down the slides or take a refreshing shower under one of the fountains or the huge buckets of water.

Water fun for children at Campsite Village Baia Blu La Tortuga

A day out on dry land? Take a day trip through the north of Sardinia and visit wonderful port towns such as Olbia, Palau and Porto Cervo.

2. Board the pirate ship

The largest water park on the Adriatic coast is found right here! With a surface area of 4,000 m2 there’s plenty to do, especially for kids. How about a complete water-play island in the shape of a pirate ship? Get together with the other pirates at the campsite and board the ship! What’s more, there are also lots of different pools for toddlers and children, all with fantastic play equipment. You can also build sandcastles if you like, since Campsite Pra’delle Torri is right next to a sandy beach on the Adriatic Sea.

The pirate ship at Campsite Pra'delle Torri

A day out on dry land? Explore nearby Venice or visit the colourful fishing village Caorle.

3. Water park on the Atlantic Ocean

France also boasts great water parks. These include Campsite Village Resort & Spa Le Vieux Port, right on the Atlantic Ocean. At this amazing family campsite, you can enjoy the pools and whirlpools in paradise-like surroundings. There’s a separate pool for toddlers, and children also have lots of fun in their own pool with play equipment and a small slide. Slide-lovers will certainly be in their element here. There are spectacular and fast slides for older kids, and special slides for smaller children.

Campsite Village Resort & Spa Le Vieux Port is a great water park

A day out on dry land? Hop on your bike! You’ll find plenty of special bicycle routes in the surrounding area, such as from Hossegar to Vielle-St-Girons.

4. Watery fun on the Costa Brava

The beaches on Spain’s Costa Brava are spectacular, but that also goes for the water park at the Eurocamping campsite. As well as amazing swimming pools, the complex also includes a large sun terrace, small slides for children and a toddler’s pool with water-play equipment where kids can have fun all day long. It’s a kind of obstacle course that runs through and over the water. For the little ones there are also separate pools with different play equipment, and for mum and dad the fantastic wellness centre is a real treat.

Watery fun for young and old at Eurocamping campsite

A day out on dry land? Go paintballing or ride in a jeep at Track Aventura, or explore the local markets with fruit, vegetables and fashion in Calonge and Sant Antoni.

5. Pirates ahoy in Slovenia

Even more pirates, but this time at Campsite Terme Catez in Slovenia. Here too the kids can have fun on a play island that’s devoted to these bandits of the sea. For children, the pirate island is the highlight of the water park, which also happens to be one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. The park offers everything both children and adults could want. Outdoor pools, heated indoor pools, whirlpools, fountains, waterfalls and slides: it has it all!

The pirate island at Campsite Terme Catez

A day out on dry land? Visit the capital of Croatia (Zagreb), the Ljubljana, the grottoes of Postojna, or simply enjoy a nice walk in the woods.

6. Messing about on rafts

There’s no lack of water at Recreational Park De Leistert. There’s a special play pond – with lounging beach – a heated wave pool (outdoors) and a subtropical indoor swimming pool. The subtropical and the outdoor pools both have separate kids’ and toddlers’ pools. Children can also have lots of fun in the water in the play pond, since the first section is very shallow. There’s play equipment for smaller children, and you can mess about with rafts and small boats. If your kids are slightly older, why not try out the large water slides!

Recreational Park De Leistert boasts an outdoor pool, subtropical indoor pool and a play pond

A day out on dry land? There are plenty of great days out to be had in this region, how about the Toverland amusement park in Sevenum, Gaia Zoo in Kerkrade or Plopsa Indoor in Hasselt?

Which campsites are the best for little water rats in your opinion? Have you found a great water park that isn’t on the above list? Let me know, I’d love to hear your tips!

Bram Kuhnen
  • Auteur: Bram Kuhnen
  • European cities, touristy beaches and impressive landscapes and countryside. Travelling through Europe, Bram has already visited many places, and he likes to write about his experiences and share tips.

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