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Activities for children in Zakopane:

We are often asked for advice on things for children to do in Zakopane. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • GUBAŁÓWKA - lots of attractions, scenic views (all day):
    Go to the top of Gubałówka by funicular, and go down again on the dry sledge run (700m in about 5 minutes). Option for younger children: a ride in the horse-drawn vehicle along the ridge of Gubałówka to the chair lift Szymaszkowa - descent by the chair-lift (breathtaking panorama on the Tatras and Zakopane) - relaxation in the outdoor thermal swimming pool (+28C) near the Mercury Hotel - return to the town centre along a busy road (1,5km) on foot or by mini-bus or taxi. Option for older children: walk to the chair-lift instead of taking the horse-drawn ride and take a fitness test in the Rope Adventure Park on the way (a sequence of rope bridges, nets, descents and runways).
  • One day bus TRIPS:
    One-day coach trips from Zakopane are organized every day during the summer holiday. For children we do recommend rafting through the Dunajec River Gorge (smaller children on rafts and children over 10 on pontoons), a visit to Tatralandia - an aqua village in Slovakia; a trip Round the Tatras including a visit to the Oravski castle and impressive Demianovska cave (both in Slovakia) and going to the High Tatras, including going to the top of Łomnica (the second highest peak in the Tatras - 2.632m) by cable car.
  • List of places in Zakopane kids (7 - 12 years old) should like:
    cable car to Kasprowy Wierchit is very busy so try to get to Kuznice before 8 am or book cable car trip to Kasprowy. It takes aprox 3,5 hrs to walk down through Hala Gasienicowa and Boczan. The trail is not difficult but strong shoes are necessary.
    Ski Jump Wielka Krokiew new chair lift will be open soon. It is a nice adventure to get to the top of the biggest ski jump in Poland where the ski jumping World Cup takes plave every January.
    Aquapark at Jagiellonska street there is also the bowling club in aquapark.
    Highs Ropes Parks - there are two on the top of Gubalowka hill and one at Pilsudskiego street on the way from Krupowki to the ski jumps area.