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Your family is going to love holidaying in Lugano - after all, it's a region that packs oodles of adventure, history, sport and culture scenery into every square mile!

When it comes to planning a family break, we know there are lots of important decisions to be made, but you'll find that ticks all the boxes - there's plenty of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, exciting destinations to explore, and, of course, countless attractions and thrilling activities for all ages.

Browse our top picks for family breaks and entertain the kids with lidos, parks to visit and more!

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Monte Brè, Funicular
Ruvigliana

Monte Brè

Appreciate the splendor of Monte Rosa, the Bernese and Vallese Alps as seen from the top of Switzerland's sunniest mountain.

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Monte San Salvatore, Funicular
Paradiso

Monte San Salvatore

Just a few steps away from the bustling city, Monte San Salvatore rises majestically to the skies and gives you the opportunity to enjoy a moment of peace while facing the seemingly endless horizon.

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Parco Ciani
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Parco Ciani

A short walk from the lively center of Lugano lies the Parco Ciani, a destination for many tourists who come there to admire what is considered one of the most beautiful Swiss parks.

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Parco San Grato
Lugano-Carona

Parco San Grato

As soon as you enter these one-of-a-kind botanical gardens you’ll feel you're in an enchanted world where colors and scents make for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Splash & Spa Tamaro
Rivera

Splash e SPA Tamaro

An oasis of fun and relaxation. Magic and energy meet to provide you with an unforgettable experience full of action and fun, well-being and fantasy. This is Splash&SPA Tamaro, the water park in the canton of Ticino.

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Magliaso

Zoo al Maglio

Taste the jungle-feeling ! Over 200 animals from allover the World to watch and experience from very close ! A relaxing place under palm trees with picnic places, barbecues and playgrounds.

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Adventure Park Monte Tamaro

Located at the middle cableway station, this amazing acrobatic experience comprises 3 routes of varying degrees of difficulty suspended high among magnificent ancient beech trees.

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Coaster bob Monte Tamaro

An awesome, breathtaking downhill ride on a double bob sled at Alpe Foppa.

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Cruise & Cook

During a charming cruise on lake Lugano, you will stop on the opposite shore to enjoy a drink on a terrace with a wonderful view of the city.

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Cadempino

Fantasilandia

Fantasilandia is the large indoor playground for Ticino, designed for children from 0 to 90 years.

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Flying Fox Monte Tamaro

Alpe Foppa boasts Switzerland’s longest Flying Fox.

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Foxtrail Lugano

This enthralling game is aimed at couples, families with children aged 8 and above, groups of friends or corporate excursions.

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Laghetto di Astano
Astano

Laghetto di Astano

The Astano lake is one of the greatest tourist attractions of Malcantone for all ages.

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Lama Trekking
Iseo

Lama Trekking

A special and memorable excursion that can be done in every season, even if it rains or snows.

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Minigolf Caslano

Minigolf: the most relaxing sport you can do. The minigolf circuit of Caslano is near the lake Ceresio. 18 holes circuit, trampoline, electric cars and bar.

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Capolago

Monte Generoso

Monte Generoso is situated in the heart of a nature park known beyond Switzerland’s borders.

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Monte Lema, Cable car
Miglieglia

Monte Lema

Mount Lema is the most majestic summit of Italian Switzerland. Its natural green terrace overlooks the Southern valleys of Ticino, the Lake of Lugano, the Valleys of Luino and of Lake Maggiore.

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Monte San Giorgio, Cable car
Brusino Arsizio

Monte San Giorgio

This mountain has a truly rich inner life: rising just under 1100 m in height, the Monte San Giorgio in the sunny south of Ticino has been a Mecca for fossil scientists since the 19th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2003.

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Monte Tamaro, Cable car
Rivera

Monte Tamaro

Mount Tamaro is one of the most appreciated spots of the region and supplies Alpine emotions at a stone’s throw from the city.

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Museo cantonale di storia naturale

The "Museo di storia naturale" is located in Lugano and is a body of the territorial Department of the Canton of Ticino.

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Museo in Erba

Unique educational museum designed to help children discover art through play, with exhibitions and workshops.

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Muzzano lake

The small lake of Muzzano (22 hectares) was acquired by Pro Natura in 1945; over the years, ownership was extended to encompass many more small plots of land scattered along its shores.

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Parco del Tassino, Torre Enderlin
Lugano

Parco del Tassino

Parco Tassino, a glorious haven of peace, is graced with lush vegetation thanks to its sundrenched position.

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SBB VR

Explore Switzerland in virtual reality with “SBB VR” and win fantastic prizes.

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Sessa

Sessa gold mine

A wreath of experience and history.

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Gandria

Swiss Customs Museum

In a charming corner of Lake Lugano, a few steps from Italy, the Customs Museum illustrates past and present of the management and surveillance of the borders (fight against illegal traffics and forgery, prevention of trade in endangered species, and much more) and tells stories about a region which identity has been always defined by the border.

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Swissminiatur

Swissminiatur is an open-air museum where you can admire the most important Swiss buildings and means of transportation.

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Caslano

The Alprose Chocolate Museum

The Alprose chocolate museum presents the world of chocolate from its origin to date. Not to be missed is a visit to the "Nostalgia" shop for a chocolate tasting.

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Tourist Train Lugano

A wonderful tour of the city on board of the friendly tourist train, “the red Arrow”, travelling along the lake gulf will allow you to discover the highlights of the city and its surroundings as well as Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore funiculars.

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Transfinity VR Entertainment Center Lugano

Transfinity VR Entertainment Center in Lugano is the first Virtual Reality Arcade in Switzerland and one of the few in Europe; at Transfinity you will be catapulted into another world and find it difficult to understand the boundaries between reality and virtual reality.

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Discovering treasures in the Lugano area

Discover the surroundings of Lugano and its hidden treasures, you will have the opportunity to not only admire beautiful views but above all to get to know the local people, producers of our excellent wines and delicious cheeses, the local handicrafts from ceramics, to the violins handmade by the master luthier up to our impressive alpine horn.

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Lugano Lake

Lake Lugano is at the southernmost tip of the Tessin, the holiday region south of the ridge of the Alps, and it reaches its arms out into Italy.

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3D Virtual Tour

Wearing special glasses and following a guided path of augmented reality, you will have the opportunity to live a unique experience finding yourself catapulted into the history of Lugano.

Tesserete

Arena Sportiva

The Aquatic Center Arena Sportiva in Tesserete is immersed in the beautiful green surroundings of Capriasca and offers countless leisure activities in and out of the water and is the starting point for an extensive network of hiking, running or mountain bike trails.

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Balloon Flights

As swift as the wind, our hot-air balloons travel through the invisible currents of the atmosphere giving you the opportunity to re-enact the flight adventures which the Montgolfier brothers began in 1783.

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BBQ Boat

BBQ Boat where you can sizzle sausages over an open flame while floating in the water (what could go wrong?)

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Centro Sportivo Valgersa

Swimming pool and water slide, water aerobics and massages, beach volleyball, swim lessons, Football stadium and Athletic track.

Lugano

Guided tours to discover the LAC Cultural Centre

Accompanied by a guide, you have the opportunity to discover LAC the cultural centre through a route that winds through the present and the past.

Agno

Lido di Agno

It is directly situated on the lake of Ceresio, 5 minutes away from the center of Agno and the railway FLP station, as the town of Lugano is only 10 km far.

Caslano

Lido di Caslano

Small picturesque corner made up of beach, garden, beach volleyball court, raft on the lake, well stocked bar and evenings with live music.

Lugano

Lido di Lugano

The Lido offers a sandy beach with the possibility to swim in the lake, a heated lap pool, a medium size swimming pool, a diving pool with a springboard up to 10 meters, a children's swimming pool, a beach volleyball and a football ground.

Lugano-Paradiso

Lido e Piscina Comunale Conca d'Oro

The swimming pool Conca d’Oro is located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Lugano from which you will enjoy a wonderful 180 degree view of the surrounding landscape.

Melide

Lido Melide

The Lido of Melide is a state-of-the-art facility that offers visitors various services in a unique natural environment: direct access to the lake, a children's pool with a slide, an innovative "floating" pool and an amusement aquatic park with inflatables (Wibit).

Lugano

Lido Riva Caccia

A short walk from the City center, the infrastructure is based on floating platforms in the Gulf of Lugano and is frequented by tourists and a loyal local clientele.

Castagnola

Lido San Domenico

The Lido San Domenico offers to visitors an intimate place of outstanding natural beauty with breathtaking view on the lake and on the shore of Caprino.

Lugano

Marionette Museum

The Museum exhibits more than a hundred of these wooden actors which, thanks to Michel and Michèle Poletti, have performed on the international stage since 1966.

Lopagno

Minigolf Lopagno

Minigolf Lopagno is located in Lopagno, a block of the town of Capriasca, at the Casa Don Orione managed by Fondazione San Gottardo.

Carona

Piscina di Carona

Historical swimming pool surrounded by greenery, this place is ideal to escape from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in total relaxation.