If you’re thinking about taking the family for an exceptional vacation experience then Dubai is the place to visit. Expect to find a family friendly environment, amazing opportunities for adventure, and an incredibly rich culture. Places to visit in Dubai with family range from architectural marvels like the Dubai Frame to fun-filled theme parks like Laguna Waterpark.
1. LEGOLAND Parks Dubai
LEGOLAND Parks in Dubai is one of the top destinations to visit especially for your kids. Enter the world of LEGOs and watch as your children’s imagination become reality as they explore and play with their favorite bricks. You won’t believe your eyes as you visit the 40 different attractions and rides located in the park and the 15000 LEGO models that are waiting for you. You’ll find them all divided into six different themed zones for your amusement. You’ll be able to shop at the Big Shop and buy some souvenirs to take back with you. Don’t leave the park without passing through Miniland and seeing the 20 million LEGO bricks they used to recreate Dubai’s stunning skyline.
2. Dubai Frame
Cross over the threshold of time and history as you peer through the largest frame in the world. The Dubai Frame is a 150-meter high and 93-meter wide frame constructed from reinforced concrete, steel and laminated glass. 15,000 square meters of gold-colored stainless steel covers the frame. There is an elevator that takes you to the Sky deck, which travels 48 floors in 75 seconds.You’ll pass through a swirl tunnel with audio and visual effects that show you the future of Dubai. In order to get a glimpse of Old Dubai, start from the mezzanine level and make your way into a multimedia exhibition charting the Emirati heritage. The Dubai Frame features panoramic views that give you unparalleled pictures with your family.
3. Bollywood Parks
Next on the list of places to visit in Dubai with family is Bollywood Parks. If you’ve ever watched a Bollywood movie then you know that you’re about to experience action, adventure, romance, music, and dance in the most colorful and exciting way possible. Each zone in the park is inspired by Bollywood blockbusters and includes rides and attractions that are a combination of stage performances and cinematic rides. You’ll dance, sing and have loads of fun with your whole family. Look for The Chase and enjoy this 3D immersive ride as you team up with Interpol agents and track down Don, a mafia boss, who is hiding out in the great city of Dubai. Or make your way to the Mumbai Express Stage where you’ll have the chance to let loose and dance your heart away! Jump onto Mumbai train with your little ones and dance along to some of the Bollywood classics.
4. Ski Dubai
Located inside the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is open year round and is always snowy. What a perfect getaway from the heat to be able to take your kids to this snow park that spans 22,5000 square meters. You can choose from skiing, snowboarding, zip lining, zorbing and tobogganing. You can sing up for lessons with professional instructors if you or any member of your family would like to work on their skills and techniques. If your kids don’t want to ski or are done with skiing for the day they can enjoy watching the penguins that live there.
5. Desert Safari
Desert Safaris offer a variety of options so that you and your kids can go on safari into the desert and have a blast. When you make your reservations they will arrange a convenient pickup from your location and help you pick out the options that are best for your family. The adventure begins with dune bashing in a 4×4. Then you can either take a camel ride or a horse ride around the sandbanks followed by the fun of surfing the dunes while sand boarding. You’ll end the day with live shows like belly dancing coupled with a delicious BBQ and a local cuisine buffet.
6. Global Village Dubai
Global Village Dubai is a celebration of cultures from all around the world. This unique venue is a mixture of theme park attractions as well as traditional markets representing a diversity of traditions from different countries all over the globe. You and your family can enjoy Global Village Dubai between October and April each year for their seasonal opening. You’ll be able to shop, eat, play and watch a variety of international artists and performers. They also have firework shows and a variety of rides and attractions.
7. The Palm & Jumeirah Boardwalk
The Palm Dubai is the largest man-made island in the world. Discover and stay in world-class hotels and resorts that are located all throughout the island. Dine in some of the most prestigious restaurants around. After dinner, you can go for a walk on the Jumeirah Boardwalk. This boardwalk is built over the rocks of the Palm’s breakwater. It stretches for 11 kilometers and has a variety of different places to eat including food trucks and refreshment stands so you can find a yummy place to have dessert. You can also purchase souvenirs and gifts to take back with you.
8. Laguna Waterpark
One of the most popular waterparks, Laguna Waterpark has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to swim, slide, or surf, you will find it here. Aqua Play is one of the many attractions that provide parents and children with a play structure located in the water with slides and plenty of opportunities to splash around. There are even rare attractions that offer excitement and adrenaline like the WaveOz 180. On the flipside, if you are looking for something more relaxing for you and your family then float along the Lazy River and feel your worries dissolving away.
9. Dubai Garden Glow
If you are mesmerized by lights then add this to places to visit in Dubai with family. Dubai Garden Glow gets its name from the many glittering lights that make up this truly inspiring theme park. The garden is filled with colorful lights and installations created by artists from all over the world. Made out of recycled material, this theme park aims to bring awareness to important issues affecting the world including global warming and our carbon footprint. One of the features is a dinosaur park that has 120 animatronic dinosaurs that will have your kids thinking they are the real thing! Another one they will love is the Magic Park where the optical illusions will keep them guessing.
10. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
If you haven’t heard yet, Dubai has the largest aquarium in the world. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is an unbelievable creation that utilizes a 10 million liter tank and is located inside The Dubai Mall. There are over thousands of marine animals and over 140 different species living there including sharks, rays, giant groupers and otters. Walk through the aquarium tunnel or head to the rocky shore where you can actually reach in and touch some of the critters. Also, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offers cage snorkeling and swimming among the sharks and rays.