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Athens with Kids

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Athens isn’t just for grownups. Kids interested in Greek mythology (and what kid isn’t, at some point?) will have a blast visiting the sites of their favorite classic stories, as well as checking out the beautiful zoo, interactive museums, expansive beaches in the city’s southern districts, and seeing the changing of the guard. Boredom won’t be a problem here.
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About 25km from Athens, Vouliagmeni Lake is famous for the teensy-weensy fish that nibble on your skin if you stay still enough—tickly for kids, a fun exfoliation-of-sorts for grownups (people who don’t want to be tickled by fish need...
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Leof. Posidonos 58, Glifada 166 74, Greece
Sometimes a day at the beach, soaking up the sun and gazing out over sparkling waters, soothes the soul. Athens' southern districts offer a string of sandy options right in the city. Especially good for children on this "Athenian Riviera" is...
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Spata, Athens 190 04, Greece
Located outside Athens not far from the airport, this privately run zoo opened in 2000 as a dedicated bird park. But it’s since evolved from being the world’s third-largest bird collection into a full-fledged zoo, complete with big...
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Rigillis &Vasileos Georgiou B' Ave 17-19, Athens 106 75, Greece
In a new location at the Athens Conservatory, the Hellenic Children’s Museum is all about interactivity (it’s more like a children’s activity center, in fact, than a museum). Information and exhibits are entirely in Greek but...
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Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece
The tassels! The skirts! The poker faces! The soldiers, known as Evzones, who guard the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Parliament and the Presidential Mansion are relieved every few hours every day. But on Sunday mornings at...
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28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
Vast and glorious, this is the largest archeological museum in Greece and considered one of the most important institutions for antiquity anywhere. Inside its collonaded neoclassical building are collections dating to prehistoric times and...
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Levidou 13, Kifisia 145 62, Greece
In 1965, Angelos and Niki Goulandris channeled their love for ecology and conservation into this nonprofit museum, which collects, preserves, and displays zoological, botanical, marine, rock, mineral and fossil specimens. The Gaia...
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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...