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1. See the penguins at Simon’s Town. Drive south from the city center and relax among a myriad of black and white beauties. A colony of African penguins congregates here on Boulders Beach, where you can view the birds from wooden walkways or learn more about them at a new information center. Our advice is to go early and spend the day at the southern viewing area where you can enjoy the beach as well as the birds. Don’t forget a waterproof camera and sunscreen.
2. Picnic in the Company Gardens. Located next to Parliament, this stretch of green is a great spot to spread out a blanket and enjoy a touch of nature in the middle of the city. Bring a Frisbee for the kids or spend your time playing amateur birdwatcher. Bring your own lunch or enjoy a casual alfresco experience at the garden’s own gourmet snack bar.
3. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Not just for a rainy day, Cape Town’s aquarium is full of ocean-dwelling species that your kids may have only read about in books. The touch pool exhibition lets kids get their hands on ocean plants and species, while the predator exhibit gives you an up close view of the ocean’s survival pecking order. Be sure to visit during one of the daily penguin feedings.
4. Fly high in the Wheel of Excellence. Located at the V&A Waterfront, the Wheel of Excellence is a Ferris wheel with air-conditioned cars that deliver great views of Cape Town. The line is rarely long—perfect for short attention spans.
5. Take surfing lessons in Muizenberg. On the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, surfers flock to Muizenberg beaches to catch a few waves before beginning the rest of their day. Join them by taking a family surf lesson from one of the local instructors and paddle out among the regulars.