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The numerous opportunities for kids in Croatia vary from historical to active. And here’s the best news: There are so many options in this child-friendly European country, you’re unlikely to make a wrong step. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s top five picks for kids:
1. Take a sailing course. Hvar Adventure, on the island of Hvar, offers sailing trips and lessons that cater to all levels and teaches boating theory while cruising through the Adriatic islands.
2. Dubrovnik by cable car. Get a bird’s-eye view of the ancient city with a ride on a cable car, which takes passengers from the city center to the top of Srđ Hill, more than 1,300 feet above the sea.
3. Get a history lesson in Zagreb. Museums can be heavy for kids, but the Zagreb City Museum is a swirl of interactive exhibits that cover everything from archeological collections to photojournalism. The room-sized model of Lower Town is a favorite that will have children and parents alike mapping out the rest of their stay in the Croatian capital.
4. Tour the Palace. The city of Split, on the mainland, is the unofficial capital of Dalmatia. The nexus of this ancient town is the palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian in 305 AD. Take the little ones on a tour of this living museum where, even today, citizens live, work, shop, eat and carouse among the columns and temples.
5. Sleep under the stars. Paklenica National Park is a dream for families looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Located on a beach underneath the Velebit Mountain range, the park’s campsite is an ideal spot to explore caves and offers more than 100 miles of hiking paths. Bonus: Kids between the ages of 12 to 18 are half-price and children under 12 are free.