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As a capital city in one of South America's developing countries, Lima might not be as obviously child-friendly in terms of activities as its Brazilian and Argentine counterparts. Nonetheless, it's easy for a family to find activities that will keep all members contented and occupied for their trip. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for five of the best options, most of which apply to children of all ages.
1. Get out of town and go to the beach. Avoiding the beaches south of the city with rougher waters is probably a good idea for families with younger children, but plenty of the resort towns and fishing villages that are less than an hour from downtown Lima, including Pucusana, make for a great day trip.
2. Take in a game of soccer. If you can secure tickets for the family to see a match at Estadio Monumental "U," it won't be an experience soon forgotten. As the largest soccer (football) stadium in the country, there's usually a passionate match happening at the "U," and like the rest of South America, Peruvians take this sport more seriously than all the others combined.
3. Fortaleza del Real Felipe. This historic fort is tailor-made for children with adventurous imaginations. It was built in the 1700s to help safeguard against pirates, was where the Spanish soldiers tried to fend off those battling for independence, and still has some uniformed-types roaming its halls.
4. Parque de Las Leyendas Zoo. For those who aren't going to be able to explore the topography of Peru, this well-kept zoo makes travel unnecessary by gathering animals from the jungle, coast, and desert and bringing them all together in one central spot. A good pick for those with young children.
5. Parque de la Cultura. In case the bustle of city life is starting to wear the family out, this large green space is a perfect break from the concrete jungle that surrounds it. During the warmer months, the small amphitheater hosts everything from live music to theater, while the Japanese gardens are nice for a stroll. There's also plenty of room for the kids to run around and blow off a bit of steam.