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Sharm el-Sheikh has plenty of kid-friendly hotels with pools and family activities, while outside the hotel parents can bring children along on a host of adventurous excursions, from snorkeling through dazzling coral reefs to bouncing around in the desert on a quad bike. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best things to do and see with kids in Sharm el-Sheikh:
1. Go-kart racing. Kids will love zipping around the 250-yard cadet circuit track at the Ghibili Raceway, where they’ll pull on a helmet and hop in a “cadet kart” equipped with special safety features such as a double-tube bumper. This is best suited to kids ages 7 and up.
2. Dinner in the desert. Go by camel for an evening trip into the desert under a wondrous star-filled sky. Once you reach the turnaround point of your journey, you and your family will enjoy a traditional, candle-lit Bedouin feast and dance performance, and kids may even have the opportunity to gaze at the sky through a telescope. Your hotel concierge can offer assistance booking your trip.
3. Quad bike. Here’s another opportunity to kick up some sand in the desert. Though kids will need to be at least 16 or 17 years old to drive their own bike, younger kids can ride with you on a thrilling tour that’ll take you past dark, sandy mountains and oftentimes yield beautiful views of the Red Sea. Everyone will need to wear a helmet, and be warned that this is a dusty, sandy outing best taken later in the day, just before sunset, after the day’s extreme heat has subsided.
4. Snorkeling. Sharm el-Sheikh is a perfect destination for kids of all ages to get in the water for some truly spectacular (and safe) snorkeling. The Near Garden in Naama Bay is well-suited to younger children, but most tour providers can suggest other snorkeling spots ideal for families with kids.
5. Glass-bottom boat rides. Offered daily through any number of hotels and tour operators, glass-bottom boat rides are a perfect alternative if you or your kids would prefer to look down on the area’s kaleidoscopic coral reefs and marine life, rather than swim through it.