Fun activities for a family | Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is the perfect destination for a family vacation, as it has to offer many fun activities for all ages. First of all, daily boat trips can take you almost anywhere in this charming water landscape, depending on what you choose to do. Second of all, every day there is something new to learn about or discover if you have never been on a river’s delta before: bird watching, catch and release fishing, safari tours in sandy forests and adventure travel on narrow water channels. Above all else, the food is fantastic, especially for fish connoisseurs. Amid the local recipes, some of the most delicious are Sturgeon borscht, Pike caviar, grilled Scomber and Carp in spicy brine sauce. So we went on a trip to Danube Delta and enjoyed a lot of fun activities for a family of four.

Fishing and boat trips with your kids

As a mother of two, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, I wondered what they would do in the Danube Delta all day long? The answer came in the morning we arrived. Having seen the fish rods of other tourists, they asked if they could try it. My kids have never gone fishing before, but in the Danube Delta, this was their most beloved activity. They stayed near the water for hours to wait for a fish. When the fish bit the hook, they were so happy!

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Children fishing in the Danube Delta

Another activity I strongly recommend when visiting the Danube Delta is a boat trip. Although boats travel pretty fast, on some of the water channels and when encountering other ships, the driver needs to limit the speed and break the waves. Kids can quickly fall asleep on a long trip, as my son did after just one hour of cruising the Danube Delta, so I suggest finding a route that does not take more than two or three hours. My children were so happy to spot different species of birds they have never seen before:

– Look, mom! There is a pelican! And another one there! My son wholeheartedly broke out.

Fun activities for a family at the Aquarium

After taking a peek at all those new birds and plants: reed, water lilies, water willows, white locust trees, I hinted at a visit to the Aquarium or Danube Delta Nature Science Museum in Tulcea.

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Kids at the Aquarium in Tulcea

It was one of the most inspired activities we had in Tulcea, and I thoroughly recommend it for a family with children. The museum has a collection of all the birds and plants we had already seen in the Danube Delta wildlife. My kids recognized them all, but they also learned more details about the Danube Delta life on and under water. In addition to a typical fish hatchery, the big surprise for them was the large Dolphin aquarium and the colorful exotic fish water tank.

Kids will be very thrilled to watch Nemo and Dolli swimming in the aquarium.

Finally, the most delicious fish soup my family and I have ever tasted had been cooked here, in Danube Delta and we love to eat fish. For some, this could be one of the most unforgettable fun activities for a family in the Danube Delta.

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Danube Delta sunset

Sunsets in Danube Delta are spectacular, and my children fell in love with them.

Transylvania with Kids in Summer

Going on a summer trip to Romania with your kids can prove to be both challenging and exciting. Have you ever wondered how many children attractions are there on a summer vacation in Romania? Fortunately, we have compiled a list of 10 most exciting destinations in one of its historical regions, which will ease your vacation preparations. Transylvania with kids in summer surely is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Therefore, we kindly asked some Romanian children to name a few of their favorite settings in Transylvania. Here come their recommendations.

Top 10 Destinations | Transylvania with Kids in Summer

You will always have Brașov city (Kronstadt in German) as a camping base for most of your Transylvanian explorations. Some of the attractions listed below require considering the sunny weather. So do not forget that kids need to spend time in the great outdoors, enjoying the sun and engaging in fun activities. From Brașov, you will be able to reach most of our picks for a magical time in Transylvania with kids in summer.

Aquatic Paradise in Brașov

Paradisul Acvatic or the Aquatic Paradise is the perfect summer vacation spot for relaxation and lots of joyful splashes. With indoor and outdoor children pools, slides and playgrounds the Aquatic Paradise is the ideal environment for a child’s summer vacation. Not to mention, this place is on the outskirts of Brașov, within a stone’s throw from any accommodation.

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Aquatic Paradise in Brașov

Adventure Park in Brașov

Another nearby highly recommended spot for kids is the Adventure Park. Situated in the southern part of Brașov, on the way to Săcele, Parc Aventura is a leisure settlement in the forest. Nonetheless, it is a safe place where kids can climb and slide on ropes with the assurance that they are supervised. Adults can join in in this Peter Panish adventure and try one of the wooden footbridge tracks.

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Adventure Park in Brașov

Dinosaur Park in Râșnov

Probably one of the most beloved and uncanny Transylvanian attraction is the Dino-Parc in Râșnov. This park has a mesmerizing look for kids. It is decorated with 50 real-sized dinosaurs. Dino-Parc is an open museum full of thrills. Furthermore, a 9D cinema, a unique archeology exhibition, a laser maze and adventure route are some of the facilities Romanian children are happy to explore.

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Dino Parc Râșnov

Dracula’s Castle in Bran

Very much familiar with Dracula’s castle, tourists from all over the world come to climb the mountains and visit the legendary Transylvanian site. The Adventures of Kiara Yew have passed through the famous Bran Castle and have been recounted here. Popular culture is filled with different representations of this imaginary character. Why not offer your kids a chance to learn about the true story of the castle?

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Bran Castle by Karl Vesterberg 2015

The Peleș Castle in Sinaia

Transylvania with kids in summer does not always mean you will get sunny weather for all your vacation. Rainy days in the mountains are often expected even during summer, so a visit to a castle-museum is definitely on a little princess’ or prince’s list. The Peleș Castle is not like any others in Transylvania. It has an armor hall and a Turkish saloon. Kings and queens have slept in its rooms, and it was the first castle in Romania to have electricity and central heating in 1914. To arrive at Peleș, you must first take the train from Brașov to Sinaia. Then, you can quickly order a cab or an Uber to the bring you closer to the Castle.

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Peleș Castle Photo by Nate Robert via Flickr

Bear Watching and Romanian Wildlife

Bear watching in Romania won’t be anything similar to running into a circus animal, for the Carpathian Ursus Arctos is no caricature. Although we think it is fun and adventurous to watch bears in their habitat, children have to prepare for such a task and follow adults. Bears in Brașov and Harghita have been famous for their interaction with the human settlers in the area. For shepherds and bears, it has been a matter of coexistence for hundreds of years.

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Bear Sanctuary in Zărnești, Romania.

Transylvania with kids and horses

Among the fun things to do in Romania is exploring new landscapes on the back of a horse. A trip to Romania with kids can be an opportunity to learn about this magnificent animal. Kids found this superb place only 50km West of Brașov, where together with their parents can go on horse riding trips. Meanwhile, cart rides and hiking trips, bear watching and pony riding, are some of the other exciting attractions in Șinca Nouă, Transylvania.

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Șinca Nouă Horse Riding Lessons 

Village crafts in Viscri Transylvania

On the road to Sighișoara from Brașov, it is a loss not to stop by Viscri, a magical well-preserved Saxon village. Now, this is a village where children truly enjoy the local crafts workshops. Not surprisingly, it is Prince Charles’s favorite place in Romania. He has been visiting on numerous occasions. Moreover, Viscri’s fortified church and fortress are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. So the more reasons to visit with your kids and try old and new crafts, photography and even Saxon cooking lessons.

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Viscri village in Transylvania. View from the fortified church

Taking the Cable Car on Tâmpa in Brașov

For a family hike made easy, the cable car at the Tâmpa mountain feet is quite the entertainment. Indeed, to hike the 930m hill can also prove to be an invigorating vacation exercise for you and your children. However, Brașov’s famous Hollywoodian sign awaits your arrival either on foot or by cable car.

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Tâmpa mountain view from behind the Brașov sign. Photo via Keep up with the Carpathians

Visiting the Medieval Town of Sighișoara

Last but not least in our top 10 is the beautiful medieval fortress of Sighișoara, the place of exile for Vlad Dracul the father of Vlad the Impaler. Mid-Summer is chiefly welcomed in Sighișoara with a famous Medieval Festival. This year the festival is held from Friday, July 27th until Sunday, July 29th and it celebrates the walled old town’s history. Here are some other Medieval festivals in Transylvania for the enthusiasts who wish to travel in time.

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A painting of medieval Sighișoara

Finally, the Romanian children’s recommendations could not have come more suited for summer preparations. Altogether, we wish you sunny days for camping in case you want to be closer to the Romanian wildlife.