Frankfurt for Big and Small

Culture, cuisine, shopping and entertainment: Frankfurt, the German metropolis on the River Main, offers visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities, store fun and fascination for visitors of all ages, with a keen eye on family holidays. The ideal combination for an ideal vacation, even if it is just a weekend.

We all know how difficult it might be to find the right museum with the right setup to win our children’s fantasy and interest. There is little, if anything, more annoying and disturbing than having to shovel a reluctant child through a museum’s rooms. No such risk at the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, Germany’s largest museum of natural science and one of many places in Frankfurt offering hours of entertainment for families with children. The Senckenberg’s exhibitions highlight life’s colourful diversity, the creation and development of the animal kingdom as well as the slow yet irresistible transformation of our planet. Most impressive are the countless mounted animals and, in particular, the dinosaur skeletons, which include examples of the Tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops and winged lizards such as the pterodactyl. All samples bound to ignite our children’s fantasy!

Is your son or daughter fond of touching, building, experimenting? Well, then the EXPERIMINTA – ScienceCenter FrankfurtRheinMain, is what you re looking for! Younger visitors, here, are encouraged to touch the exhibits on show, to ponder, to research and to experiment: How does one build a self-supporting bridge? How do tornadoes form? How is electricity generated? Rest assured, the EXPERIMINTA has all the answers, and more. Interested in finding out how to make a man-sized soap bubble or to see yourself from inside a so-called ‘accessible eye’? Come to the EXPERIMINTA and find out!

For younger generations of nature-lovers and animal researchers we recommend a visit of Frankfurt Zoo. Open 365 days a year, Frankfurt’s zoological gardens are home to more than 450 different animal species. Particularly popular attractions include the great ape house, the bear enclosure and the predator exhibit. The seal enclosure is yet another fan favourite; goings-on here are always rowdy, both above and beneath the water’s surface. The fur and common seals living here never fail to impress crowds with their playful nature. A grotto with an underwater viewing window enables visitors to watch the agile animals in their preferred habitat. The nocturnal animals house, meanwhile, with its spectacular bat cave, is a true rarity amongst zoos.

The DialogMuseum introduces visitors of all ages to a world that is most likely entirely unknown to them. Blind tour guides lead small groups through the museum’s exhibition, ‘Dialogue in the Dark’: in a number of rooms completely void of light, visitors are guided in reenacting everyday life situations as blind or sight empaired people do: using scents, sounds, wind, temperature, tones and textures to build a mind photograph of the surrounding environment and go through it. Visitors of this most unusual establishment are told to expect a truly unique ‘eye-opening’ experience.

Rebstockbad, Frankfurt’s largest outdoor public pool, is perfect for families wanting to enjoy a brief beach holiday. Palms trees, a wave-pool, a 25-meter sports pool and a paddling pool help you to forget the hustle and bustle of the big city. Two particularly popular attractions are the 120-meter water slide and the so-called ‘Black Hole’, an enclosed tubular water slide with light effects and a sci-fi look and feel. The vast outdoor area features sunbathing lawns, further paddling pools, a children’s playground and a beach volleyball court.

When the weather is fair, the forest playground at the Goethe Tower becomes yet another highly recommendable recreational destination. Children love the location’s wide range of play equipment as well as the large adventure playground with its labyrinth and the two extra-long slides. On hot days, the water fountains and the paddling pools naturally take center stage. Nearby, bicycles with attachable child-trailers and buggies are available for hire, while Café Goetheturm invites parents to relax and enjoy a cool beverage or a light snack. A final attraction for both young and old is the 43-meter Goethe Tower, one of the tallest wooden observation platforms in all of Germany.

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