Andalo is a little gem located on the Paganella Plateau at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2009.
Thanks to its wide range of summer and winter services, Andalo is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Trentino and is certainly the perfect place for a holiday with children in the name of nature and fun.
But what to do in Andalo with children? Let’s take a look at the main attractions together.
Andalo with children: what to do and where to sleep
Between playgrounds, trekking, wildlife parks, lakes, castles and interesting museums, in Andalo and its surroundings you can spend an entire week without ever getting bored.
The hotels are equipped to accommodate families with children, making a holiday much more carefree for parents, even if you know, services are paid for. But let’s proceed in order.
Andalo with children: what to do and where to sleep. Main attractions
❖ Andalo Life Park
Andalo Life Park is an area of 130,000 square metres where there are plenty of children’s games , football and tennis courts, miniature golf, bowls, a riding school, a climbing wall, an ice palace, and much more. Some attractions are free, others for a fee. Read more
❖ Sarnacli Mountain Park
Sarnacli Mountain Park is a beautiful park designed for families with children. Inside, you will find a sensory trail consisting of 13 magnificent installations.
Both parking and entrance to the park are free of charge , and between walks in the greenery and games, you can plan a half-day, perhaps having a packed lunch or lunch at the bar/restaurant. Read more
❖ Walk from Andalo to Lake Molveno
Lake Molveno is a splendid bathing lake characterised by colours ranging from blue to green . It can be reached from Andalo with a walk of about 5 km, on a dirt road which can also be walked with buggies (preferably trekking buggies).
The route begins on the SS 421 – from the Welcome to Andalo sign, take the road on the left – and is slightly downhill, as Andalo is at a slightly higher altitude. With children and several breaks, count about 1h30 (that’s about 200 metres difference in altitude).
The lake is truly enchanting: you can swim here, or relax at the playground near the Lido di Molveno, where you will also find a kiosk.
If you wish, you can walk on the ring path around the lake, but count another 2h30 to complete the route.
To return to Andalo, you can either retrace the outward path (it will take a little longer because in this case it is uphill), or you can take the bus.
There are approximately two journeys per hour and with the Trentino Guest Card, issued free of charge by the hotels in the area, travel on all public transport in Trentino is free.
❖ A walk around Lake Andalo
Lake Andalo is actually a karstic lake that appears and disappears depending on rainfall. It reaches its peak with the thaw , then between May and June, and in autumn when the rainfall normally starts again.
We set off just beyond the Andalo Life and already on the horizon we can make out the figure of the lake. The path around it is about 2.5 kilometres long and can be covered in an hour or so. It is a relaxing walk, which can also be done with a pushchair.
In winter, the trail turns into a cross-country skiing track and is illuminated even at night!
If you have time, with an almost flat walk (always suitable for pushchairs) of just over half an hour, from Lake Andalo you can reach the Tana dell’Ermellino refuge where you can have lunch or a snack, and relax while the children enjoy themselves in the beautiful playground.
❖ Forest Park in Molveno
The Forest Park is an adventure park built in the trees and located on the Pradel plateau in Molveno. Here you will find 6 different courses that cater for the needs of the whole family, from the age of four onwards.
The rates are as follows:
Full price ticket (for all routes) – €28.00
The Ticket for medium and advanced route (children > 110cm) – €22.00
Ticket for top and expert route (children > 140cm) – 18.00€
Ticket for basic route (from 4 years of age) – 13.00€
Reduced rates apply for holders of the Dolomiti Paganella Guest Card. For all information, please visit the official website.
❖ Belpark, Spormaggiore Fauna Park
The Belpark is a Fauna Park located in Spormaggiore, about a quarter of an hour’s drive from Andalo. Small but well-structured, you can see the animals that inhabit the habitat of these mountain areas. It is possible to go with a pushchair.
Inside the park, there is a bar, a picnic area, and the ever-present children’s playground. There is a small free car park at the side of the road.
The entrance fee is 9.50€ the full price, 8.50€ the reduced 4-14 years, free 0-3. To see the Trentino Card conventions and opening hours, have a look at the official website.
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The Muse is Trento’s Science Museum, impossible to skip if you are visiting Trentino with children.
Theevolution of life on Earth narrated through historical exhibits and interactive, multimedia installations: at the Muse you are an active participant in the journey, which is really quite beautiful!
You can stay inside the museum for a maximum of 3 hours and, in our opinion, it takes all of that to calmly tour the 6 floors of the museum. Read more
❖ Andalo with kids: what to do and where to sleep. Thun Castle
Half an hour’s drive from Andalo is Castel Thun, the still splendidly furnished residence of the illustrious Tono family.
For a visit to the interior of the castle, the gardens, the Carriage Gallery, and the Library Tower, count approximately one and a half hours. Continue reading
Where to sleep in Andalo with children
The offer in Andalo is varied: between simple hotels, family hotels and flats (plus a campsite), each family will be able to choose the best solution according to their needs.
Below you will find three proposals: the first, Il nido incantato, is a really spacious and comfortable flat, suitable also for a large family. Inside, you will find everything you need for cooking and washing clothes. Parking is included – see here.
The second proposal is a marvellous family hotel, the Piz Galin Grand Hotel Family & Wellness: two swimming pools, sauna, mini club, entertainment, possibility of half board. And who goes home? – Check this out.
The third proposal is called Al Papavero and is a cosy hotel with breakfast included and communicating family rooms, perfect for a bit of privacy. Private parking included – Check it out here.