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Family-Friendly Attractions with Kids in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, a city of rich history, vibrant culture, and endless family-friendly attractions and adventures for families with kids!

From serene lakes to bustling markets and ancient temples to thrilling water parks, Hanoi offers a diverse range of family-friendly attractions that will delight both young and old.

Whether you’re exploring the historic Old Quarter, watching a traditional water puppet show, or cruising through the stunning landscapes of Ha Long Bay, Hanoi promises an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Join us as we discover the best family-friendly attractions in Hanoi and create lasting memories together in this fascinating city.

Family-Friendly Attractions with Kids in Hanoi

As a parent, exploring Hanoi with your little ones can be an unforgettable adventure.

From cultural experiences to thrilling attractions, the city offers many family-friendly attractions with kids that cater to all ages.

Here are my top picks for family fun in Hanoi:

Hoan Kiem Lake

Start your day with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, a quiet, serene oasis in the heart of Hanoi. 

Legend has it that a giant turtle lives in the lake, adding a sense of mystery and excitement for kids. 

Take a break at the lake’s Turtle Tower, cross the Huc Bridge to visit Ngoc Son Temple, and enjoy the scenic views.

Hanoi Instagram Tour

Hanoi Old Quarter

Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Hanoi Old Quarter, where small, narrow streets are filled with bustling markets, ancient temples like Bach Ma Temple (The entrance is free!), and traditional Vietnamese houses like Hanoi Ancient House

Let your kids experience the hustle and bustle of this historic area while sampling local street food and shopping for souvenirs.

Shopping at Dong Xuan Market & Hanoi Night Market

Treat your little shoppers to a unique experience at Dong Xuan Market, where they can find an array of goods, from clothes to souvenirs. 

Head to the Hanoi Night Market in the evening for a lively atmosphere and more shopping opportunities.

Dong Xuan Market

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Delight your children with a traditional water puppet show at the Thang Long Puppet Theatre.

Watch in awe as colorful puppets dance and glide across the water, depicting Vietnamese folklore and legends.

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Day trip to Ninh Binh and Mua Cave

Escape the city for a day and explore the picturesque landscapes of Ninh Binh

Take a boat ride with a Vietnamese man or woman who rows using his two legs instead of his hands through the stunning limestone karsts and visit the Mua Cave for panoramic countryside views.

Ninh Binh Highlights Full-Day Tour from Hanoi

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Embark on a memorable cruise on Ha Long Bay, one of the most beautiful and unique places in Vietnam and the world.

It is a proud UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, known for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands. 

Kids will love kayaking through caves and swimming in the bay’s calm waters.

1-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise from Hanoi

Hanoi 24-Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour

Explore Hanoi at your own pace with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour instead of walking so much with your children on Hanoi’s street.

Visit attractions like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Opera House, Flag Tower of Hanoi, Hoa Lo Prison, and more hidden gems like Frog Garden Fountain (Vườn hoa Diên Hồng).

Hanoi 24-Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour

Hanoi Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo Tour 

Experience the charm of the Old Quarter on a trishaw cyclo tour

Let your kids enjoy this historic area’s sights, sounds, and smells while riding in a traditional cyclo.

Take a Cyclo Tour
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Ho Tay Water Park

Beat the heat at Ho Tay Water Park, where slides, pools, and water activities await. 

This wonderful water park offers visitors a wide range of beautiful attractions suitable for all ages, from small children to big kids, ensuring a fun day for the whole family.

Ho Tay Water Park

Bao Son Paradise Park

Immerse yourself in Nature at Bao Son Paradise Park, where lush gardens, playgrounds, and amusement rides await. 

Children can play and enjoy various activities here, from zip-lining to pedal boating.

Bao Son Paradise Park


Discover the wonders of the underwater world at the VinKE & Vinpearl Aquarium Times City or Lotte World Aquarium

Kids will be fascinated by colorful fish, exotic marine life, and interactive exhibits.

Lotte World Aquarium Hanoi

Lotte Observation Deck

Get a bird’s eye view of Hanoi from the Lotte Observation Deck

Kids will love spotting famous landmarks from above and taking in the panoramic city views.

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Unleash your creative side at Bat Trang Pottery Village, where you can try making pottery. 

Kids will enjoy getting messy and creating their unique masterpieces.

Bat Trang Pottery Village

West Lake

Take a relaxing boat ride on the peaceful and quiet West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi. 

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest temple in Hanoi (1,500 years old!), located on a small island in the lake, is a must-visit for its ancient architecture and cultural significance.

For excitement, head to the West Lake Water Park, where kids can splash around in pools and zoom down water slides. 

Cycling along the tree-lined streets surrounding the lake is another popular activity, providing a great way to explore the Tay Ho District and enjoy outdoor fun. 

With its cultural attractions, excellent outdoor activities, and scenic beauty, West Lake offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda

Temple of Literature

Explore the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university and a symbol of education and learning. 

Kids will be fascinated by this iconic site’s ancient architecture and history.

Thu Le Park & Zoo

Spend a day at Thu Le Park & Zoo, where kids can see various animals, including elephants, giraffes, and tigers. 

The park also has playgrounds and picnic areas, perfect for family days.

Thu Le Park

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Dive into Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Kids can learn about the country’s diverse ethnic groups through interactive exhibits and traditional artifacts.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

Marvel at the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, a 4-kilometer-long artwork that depicts Vietnam’s history and culture. 

Kids will enjoy spotting this unique mosaic’s intricate details and vibrant colors.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Step back in time at Duong Lam Ancient Village, a well-preserved ancient village located on the outskirts of Hanoi. 

Kids can explore traditional houses and learn about rural Vietnamese life.

Hanoi Instagram Tour

Embark on an Instagram-worthy tour of Hanoi, where you can capture the city’s most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. 

Kids can strike a pose against colorful street art and historic buildings, creating lasting memories of their trip to Hanoi.

Quang Phu Cau Incense Village Day Tour from Hanoi
Hoan Kiem LakeSerene Lake with a legend of a giant turtle, perfect for a stroll.
Hanoi Old QuarterExplore narrow streets filled with markets, temples, and traditional houses.
Dong Xuan Market & Hanoi Night MarketShopping and street food experiences in bustling markets.
Thang Long Water Puppet TheatreTraditional water puppet show depicting Vietnamese folklore.
Ninh Binh and Mua CaveDay trip to stunning limestone karsts and caves.
Ha Long Bay CruiseUNESCO World Heritage Site with emerald waters and limestone islands.
Hanoi 24-Hour Hop on Hop Off Bus TourExplore Hanoi’s attractions at your own pace.
Hanoi Old Quarter Trishaw Cyclo TourExperience the charm of the Old Quarter on a traditional cyclo.
Ho Tay Water ParkWater slides, pools, and activities for a fun day out.
Bao Son Paradise ParkAmusement park with gardens, playgrounds, and rides.
AquariumDiscover the wonders of the underwater world.
Lotte Observation DeckGet panoramic views of Hanoi from above.
Bat Trang Pottery VillageTry pottery making and explore traditional houses.
Thu Le Park & ZooSee a variety of animals and enjoy playgrounds.
West LakeBoat rides, cycling, and picnicking around the lake.
Temple of LiteratureExplore Vietnam’s first university and its history.
Vietnam Museum of EthnologyLearn about Vietnam’s ethnic groups through exhibits.
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic MuralAdmire a 4-kilometer-long mosaic depicting Vietnam’s history.
Duong Lam Ancient VillageStep back in time to a well-preserved ancient village.
Hanoi Instagram TourCapture the city’s iconic landmarks and hidden gems.

In Conclusion

As your family adventure in Hanoi ends, we hope the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime.

From the cultural wonders of the Old Quarter to the natural beauty of West Lake, Hanoi has proven to be a city full of surprises and delights for families with kids.

Whether you’ve explored ancient temples, experienced the thrill of a water park, or simply enjoyed a leisurely stroll around a tranquil lake, Hanoi has shown you the best it has to offer.

As you say goodbye to this captivating city, please take with you the warmth of its people, the richness of its culture, and the joy of exploring new adventures together as a family.

Until next time, Hanoi awaits your return with open arms!

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Matan Cohen

Hey there! I'm Matan, an avid lover of Hanoi. In my free time, you can usually find me exploring the city's vibrant streets, sampling the delicious local cuisine, or immersing myself in the diverse culture of Vietnam.

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Hey, I’m Matan! As a passionate, thrill-seeking traveler, I instantly connected with Hanoi.

From the bustling streets and flavorful street food to the unique culture and vibrant nightlife – this dynamic city held something new and exciting around every corner.

Exploring further revealed hidden gems – peaceful parks, colorful temples, friendly locals – that truly made it a place I wanted to call home.

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