Spinalonga, Crete    Eerie ruins, pirate legends, beaches, and a boat trip across the Gulf of Mirabello make this little island a hit with young travelers. As the boat passes the nearby islet of Agios Pantes, tell them to keep an eye out for the agrimi, also known as the kri-kri -- a species of long-horned wild goat endemic to Crete.    Photo Caption: Spinalonga has long been a place of refuge, most recently for lepers. Crete, Greece.    Photo by Georgios Makkas

Spinalonga, Crete Eerie ruins, pirate legends, beaches, and a boat trip across the Gulf of Mirabello make this little island a hit with young travelers. As the boat passes the nearby islet of Agios Pantes, tell them to keep an eye out for the agrimi, also known as the kri-kri -- a species of long-horned wild goat endemic to Crete. Photo Caption: Spinalonga has long been a place of refuge, most recently for lepers. Crete, Greece. Photo by Georgios Makkas

Kalavrita Express, Peloponnese    The openair railway navigates 14 bridges and tunnels, ascends steep slopes, and glides along the rushing Vouraikos River, providing no end of thrills. The beaches of Diakofto are at one end of the route, the pleasantly cool mountain town of Kalavrita at the other.    Photo Caption: The train from Diakofto to Kalavrita, Greece.    Photo by g7ahn/Flickr.com

Kalavrita Express, Peloponnese The openair railway navigates 14 bridges and tunnels, ascends steep slopes, and glides along the rushing Vouraikos River, providing no end of thrills. The beaches of Diakofto are at one end of the route, the pleasantly cool mountain town of Kalavrita at the other. Photo Caption: The train from Diakofto to Kalavrita, Greece. Photo by g7ahn/Flickr.com

Cretaquarium and Acquaplus Waterpark, Crete    At one of the largest and most sophisticated aquariums in Greece, jellyfish, sharks, and other fish and marine life swim through beautiful re-creations of Crete's offshore seascapes. But the slides, tunnels, and pools of the nearby water park will be the real kid pleasers.    Photo Caption: A child looking at the sea life at the Cretaquarium in Crete, Greece.    Photo by tsoumplekas/Flickr.com

Cretaquarium and Acquaplus Waterpark, Crete At one of the largest and most sophisticated aquariums in Greece, jellyfish, sharks, and other fish and marine life swim through beautiful re-creations of Crete's offshore seascapes.

Mystras and Monemvassia, Peloponnese    Adventurous children will love exploring these medieval wonders, clambering through deserted palaces and churches in Mystras, and wandering through lanes and squares before climbing to a mountaintop high above Monemvassia.    Photo Caption: Ruins of Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.    Photo by Frommers.com

Ruins of Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.

Mystras and Monemvassia, Peloponnese    Adventurous children will love exploring these medieval wonders, clambering through deserted palaces and churches in Mystras, and wandering through lanes and squares before climbing to a mountaintop high above Monemvassia.    Photo Caption: Ruins of Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.    Photo by Frommers.com

Ruins of Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece.

Best of Greece with Kids  Photo Caption: Corinth Canal, Peloponnese, Greece    Photo by Georgios Makkas  Classic Family Fun    Greece is much more than a big museum with a "do not touch" sign hanging on it. The whole family can splash along the beaches, head to public parks and playgrounds, and explore archaeological sites.    Here are eight destinations across the country where kids and adults alike can have a good time.

Best of Greece with Kids. Photo by Georgios Makkas. This Alaska family can dream, yes?

Isthmus of Corinth and Acrocorinth, Peloponnese    If you need to drag the young ones kicking and screaming to ancient sites, go for the wow factor. Stop first at the isthmus to watch slips slide through the narrow canal; then take them up to the Acrocorinth, a remarkable ancient fortress that looms 540m (1,772 ft.) above the coastal plain.    Photo Caption: Acrocorinth in Ancient Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece.    Photo by Georgios Makkas

Acrocorinth - Details: www. Apr-Oct daily Nov-Mar daily Photo Caption: Acrocorinth in Ancient Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece. Photo by Georgios Makkas

Pythagorio, Samos    The 6th-century-b.c. despot Polycrates left behind some remarkable achievements that may intrigue even kids who have had their fill of ruins: a now-submerged jetty, visible beneath the waters of the harbor; a circuit of walls; a spooky water tunnel they can walk through; and a huge temple to Hera.    Photo Caption: A lone column is all that remains of the Heraion, a temple devoted to Hera in Samos, Greece.    Photo by Frommers.com

Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos, Samos, Greece (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

National Gardens Playground, Athens    The beautiful, safe walk through the National Gardens in the center of town leads you down to a small zoo and then to a playground with swings, slides, and a maypole-style ride for bigger kids.    Photo Caption: A family looking into the pond at the National Gardens in Athens, Greece.    Photo by ava_babili/Flickr.com

National Gardens Playground, Athens The beautiful, safe walk through the National Gardens in the center of town leads you down to a small zoo and then to a playground with swings, slides, and a maypole-style ride for bigger kids. Photo Caption: A family looking into the pond at the National Gardens in Athens, Greece. Photo by ava_babili/Flickr.com

Skiathos, Sporades    It's not that Skiathos doesn't offer plenty of adult pleasures, but the small island is an especially easy place to keep the little ones amused. Young adventurers can take their pick of sandy beaches, float into Spilia Skotini, a spectacular sea cave, and clamor across the ruins of Kastro, a ghost town at the edge of the sea.    Photo Caption: Day-to day life centers on the waterfront of Skiathos Town, Skiathos, Greece.    Photo by Vaggelis Mpeltzenitis

Skiathos, Sporades It's not that Skiathos doesn't offer plenty of adult pleasures, but the small island is an especially easy place to keep the little ones amused. Young adventurers can take their pick of sandy beaches, float into Spilia Skotini, a spectacular sea cave, and clamor across the ruins of Kastro, a ghost town at the edge of the sea. Photo Caption: Day-to day life centers on the waterfront of Skiathos Town, Skiathos, Greece. Photo by Vaggelis Mpeltzenitis


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