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
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.
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