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Cape Town for Families with Young Children

Sharks, penguins, seals, a mountain of gems, and a bevy of boats
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Cape Town is one of Africa's most tourist- and family- friendly destinations. The city is safe, navigable, and there is no end to the ... more »

Tips:  The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town's safest areas during both the day and night.

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Points of Interest

Public transportation in Cape Town can be unreliable so the best way to get around is to rent a car or take a taxi cab (some hotels also offer shuttles to popular destinations). Alternatively, get to the aquarium via the Cape Town hop-on, hop-off Sightseeing Bus. The bus can be caught from a variety of locations and the aquarium is a major stop... More

2. The Scratch Patch

Cross the street and walk along the parking garage in the direction of the Work Shop and Craft Market. (If you have time, this market is a great place to buy souvenirs and handmade toys for the kids. There are one-of-a-kind toys made of scrap metal, discarded plastic bags, and bead work that are as beautiful as they are ingenious.) After passing... More

3. The Clock Tower (and Seals)

Just a few minutes east of the Scratch Patch, is the Victorian-Gothic, red and white Clock Tower.

This historic landmark housed the port captain's office and is a popular meeting place that affords lovely views of the harbor. More importantly for the young ones, near the Clock Tower--on the old tires and the docks along the nearby quay--is a... More

4. A Boat Tour of the Harbor

Boat tour companies line the harbor and are easy to find. (A good one is Waterfront Boat Company, which has an online booking option and reasonable prices.)

Few children can resist a boat ride-especially if there's a chance to get up close and personal with a dolphin or a seal. Adults will love the views (especially gorgeous at sunset) of Table... More