Family Holiday in Sweden: Things to do

Someone asked me the other day whether Sweden was a good destination for a family holiday. The answer is a resounding ‘Yes’.

Sweden is a fantastic summer holiday destination, offering interesting cities combined with exceptional natural scenery. It’s very child-friendly, has an agreeable summer climate and is only 2 hours away by plane. A week in the city could be combined with a week exploring the nature and wildlife that Sweden has to offer.

Compared to southern Europe, Sweden is expensive, but there are ways you can reduce the hit on your pocket and with the Swedish Kroner around 12.9 SEK to the British Pound, it’s not as expensive as it was last year.

So what are the Things to Do for a family holiday in Sweden?

Both Sweden’s archipelagic capital, Stockholm, and its second city Gothenburg offer city sightseeing at a relaxed pace, with plenty to do with the children and great cultural sights to see for the adults.


Stockholm is a most beautiful capital city, built on 14 islands. The Old Town is particularly spectacular, and walking around the city’s waterways and parks is a lovely way to spend a week. It can also be a lively city, with its maritime bent and international flavour.  Recommended things to do include:

  • Gamla Stan: take a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town
  • Gröna Lund Tivoli: a great (though not cheap) theme park on the relaxed island of Djurgården 
  • Stockholm Archipelago: you can take a boat trip to the many islands on the archipelago.


Gothenburg is a cosmopolitan city with a small town charm. It’s a compact city to get around and has plenty to see and do. Recommended things to do include:

  • Paddan Boats: These open-topped boats will  take you through the old Moat, under 20 bridges and on 17th century canals, giving a unique view of the city and its open harbour.
  • Liseberg: a great amusement park on the edge of the city centre (use the city’s extensive tram network to get there). It has 36 rides and attractions – from gentle carousels to heart-in-the-mouth rides such as Uppswinget, Kanonen and Balder (voted several times the “Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the World”).
  • Universeum: a fantastic museum to experience the Ocean, the Rain Forest and Space all in one day.

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