TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN VOLOS & PELION
1. "Smudgy": The Little Train of Pelion
Hop on the train and enjoy a ride on the mountain of the mythical Centaurs. Known to the locals as “smudgy,” the train will take your family from Ano Lechonia to Milies and back. The ride lasts 90 minutes each way with a 3-hour break in between. From the station at Milies it is only a 15-minute walk to the plateia of the village where there is a small playground area, restaurants, shops, etc.
2. Archaeological Museum of Volos Tour for Kids
Pelion Culture offers a guided tour that has been specifically designed for kids. Your children will hunt for details, solve puzzles, create stories and explore similarities between life in antiquity and today!
Immerse yourselves in nature! Let off some steam and get a workout yourself. Mount Pelion has dozens of well-marked trails connecting the villages. The springs along the way will keep you cool!
4. Brick and Tile Museum
A whole factory with real machines and carts, operating models, interactive displays, and a huge kiln will fascinate the kids. Unique toys and t-shirts are sold at the entrance and the museum store inside the factory.
5. Summer/Winter Sports
If you are visiting in the summer swimming is a must! Pick a kid friendly beach, rent a sea bike, and let the kids explore! In winter, the Pelion Ski Resort has an incredible view to the Aegean and Pagasitikos Bay and ski instructors offer numerous classes for kids to choose from.
6. Horseback Riding Experience
In antiquity, Thessaly was famous for its horses and Mount Pelion was inhabited by the Centaurs, mythical creatures that were half-men and half-horses. If your family loves horses, Pelion offers a lot of opportunities for horseback riding trips designed for both experienced and novice riders.
7. Leisurely stroll along the Volos sea front
Two kilometers of a car-free marina will keep your children active and happy. Behind the Church of Agios Konstantinos a well-kept playground will entertain the kids while you enjoy a meze and drink at the nearby tsipouradika.
8. Neolithic Settlement of Dimini
What better way for kids to step into Europe’s prehistory than exploring one of its earliest farming communities? Let off steam in the open landscape, explore the remnants of the Neolithic houses and imagine what life would have been like for a Neolithic family.
9. The Ship "Argo"
Every summer a reconstruction of the "Argo" returns to its natural place, the port of Volos. Not only is it a great spot for a family photo, it also offers the opportunity to talk with the young travelers about Greek Mythology and the story of Jason and the Argonauts.
10. Herb, mushrooms, and chestnut picking
Connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Depending on the season of your visit, you can pick your own herbs (oregano, thyme, mountain tea, etc.), mushrooms, and chestnuts in the lush forests of Mount Pelion. Pick-your-own is a family experience like no other and a great way to teach kids about food.
Interested in guided tours of the museums and archaeological sites? Check out our Archaeological and Cultural Guided Experiences List. http://www.pelionculture.gr/en/volos-archaeological-cultural-guided-tours/