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A major tourist attraction in the city of Venice is the gondola ride through the Grand Canal. Cruising through this wondrous water body, midst the backdrop of stunning medieval structures (some which date back to 13th Century) should feature on every traveler's bucket list. The canal stretches to approximately 3.8 kilometers (2.36 miles) while its width ranges between 30 meters (98.42 feet) and 90 meter (295 feet). It opens to the Venetian Lagoon of the Adriatic Sea while serving as a major water traffic corridor, with several public and private boats floating to and fro. Until the 19th Century, Rialto Bridge was the only cross bridge that connected the two parts of the city, others like, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte dell'Accademia and Ponte della Costituzione were in the 20th Century to reduce the load on the water traffic. The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Palazzi Barbaro and Palazzo Dario are few of the structures that are situated along the canal.
When you enter Venice through the Piazzale Roma, look to your left and you will see the expansive greens of the Giardini Papadopoli. Spread across 0.87 hectares (2.17 acres), this garden was established in 1834. Decked with flowering plants and fruit trees, Giardini Papadopoli was beautifully designed by Francesco Bagnara, who was a professor at l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Venise and who also designed the Fenice theater. The garden is adorned with sculptures, ornate benches and magnificent fountain. It is also home to a separate playground for children.
Located in the Cannaregio area of Venice, Giardino Groggia is a historic garden that takes one back to the glorious past of the city, with a historic theater building inside, that was built way back in the 1500s. Local families frequent the park, with people relaxing on the park benches, while the little ones run helter skelter. One can also find a number of interesting statues along the park promenade.
It may not be Venice's most central park, but the Parco delle Rimembranze is probably one of the nicest green areas in the city, especially when it comes to kids outdoors. Located in Sant'Elena, the more modern Eastern part of Castello sistieri and home of the Biennale d'Arte, this park offers plenty of children's play areas and a roller-skating rink. And, for even more fun outdoors, you could head to the nearby Stadio Penza and watch a soccer game. Admission: Free.
The Lido di Venezia is a pristine sandbar that has become a thriving tourist destination, thanks to its accessibility from mainland Venice. One of the most photographed and talked about places in Venice, this island is not only famous for its panoramic views and beautiful summer beaches, but also home to Venice Film Festival. Most of these beaches are private and often visited by international celebrities from diverse fields. The gorgeous sandbar, stretching luxuriously to almost 11 kilometers (6.83 miles), has featured exclusively as the location in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Needless to say, the Venice Lido warrants a visit.
In this little town located on an island of the Venetian laguna, the houses are painted in varied bright colors, giving a picturesque and cheerful character to the setting, which kids always love. Burano is famous for its lacemaking, a skill that has developed here since the 16th Century; various shops offer lacemaking demonstrations. To admire more of this craft, head to the Museo del Merletto which displays all kinds of amazing lacework: tablecloths, fans, collars and shawls. The trip takes approximately 40-50 minutes and makes one stop on Murano. Burano is Venice's very own rainbow, so which is your favorite color of all?
A visit to the Aqualandia is incomplete without a round of golf at its miniature golf course, Adventure Golf. This scenic course is lined with palm trees and boasts of features like lakes and waterfalls, thereby adding to its beauty. Depending on your expertise, you can opt for either of the two courses equipped with 12 holes each. Whether adults or little ones, everyone can try their hand at golfing at the Adventure Golf.