Pack your comfortable shoes and adventurous mood and take your family to Bulgaria. This Balkan country is to some extent an offbeat destination, but it only makes the trip feel like a grand exploration!
The biggest children’s museum and science center in Bulgaria is designed to fill your family’s time with meaningful and fun entertainment. You and your children can play and learn simultaneously while you explore the Science Park, Natural World, Space Chase, Paleontology, Inventions, and other museum areas, or choose from the variety of art and science workshops.
You don’t have to travel to outer space to see what’s there – just plan a day or two in Plovdiv and visit its brand new Planetarium. The exhibit is situated in the building of the Museum of Nature Sciences. You have to contact the museum in advance to organize an English screening, but the effort is worth it.
After your cosmic journey, come back down to Earth and enjoy the beauty of Plovdiv. The city is famous for the hills that dot the landscape. You can climb the hills to look for a beautiful panorama, or you can be more pedestrian and take the Children’s Railway to the top of Youth Hill. It’s a specially designed mini-train whose tracks soar up into the trees and take you through a tunnel. There’s a short pause for photos at the final stop on the hill.
Here you can pretend to be a royal family and visit your property at the Black Sea coast – the Palace of Balchik. This palace was built by the Romanian queen Maria because she loved the coastal area of Balchik and used to visit there for the summer. There is a large Botanical garden inside the palace, where you can walk among exotic flowers and cacti. You can visit its various buildings and learn the amazing story of this beautiful place.
Fun fact: Rumor has it that Queen Maria wanted to have seals in her palace so she brought a few with her. One day they managed to escape the palace and that’s how a seal colony on the Bulgaria Black Sea coast was established.
Grab your binoculars, put on comfortable shoes and set on a wildlife journey to Srebarna Nature Reserve. This UNESCO protected site is situated on the bank of the Danube river and is comprised of a large wetlands area with hundreds of animal, bird, and fish species. Start your visit at the information center where you can see live broadcast from video cameras set in some of the rare birds nests, and learn fun facts about wildlife. Then set out to explore the lake along the marked trails and indulge in some bird watching.
In most places tap water is safe to drink, but it never hurts to ask at your hotel.
Children get discounts or free entry at many museums and attractions.
In most Bulgarian cities children under 7 travel for free on public transportation.