Launceston has a relaxed feel and is compact in size with nothing too far away. It’s the third oldest city in the country and the second largest in Tasmania, meaning it has plenty of attractions and things to do for visitors. This makes it an ideal city to explore by foot or on a bike.
Centrally located, it is the perfect city to base yourself in while you explore the beautiful state of Tasmania. Everything you need to have an amazing family experience is right on Launceston’s doorstep; the historic riverside city is surrounded by stunning natural wilderness and is the gateway to the wonders of Northern Tasmania – there are so many things to do in Launceston with families that are close and easy to access!
Many Kids Activities To See in Launceston
The magnificent Cataract Gorge Reserve is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s longest chairlift, with free roaming peacocks showing off their beautiful feathers for the family. While you’re at the Gorge, take a ride on the Gorge Scenic Chairlift – one of Tasmania’s prime tourist attractions and one of the best things to do in Launceston. The chairlift has been operating since 1972 and offers spectacular views of the Cataract Gorge and Basin. This gentle and safe journey gives everyone in the family plenty of time to soak up the majestic cliffs and surrounds of the area.
The kids are well catered for in Launceston with a state of the art leisure and aquatic centre, amazing play centres, mini golf, laser tag, trampoline park, farm visits and much more providing plenty of things to do in the state. You are sure to be able to keep them entertained and enjoying their visit. Use the LetsGoKids voucher for 25 per cent off Family Entry at the leisure and aquatic centre for some slippin’ and slidin’ fun!
More kids entertainment can be had at Kids Paradise, where the little ones can climb two playgrounds that span multiple floors. Designed as an indoor play centre modelled after a mini-neighbourhood, Kids Paradise is interactive and loved by families all around Tasmania. Using the LetsGoKids voucher, you can buy one admission and get one free into Kids Paradise for a cheap day out with the kids!
The Penny Royal Adventures is a great day out for everyone in the family, with Dark rides, gold fossicking, cliff activities and more. There is sure to be something for the daredevils and the ones that like things a little less scary and closer to the ground. The Adventures site is like two theme parks in one based in a colonial setting, making it one of the many great things to do in Launceston for kids.
Launceston has many lovely parks that showcase the best of Tasmania’s natural beauty. The pretty City Park is certainly a highlight in the city – wander around the pathways and keep an eye out for the Japanese macaques (also known as snow monkeys) in their free enclosure. Find out why it is known as one of the top ten parks in Australia – it makes for a fantastic family activity to do in Launceston!
For more interesting exhibits on Launceston’s quirky history, the Launceston Tramway Museum tells the stories of the famous trams that ran in the city from 1911 to 1952. There are plenty of restored trams to ride and look at, as kids will love climbing all over these beautiful relics. For a cheap day out exploring the city, the Tramway Museum is simple to access and a fun family activity in Launceston!
If you’re lucky, you’ll touch down in Launceston at the same time as the Royal Launceston Show. Held annually at the Launceston Showgrounds in October, join around 15,000 others in wandering through the exhibits and soaking up the variety of entertainment. The show has been running since 1873, with more attractions being added each year to make for a memorable day out.
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