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30 outdoor activities for kids this summer in Switzerland

Suncream at the ready – there are tons of great outdoor activities in Switzerland to keep the kids active all summer long

If you can get them to switch of 'Frozen' or stop chasing pigs on Minecraft there are some fantastic family-friendly outdoor events and experiences to discover this summer in Switzerland.

Adventure Park • Davos

This high wire and cycle park offers a fun day out for adventurous adults and children alike. The park has five rope courses of different difficulties (including a children’s one) and a mountain bike course suitable for all riders.

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Pedalos on Zurich Lake

Don't just stand there on the promenade admiring the lake, get out and enjoy it. Pedalos can be hired from the lake's many boat hire companies and although it may look like you're messing around with an oversized child's toy, you'll be burning more calories than on a bike ride up an Alpine pass. For something a bit more classic, rowing boats, speedboats and yawls are also available. And don't forget to look back and take in the views of the city as you work out.

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Swiss Museum of Transport: Verkehrshaus Der Schweiz

The Swiss Transport Museum huge, well-designed and enjoyable to visit. With loads of interactive displays and exhibits for kids of all ages as well as the museum's large inner courtyard with an artificial lake for summer as well as a child-size "airport" and canals for kids to practise shunting goods around in.

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Freibad Allenmoos • Zurich

There's a large, waist-deep play pool complete with 72-metre waterslide, a two-level kids' pool ideal for toddlers, a children's playground, bbq area and loads of dressing sheds. 

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Zoo • Zurich

Don’t miss the zoo’s newest attraction – the elephant park with its modern outside spaces and large indoor area. The on-site Thai food stall serves delicious snacks while you watch the elephants.

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TCS Camping Disentis

Arranged beside a lake in a clearing surrounded by pine trees, the campsite has the rather unique attraction of actual gold panning, plus mountain biking, tennis, golf, mini golf, horse riding and paragliding on offer. 

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Rochers de Naye

At 2,042 metres and yet entirely accessible by train from Montreux, the summit of Rochers de Naye is one of the most attainable alpine peaks in Switzerland.

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Lido di Lugano

This large, central Lugano swimming centre has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a diving pool and children's water play area. 

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By: Time Out contributors