If you’re looking to enjoy the cooler weather with the family then check out these great spaces in the city where you can take your little ones for some down time
Forget organised playdates and indoor activities; there are loads of places in Abu Dhabi where you can take your children to enjoy the great outdoors.
With play parks, fountains, botanical gardens and so much more on your doorstep, check out these options for some outdoor fun where you can unwind and enjoy a relaxing day out.
Offering lots of options for children and families looking for a spot to unwind, Khalifa Park is a good option for spending some time with your loved ones. For children, the park features a climbing area, library, gardens, fountains and even a small train with a route that links up all the areas in the park. There’s plenty of space for picnics and kicking a ball around or playing catch, while families can also cool off at the Murjan Splash Park – just don’t forget to pack a towel and a swimsuit. AED 2 for park entry, AED 50 for splash park. Khalifa Park, near Park Rotana. Daily 10am-10pm, Murjan Splash Park 11am-6pm.
Contact: 056 522 9267
Umm Al Emarat Park
This welcoming green space is home to a whole host of attractions to keep little ones entertained. With multiple play areas, a botanical garden, wisdom garden, children’s garden and more, there’s plenty to explore on a visit. Plus at the weekends, the Ripe Market brings local vendors along to sell a wide range of goods, as well as food trucks, community yoga classes and even weekend film screenings for children, too. AED 5 entry. Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Mushrif. Daily 8am-midnight. Contact:
02 666 9559, ummalemaratpark.ae
Eastern Mangroves Park
This open public space is a great destination to enjoy stunning views over the mangroves of Abu Dhabi. When you’re done taking pictures for Instagram, you can relax by having a picnic on the grass, strolling along the walkway by the waterfront, fishing at the allocated fishing spot, sitting by the dolphin fountains and visiting the play park where children can expend all of their energy. Free. Off Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, near junction with Al Saada Street.
The beautiful Corniche is dotted with several options, all located a stone’s throw from one another along the waterfront. The Lake Park, located near the Mall at the World Trade Center, features water-based attractions including, you guessed it, a lake, bridges and a stunning fountain at the centre. The Formal Park, located near Le Royal Méridien, is home to a host of exercise stations and a maze where children can have some fun navigating their way through hedges. Finally, the Family Park features a BMX track where you can cycle if you brought your wheels or you can hire a bike for the day by crossing the street to visit the Cycale station on the Corniche. If you have the time you could even visit all three in one day. Free, bike hire AED 20 for one day. Visit: bikeshare.ae
Yas Gateway Park
If you’re tired of malls and theme parks then take it down a notch and enjoy a more relaxing experience on Yas Island. Split into North and South sections, this large public space is still something of a hidden gem despite hosting sporting events like the Electric Run and Yas Family Fitness Festival. With playgrounds, barbecue stations, open spaces for football, Frisbee and soaking up the sun, there are plenty of options for families looking to escape the city for a while and unwind. Free. Yas Island.
Did you know?
There are various small playgrounds dotted around the city hidden between residential buildings. The fenced-in areas are designed specifically for children and are a great stop-off if you want to enjoy some down time while the little ones play in the shade. Some of them include the playground next to the American Veterinary Clinic off Al Falah Street and near the General Women’s Union at the end of Al Karamah Street.
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