We were in Stockholm for 10 days, but VisitStockholm.com gave me a 48 hour pass to everything, so we rushed around to all the kid-friendly attractions so I could share the best ideas for traveling to Stockholm with kids.
Stockholm is a city you can best experience on foot. By foot I mean walking, hop on hop off busses and boats, and CityBike. Vivi was just a little too small to confidently ride a CityBike so we stuck to the other more kid-friendly options. As always when traveling with kids, we stopped a lot to sit down and have a snack, so I’m super grateful to our travel companions (my parents) for sponsoring the trip, and for their patience! For the best way to see more of the Stockholm Archipelago, see my post on cruising to Helsinki.
We pored over the information we picked up at the VisitStockholm tourism office, and decided among the incredible list of museums in and around the city, on the following attractions. There were a few others short-listed that we hoped to get to, but as it was we felt like we could have spent much longer at each of these. These are our top five picks for things do do or see if you’re in Stockholm with kids.
1. Vasa Museum
Vasa Museum is not one Vivi would have chosen, but I wanted to see it, and she was impressed by the ship inside the building. The Vasa ship capsized and sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm 1628. 333 years later it was salvaged and the museum was built on a dry dock of the old naval yard. Before the building was completed, Vasa was towed into the flooded dry dock under the building, raised up and then the building was able to be completed. It is an amazing display. Vasa is the world’s only preserved 17th century ship – and they get 1.5 million visitors a year!
2. Skansen Open-Air Museum
Not far from Vasa on Djurgården island, Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum, showcasing the whole of Sweden with houses and farmsteads from every part of the country. We all loved walking through this, and I want to call it a park more than a museum because it covers 75 acres of lovely grounds. There’s a funicular that takes you up or down the hillside, and restaurants.
There is even an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose/elk, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine. The bears were getting frisky while we were there and drawing quite a crowd.
3. Swedish royal palace
Swedish Royal Palace This 18th century baroque palace is the official residence of the King of Sweden and has over 600 rooms. A great deal of it is open to the public, including five museums. Vivi’s favorite part was the Treasury, a small museum housing priceless treasures including King Gustav Vasa’s sword of state, King Erik XIV’s crown, orb, and scepter, and a large collection of crowns.
4. junibacken (Astrid Lindgren museum)
Junibacken is a children’s museum, but adults (especially those who grew up reading Astrid Lindgren’s books) will enjoy it too. I loved the Pippi Longstocking books when I was a kid because Pippi was so adventurous and fearless. I kept them for so long I was able to share them with my daughter!
Take the StoryBook Train to learn about some of her most popular characters. There are fun interactive sections and play areas both inside and outdoors that Vivi would have played at all day. We saw a performance, had lunch in the restaurant, and browsed in the bookstore.
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5. Gröna Lund’s Amusement Park
This is by no means a museum, but while we were taking trips on the hop-on-hop-off boats we kept seeing Gröna Lund’s Amusement Park. Vivi’s brother and sister wanted to share this experience with her so we met them and their mom and we had time to catch up while the kids went on the rides together. It’s a small but fantastic park with great rides and a stellar lineup of concerts every year. While we were there, we caught a performer doing a rehearsal and he was terrific! This may be at the end of my list, but it was clearly the best thing to do in Stockholm with kids.
17 thoughts on “5 things To Do In Stockholm With Kids #VisitStockholm”
This is so cool. I honestly never knew there was so much to do in Stockholm.
It’s too bad you only had 48 hours to pack a lot in. That said, the museums you visited look like fun. I’d love to visit the Royal Palace and the open-air museum. Hope to visit Stockholm soon.
Stockholm is a place that I would like to visit it one day! Thank you for these suggestions!
It must be very fun for the kids to visit. The ship and cow looks realistic. This is great for kids and adults even.
It looks like you found a lot of great things to do while you were there! My parents took us to Scandinavia when we were kids and it was a great trip! Most of the places you mentioned probably weren’t open during our visit, but I know I saw a big Viking ship in a museum then. It was really impressive.
I would love to take my son to the museum one of these days. He would love the Junibacken museum and enjoy playing. I’ll have to find out if he has been to the museum in Fort Worth yet. I know that I haven’t taken him.
I would love to visit Scandinavia as a whole. Stockholm would be my first visit for sure!
Wow, that really does look amazing. This would be a great place to go as a family. Looks like there is so much history there too.
I have never been but this sounds like a great place to visit and I am sure my kids will enjoy seeing and exploring this place.
I certainly would love to travel to Europe someday with my husband and son, and perhaps, explore Stockholm. Looks like y’all had fun.
I’ve never been to Stockholm but it looks like there’s so much to do. Maybe I’m just a kid at heart because the kid-friendly activities look great to me!
I’d like to see the Pippi Longstocking museum myself. I loved those books when I was a kid.
Wow, I had no idea that you could experience and see so much in Stockholm in just 48 hours! I bet the family would love going here some day.
My bestie’s daughter goes there twice a year to visit her boyfriend. She says it’s just such a lovely place to spend time. I’d definitely like to go there to explore myself some day!
ive never been before but ill take this for another time if we decide to visit 🙂 youve got a great guide here friend
I never knew Sweden had a king so visiting that palace is my first choice. It is smart to break up the museums with an amusement park when you are with kids.
How fun! I want to get here one day. We’d be all about the museums. We love history and learning stuff.
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