Gardaland sits on the eastern flanks of Lake Garda and combines an amusement park and two hotels with a Sea Life Aquarium; it opened in 1975 and is the foremost family-orientated attraction in northern Italy. With more than 30 rides offering anything from dizzying drops on Space Vertigo to the very gentlest of carousels for kids, Gardaland will happily keep the whole family entertained all day. Among the flume and rapids rides, the 4D adventures, the spectacular musical and light shows in the Art Deco Gardaland Theatre and the speediest, bendiest of roller coasters, the newest addition to the attractions is The Black Hole, Italy’s first ‘dive’ roller coaster.
Combine a ticket to Gardaland with entry to Sea Life Aquarium to see sharks, manta rays and turtles; observe feeding sessions with sharks; and discover the underwater mysteries of Lake Garda.
Gardaland sits on the eastern flank of Lake Garda in northeast Italy. It is open from 10am to 6pm or 11pm from April 8 through the end of September. It is open on October weekends and also January 1–8 during the winter holiday. Standard adult admission is €37, but family tickets, season passes, reduced afternoon tickets, and other options are also available. Choose a combo tour of Gardaland water park and nearby Sea Life Aquarium for a day of fun.
To reach Gardaland from Milan, take the train to Peschiera del Garda or follow the A4 motorway toward exit Peschiera del Garda. A monorail scoots around the perimeter of the park to take footsore toddlers to their next adventure and the range of eating opportunities serves families well, from fast-food stands offering burgers and pizza to themed restaurants serving up lasagna and seafood.