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Five Things to do in Rio de Janeiro for Families
Jan 11 , 2011
With train rides in the mountains and snorkeling expeditions in the Atlantic, there's plenty to do as a family. Check out our top five things to do in Rio de Janeiro for families.
Rio de Janeiro offers a wide array of activities for families. The city itself is exceedingly fun for people of all ages, with museums, shopping, and many chances to explore the city's great culture. Additionally, Rio's mountains and position on the Atlantic coast add to its mystique and laundry list of attractions. To help you get the most out of your family vacation, check out this list of the five of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro for families.
1. The Statue of Christ—No trip to Rio de Janeiro would be complete without seeing the Statue of Christ. Located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, this 130 ft. tall statue is perhaps Rio's most widely recognized monument. The train ride to the mountain peak is great for kids, and experiencing this awesome sight will last with you and your family for a lifetime.
2. Tijiaca Forest—While you're near the Statue of Christ, be sure to also explore this unique urban forest. Tijuaca is the largest forest of its kind in the world, and home to many exotic birds, mammals, and plants, many of which are endangered and only found in the Atlantic Forest region. The forest also contain many beautiful murals painted by Candido Portinari, a well know Brazlilian artist. If you want the full forest experience, book a jeep tour, as they are the best way to see the forest.
3. Rio de Janeiro Beaches—Rio de Janeiro is known for its beaches, as the southern portion of the city is located directly on the Atlantic coast. On the weekends, beachfront roads shut down to cars and are only accessible by foot. Families flock to the beach neighborhoods during these times, and you and your family will have plenty of fun lounging on the beach and playing in the surf. With the seaside restaurants and snacks here, it almost seems like you might be at the beach back home.
4. Banco do Brazil Cultural Center—In the 1990s, this former bank was transformed into cultural center with a theatre and a series of excellent exhibitions. If shopping is your thing, shop for souvenirs at the Hippie Market, where you can find all sorts of crafts and handmade wares.
5. Armação dos Búzios—This resort town is a trendy place where the city's wealthy residents head for refuge and relaxation. Surfers and hippies flock here for the beaches, and you too can stake a claim to a spot on the sand before heading to the restaurants downtown. You might even want to do a little snorkeling while you're here. Traveler Tip: Buzios is best experienced during the week, as it can get overrun by Rio residents trying to escape the city themselves.
These are just a few of the many great activities for families in Rio de Janeiro. Use these activities as a jumping off point for planning your own trip, and you and your family are bound to have a good time.
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