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Surrounded by mountains, jungle, and the sea, Rio de Janeiro provides the perfect outdoor playground for adventurous families. In a city where you can travel up a mountain in a dizzying cable car one day and explore a famous soccer stadium the next, it’s a dream come true for kids (and parents) in search of action-packed excitement. Brazil's famously child-friendly attitude makes Rio de Janeiro a welcoming destination for children, with most hotels, restaurants, and bars happy to accommodate younger travelers.

Things to see in Rio de Janeiro

Get your family vacation in Rio de Janeiro off to a thrilling start with a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain, pausing halfway at Morro da Urca for a bite to eat by the kids’ play area. Ascend to the summit of this stony pillar and take a family photo with spectacular views of the city and lush mountainsides as your backdrop. Continue the adventure with a hike into Tijuca National Park, and travel to its highest point—Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue, towering above the city. Enjoy a more laid-back day out with a trip to the enormous Maracanã stadium, where kids can walk in the footsteps of Brazil's soccer heroes. For a more educational experience, take the kids to the botanical gardens where they can discover tropical plants, birds, butterflies, and monkeys. Finally, relax by the sea on one of Rio's many beautiful, family-friendly beaches, including Ipanema, Copacabana, and Praia Vermelha.

Family-friendly hotels in Rio de Janeiro

People traveling with kids in Rio can expect a warm welcome, with a great range of family accommodation available. Whether you're looking for budget accommodation or something a little more upscale, most hotels offer family rooms and discounted rates, or free accommodation for young children staying in adults' rooms. Many include amenities such as kids’ swimming pools and infant cribs as standard, and some family-friendly hotels in Rio offer childcare as an extra service. Hotel restaurants, lounges, and bars are generally welcoming to children accompanied by their parents or guardians.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

There's no better place for a Rio family vacation than a beachfront location. Stay within strolling distance of the beach in the energetic Copacabana district, or head further along the coast to Ipanema and Leblon for ocean views, shopping, and sightseeing. For a chilled, bohemian vibe, opt for the hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Kids will love the colorful art and lively musicians serenading passers-by on its cobbled streets, and the whole family can enjoy a relaxing meal in one of Santa Teresa's many family-friendly restaurants. Lagoa, with its central lagoon, also offers a wealth of family activities, from pedal-boating to bike rides.

How to get to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro's main transportation hub is Galeão International Airport, 20 km north of the city center. Offering both international and domestic flights, this airport is the most convenient option for families traveling to Rio. Visitors with kids will find it easy to get to the city center from the airport, thanks to the wide range of transportation options available, including buses, taxis, private hire cars, and transfer companies. Once in the city, you can get around easily by public transportation on the metro, city bus or, if you’ve little ones in tow, the more comfortable Frescao buses (available on weekdays).

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