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19 Best Theme Parks at Lake Garda, Italy (With Maps and Practical Tips)

19 Best Theme Parks at Lake Garda, Italy (With Maps and Practical Tips)

Here are the best theme parks at Lake Garda in Italy.

This list includes the best amusement parks, adventure parks, and water parks around and near Italy’s largest lake. For completeness of records and to satisfy all types of personal interests, there is even a zoo park, two garden parks, and two spa parks thrown in the mix!

If you are planning a day trip, a weekend break or a longer holiday at Italy’s Lake Garda, this list will come in very handy as it gives you lots of ideas about the fun places to visit and the fun things to do here. I’ve compiled the information below based on my own experiences at Lake Garda – one of my most favourite places to visit and explore.

During the six years that I spent living in Italy, Lago di Garda was the destination that I returned to the most. From its cute lakefront towns to its villages, beaches, castles, hiking paths, and theme parks, I ticked off Lake Garda’s attractions one by one. Now, I am only too happy to pass the word along coupled with my personal recommendations about this must-see place in Italy.

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So, speaking of Lake Garda’s attractions, let me tell you! Italy’s largest lake is home to some of Italy’s best and largest theme parks. You will have a wonderful time here no matter if you are visiting with your kids, solo or in the company of friends.

Now, to make your travel planning as easy as possible, I have organised the Lake Garda theme parks in this blog post into the following groups: adventure parks, amusement parks, water and spa parks, and other parks. I have provided links to their official websites and (where available) official ticket resellers so that you can check opening times, facilities, and travel directions, as well as purchase tickets for your visit.

In addition, at the end of this blog post, I have also included a short section with practical tips about visiting Lake Garda’s theme parks by car and public transport.

If you want to explore Lake Garda beyond its theme parks, then click to read these blog posts, too:

Now, let’s start!

19 Best Theme Parks at Lake Garda, Italy (With Maps and Practical Tips)

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I. Adventure Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

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You will find several adventure parks in the lush forests and hills around Italy’s largest lake. Offering obstacle courses, zip lines, and rope climbing activities to suit different age groups and physical abilities, they are a great place to get active and feel energised.

On a clear-sky day, there is nothing better than to head to one of these five adventure parks. In the bosom of Lake Garda’s verdant nature, you get to have lots of fun while testing your endurance.

I am particularly fond of the zip lines. Zipping from tree to tree several metres above the ground truly makes me feel alive.

Give it a try!

1. Flying Frogs Adventure Park – head to this adventure park if you are spending time on the western shore of Italy’s Lake Garda. The nearest lakefront towns are Gargnano and Limone sul Garda.

The adventure park is immersed in lush woods and fields. It is a peaceful area where you can both relax over a picnic and have fun at one of the three aerial routes. Or get the adrenaline flowing zipping down the Big Zip – a long zip line that will make you fly over vast fields.

The minimum age for the easiest route is 3 years. The medium route goes up to a height of five metres and can be tackled by anyone over 6 years of age. The most difficult route has a minimum age restriction of 10 years and you will need to climb up to adventure platforms at a height of 10 metres.

Nearby, you can visit the Sanctuary of Montecastello which affords splendid bird’s-eye views of Lake Garda. A hiking path leads to the beautiful Cascate di Piovere (also known as Cascate di Tignale). Or you can drive along the Strada della Forra – renowned as one of the most beautiful roads in the world – to Tremosine sul Garda – a medieval village which is officially declared as one of the most beautiful in Italy.

2. La Quiete Adventure Park – this is a really cool adventure park just off the southern shore of Italy’s Lake Garda. It’s part of the large water park La Quiete (see the heading Water Parks at Lake Garda, Italy below for further details). It’s also a short driving distance away from the lakefront towns of Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda.

There are four routes here aimed at different ages and abilities. The easiest one can be tackled by children of 8 years of age (minimum height of 120 cm). The most difficult one has ten adventure platforms at a height of eight metres and can be tacked by teenagers and adults (minimum age – 14 years, minimum height – 140 cm).

In addition, there is a zip line called The Eagle. It’s 130 m long and starts at a height of seven metres. Minimum age – 9 years, minimum height – 120 cm.

La Quiete Adventure Park also rents quad bikes and e-bikes and organises quad bike, e-bike, and canoe tours.

3. Jungle Adventure Park – this was the first adventure park to be built in Italy. You will find it a stone’s throw away from the charming small town of San Zeno di Montagna in the lush hills above Lake Garda. This adventure park is very easy to reach from anywhere on the lake’s eastern and southern shores. The nearest lakefront towns are Torri del Benaco and Castelletto sul Garda.

There are 120 adventure platforms here split between four routes of varying difficulty. Even better, this adventure park also has a Baby Park suitable for kids of 3 to 6 years of age, thus making it a great destination for families.

There is also a small playground, three picnic areas, and a sunbathing space, so you can easily spend an hour or two here relaxing after all the exercise.

Two paths give you a chance to go for a nice and pleasant walk in the vicinity of the adventure park. The botanical path – Sentiero Botanico – is flanked by typical for the area trees and shrubs. The fitness path – Sentiero Fitness – is longer, circular and allows you to explore this beautiful corner of Lake Garda in more depth.

4. Parco Avventura Busatte – this is a great adventure park at the northern extremity of Lake Garda. It’s an easy drive away from the lakefront towns of Riva del Garda, Torbole, and even Malcesine. Click here for tickets.

The adventure park has a good variety of courses suitable for children and adults. There are five aerial routes with 50 platforms at a height varying from two to 15 m. The minimum height for the easiest route is 1,25 m.

Parco Avventura Busatte is right next to the trail of one of the best Lake Garda hikes – Sentiero Busatte-Tempesta. This way, you can spend a couple of hours climbing trees and zipping from platform to platform and then you can go for a nice hike with splendid lake views.

In addition, a small restaurant with a large open-air seating area operates near this adventure park. A large car park stands right next to the restaurant. Once you’ve parked, the walk to Parco Avventura Busatte takes only a couple of minutes.

5. Rimbalzello Adventure Park – this adventure park is perfect to visit if you are spending time on the western or the southern shores of Italy’s Lake Garda. The nearest lakefront towns are Gardone Riviera and Salo’.

There are five different routes here aimed at kids and adults. Of these two are baby routes with children needing to be of a minimum height of 100 cm to use them. Then there is an easy and a medium route with their platforms at a height of respectively two and five metres above the ground. The most difficult route reaches a height of 15 metres and offers a stunning panoramic view, a climbing wall, and three zip lines.

Rimbalzello Adventure Park is very close to the lakefront so you can combine it with a visit to the beach, lunch in a nearby restaurant or even a boat tour on the lake.

N.B.: Lake Garda’s adventure parks operate seasonally. Usually, they are open every day during the high season from June to August with then opening on selected weekends during the autumn. Some of them also require an advance booking.

Before heading there, it’s always a good idea to check the official websites (clickable links are provided above) for current opening hours and days.

Map of the Adventure Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

II. Amusement Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

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Lake Garda is the place where you will find Italy’s largest and best amusement parks. If you want to have fun, book a visit to Lago di Garda as soon as possible. Clustered around the southeastern corner of the lake and easy to get to from the local train station of Peschiera del Garda are three large amusement parks where you can have a truly wonderful time with your family and friends.

And then an easy drive away from Lake Garda, discover a fourth Italian amusement park that little kids will simply love to explore.

Expect countless rides, thematic corners, lavish spectacles, fun adventures, and seasonal events. I particularly love the Magic Winter festival at Gardaland. It was always one of the highlights of my Italian Christmas.

See below how to experience Italy’s best amusement parks for yourself!

1. CanevaWorld Resort – with two theme parks – Movieland the Hollywood Park and Caneva the Aquapark – and three theme restaurants, this is an amazing place to visit right on the shores of Lake Garda.

You can either visit the two parks on the same day by buying a combined ticket or dedicate a day (or more) to each. There is a great selection of rides, slides, and attractions for the whole family in both parks to keep you happily occupied for hours. The volcano and the wave pool in Caneva the Aquapark were my favourites!

For lunch or dinner with a difference, head to one of the three on-site restaurants:

  • Safari Pizza – for an Italian pizza with an interactive savannah adventure;
  • Medieval Times – for dinner and show in a setting plucked from a fun version of the Middle Ages where love prevails and the best knight wins;
  • Rock Star Restaurant – for an American style food in an all-you-can-eat format.

2. Gardaland – this is Italy’s largest amusement park and resort. It is a great place to spend a whole day (or more) at. The rides and attractions here keep the whole family having fun from morning till dusk. The entertainment shows are spectacular, too.

You can either visit Gardaland during the high season from April/May to September or you can come for the special Halloween and Magic Winter events. If you choose the latter, expect the most amazing and funnest Christmas adventures including a visit to Santa’s House which is staffed by cookie-baking elves.

Gardaland is also where you can visit two additional Lake Garda theme parks:

  • Italy’s first Legoland Water Park (see the heading Water Parks at Lake Garda, Italy below for further details); and
  • Gardaland Sealife Aquarium – Italy’s first fully themed aquarium. It has 40 pools and it’s home to over 5,000 creatures that represent the fauna of Lake Garda and the world’s seas and oceans. It’s a great place to experience for yourself, especially on a rainy day when you still want to be surrounded by water without getting wet. Have a look here for tickets.

Legoland Water Park is on the territory of Gardaland. Gardaland Sealife Aquarium is just across the large car park from Gardaland.

To simplify your Italy travel planning, when visiting Lake Garda and its theme parks you can choose to stay in the Gardaland Resort. It has three thematic hotels – Gardaland HotelGardaland Adventure Hotel, and Gardaland Magic Hotel. As well as thematic restaurants and even more fun activities to keep the whole family happy.

3. Leolandia – this is one of the major amusement parks in Italy. It is geared specifically to younger kids and their families. It’s on the outskirts of Milan, so it’s just over an hour away by car from the southern shores of Lake Garda.

With dozens of attractions and rides plus many exciting seasonal events, Leolandia is a great place to head to with the whole family. This theme park could be a great destination if you are spending a week or longer on Lake Garda and want to branch out and explore more of Northern Italy.

N.B.: Lake Garda’s amusement parks operate seasonally. Usually, they are open during the high season from April/May to September. Then some of them may open on selected weekends and/or days during the Halloween and the Christmas seasons.

Before heading there, it’s always a good idea to check the official websites (clickable links are provided above) for current opening hours and days.

Map of the Amusement Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

III. Water and Spa Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

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Lake Garda is great to swim in if you like cool waters and mostly pebbly beaches. The rest of the time is so much nicer to head to one of the many fun water parks that abound on the shores of Italy’s largest lake.

With swimming pools of different sizes, with rides and slides that provide oodles of fun, Lake Garda’s water parks are a must-see destination on a hot summer day. Some of them are outfitted with wave pools, some have lagoons, and one even has an active replica volcano! A few are fed by thermal waters, too and offer a range of spa facilities.

Here are the best water parks to head to with family and friends at Italy’s Lake Garda!

1. Aquardens Spa Verona – these large thermal baths are just off the southern edge of Lake Garda and are easy to access from many lakefront towns like Lazise and Bardolino. Expect a succession of pools, lagoons, and waterfalls as well as an excellent wellness area. It’s not in vain that Aquardens is known as Italy’s largest and most modern spa centre. Kids of any age are also welcome here and there is lots to keep them active and happy for several hours.

2. Caneva the Aquapark – already mentioned above, this is a large and exciting water park where you can easily spend the whole day simply playing in the water and having fun. Among the funnest and best attractions here are the replica volcano, the lazy river, the Caribbean island, and the many different water slides. Alternatively, simply relax in one of the poolside cabanas and enjoy the hot Italian sun.

3. Cavour Water Park – this water park stands just off the southern edge of Lake Garda and it’s easy to access from the lakefront towns of Peschiera del Garda, Desenzano del Garda, Lazise, and Sirmione. It is a great place to spend a hot summer day at. There is lots to do and see here for the whole family.

Among the main attractions are Palm Beach, Paradise Island, the Rainforest water route, and the Kamikaze turbo slide. I particularly love the events held here, especially the Carnival Party.

You can also buy a combined ticket for Cavour Aquapark and the nearby Parco Giardino Sigurta’ (a beautiful garden park covered under the heading Other Parks at Lake Garda, Italy below).

4. Le Ninfee del Garda – halfway between Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda, this water park offers a lagoon pool, a semi-Olympic pool, different slides, and a rich entertainment programme.

5. Legoland Water Park at Gardaland – as mentioned above, this is Italy’s first Legoland water structure. It’s part of Italy’s largest amusement park – Gardaland – and can be accessed with a combo ticket for both. In case you have bought just a Gardaland ticket, then you can ask to pay a supplementary fee at the ticket office in order to access Legoland Water Park, too.

Some of the best attractions inside include River Adventure, Pirate Bay, and Jungle Oasis. Please, note, that adults can access this water park only if accompanying child(ren) under 12 years of age.

6. Parco La Quiete – a lovely water park near Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda on the southern shore of Italy’s Lake Garda. Come here for its dragon-themed playground, treasure island, lagoon pool and family pool. This water park also shares the grounds with the Le Quiete Adventure Park (see the heading Adventure Parks at Lake Garda, Italy above for further details).

7. Parco Termale Villa dei Cedri – come swim in the thermal lakes of this expansive water park near the town of Lazise on the southern shore of Italy’s Lake Garda. Expect whirlpools, a wellness centre, and a luxury hotel. All fed by thermal waters. Plus, opportunities to swim even late in the evenings and all year round!

8. Picoverde – this is a small water park a short drive away from the southern edge of Lake Garda. It’s very easy to access from the towns of Peschiera del Garda and Lazise. It has a lagoon pool, two Kamikaze slides, a playground, a natural pond, and an extensive sunbathing area. A special mention deserve the large on-site restaurant and pizzeria. Having fun in the water followed by a great Italian lunch has never sounded better!

N.B.: Most of Lake Garda’s water parks operate seasonally. Usually, they are open during the high season from May to September. A couple of them though, specifically Aquardens and Parco Termale Villa dei Cedri are open all throughout the year.

Before heading there, it’s always a good idea to check the official websites (clickable links are provided above) for current opening hours and days.

Map of the Water Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

IV. Other Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

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As I mentioned at the start of this blog post, for completeness of records and so that you have an exhaustive list of options to choose from, here are some more park-based attractions to head to at Lake Garda.

While they are not strictly theme parks as such, they all provide oodles of amusement and even chances for relaxation. Plus, all of them bring you closer to nature in the best and most beautiful way.

Have a look and see what you think. Which one of these suggestions would you add to your Lake Garda travel list?

1. Heller Garden – this lush botanical garden was created at the start of the 20th century by Arturo Hruska – doctor and dentist to kings and popes. Hruska had a strong interest in botany and the natural world. He wanted a place where people could experience and enjoy the botanic richness of our planet. Finding the perfect spot near the town of Gardone Riviera on the western shore of Lake Garda, he established his garden which soon became very popular.

Later on, Hruska’s botanical garden was acquired by the Austrian multimedia visionary artist Andre Heller. A person of many talents, he has created several emblematic works of art and movies and has designed theatrical plays and shows, labyrinths, and even firework displays. Most notably, he is the designer of the experience attraction Swarovski Crystal World in Austria.

The Heller Garden is open for visits from March until October. Please, check the official website for current opening times.

2. Parco Giardino Sigurta’ – this is an enormous landscaped park just off the southern shore of Lake Garda. You can easily get there by car from a number of lakefront towns with Peschiera del Garda being the closest.

Sigurta’ is officially recognised as one of the most beautiful parks in Italy and Europe. Its lush lawns, millions of tulips and roses, small ponds, and long alleys are a delight to see and photograph. You can read more about it here:

Otherwise, click to buy tickets for your visit in advance or combine a visit to Parco Giardino Sigurta’ with the nearby Cavour Water Park.

Parco Giardino Sigurta’ is open for visits from March until November. Please, check the official website for current opening times.

3. Parco Natura Viva – you will find this large zoological and safari park just off the southern shore of Lake Garda. You can easily get there from a number of lakefront towns with Lazise being the closest.

This is one of Italy’s most important zoological collections and it’s also an important centre of conservation of endangered animal species.

Parco Natura Viva is open for visits all throughout the year with some seasonal closures. Please, check the official website for current opening times.

Practical Tips about Visiting the Theme Parks at Lake Garda, Italy

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Here are some practical tips about visiting the adventure, amusement, water and other theme parks at Italy’s largest lake – Lago di Garda:

  • The largest Lake Garda theme parks – for example, Gardaland, CanevaWorld, Cavour, Parco Giardino Sigurta’, Parco Natura Viva, and Aquardens – are clustered near each other on the southeastern shore. You can reach them from all corners of Lake Garda. They are especially convenient to reach from the lakefront towns of Peschiera del Garda, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda Town, Desenzano del Garda, and Sirmione.
  • You can also easily reach Lake Garda’s largest theme parks from nearby Verona, Brescia, Milan, Vicenza, Padua, and even Venice and Bologna! A modern toll highway connects these large Italian cities to the shores of Lake Garda. Find more details in these blog posts: Verona to Lake Garda, Milan to Lake Garda, Venice to Lake Garda, Bologna to Lake Garda.
  • If you prefer, you can rent a car for your trip to Lake Garda’s theme parks. For tips about driving around Italy’s largest lake, have a look at point 2 in this detailed blog post.
  • Otherwise, you can easily reach Gardaland, Gardaland Sealife Aquarium, and CanevaWorld (Caneva Aquapark and Movieland) by train. High-speed trains and fast regional trains connect several large Italian cities to the lakefront town of Peschiera del Garda. Once there, free shuttle buses ferry visitors from the train station to the amusement parks of Gardaland and CanevaWorld. Click to research train tickets to Peschiera del Garda.
  • To travel by local bus, have a look at point 3 in this detailed blog post for information about bus lines connecting the nearby large cities of Verona, Brescia, and Rovereto to the lakefront towns and attractions.
  • The theme parks at Lake Garda are very popular, especially during the high season. Plan for longer waiting times for the different rides and lots of people.
  • In summer the weather gets very hot. Make sure that you keep hydrated and use sunscreen liberally.
  • Eateries, food kiosks, and restaurants are easy to come across in almost all of Lake Garda’s theme parks. Some of them may have restrictions on food brought from home. Please, always check the official websites and adhere to the theme park’s requirements. To make it easy for you, I have provided links to the official websites of all theme parks in this blog post.
  • If you want to avoid the crowds as much as possible, consider visiting Lake Garda’s theme parks during the shoulder season (April/May and September/October) depending on their specific opening times.
  • Bear in mind, that most of the theme parks around Lake Garda are closed during the low season. Gardaland re-opens for a few weekends in November for Halloween and then for selected dates in December and the first week in January for its annual Magic Winter extravaganza which is a must-see.
  • To fully experience the theme parks at Lake Garda, consider spending a full day at each of the largest ones. You can also buy a ticket valid for two days or a seasonal pass. For Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium, a couple of hours to half a day is plenty.
  • You can also book to spend the night or a longer holiday at Gardaland Resort. There are three thematic hotels here: Gardaland HotelGardaland Adventure Hotel, and Gardaland Magic Hotel.
  • If you are strapped for time, then you can buy an afternoon ticket for some of the Lake Garda theme parks which is also a more inexpensive option to visit.

In Conclusion

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Lake Garda is a great destination in Italy not just for its natural beauty and cute lakefront towns but also for its fabulous theme parks. From adrenaline-filled adventure parks to Italy’s best amusement parks, from gorgeous garden parks to exciting water and spa parks, there is so much to do at Italy’s largest lake if you want to have fun.

Great for kids and adults, Lake Garda’s theme parks must be seen and experienced during your visit to this corner of Italy.

So, in this blog post, I listed for you the best theme parks at Lake Garda and shared with you my first-hand tried and tested tips for visiting them.

I hope that you will enjoy ticking them off one by one from your Lake Garda travel list.

Have a great time at Italy’s largest lake and Italy’s best theme parks!

Now, get ready quick for your visit to Lake Garda, Italy!

 

 

More Helpful Lake Garda Info for You

Lake Garda Towns and Villages: Best Towns, Riva del Garda, Malcesine, Torri del BenacoPunta di San VigilioCampo di Brenzone
Lake Garda Hiking: Tibetan BridgeRocca di GardaPark of the Waterfalls
Visiting Lake Garda: 
Lake Garda with Kids8 Best AirportsMilan to Lake GardaVenice to Lake GardaVerona to Lake GardaBologna to Lake Garda, Travel Around Lake Garda
Lake Garda Beaches: 16 Top Tips3 Unmissable Beaches
Lake Garda Sights: Shortest River in Italy, Sanctuary of Madonna della CoronaLake Garda Castles

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