Italy's largest lake, Lake Garda is a stunning mishmash of jagged mountains, beautiful beaches, pastel-coloured towns, sweeping valleys, historic castles, and exciting attractions. If you're looking for things to do on your holidays to Lake Garda, you won't have far to go! Those travelling with kids can spend a fun family day out at Gardaland Resort, the nearby theme-park which is packed with rollercoasters, rides, and its own aquarium. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at windsurfing across the lake or trek across the mountains on the north coast.
For a more laid-back outing, take a trip to the Hruska Botanical Gardens, where you'll see over 3,000 different species of plants. Whatever your interest, there are so many things to do in Lake Garda.
If you're travelling with the family, make a beeline for Gardaland Resort. This theme park is perfect for kids of all ages, with over 40 rides and daily entertainment. Younger children can board a train through Peppa Pig Land. While thrill-seekers can enjoy the spine-tingling Mammut, Jumanji and whirling Blue Tornado. There's also a great variety of restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops throughout the park, so you won't have to worry about keeping your brood fed and watered!
The Scaligero Castle is said to be one of the most significant in all of Europe. Its 31 metre tower dominates the skyline, offering spectacular views over Lake Garda. You can enter this fairytale fortress by drawbridge, crossing the glistening moat. Then wander through its cobblestone walkways and with a scoop of gelato in hand (100 flavours and counting). Or catch a theatrical show in its 400-seater amphitheatre. Housing the Natural History Museum, you’ll also find plenty of multimedia magic to bring the experience to life, along with artworks and exhibitions dedicated to its rich history.
Hruska Botanical Gardens
Hruska Botanical Gardens is one of the most peaceful places that Lake Garda has on its shores. You'll find over 3,000 different species of plants from across the world. The inspiration for the gardens came from Arturo Hruska, who dedicated this little slice of paradise to his appreciation for the lake. The site is adorned with artificial lakes and streams, filled with fish and lily-pads. However, his masterstroke was to create a miniature rendition of the Dolomites mountain range, using Japanese bonsai trees to recreate the stunning countryside.
Art and nature side by side
Heller, a multimedia artist, bought the gardens and used them to showcase works by established and up-and-coming artists. Tucked away behind ferns and lush greenery, you'll find modern works by greats such as Roy Lichtenstein, Mimmo Paladino and Keith Haring. Each area of the park, from the ticket office to the greenhouses, has been specifically designed by contributing artists with the senses in mind. Enjoy brightly coloured paintings, musical sounds, and fragrant scents as you wander through the park.
Something for Everyone
Whether you've come to relax or to immerse yourself in the local culture and history, there's always plenty of things to do in Lake Garda. Families will find there are some great, fun days out to be had, couples can soak up the picturesque surroundings, and the lake acts as a high-speed playground for those interested in the thrills of water sports.