Dubai Family Vacation Ideas – Attractions, Activities & Things to Do

We all love those family vacation memories, so we’ve rounded up our favorite Dubai family vacation ideas. Whether you’re spending endless days on the beach or cramming in as much sightseeing as humanly possible, those times spent with family are some of the best we’ll ever have.

If you’re planning a family vacation to Dubai and are in search of those perfect family-friendly ideas, check out this post for inspiration. We’ll direct you to our favorite things to do with our families, from amusement parks to indoor skydiving.

Our top Dubai family vacation ideas include:

  • Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm
  • Burj Khalifa
  • 1 Day 2 Parks Hopper at Dubai Parks & Resorts
  • Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Dubai
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm
  • Ski Dubai Indoor Skiing
  • iFLY Indoor Skydiving
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • The Green Planet

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Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm

The Aquaventure Waterpark is perfect for guests of all ages. From Splasher’s Children’s Play Area to long and winding, high-speed water slides, there’s something for every member of the family.

Conveniently located at Atlantis The Palm, a top-tier hotel and resort surrounded by the waters of Dubai, it’s the perfect excuse for parents to relax on the man-made beach while the kids explore the lazy rivers, slides, and other rides.

Older kids will love heading to the fast-paced rapids for a wild ride through tidal surges in Torrent River. It’s the perfect destination to create fun-filled family memories of your Dubai vacation.

Getting in: Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

At The Top – Burj Khalifa

View of Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building

Not every family vacation spot has to be an amusement park! A trip to the top of tallest building in the world is something everyone can enjoy.

At the 124th and 125th floors, you’ll be able to see all of the city. The 360-degree, crystal clear windows allow for views of skyscrapers, deserts, and oceans.

After enjoying the view outside, take some time to explore the interactive exhibits that tell the story of the Burj Khalifa’s construction.

Visiting the Burj Khalifa is a must when on a trip in Dubai. It’s a world-renowned landmark and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Getting in: At The Top – Burj Khalifa tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

1 Day 2 Parks Hopper at Dubai Parks & Resorts

Photo by Dubai Parks & Resorts

Get unlimited, 1-day park-hopping access to your choice of two theme parks from four options: LEGOLAND® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai Water Park, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, and/or Bollywood Parks Dubai.

  • LEGOLAND® Dubai: experience over 40 LEGO® themed rides, shows, building experiences, and attractions—the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day for families with kids aged 2-12
  • LEGOLAND® Dubai Water Park: splash into LEGO® themed fun geared towards families with kids from ages 2 to 12 with raft rides, body slides, tube slides, play areas, a wave pool, and more
  • MOTIONGATE™ Dubai: a Hollywood-themed park with immersive and thrilling rides, attractions and more ways to experience the movie industry and your favorite blockbuster hits
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai: visit the world’s first park entirely dedicated to all things Bollywood action, adventure, romance, and comedy with over 15 rides and attraction

All of these parks are located on the same compound, so it’s very easy to hop back and forth between your two choices.

Getting in: 1 Day 2 Parks Hopper at Dubai Parks & Resorts tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Dubai

The Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour – 1 Day Ticket is one of the best ways to get around to all of the top sights in Dubai.

The bus allows for a super flexible day of sightseeing. Consult the schedule beforehand and figure out where you want to be! You can hop on or off at any stop and explore all that Dubai has to offer.

The Hop On Hop Off Bus stops at popular landmarks like Pier 7 Marina, Tallest Block skyscrapers, Heritage Village, and Dubai Fountain (home of the Burj Khalifa). It also stops at a handful of Dubai’s most popular beaches – do we see a beach day on the horizon?!

Getting in: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Dubai Tour: 1-Day tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm

Explore the lost civilization of Atlantis at Atlantis The Palm.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium features 10 themed chambers that showcase 65,000 different exotic fish and sea creatures. Watch as sting rays, piranhas, giant arapaima, jellyfish, and sharks interact within their tanks.

Take a tour and learn more about the history of the lost city of Atlantis and its culture, technology, and ancient citizens. You can also partake in an interactive Aquatheatre Show, watching as the scuba divers check on the animals and perform live feedings.

Getting in: Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

Ski Dubai Indoor Skiing

Yes, you read that right: indoor skiing. Head over to Ski Dubai, the first-ever indoor ski resort and the world’s largest indoor ski resort that uses real snow.

No matter what season it is during your family vacation, you can race down the slopes. Ski and toboggan down slopes of all sizes – from kid-friendly to black diamonds, you’ll be able to race around the complex all day. Younger children will love the chance to ride down the hill in a giant, padded ball on the Snowball Ride.

If you’ve had your fill of skiing, or you’re not much of a skiier, you can participate in interactive games led by ski instructors, watch real Gentoo penguins perform in March of the Penguins, or take a ride on the Giant Snowball.

Getting in: Ski Dubai Polar Pass tickets are included on the Go Dubai Card.

iFly Indoor Skydiving

Another out-of-the-ordinary indoor experience is a flight at iFly.

At iFly Indoor Skydiving, the motto is: no plane, no parachute, no problem! Defy gravity and experience the rush of freefalling without having to jump out of anything.

Within the safety of the controlled environment, you’ll experience the sensation skydivers do when they float through the air.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to test their bravery on this flight experience. It’s the perfect thing to do together as a family of thrill-seekers.

Getting in: iFly Indoor Skydiving tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Get transported to another universe at the world’s largest indoor theme park.

With five themed zones featuring popular characters from Cartoon Network and MARVEL, kids of all ages will enjoy a day at IMG. From thrill rides to haunted houses and everything in between, IMG Worlds of Adventure is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Get haunted at the Haunted Hotel, an interactive maze so terrifying only visitors 15 and older can visit. If you’re a total thrill-seeker, take a spin on Thor Thunder Spin, The Velociraptor, or Predator. You’ll defy gravity on each ride, as you shoot out in a roller coaster and take on twists and turns at top-speed.

Getting in: IMG Worlds of Adventure tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

The Green Planet

Have you ever experienced an indoor rainforest before? Check it off your bucket list on your family trip to Dubai!

At Green Planet, you’ll enter a whole new world as soon as you step through the door. The vertical rainforest is a fully immersive experience that you have to see with your own eyes to believe.

Explore all four levels and keep your eyes peeled for any of the 3,000 species that live within the complex. Colorful toucans, butterflies, and tropical birds will fly overhead as you and the family explore the secrets of the rainforest.

Getting in: The Green Planet tickets are included on Go Dubai Card.

Remember to Save on Family Friendly Admission

There you go. A few suggestions for attractions and activities for your upcoming Dubai family vacation.

There are lots of Dubai family attractions to see and your family will probably have a fantastic time at all of them.

Regular admission to a number of these family-friendly attractions is available on the Go Dubai Card.

We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your family vacation itinerary.

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.

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