Geneva in summer for families

Hot but not too hot, summer in Geneva is summer at its best. Mountains, water sports, and urban life altogether offer a unique summer experience in Geneva. Those escaping extremely high temperatures will find peace here, and those for whom even the local Geneva temperature is too hot will find plenty of shade and refreshing water not only at the lake, but also in the numerous swimming pools and free paddling pools.  
On the lake
One of the best ways to get to know Lac Leman (known affectionately as ‘Lake Geneva’) is to simply spend time on it. One of the best family boat trips is the one that takes you from Geneva to Yvoire – a medieval town on the French shore. It is an absolutely stunning and magical place with a garden of 5 senses that kids will love! An alternative is to hire a motorboat, or a pedal boat with Les Corsaires, and have a picnic on the waters of the lake itself!
pedal boat
At the lake
If staying on land is more your thing, Geneva has plenty to offer with its lakeside beaches. The top choice is Bains des Paquis, with entertainment for kids, a good restaurant, hammam and sauna, and even a jump tower! Another great option is the brand new Plage des Eaux Vives – the biggest, sandy strand in the region, located next to the very popular Baby Plage. For a whole day of activities check out Geneve Plage, a swimming pool complex with an access to the lake. Another place to enjoy is Bain Bleu, a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming areas! 
Sport at the lake
For those looking for more muscle work than a pedal boat can offer, visit the Société Nautique de Genève and the Wakeboard Center. You’ll find yachting courses for kids and adults, rowing and wakeboarding. On the other side of the lake visit Sup Genève for paddle boarding (for children and adults, including disabled persons). For the little ones the Port Miniature offers a really nice lake experience. 
Hiking and mountains
It is impossible to list all the fantastic hiking trails Geneva has to offer within 1-hour drive. The closest, and most accessible with public transport (TPG), is the Salève Mountain. The trip up via cable car is already an adventure, especially for kids, and at the top you will find breathtaking views of Geneva and the Jura mountains on one side, and after hiking a bit further up, stunning views of the Alps on the other.  If you go by car, consider stopping (for a few hours) at Filenvol – an exceptional experience of trampolines and slides situated up in the trees! 
saleve view sun
Parks and playgrounds

From the unique carousel (not to be missed!) and the animals found in Jardin Botanique, through to the many big green shady parks with playgrounds and free paddling pools, Geneva is full of places to sit or play. 

For a full-day adventure, be sure to visit Parc des Evaux that features attractions kids of all ages will adore. Take to the trees with their “accrobranche” aka tree climbing adventure, or simply enjoy a barbeque in the park while the kids enjoy the huge area to run around.  

geneva botanical garden
Geneva is full of wonderful hotels, with many that offer great food accompanied with a lake view. For mid-day snack, don’t miss the traditional macarons found at Ladurée. For a family friendly dinner, consider La Reserve in Versoix – luxury hotel that caters very well to families. If you head into the city center, you won’t have any trouble finding restaurants offering cuisine from all around the world!  
reserve restaurant
Geneva is not only home to a big lake, but also to two rivers – the Rhone and the Arve, which both offer great family walking paths. A beautiful place worth checking out (take a camera!) is Jonction – the spot where the two rivers merge and create a unique nature show. You can also enjoy a boat tour to discover the shores and wildlife of the rivers (more details here). 
jonction between Rhone and Arve
Day Trip

There is one-day trip that is no-miss if you have enough time while visiting Geneva and it is a visit to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Chamonix is a lovely town, with a lively shopping street and good local restaurants, but most impressively, you can see and even visit the famous Mont Blanc. (Attention: small children and pregnant women should check with their doctors before heading to high altitudes).

You can visit the mountain in a number of ways; for example by taking the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi – a mountain peak just next to Mont Blanc. Another way is with a visit to the ice caves, Mer de Glace, by taking a rack-and-pinion railway to the Montenvers, followed by a cable car. Both are unforgettable trips! 


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"What do you do with a child on a rainy Sunday in Geneva?" - It was questions just like this that inspired the Polish mother of one to start Parentville, a website dedicated to helping parents and caregivers find and share child-related information in Geneva. Through Parentville's website, Facebook groups and Instagram account, Olga shares her knowledge in an easy-to-access way, with busy parents in mind. is now a blog, a resource, an events calendar, and a publisher of a unique children’s book about Geneva, “ABC Geneva”, and a yearly summer guide, “Staycation Guide” with plans for each day of the summer so that nobody is bored. 

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