If you’re travelling with the tots in tow, here’s a list of places to visit in Kolkata with kids that will definitely hold their attention and keep them thoroughly entertained. Presenting a good mix of educational and recreational activities and attractions, these spots range from beautiful gardens and science centre to heritage buildings, kid-friendly bookstores and picnic spot with boat rides. Round up the kids, arm yourself with our action-packed itinerary, and get started.
One of the best spots to take your little ones in Kolkata is the Nehru Children’s Museum. Inaugurated in the year 1972, the museum is dedicated to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and features a number of dolls collected from around 88 countries. Little girls will absolutely love this museum. The brainchild of great visionary Late Shri Jugal Srimal, the main intention behind setting up this museum was to impart knowledge via informal learning. The four floors of the museum are divided into various sections, namely Dolls Gallery, Toys Gallery, the Ramayana Gallery, and the Mahabharata Gallery. The toys section here is the most admire having selection of toys from all across the globe.
BIRLA INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Opened to the public in 1959, the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata is worth taking a tour. Whether you are a science buff or simply curious about the world of science, this museum is a must visit for you.
STARGAZING AT THE BIRLA PLANETARIUM
The largest and the oldest planetarium in Asia, the Birla Planetarium is one of the most popular crowd pullers of Kolkata. The single storey circular structure is inspired by the Great Stupa at Sanchi.
NEHRU CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Opened to the public in 1972, the Nehru Children’s Museum is one of the popular museums in Kolkata. Dedicated to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the museum houses a huge collection of dolls and is an absolute dream world for children.
BIRDWATCHING AT THE ALIPORE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
Built on the lines of the London Zoo, the Alipore Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in the country, opened for public viewing way back in May of 1876. It goes without saying that the zoological garden is a major tourist attraction of Kolkata and draws tourists in thousands almost every day.
Founded in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest multipurpose museum in the Asia Pacific (and one of the oldest in the world) and can be credited for establishing the institution of the museum in India.
For the book-worms, intellectuals and readers out there, this is a must-visit. It is undeniably the best place to shop for books in Kolkata, and you can even just spend an evening browsing and lounging in here.
Satisfy your curiosity about the world of science at Science City, the largest science centre in India. Located near Salt Lake, the complex comprises Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Evolution Theme Park, Maritime Centre and a Science Park.
Known for its 250-year-old Great Banyan Tree, this ‘East India Company Bagan’ is nearly two centuries old and is the largest and oldest in South East Asia. Established in 1787, this garden is situated on the west bank of Hoogly and is spread over an area of 273 acres.
Much like the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, the Howrah Bridge is a landmark that has become the very identity of Kolkata. Popularly referred to as Rabindra Setu and even the gateway of Kolkata, this structure has become the face of the city owing to its grandeur and majestic appeal.
One of the everlasting impressions that stay with you long after you’ve left the City of Joy, is the gleaming white Victoria Memorial surrounded by lush greenery and wide roads. It was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1901, but was completed only two decades later.
Named after orientalist James Princep, the Princep Ghat is perhaps the oldest recreational spot in Kolkata. Away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata, located along the banks of the Hooghly, the ghat is surrounded by greenery and overlooks the Vidyasagar Setu.
AQUATICA AMUSEMENT PARK
Probably one of the earliest water parks in India and a reason for every Kolkata resident to feel good about, the Aquatica Amusement Park was opened in the year 1999 as one of the largest water amusement parks in eastern India.