Soak up endless family fun on Lake Maggiore!

April, 12 2019 ( Updated April, 12 2019)

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Looking for a fun family holiday on Lake Maggiore? Ascona-Locarno is where it’s at….

This beautiful lake resort on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore promises a wealth of amusement, for all the family.

Father and son look over the lake-mountain scenery of Ascona-Locarno

Out and about                                                                       

If you’re on holiday with young kids, then the best way to begin exploring this picturesque area is with a fun ride on the Trenino di Ascona! You’ll be able to take in the local scenery and sights from the comfort of this comical miniature train, whilst enjoying a tasty Italian ‘gelato’.

Families who enjoy a game of golf during the holidays will also be spoilt for choice here, with Minigolf Ascona on the doorstep and Le Minigolf and Sake Golf  just a short drive away, in nearby Losone.

A happy boy plays mini golf

Wild-at-heart families will adore a day out to the popular falconry centre, Falconeria Locarno. The twice-daily shows are engaging and interactive spectacles; with a fantastic array of birds to admire; from eagles, hawks, owls and vultures to marabus, ibis and storks. Some of the majestic birds in flight may even swoop by just above your heads! There’s also a delightful park here, which offers a welcoming picnic area - perfect for when the lunchtime munchies hit.

A magnificent bald eagle in flight

Action & Adventure

For thrill-seeking families, there’s plenty of action and adventure to be had nearby! The tree-top climbing obstacles of Adventure Park Gordola (4.5 miles away) and the adrenaline-fuelled activities at the popular Monte Tamaro Adventure Park (7.4 miles away) all promise high-energy fun.

Monte Tamaro is also the location for the super-duper Splash e Spa; for water-based amusements to wind up, and luxury spa treatments to wind down.

Two children tackle a tree-top climbing obstacle

Explore the local culture

A classic family holiday on Lake Maggiore would be nothing without a spot of sightseeing! One of the best-loved cultural sights in the area is the picturesque 15th century Madonna del Sasso sanctuary in Locarno, which can be reached by taking the funicular railway from town up to Orselina (via the ‘Santuario’ stop) or on foot in 30 minutes, from Locarno.

The majestic facade of the Madonna del Sasso sanctuary

For families who relish the arts, Ascona-Locarno boasts an all-weather feast! Visitors can enjoy everything from galleries to a year-round programme of theatre shows and live music concerts. In particular, the resort is home to the Ghisla Art collection, the Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna and the Teatro di Locarno.

When the weather is fine, the nearby Gambarogno Botanical Gardens offer a tempting setting from which to soak up some botanical bliss. For sure, nothing quite beats the quality family time which comes from enjoying a scenic walk and picnic.

Foodie families keen to sample authentic regional cuisine whilst learning more about Ticino’s best-loved dishes will enjoy the Ticino Experience! Being suitable for children aged 3 years+, even your youngest ones can join in on this unique culinary journey; with tasty Ticino treats to savour along the way.

Fun on the lake

There’s no better way to celebrate a summer on Lake Maggiore than with a day by, or on the lake!

The buzzing local beach and bar-restaurant of Lido Ascona provide timeless moments by the lapping waters of Lake Maggiore, whilst the indoor/outdoor pools, flume, on-site eateries and wellness spa at Lido Locarno promise all-day action for the kids, as well as a spot of tempting indulgence and relaxation for the parents!

Alongside pool play and refreshing lake swims, Ascona-Locarno also offers opportunities to take to the water, with attitude. From wakeboarding, SUP rental, water-ski lessons and motorboat hire to sailing, inflatable tube trips and fun banana rides; there’s something for every big kid and teenager!

A young boy enjoys some wakeboarding

With so much to see and do here in Ascona-Locarno, this spectacular part of Lake Maggiore promises a super year-round holiday base for fun family frolics.

Buona vacanza!


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