Top 10 family outing sites in Zagreb County
The desire to get away from the city for a while is a perfectly natural feeling. Especially if you have a family. In choosing an excursion site to spend the day with the family, several different criteria need to be met. Above all, peace, greenery and an idyllic landscape. Not too isolated, and not too wild. Somewhere for children to play and explore, somewhere for parents to rest and socialize, and somewhere to stop for a great bite to eat and something to drink. Everyone wants a great experience to end the week, without having to go very far. Zagreb’s “green ring” offers an abundance of areas that are perfect for comfortable family moments, from passive to active.
1) Mirnovec Ethno farm
At the very entrance to the town of Samobor a new estate has been developed where it looks as though time has stood still. Authentic wooden houses have been carefully transported, restored and fitted, to create the pleasant appearance of quiet village life. There is a traditional restaurant and equestrian club, and many spots to enjoy a get away from the buzz of city life.
2) Stari mlin wine hut
On this peaceful estate just outside of Ivanić-Grad, surrounded by vineyards and hills, the mill is no longer in function though there are more than enough activities for guests to enjoy. From walks, sport, fishing, visiting the animals and participating in rural tasks. Be sure to enjoy the flavours of the homestyle cuisine prepared on site.
3) Divlje vode (Wild Waters) bio park
The Bregana stream flows gently through this spacious family excursion area situated within Žumberak Nature Park, giving this area a special feeling. Fresh brook trout are farmed here, which you can try for yourself at the fish ponds. Let the children run loose and play on the meadows, playgrounds or visit the small zoo.
4) Kezele rural tourism
One of the first rural estates to open to the public is this magical estate in the Moslavina hills, which is sure to leave an impression on you. This estate stands out for its excellent homemade dishes, wines and spirits produced on site. Children can enjoy the vast grounds and playground, or enjoy some of the activities offered such as carriage rides. The atmosphere is rustic, and the estate has been equipped with a great dose of style and charm.
5) Cowboy excursion estate
Imagine a grand ranch surrounded by nature, in the Cowboys and Indians style. Here children can let their imagination run wild as they ride on horseback, and the barbeque delicacies are sure to round out the successful transposition of the Wild West onto the gentle slopes of the Vukomerička Gorica hills.
6) Kršlinov mill
This remote rural estate in the Žumberak foothills literally stands on a stream, at the site of an old watermill. The silence is broken only by the sounds of the farm animals and the burbling water, while the trout – a local delicacy that the hosts prepare in a number of ways – literally jump from the spring onto the plate.
7) Kraš Ecopark
This large park with a lake, pool and numerous playgrounds is heaven for children wanting to enjoy activities outdoors, though adults will also find many things to do here. The restaurant and bungalows for accommodations round out the offer of this true rural estate near Pisarovina.
8) Dva potoka (Two Streams) excursion area
In a relaxed atmosphere, at this large rural estate near the town of Zaprešić, children can spend time with farm animals and play on the playground, while parents recharge and enjoy traditional meals. The burbling brooks additionally relax all the senses.
9) Stara preša (Old press) rural estate
A combination of family restaurant and rural estate provides a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Children can explore the grounds and get to know the animals, while parents can socialise around the table over homemade delicacies. Enjoy the “fresh” air on the two summer terraces, small viewpoint, gazebo and benches along the two lakes. Take a walk through the vegetable garden, through the vineyard and in the small orchard.
10) Repro eco farm
This would be just another idyllic rural estate if it were not focused only on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. In addition to getting closer to nature in the best possible way, at the Repar family farm near the centre of Jastrebarsko, you can also learn first hand about how food is grown according to organic principles. And try it, of course.