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5 Super Fun Things To Do In Slavonia With Kids

Not to be confused with the country, Slovenia, I’m talking about Slavonia – a fascinating region in the east of Croatia, and one which should certainly be on your family vacay visit!

Slavonia is fantastic for families, couples, and anyone who wants to get away from it all, but during my recent trip there, I noticed that it has a whole range of fun activities for families to enjoy, and the bonus is that they’re all out in the great outdoors!

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This area is quite historical, has excellent food options, and the locals are both welcoming and laid back – making Slavonia a top family vacation spot.

If you’re in the midst of planning your next family adventure to Croatia and are looking for something new, here are five super family friendly things you can do in Slavonia.

Vinkovci Fall Festival (Vinkovačke Jeseni)

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This annual festival is one you should definitely be heading to if your vacation dates cooperate with the back to the school calendar!

Each year the festival begins in the first weekend of September, and it runs for ten days. This year I was at the opening – and wow, what an event. Vinkovačke jeseni has been running for 53 years!

Located in Vinkovci, you’ll be in the oldest city in Europe here, which is kudos in itself! That means plenty of history to explore. The festival is called the Autumn Festival, and the festival marks the official start of the season, celebrating the hard work done by farmers.

What can you learn about? Everything Slavonian! You can learn about the lifestyle in the region, culture, and you can try some delicious local foods too.

Head to the main hall, take a seat and experience the local folkloric dancers and singers who come from all over Slavonia just for this event. Seeing these traditional costumes first hand and up close is something else.

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Over the course of the festival, there are countless different cultural exhibitions and performances, including kids shows and groups, concerts, and fashion shows. It’s a great way to teach kids about the local culture, as well as being great fun overall.

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Stay updated on the 2019 festival here.

Head To A Horse Ranch

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Every kid loves animals and the great outdoors in my experience. There is no need to keep shushing the kids to be quiet, and use an indoor voice at a ranch.

There are many ranches around Slavonia, and here are just a few to add to your visit list  – I personally give you my parent seal of approval on each one:

Ranč Ramarin

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This Little Cutie Was Ridden By Footballer Mario Mandžukić

Located in Garcin, Ranc Ramarin is one of the biggest and is set in a massive amount of green, lush land. Can you imagine the running space? Of course, your little ones (and you) get to enjoy interacting with horses, horse riding, and generally roaming free and exploring the countryside.

Ranč Ramarin has 20 hectares of open ranch space, a lake in the shape of a horse (no really, it does!) and the ranch also has a giant playground right next to the cafe and bar!  So you can enjoy your glass of wine (or I can recommend the homemade strudel with ice cream) while the kiddos run about and burn off extra energy.

State Stud Farm Dakovo

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The State Stud Farm in Dakovo is actually one of the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1506! The farm has a breeding programme, and this is where many horses are trained for equestrian events. Definitely, a must visit for horse fans!

There are various ticket combinations you can opt for, but a basic ticket, without a guided tour, costs just 20kn per adult, and 10kn per child making it a very inexpensive family activity.

Ranč Čondić

Horses and donkeys are here! I spotted this little guy as soon as we parked, and he was very friendly too. Here at the ranch, there are also other options like fishing, biking and you can even camp here, making it an all-around family outdoor adventure.

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Enjoy An Electric Car Ride In Kunjevci

Head deep into the beautiful Spačva Forest and check out the local wildlife, while enjoying a thrilling electric car ride. Kids are going to love this one, and you big kids are you sure to love it too!

The forest itself is enormous, at 40,000 hectares, and is home to some of the oldest trees in Europe; it’s also home to mischievous wild pigs and majestic deer.

The electric cars are designed to be eco-friendly and designed for off-roading, so ideal for checking out Mother Nature’s most exceptional work.

 

If you can keep the kids quiet, you may be even as lucky as I was to spot a deer.

Costs vary, so it’s worth getting up to date information on the day, but overall, for a breath of fresh air, wildlife spotting, and plenty of fun, this is a great activity for all the family to enjoy.

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Start here for prices and info.

Jankovac Mountain Park

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The mountains in Slavonia really are something to behold, and the chance to head into the natural area and enjoy fresh air, nature spotting, and basically a great day out is something kids will love.

The Jankovac Mountain Park has a huge wooded area and plenty of wildlife and sits within the Papuk Nature Park – Croatia’s only GeoPark.

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Even though the park is protected, you can walk along various trails and enjoy the wide open spaces. All in safety. There is also a small section that is good for pushing a stroller along – so long as it’s light and has good wheels.

Ask the kids to spot local wildlife and different flora and fauna as you wander the trails. Oh, and the main waterfall is absolutely gorgeous to boot.

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There is also the option for kayaking, and then in the warmer months, you can swim at Orahovica Lake, and there are several biking trails.

For teaching kids about conservation and nature, you’ll struggle to find better than this, especially thanks to the dedicated educational paths around the park.

Oh, and if you want a guide to show you around the rates are very reasonable, and after my experience with a guide, I can highly recommend the little extra splurge.

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Entry costs for the park and various packages for guided tours can be found here.

Cross The Hanging Bridge at Kriznica

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Križnica Hanging Bridge. Photo: Julien Duval

If you have kids who love cycling, then a visit to Kriznica is a must do. An island area, with those iconic wide open spaces and plenty of green nature all around, you’ll certainly be able to tire the kids out before a good night’s sleep! There are flat spaces, undulating valleys, and hills – it’s a walking and cycling dream.

 

For a spot of adrenaline, there is a very famous bridge which is actually a hanging bridge, and takes a little bit of nerve to cross – well at least it did for me – your kids will love it!

The bridge crosses the Drava River and leads over to the island. With plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy once you’re over the bridge, including a vast open park with slides and a place for a picnic (just be warned though there are no toilets close by – just nature!). It’s undoubtedly worth shuffling your way over that shaking bridge!

Now, after all that sightseeing, kids will be hungry, check out this list of kid-friendly travel snacks.

Bonus Thing To Do In Slavonia: Eat At Camp Borovik

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It doesn’t have to be all about the kids, but them being occupied leaves you the time and space to sit and chill out – am I right!

In that case, Camp Borovik is a fantastic choice. There is a large children’s playground here, located right on the lake and it’s totally safe.

There is a lot of room to run around and there’s a renowned on-site restaurant, so everyone can fill up and have a pitstop.

Located in Borovik itself, you can head out afterward and explore the rest of the region, with plenty of natural scenery to enjoy.

These are just a few of the hundreds of fun things to do with the kids when you head to Slavonia. This area is often overlooked, which is quite surprising, given it has an abundance of natural beauty and activities to engage in.

These are just a couple of fun things to do in Slavonia with kids –  tell me, what else would you add?

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This post is part of a series #VisitSlavonia. All transport, accommodation, meals, and guides were provided by the Croatian National Tourist Board, but all opinions are mine. All recommendations are given wholeheartedly and without bias. 

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