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Guide to Oslo for Families

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As Norway's capital and largest city, Oslo is a gem for visitors of all ages, with families being especially welcome. Oslo's many cultural, historical, and scientific museums are geared towards interactive experiences, while the city's many green spaces invite groups out for a day of play, for sledding, hiking, sports, swimming, and more. Whether your family hopes to take on snowy mountains and sandy shores, or just play a few games, catch a film, and enjoy quality time over a meal, this guide will help you plan the perfect trip.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

21 Places

4 City Tips

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21 Places

Fram Polar Ship Museum

History Museums, Ships, Speciality Museums

Viking Ship Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Bygdoy Peninsula

Biking Trails, Bodies of Water

Soerenga Public Pool

Beaches

Oslo Reptile Park

Zoos

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Points of Interest & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Theme Parks

Cinemateket

Movie Theatres

Norwegian Museum of Technology

Science Museums, Speciality Museums

Oslo Bar & Bowling

Bowling Alleys

Vigeland Museum

Art Museums

Freia Sjokoladefabrikk

Factory Outlets

Villa Paradiso Grunerlokka

Restaurants

PARADIS Gelateria Tjuvholmen

Restaurants

Sognsvann Lake

Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water

Hovedoya

Islands

Korketrekkeren

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Ekebergparken

Parks

Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum)

Speciality Museums

Toyenbadet Public Bath

Sports Complexes

Bogstad Gard

Farms

International Children's Art Museum

Children's Museums

Madison S's City Tips

  • The Oslo Pass gives free/discounted entry to many of the city's museums, restaurants and attractions, plus free public transport and municipal parking. Great for families on the go!
  • You can buy an Oslo Pass online, or via the app for your smart phone. Purchase points exist throughout the city too, including at most hotels. Children's passes are available at a discounted rate.
  • Many museums listed here offer activities and events organized especially for kids and families. Ask ahead for their upcoming schedules.
  • For ski lessons and zip lines for kids, try the Winter/Summer Park, located about 30 minutes outside of Oslo by car.
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    Fram Polar Ship Museum
    History Museums, Ships, Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Boasting a real Arctic exploration ship at its center, the Fram Polar Ship Museum tells tales of daring adventurers and exotic ships equipped to be the first Nordic expeditions to the poles. It starts off the journey with a detailed film that gives an overview of the expeditions and their treacherous conditions, before inviting visitors to see what it was really like, from the extensive preparations for extreme temperatures provided by the Inuit people, to the explorers' lives thereafter. The ship at the center, which survived a polar expedition trapped in ice, is open to exploration, with visitors able to enter its engine room and state rooms.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The headphones provided for the film at the start of the museum can be toggled to translate into various languages, including English.
    • The museum's attractions also bear English-translated signs and explanations.
    • The Viking Ships Museum (also great for kids) is located near the Fram, a 10-15 minute walk away.
    • The museum has a quaint cafe attached, so no worries if you need a little pick-me-up or a light bite — you're covered!
    • The lower level boasts a number of activities that are great for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great explorers' footsteps~ 19/09/2018
    • Board the iconic Fram like an explorer yourself 19/09/2018
    • Fram Polar Ship Museum
    Address:
    Bygdoeynesveien 39
    Oslo 0286
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 28 29 50
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 1
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Viking Ship Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    An amazing place to learn all about the Vikings, their way of life and modes of transport, The Viking Ship Museum is a must for families with inquisitive minds and a historical thirst. The small museum packs a punch, housing ancient relics like restored Viking boats and fittings, sleds, and everyday objects, both for war and daily life. Interactive panels and vast displays help to animate the history, and visitors can relish the sheer size and age of the 1,200-year-old artifacts.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Viking Ship Museum is quite small, even though the boats it hosts are large. This makes it good for coupling with another museum visit, without your feet getting (too) sore.
    • Audio guides for the museum provide information in both English and French.
    • During the warm summer months, the museum erects an outdoor cafe area.
    • Children under 18 go free to the museum. Adult, senior, and student tickets are good for 48 hours and also include entry to the Historical Museum in the city center.
    • The Viking Ship Museum museum accepts The Oslo Pass.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique display of the ancient viking ships 19/09/2018
    • Interesting museum 19/09/2018
    • Viking Ship Museum
    Address:
    Huk Avenue 35
    Oslo 0287
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 13 52 80
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 1
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Bygdoy Peninsula
    Biking Trails, Bodies of Water
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    Madison S Says:

    Located close to the Polar and the Viking Ship museums, the Bygdøy Peninsula area offers a wealth of outdoor amusements for families. Its sandy beaches are the perfect spot for a picnic near the water, and its walking, hiking, and biking trails loop around the beautiful boats in the harbor and through lush forest. Daring families (with a lot of energy to expend) can walk the entire peninsula, which is home to small museums and delicious seafood restaurants. There's a lot to look at, explore, and do.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bygdøy Peninsula is accessible by public bus (number 31 being the easiest from city center). Municipal parking lots are also available for families driving in, and the ferry stops here too.
    • The Peninsula is home to Bygdøy Royal Farm. The parkland surrounding it sometimes has animals roaming, which can be exciting for children to spot.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Museums 12/09/2018
    • Home of the Norwegian Folk Museum and the Viking Ship Museum 09/09/2018
    • Bygdoy Peninsula
    Address:
    Bygdoy, Oslo
    Oslo 0286
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 44 97 00
    Other:
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    Soerenga Public Pool
    Beaches
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    Madison S Says:

    Sørenga Public Pool opened in 2015, and is a little oasis paradise right in the city center. With wide swaths of boardwalk offering open water swimming, and outdoor sea pools specially designed for everyone from children to advanced swimmers, this free beach is modern, relaxing, and great for families. Open until 10pm, the fully pedestrianized space is a scenic spot for a picnic, some fun in the sun (if it's warm out!), a dip, or just some laid back time playing and enjoying the view outside.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Public Pool is an easy walk from Central Station, and close to the recognizable Opera House.
    • The Public Pool is best in warm weather. The water here is too cold to swim in during winter, and lifeguards are only offered in the summer months. However, having a picnic here is good in any season!
    • Bringing your own food is suggested, as there are few cafes nearby. However, there is a supermarket in the vicinity, where you can make your picnic or grab a snack/some water.
    • The area the public pool is located in is home to many construction projects. Do not be alarmed by a large number of WIPs on the way in — the pools themselves are peaceful.
    • The Public Pool includes a sea basin for disabled access and enjoyment.
    • The word "pool" can be a bit of a misnomer: It's almost entirely made up of outdoor sea water pools.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • Summer - a must see 05/08/2018
    • Great pool center of Oslo 26/07/2018
    • Soerenga Public Pool
    Address:
    Soerengkaia
    Soerenga
    Oslo 0194
    Norway
    Other:
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    Oslo Reptile Park
    Zoos
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    Madison S Says:

    The Oslo Reptile Park is a private indoor park with a number of species to peruse and explore. The park itself is small, with just over twenty dioramic cases, but is nonetheless home to a wealth of different amphibians. Snakes (naturally!), frogs, lizards, turtles, spiders — including a black widow — as well as other bugs are on display across two floors. There are even some mammalian monkeys, which are especially lively during feeding time. Perfect for young children and cuddly creepy-crawler lovers of all ages.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The reptile park accepts The Oslo Pass.
    • Many of the reptile cases are high-set, so young children/toddlers will need someone to help lift them to see inside.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • worth a visit 18/09/2018
    • Little Jem in Oslo. 06/09/2018
    • Oslo Reptile Park
    Address:
    St. Olavs gate 2
    Oslo 165
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 410 21 522
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, History Museums, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Theme Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is a feast for all the senses. Housed in real abodes taken from across Norway and dating back to the 1200s, this folk-led museum illustrates the art, architecture, dress, and trappings of daily life for common Norwegian people throughout history. The focus on how the 'average person' lived is brought to life wonderfully through food demonstrations (fresh bread, anyone?) and folk dances performed by the costumed actors inside, while the lovingly re-created rooms and sets show how people once worked and played. There's always something engaging going on here, and it's great for adults and children of all ages.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A ticket to the Norwegian Museum is also good for entry to the Viking Museum, valid up to 48 hours after purchase.
    • During the winter months leading up to Dec. 25th, the museum hosts a Yuletide Market with traidtional crafts, as well as delicious homemade cakes and waffles on offer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A trip to the Norwegian countryside 19/09/2018
    • Cultural History 18/09/2018
    • The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
    Address:
    Museumsveien 10
    Oslo 0287
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 12 37 00
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cinemateket
    Movie Theatres
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    Madison S Says:

    Cinemateket is a theater in downtown Oslo, famous for showing old films in a laid back atmosphere. Reverent of cinema's past, it includes a film museum, concentrating on the evolution of film technology and pointing out important Norwegian actors and their contributions throughout history. Many of the films put on are especially for children, and while showings are mostly in Norwegian, it can still be a treat to visit and see the memorabilia. Tickets are a bargain, the museum is free, and the onsite cafe is well-stocked.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum displays and the films themselves are not generally in English, but Cinemateket still makes a worthwhile trip - especially for those picking up the language!
    • Once a month, Cinemateket will show a hot-off-the-press new film. Otherwise, it mainly shows beloved old films on the big screen.
    • For those who really like the movies, ask for a loyalty card at the ticket desk. Every sixth film at Cinemateket is free!
    • The cinema includes a locker room where guests can store their things.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 59 Fun & Games in Oslo
    • A Cinephile's Heaven 11/05/2018
    • Amazing 8 mm 21/01/2016
    • Cinemateket
    Address:
    Dronningens gate 16
    Oslo 0152
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 82 24 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Norwegian Museum of Technology
    Science Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Norwegian Museum of Technology is a wonderful showcase of science and machinery through the ages, with engaging hands-on elements for kids to enjoy. With a cool focus on scientific progress during the industrial revolution, as well as the way that gas, oils, and old car engines work, the museum provides a visual bang, with so much living history to explore. Another highlight is the timeline of earth, which shows how recently the dinosaurs died, and allows visitors to see how recent much of human progress is. It saves the best for last however: The basement is where you'll find its biggest collection of hands-on gadgetry and experiments!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum features lockers, toilets, a cafe, and seating areas (where you can eat food you've brought in with you.)
    • The museum is a little far from the city center, but can be reached easily via bus numbers 54 and 25, or by tram number 12 (which drops you off a little further away).
    • The museum includes lifts, perfect for those traveling with strollers.
    • Live shows and experiments are put on throughout the day. Ask ahead to see if one will be playing during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit Akerselva river at the Same Time 18/08/2018
    • Interesting museum, and excellent service! 12/08/2018
    • Norwegian Museum of Technology
    Address:
    Kjelsaasveien 143
    Oslo 0491
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 79 60 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Oslo Bar & Bowling
    Bowling Alleys
    Madison S Says:

    If your family needs a break from sightseeing to get down to some good, old fashioned fun, try the neon-lit Oslo Bowling Alley. Bright lanes and upbeat music make the game fun for all, while billiards tables and a solid pizza cafe mean it's easy to make a whole afternoon of it! Just be sure to visit before dinner time, as it transforms from family-friendly hangout to a happening bar by nightfall, especially on weekends.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pool games are charged by the hour, and weekdays are cheaper than weekends.
    • A general age restriction of 20 and up is put into effect after 6pm, due to the shift in atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 59 Fun & Games in Oslo
    • Great place go have fun :) 04/09/2018
    • Is always good fun! 20/01/2018
    • Oslo Bar & Bowling
    Address:
    Torggata 16
    Oslo 0181
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 20 44 42
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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    Vigeland Museum
    Art Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Vigeland Museum is more than it sounds. While it is home to the studio of sculptor Vigeland himself, which can be visited to see some of his drafts, works, and studies, the real treat is the surrounding parkland. The park contains a huge number of statues and sculptures, many by Vigeland, with fountains, green spaces, and walking paths enlivening the scenery. A great place to shoot some unforgettable photos, have a picnic, or just take a nice jaunt around with the family!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Remember to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfy shoes for this experience, which is mainly outdoors.
    • On Sundays there are concerts on the lawn.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vigeland Park 18/09/2018
    • Sightseeing 17/09/2018
    • Vigeland Museum
    Address:
    Nobels gate 32
    Frogner Park
    Oslo 0268
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 49 37 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    Freia Sjokoladefabrikk
    Factory Outlets
    Madison S Says:

    If you're looking to celebrate a special event while with the family in Oslo, Freia Sjokoladefabrikk is just the spot. The chocolatier, whose candies stock many of Norway's supermarket aisles, offers private factory tours for groups of children and adults, during which kids get to see the entire process — from bean to bonbon. You'll begin with a demonstration of how Freia chocolate is made, learn about the history of chocolate (with some reproductions of ancient methods), and even end by making your own. Anyone with a sweet tooth can delight at this private event, especially as you're invited to indulge in as much chocolate as you'd like to eat!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Adults are allowed to bring along/cater their own food for birthday parties and other celebrations held here.
    • The Freia tour is strictly for private groups and celebrations. If interested, check the calendar and book ahead to avoid disappointment.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • Nice day at the factory 29/03/2017
    • Okay 09/01/2017
    • Freia Sjokoladefabrikk
    Address:
    Johan Throne Holsts Pl 1
    Oslo 0566
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 04 40 22
    Other:
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    Villa Paradiso Grunerlokka
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    If you need a light bite and your kids want a little break from traditional Norwegian fare, it's Villa Paradiso to the rescue! The location is homey and the staff helpful, but the real stars here are the pizzas, which come in a variety of ways with a number of exciting toppings. Whether you want meatballs or mushrooms, basil or olives, personal-dish pies come at a great deal in expensive Oslo, and will leave every in the family happy and full.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dinnertime can get very crowded, very quickly. If you want to secure a table without a wait, reservations are recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #163 of 1,262 restaurants in Oslo
    • Good food, good service, decent price 09/09/2018
    • Great pizza made authentically 04/09/2018
    • Villa Paradiso Grunerlokka
    Address:
    Olaf Ryes Plass 8
    Oslo 0552
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 35 40 60
    Price range:
    US$ 0 - US$ 37
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Wed
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thu - Fri
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    PARADIS Gelateria Tjuvholmen
    Restaurants
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    Madison S Says:

    PARADIS is a one-stop shop for dessert while in Oslo. With delicious homemade ice cream and sorbets, macarons, chocolate-covered fruits, and dipped cones, there is a lot to choose from when seeking out your sugar rush. Kids will especially delight in watching the ice cream being made throughout various parts of the day here, while parents can appreciate the real fruit and fresh cream going into them!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • PARADIS generally has a line in the summer, but it moves quickly and gives visitors time to pick out a flavor.
    • Seating (both indoor, and out) is very limited, which makes getting a table unlikely during busy hours/seasons.
    • Seating is available outside only during clement weather.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 1,262 restaurants in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great gelato! Nice ice cream bar! 12/08/2018
    • good quality and creamy taste 17/07/2018
    • PARADIS Gelateria Tjuvholmen
    Address:
    Lille Stranden 4
    Oslo 0252
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 83 83 00
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Sognsvann Lake
    Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
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    Madison S Says:

    Sognsvann Lake and its environs offer fresh air and beautiful natural landscapes to visitors. Clean and well-tended, the hiking trails, nature reserves, docks, and open spaces provide a wealth of things for families to do. Jog, cycle, play a game of catch, rent a grill to cook up some lunch, or take a boat onto the lake. In the spring and summer, you can go for a dip, while the winter provides great fodder for snowball fights and snow forts. A tranquil, forested spot that locals love year round.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sognsvann Lake is only a few train stops away from the city center, and is located on a hill.
    • You may want to take hand sanitizer and tissues with you, if you decide to visit. Sognsvann Lake has onsite toilets, but they aren't always in the best shape.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tranquil and beautiful 03/09/2018
    • A lovely lake, only a few metro stations away from the city center in Oslo. 27/08/2018
    • Sognsvann Lake
    Address:
    Sognsveien 235
    Oslo 0863
    Norway
    Other:
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    Hovedoya
    Islands
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    Madison S Says:

    Hovedoya is a small island close to Oslo that provides a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Especially beautiful when the weather is nice, it offers commanding views, picturesque picnicking spots, and a number of wide green spaces for playing sports together. Hovedoya also has rocky beaches to enjoy, hiking trails, and a thousand-year-old monastery that can be visited. Recommended for a nature hike through the preserve with children, or for a visit during sunset, which is undeniably stunning at any age.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hovedoya is only a short boat ride from Oslo, and boats run very frequently throughout the day.
    • There is a cafe on Hovedoya, but it is recommended to bring your own meal or snacks from the mainland — all the locals do!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect for a sunset picnic 19/09/2018
    • Escape from the city 16/09/2018
    • Hovedoya
    Address:
    Hovedoya
    Oslo 102
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 984 05 650
    Other:
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    Korketrekkeren
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
    Madison S Says:

    At Korketrekkeren, you can have the most Norwegian winter experience of all: sledding. Rent a sled and ride down the mountain trail provided as many times as you like! It takes a few tries to get used to it, but the bobsled trail is fast, fun, and great for kids. So long as there's snow on the ground (common even outside of winter in Oslo), the Korketrekkeren is open, and you can take as many trips down as you can stand the metro rides back to the top of the mountain!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress warmly for the Korketrekkeren, using waterproof jackets and boots if possible; and bring goggles along in case it snows as you're sledding down.
    • It is better to visit on weekdays, as on weekends it is very crowded due to its popularity with local families and children.
    • Be aware that getting back to the top of the run requires a metro ride. Each run, as a result, takes about an hour in all (with journey time included).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very funny 28/08/2018
    • Sledging In Oslo 17/08/2018
    • Korketrekkeren
    Address:
    Frognerseteren
    Oslo 2004
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 49 01 21
    Other:
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    Ekebergparken
    Parks
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    Madison S Says:

    Ekebergparken is a wide, expansive parkland with something new hidden around each corner. Families can enjoy the onsite playground for children, as well as the climbing park, which provides a wealth of ways to let kids get their energy out. Walking paths include 63 pieces of outdoor installation art, much of which is interactive in some aspect. Afterwards, rest up alongside the scenic greenery, or take the hike up to the park's highest point, which offers an amazing vista of the city and the sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • All of the sculptures were donated by Norwegian billionaire C. Ringnes, who has revitalized the public area.
    • The park itself is free to enter.
    • As the park is open 24/7, some families choose to go camping there, in designated areas.
    • There is a tram that will take you to the hilltop for the view of Oslo, but you will still need to walk back down.
    • Bus number 74 (towards Mortensrud) and number 34 (towards Simensbråten) both reach Ekebergparken, as do trams number 18 and 19.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best view for Oslo! 14/09/2018
    • Not the usual walk in the park 08/09/2018
    • Ekebergparken
    Address:
    Kongsveien 23
    0193
    Oslo 0193
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 21 42 19 19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
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    Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum)
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    The Botanical Gardens in Oslo are specially designed to include areas of interest for all ages. Along with a beautiful greenhouse, Japanese rock garden, and a number of manicured spaces with fragrant flowers, the Botanical Gardens also include a dinosaur-themed area with information about prehistoric plants, as well as a Viking herb garden, and a Victorian water lily area. A wonderful way to learn about and enjoy plant life together as a family.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Botanical Gardens are entirely free to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful 16/09/2018
    • Pleasant botanical garden - FREE! 16/09/2018
    • Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum)
    Address:
    Sars' gate 1
    Oslo 0562
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 85 17 00
    Other:
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    Toyenbadet Public Bath
    Sports Complexes
    Madison S Says:

    When it's too cold for outdoor swimming, a dip at the Tøyenbadet Public Baths might be just the ticket. With two long indoor pools that are open year round (and two outdoor, open only in summer), families can swim, dive, and water-slide their way to a good time. The Public Bath also features a children's pool, which is kept comfortably warm year-round.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Public Bath offers free entry with The Oslo Pass, and family ticket pricing for those without.
    • The Public Bath is located very close to the Munch Museum, which can make for a good combination day out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • Alright swimming pool with outdoor facilities in the summer 10/07/2018
    • Great 50m pool and sauna inside 08/07/2017
    • Toyenbadet Public Bath
    Address:
    Helgesens gate 90
    Oslo 0563
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 23 46 22 90
    Hours:
    Mon
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Tue
    10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Wed
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Thu
    10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Fri
    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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    Bogstad Gard
    Farms
    Madison S Says:

    Located on Bogstad lake, this handsome manor house and farm was where powerful Victorian-era families once met over dinner to discuss the future of their land — a future that would include independence from Denmark. Historically rich and completely enchanting, families can enjoy a horse-drawn sled around the grounds by winter, or a sit on the grass during summer. The house's grounds are lovely and worth exploring year-round, and the restaurant on the premises serves homemade traditional food. The site even includes a play area, and children are welcome to visit the farm's resident sheep and pigs!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bogstad Gard is a bit of a trip from the city center, but well worth it to see the animals, try the food, and absorb this culturally significant spot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • Glad we found this spot 22/08/2018
    • Beautiful Park & Musuem 07/08/2018
    • Bogstad Gard
    Address:
    Sorkedalsvn 826
    Oslo
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 50 48 59
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    International Children's Art Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Wonderful for children of all ages, especially young ones, the International Children's Art Museum is all about being hands-on. With plenty to draw and play with, both indoors and out, kids can let their imaginations and inspirations run wild. The museum itself houses art made by children from all over the world, showing a gorgeous portrait of innocence and emotion that transcends culture, and that people of any age can connect with.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum offers daily interactive games and demos, often with music, that children from all over the world can participate in and enjoy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 409 things to do in Oslo
    • Good place to visit with children 02/06/2018
    • Large Collection of Children's Art from All over the World 23/03/2018
    • International Children's Art Museum
    Address:
    Lille Froeens vei 4
    Oslo 0371
    Norway
    Phone:
    +47 22 46 85 73
    Other:
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