Norway's largest zoo is situated just ten minutes outside Kristiansand city centre. At the zoo you'll find lions and tigers, monkeys, birds, reptiles, farm animals and norwegian wildlife such as wolves, moose, lynx and polar foxes. Cheetahs are the newest addition to the zoo from May 2014.
At Badelandet, the wet world next to the zoo, the whole family can enjoy themselves in different pools and water slides. There are designated splash zones designed for the smallest kids.
You'll also have the opportunity to spend a night with Kaptein Sabeltann and his pirate crew in Abra Havn, Kaptein Sabeltanns' own pirate village. Kardemomme By is also available for accommodation during the summer season.
For information and opening hours, please visit the Kristiansand Zoo homepage.
Lazy days by the water
The coastline and archipelago surrounding Kristiansand is dotted with small bays with lovely beaches, perfect for a swim in the sea or a picnic.
Check out our list of top 10 beaches in Kristiansand
Enjoying the summer atmosphere in the city center
Go shopping in the city centre and let the children play at the playzones in Markens, the pedestrian "main street". Visit the fish market at Fiskebrygga and touch live lobsters and fish. Buy shrimps and fresh seafood to enjoy on the pier or catch the atmosphere in the many restaurants in the area. Take a swim at Bystranda, a blue flag beach, or visit the wet world Aquarama next to the beach if the weather or temperature doesn't allow swimming. Attend a concert or a festival for kids. Visit museums or art galleries with activities for children and check out the activity calendar to find out what's on while you're visiting.
Activities for the whole family
If you are restless and want to do something more active, the Kristiansand region has a wide variety of activities to offer. You can find fast-paced and exciting adventures for all ages within a short drive inland from Kristiansand. At Evje there are climbing trails, rafting and kayaking in the river rapids, go-cart, trails for mountain biking, paint ball, fishing possibilities, canoeing, a mineral park, mine tours and more.
Here are ten activities at Evje you don't want to miss.
If you wish to embark on a trip alone, you'll find a variety of beautiful walking routes, hiking and biking trails. Along the coast diving, sea kayaking and fishing are popular activities.
Find out more on activities in the Kristiansand area.