Rio for Families

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  1. [​IMG]Rio de Janeiro may have a well-deserved reputation as a hedonistic party city, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have plenty to offer family visitors. The beaches are, after all, giant playgrounds, while the fascinating wildlife, crashing waves and towering, jungle-clad mountains are sure to impress even the most cynical of young visitors.
    With the oppressive heat of Brazilian summer giving way to cooler autumn temperatures, right now is a great time for family visitors to Rio de Janeiro, although be sure to pack super-strength bug repellent as well as strong sunblock and clothes suitable for cooler evenings as well as sunny days. With weather in Rio de Janeiro always unpredictable, be prepared for sudden downpours with lightweight waterproofs and umbrellas.
    While the water is a little rough for swimming at Copacabana and Ipanema, it’s often a little calmer down at Leblon – a popular spot with local families. Nearby, the Ipanema Praia Hotel is a good mid-range option that caters well for families, with large rooms, good breakfasts and a pool and gym on the upper floors.
    As long as your kids have a head for heights they are sure to love the dizzying ascent up to the summit of Sugar Loaf mountain, made by cable car and offering spectacular views over the magnificent landscape below. A visit to see the Christ Statue atop Corcovado Mountain is another trip that will impress kids as much as adults, while teenagers with a taste for adventure are sure to relish the opportunity to soar over the city on a tandem hangliding ride.
    For something slower-paced, the Botanical Gardens are a great place for a family picnic, while it’s easy to while away an entire day at Rio Zoo, which is a little off the tourist track in the North Zone of the city, but easily reached by Metro.
    Brazilians love children, and will be hugely welcoming of even the youngest of visitors, and all but the snootiest of restaurants will be able to accommodate all ages. It goes without saying that visitors should exercise caution when visiting Rio de Janeiro as a family, but common sense should be enough to prevent any unpleasant occurances – naturally, don’t flash cash or valuables, and take taxis after dark, but don’t let security fears put you off visiting one of the most exciting cities in the world for visitors of all ages.

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  2. jbcarioca
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    Much of this is accurate, but please do not expect to have a picnic in Jardim Botanico. There are NO facilities for picnics there and you cannot have one there. There is a small cafe beside the shop near the main entrance (just turn right after you enter at the main entrance on Rua Jardim Botanico) but that's it for the food in the park. It is a beautiful relaxing place, and the kids can run around as much as they wish to.

    More places to take kids in Rio will be coming shortly.

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