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Relaxing Locations for Families in Colombo – Laidback Locales for a Fun Time

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo has plenty of locations in and around the city where families can enjoy a fun day out be it for relaxation or recreation.


Galle Face Green

One of the most popular places for families in Colombo, Galle Face Green is an expansive public space beside the sea in the heart of the city. Especially popular on weekend evenings, this park area is an ideal place for kids to run around and have fun, play games or engage in kite flying for which the sea breeze is perfect. A great spot for a family picnic, there are plenty of options for buying food here too including the presence of trucks selling ice cream, a perennial favourite amongst all ages.


Viharamahadevi Park

Another public space that offers plenty of room for kids to enjoy recreation, the Viharamahadevi Park is also popular with families and is easily accessible for those staying at a hotel, Colombo city has to offer. Much larger compared to Galle Face Green and with plenty of trees and greenery, you can find less crowded spots at this park for some quality family time. There are playground areas for small kids, while the addition of bike lanes has made it an excellent spot for kids to enjoy some cycling as well.


Mount Lavinia Beach

When it comes to beaches in and around Colombo, Mount Lavinia is undoubtedly the most popular. The lovely stretch of shore fronted by numerous beachside restaurants, bars and the Mount Lavinia Hotel attracts families looking for a relaxing time by the sea. As expected, the beach area gets crowded on weekend evenings and is full of activity. For a change of pace head to Mount Lavinia Beach with the family on weekend mornings when things are quieter and you can enjoy some laidback fun.


Beira Lake

In the heart of Colombo, you will find a relatively small expanse of water known as Beira Lake providing a picturesque spot in which to unwind. Around the lake, you will find walkways and benches that you can use, though the kids are bound to especially love the chance to go out on a swan pedal-boat. The evening is a great time to come here with the family to just relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Independence Square

Another long time family favourite, Independence Square is a place not only for relaxation but for recreation too. This locale has plenty of space and paths for jogging and for kids to run about, while it is also a great place for a fun cycling outing for the whole family. The paved roads here are well suited for kids looking to try some skateboarding or rollerblading too. You can also find spots in which to have family picnics at Independence Square and with the nearby Independence Arcade providing additional dining and entertainment options, it is an ideal choice for a family outing.

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