By far one of the best city escapes in the heart of Stockholm, this island not only has museums, aquariums + Skansen (see the kid’s section), but also one of the prettiest walks along the water + through nature in the city. We recommend strolling along the waterfront paths admiring the beautiful old homes + stopping for lunch at the sweet greenhouse café in Rosendals Trädgård.
Central Park + Play
For a central park in Östermalm to escape the city streets look no further than Humlegården. With a large playground, skateboard ramp, grass to relax on + summer café it’s a good city park – especially for those with littles in tow.
Just 20 minutes drive from central Stockholm is this National Park + Nature Reserve that covers over 12,000 acres of land, is home to over 8,000 species of animals + has pine trees over 400 years old. There are 55 kilometres of marked trails running through the area where visitors can explore the extensive ancient forest, lakes with shoreline cliffs + trek to the Baltic Sea. There’s also a local village dating back to the 18th century that has a café + animal farm for the littles to enjoy.
Just a 20 min drive from central Stockholm, this park is large, pretty + has lots of historical buildings to see in case you feel the need to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Known for it’s cool copper tents that are photo worthy, it also has a Chinese Pavillion, Turkish Kiosk + Butterfly House with a Shark Reef (which both obviously go together) for the littles to explore.
Söder Sea + Nature
For someone needing a break from the Söder streets, swing by Tantolunden for a game of beach volleyball, mini golf or swim in the sea. There’s also a playground for little ones + gardens on the top of the hill where locals have plots to grow away.
Formally a prison, this island in central Stockholm, between Södermalm + Kungsholmen, now is a popular city escape for walks, swimming at the local beach + summer picnics. The old prison buildings are now a hotel, restaurant + pub perfect for a waterfront beer in the sun.
Stockholm City Water Boating
GoBoat offers small (slow) boats for 2-8 people to navigate on their own through the local city waters. Take some rosé + a picnic basket to have a lunch on the water while coasting along the scenic Djurgården route. During peak summer hours (and good weather) it’s best to book ahead online. Great for family outings, picnic lunches with friends + sundowners. FYI: They are really slow so be prepared to chill, which isn’t such a bad thing in the city?!
Ferry Boat to Archipelago
In the summer months, a visit to the Swedish Archipelago is a must! If staying overnight is not an option, there are several islands to go for the day to have lunch on the sea + admire the beautiful island landscapes. Waxholmsbolaget has boats running daily to multiple islands. Take a look at their destination + day trip suggestions and SL’s Archipelago section for more ideas.
Bike Around Town
City Bikes are available to rent + ride from April 1st – October 31st, with bike stations throughout the city. They offer season passes, 3-day passes or to rent for 3 hours at a time. Purchase your bike pass, or load bike time to your SL Access card online + ride away!