During the autumn seaseon, Gothenburg is full of family-friendly activities. This guide is constantly updated with dates and activities, and there’s much more to discover in our events calendar.

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Halloween at Liseberg

In October every year, the amusement park Liseberg opens its gates for the Halloween season. The park offers activities for the whole family – from cosy thrills, candy mysteries and pumpkins, to different haunted houses, rides and actors ravaging the area as demons and zombies.

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Space travels and rain forest safaris at Universeum

At the Universeum science centre you can explore both Earth and space. Go on a rainforest safari, travel to the moon, conduct lab experiments like a scientist, learn about the human heart, and dive down into the depths of the oceans – all in the same house! At the 3D-cinema Wisdome, Sweden’s largest visualization dome, you can go back in history to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth or take a dive into the coral reefs.

Two children exploring at the Maritime Museum in Gotehnburg.
At The Maritime Museum and Aquarium you’ll find adventurous stories, fantastic objects and exhibitions for all ages. Credit: Kristin Lidell

Theatre shows and kid-friendly museums

The children’s literature character Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre is located in the beautiful city park Trädgårdsföreningen. The house, best suited for children ages 0-8 years, is dedicated to the magical world of Alfie and his friends, and year-round you can watch children’s theatre, play in the different play areas, learn exciting things, and discover a lot of quirks.

The Museum of World Culture is an amazing museum exploring every corner of the world and the history of human creations and creativity. The permanent exhibition Together is about the wonders and the difficulties of living together. Here, children 0-12 years explore, play and learn with their all their senses.

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium re-opened in December 2022 with six new exhibitons for all ages and a brand new aquarium underground. In the new children’s exhibition Big Blue and the play area Knattegatt, children and their adults can discover and explore the wonders of the sea together in imaginative environments.

The Museum of Gothenburg exhibits the history of Gothenburg, from pre-historic time to 20th century iconic objects.At the museum, children and their adults can participate in various activities such as family tours and creative workshops. In addition, there is the Children’s Museum on the top floor, with a cosy place for meals.

A family with children in front of the castle Gunnebo outside of Gothenburg.
The castle Gunnebo House with its beautiful gardens is a popular daytrip destination. Credit: Happy Visuals/Göteborg & Co

Vibrant autumn colours in parks and gardens

The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of the foremost botanical gardens in northern Europe. Here, more than 20 000 species of plants are spread out in green houses and inviting areas. The Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to just wander about with tranquil spaces such as the Japanese glade.

Gunnebo House and Gardens outside of Gothenburg is one of the finest 1700s estates in northern Europe. Originally a summer villa, Gunnebo is now a thriving cultural landmark with guided tours and events, an eco-certified restaurant, a shop, and a farm.

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Maritime adventures

Maritiman is the world’s largest floating ship museum, located in the river Göta älv. During the school breaks, the museum organises seasonal activities.

The archipelago outside Gothenburg is filled with adventures and animal life to explore. From the island Hönö, you can go a “seal safari” with Kastor Boat trips. The trip is 1 h long and takes you around the beautiful archipelago with a good chance to see a seal.

The Ocean Bus sightseeing tour is an exciting way to experience Gothenburg from land and water in one and the same vehicle – an amphibious bus. Ocean bus runs all year round, see website for current schedule.

For those who are more interested into mystery-solving yourself, you can can visit one of Gothenburg’s many “escape rooms”. Since Gothenburg has the most escape room games in Sweden, there is a large and wide range of them, with something that will surely suit everyone.