The Top 8 Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Doha
Part of getting back into the thick of things or embracing the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is going out with your family. After months of staying inside your home, you and your loved ones deserve a reward. Going back to your favorite haunts and exploring new ones are the two best things you can do now.
Fortunately, Doha has plenty of family-friendly destinations that you and loved ones can head off to. Whether the consensus is to do something relaxing or to try an exciting activity, you have several options to choose from.
But which places in Doha should you visit first with your family? Put these eight on the top of your list:
1. Angry Birds World
The popular game spawned several versions, a cartoon show, and two animated movies, the latest of which was released over a year ago. Its biggest and most fun variation is the Angry Birds World, a theme park located at the Doha Festival City.
The theme park, which is one of the largest in Qatar and the first in the world, has outdoor and indoor venues.
Angry Birds World features various elements reminiscent of the game and the hit movies. These include the Super Slingshot Tower, Red’s House, the Bird Bath, and the Big Tree. There are also go-karts, bumper cars, rollercoasters, and a 106 meter-long zip line, all designed to get your adrenaline pumping.
You will find several cafes and restaurants in and outside the theme park to go to when you and your kids want to sit for a bit, relax, and get some refreshments.
2. Snow Dunes
If you and your loved ones are looking for a unique experience and want to cool down at the same time, head to the Snow Dunes, which is also located at the Doha Festival City.
Snow Dunes is the first indoor winter theme park in Qatar. The place is covered in artificial snow, making it the perfect place for various cool and fun activities.
For an exciting ride, make a beeline for the Dune Dash, Snow Storm, and White Dunes. For an adventure that everyone in your family can join, go on an expedition to the top of Snowy Mount.
The Snow Slide and Snow Motion are also riding that guests of all ages can enjoy.
Snow Dunes also has a café and restaurant that serve a variety of snacks, meals, and hot beverages. The park also has VIP rooms with a seating lounge, cable TV, and gaming activities that you can rent for the whole family.
For kids and grownups who love gaming, Virtuocity is the perfect destination.
Another must-visit place at the Doha Festival City, Virtuocity covers 4,500 square meters of state-of-the-art gaming facilities. Its features include Racer, an F1 racing simulator with surreal racetracks, motion sensors, and amazing graphics, and the Enigma, a set of interactive and exciting locked rooms.
Its biggest feature and area is The Coliseum, which has 200 raised gaming stations. The whole family can immerse themselves in their favorite online or RPG games and go on group quests or battle each other.
If you and your family want a bit of privacy, engage in your favorite games in one of the fully equipped VIP rooms.
4. Outdoor Leisure Trail
A bit of sun and fresh air can do wonders for the body. Allow yourself and the whole family to experience these health benefits by taking them around the Outdoor Leisure Trail, which surrounds the Doha Festival City.
The Outdoor Leisure Trail is free for all visitors to use and explore. It has different routes, gradients, and obstacles for bikers. It also has a running track with exercise stations along the way, allowing runners to engage in other activities while enjoying the green spaces.
Other features that are fun to see and try here are the rock gardens, wedges, a pump track, rock causeway, water causeway, eco-plastic boardwalk, and a mist tunnel. You can also try rock climbing here.
5. Aqua Park Qatar
With Qatar’s hot weather, taking a dip is something that everyone will surely enjoy. Aqua Park Qatar is the ideal destination for the whole family.
Aqua Park Qatar covers 50,000 square meters of ground area. It has over 15 water attractions that appeal to both kids and adults.
These include the lazy river, wave pool, tube slides, Jacuzzi cave, bumper boats, and a 2,000-gallon tipping bucket.
For younger kids, Pirates Bay is the perfect area for them.
If you want to avoid crowds, book your day trip to Aqua Park Qatar during family days.
6. Katara Beach
Qatar also has its fair share of beautiful beaches. Katara Beach is one of the best for families.
Katara Beach is one of the most popular destinations in the Katara Cultural Village. It is famous for its variety of water activities and sports, such as parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, and windsurfing.
Banana boats, canoes, kayaks, and sailing dinghies are also available for hire at the beach. Your kids will spend countless hours playing on the bouncy castle in the water.
For something more relaxing, take the whole family on a gondola ride.
While at the Katara Cultural Village, bring your kids to the garden, which has more than 200 varieties of fascinating foliage.
7. Dahl Al Hamam Park
If you have younger kids, they won’t be disappointed if you bring them to the playground. The Al Hamam Park, located at the Al Markhiya Street, is one of the most popular outdoor parks for children in Doha.
The park has several playground equipment. Whether your little ones want to play on the slide, swing, monkey bars, or see-saw, they will find what they are looking for.
The park also has a skating area and places where they can play ball games. There are shaded playgrounds where your kids can run around as well.
Complete your visit to Al Hamam Park with a picnic. Fill a basket with everyone’s favorite treats, bring one or two mats, and find a shaded spot where you can watch your kids and get them to drink or eat something and rest every hour or so.
8. Aspire Park
Another popular outdoor venue for families that you should visit with your family more than once is Aspire Park.
Also known as the Green Zone, Aspire Park is the biggest park in Doha.
The park covers an area of 88 hectares. It has several fascinating features, such as fountains, children’s playgrounds, and the only lake in Qatar. Aspire Park also has a small hill, a coffee shop where different kinds of beverages can be bought, and various species of rare and common trees.
The park is one of the best places for family picnics. Try staying here until evening to see the Aspire Tower lighted up, which is always an amazing sight to behold.
Whether you and your family are looking for indoor or outdoor entertainment, you will find it in Doha. By choosing the right place, you will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones and relax or have fun (or both) and forget all your worries.
Hisham Elzubeir is the Marketing Manager at Doha Festival City, the largest entertainment, fashion, dining, and shopping destination in Qatar. The mall has more than 400 international and local brands, including some of the most anticipated names, many of which made their Qatar debut, such as Harvey Nichols, Charlotte Tilbury, Kiehl’s, Dior Beauty Boutique, ACE, and IKEA. Hisham brings over 15 years of international expertise to the communications team at Doha Festival City.