When we first started planning our trip to Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens was high on our list to visit and it did not disappoint. My boys were 3 years old and 1 year old when we went so we stuck to the toddler rides and playgrounds and just enjoyed the scenery in addition to the huge smiles on their faces!

History of Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park first opened its doors in 1843 and is the second-oldest amusement park currently operating in the world. The amusement park was first called Tivoli & Vauxhall, with Tivoli alluding to the Jardin du Tivoli in Paris (which had been named near Tivoli in Rome, Italy) and Vauxhall alluding to Vauxhall Gardens in London. From the beginning Tivoli Gardens featured exotic buildings in the Orient theme, coloured lamps illuminated the gardens at night and fireworks could be seen reflected on the lake which used to be a moat surrounding Copenhagen’s fortifications. In 1943, most of the buildings were burnt to the ground by some Nazi sympathizers. But within a few weeks, temporary structures were built and the park reopened.

rides at Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
Beautiful gardens everywhere in Tivoli, Copenhagen

On this trip I was traveling with my parents and my brother so the boys were pretty pumped to go on the rides with their uncle. My oldest son mostly went on the rides while I stayed in the play areas with my 1 year old. There is so much to do and see that everyone was entertained by different things during our time there.

The Rides at Tivoli Gardens

The Lighthouse Ride

The first ride at Tivoli Gardens that my older son Holter wanted to go on was The Lighthouse. The kids get to pedal as they ride and the faster they pedal the higher they go! There are six boats shaped like prehistoric animals and while the ride gives them a little bit of a thrill, it isn’t too much for toddlers to handle.

The lighthouse ride at Tivoli Gardens
The lighthouse ride at Tivoli Gardens

Rasmus Klumps World

Rasmus Klumps World is an incredible play world for children of all ages. It is divided into two sections, one for very young children and one for older children who aren’t afraid to be challenged. The play world includes three towers with suspension bridges, look-out posts, climbing nets and multiple levels. The pirate themed ship is built on an angle and it was adorable watching the kids try and navigate across it without losing their balance.

Rides at Tivoli Gardens
Playground next to the Lighthouse ride at Tivoli Gardens
Playground next to the Lighthouse ride at Tivoli Gardens
Playground next to the Lighthouse ride at Tivoli Gardens

The Dragon Boat Ride

The Dragon Boat ride at Tivoli Gardens was a perfect opportunity for some peace and quiet and to get away from all the stimulation of the amusement park. Lake Tivoli is the remnant of a moat that used to surround the city’s fortifications and is the perfect setting for a boat ride. This kids get to steer the boat but it isn’t as easy as it looks!

The Dragon Boat ride at Tivoli Gardens
The Dragon Boat ride at Tivoli Gardens

The Vintage Car Ride

The Vintage Car ride at Tivoli Gardens completely stole the show! My son went on the ride multiple times and begged us to keep doing it. The kids can steer the cars all on their own if they are brave enough to do it without an adult with them. My son was a little hesitant at first since he was only three but a few seconds driving the vintage car and he forgot all about us.

The Trolley Car ride at Tivoli Gardens
The Vintage Car ride at Tivoli Gardens

The open-air stage at Tivoli Gardens hosts musical performances and the day we were there was a beautiful opera singer performing for the audience.

A day on the rides at Tivoli Gardens
A Concert at the beautiful Tivoli Gardens on our way out.

Additional Rides for Kids

There are so many more rides for little kids and toddlers at Tivoli Gardens that I didn’t mention:

  • The Astronomer (Astronomen) – space-themed roundabout boats
  • The Big Clock (Den blå Safir) – mini Ferris wheel
  • The Classic Carousel (Dyrekarrusellen) – classic carousel
  • The Elf Train – train ride
  • The Fun House – house of fun
  • The Little Dragon – swing ride
  • The Little Pilot – airplanes
  • The Music Carousel – carousel
  • Minimorgana – mini bumper cars
  • The Panda (Pandaen) – mini drop tower
  • The Star Tower – Children’s ‘drop tower’
  • The Temple Tower – pull-yourself-up tower ride
  • The Wood Carousel – wooden carousel

And of course there are many more rides for bigger kids who like thrills and excitement and can handle rollercoasters.

A day on the rides at Tivoli Gardens
A day on the rides at Tivoli Gardens

If you find yourself in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is a must see. Plan to spend most of the day there as there is so much to explore. My kids were very young when we went so we stuck to areas in their age range but as they get older I would love to return and explore the other rides at Tivoli Gardens and perhaps have more time to enjoy the gardens themselves.

18 thoughts on “A Day Spent on the Rides at Tivoli Gardens with kids in Copenhagen

  1. Erin says:

    Reading about your adventure and seeing all these pictures reminds me of when mine were little! It goes by so very quickly. Great job creating lovely memories for your family!

    • caskarpiak says:

      Aww thank you! It really does go so quickly, they are now both in school (well they were before quarantine!) and our trips are evolving every year.

  2. Trisha says:

    What an adorable place! I love the dragon boats and the little vintage car. This looks like a great place for children of all ages!

  3. Stacey Billingsley says:

    What a great park! I love historic theme parks, so I know I’d love this. The rides are adorable. If I ever get to Denmark, I hope to see this!

  4. Sara - Seek Discover Learn says:

    When we started traveling as a family I didn’t think I would be interested in going to various theme/amusement parks around the world. I figured we would just enjoy the ones that are close to where we live and then enjoy other types of attractions/museums/etc when we travel. But over time I changed my mind and I’m so glad I did. We have experienced some great places on our travels and this month we were getting ready to add Disneyland Paris to our list of places we had visited, but had to cancel because of Covid-19. I am looking forward to the day that we can reschedule our trip. I will have to add Tivoli Gardens to our list of places to visit too.

    • caskarpiak says:

      We thought the exact same way when our boys were born. Then we went to Tivoli Gardens and all of us had a blast! We don’t do it often but I’m glad we decided to as well! Copenhagen is such a wonderful city for families to explore. It is extremely family friendly and Tivoli Gardens is just unbelievably beautiful. I hope you get a chance to go one day!

  5. heather J jandrue says:

    This is on my list of places to go. Walt Disney used this park as part of his inspiration for Disneyland.

  6. Hera says:

    An amusement park in Denmark? Even though we don’t have kiddos, I’d totally go just to compare it to Disneyland 🙂

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