16 of the best things to do in Adelaide with families for the ultimate getaway

Fringed by parklands and steeped in culture, Adelaide is a relaxing and entertaining destination for all.

The South Australian capital might be known as the “city of churches” but in recent years Adelaide has been transforming itself into a city of culture. Each year tens of thousands of culture vultures flock to attend events such as Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Womadelaide, the Biennale, Tour Down Under and the Clipsal 500.

Travel further afield and you can explore the beautiful Barossa Valley and its famous wineries. Or visit Kangaroo Island and its unique coastal landscape of sea lions, penguins and native birds.

If you’re looking for adventure and an unforgettable cultural experience in Adelaide, these tours and experiences are perfect for the whole family.

If you’re strapped for cash, scroll further down to see what you and the brood can get up to for next to nix.

Top tours and experiences in Adelaide

Top things to do in Adelaide for families

Murray River Paddle Boat Cruise Tour from finder.com.au

Ambler Touring Services

  • Full-day tour of via paddle boat. Pick up from Adelaide or Glenelg included.
  • See Mount Lofty Summit, Bridgewater Mill, Beerenberg Farm Shop, Murray Bridge Wharf and Historic Hahndorf during your tour.
  • Two-course lunch is included.
From AUD

$199 (adult) or $69.00 (child)

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Adelaide’s Choco Latte Tour from finder.com.au

Adelaide’s Top Food and Wine Tours

  • Discover the Adelaide chocolate and coffee trail at Adelaide Central Markets and Rundle Mall.
  • Walking tour includes chocolate tastings and samples.
  • Tour is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and runs for three hours.
From AUD

$90 (adult) or $40.00 (child)

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Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour South Australia from finder.com.au

Lantern Ghost Tours Australia

  • Two-hour historic walking tour through Adelaide Gaol.
  • Due to the nature of the tour, children must be 12+ to attend.
  • High level of paranormal activity, so strictly brave souls only!
From AUD

$48.00 (adult) or $35.00 (child)

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Market Breakfast Tour of Adelaide Central Market from finder.com.au

Adelaide’s Top Food and Wine Tours

  • Two-hour walking tour through Adelaide Market which includes a light breakfast.
  • During the tour you’ll get the chance to sample coffee beans, nuts, yoghurt, fruits and chocolate.
  • Tours run twice daily on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
From AUD

$70.00 (adult) or $24.00 (child)

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Top outdoor adventure tours in Adelaide

Lofty Descents by Bike from finder.com.au

Escapegoat Adventures

  • Experience the adventure of riding down Mount Lofty by bike all the way to Adelaide.
  • Tour includes pick up from Central Adelaide, transport to the summit of Mount Lofty and mountain bike hire.
  • Includes entry into Cleland Wildlife Park where you can spot koalas and other native wildlife.
From AUD

$109.00 per rider

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Nocturnal 4WD Tour from finder.com.au

Kangaroo Island Hire A Guide

  • Explore Kangaroo Island by night and have a close encounter with its nocturnal creatures.
  • Wildlife that you might see on tour include tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums, western grey kangaroos, boobook owls, stone curlews, echidnas and penguins.
  • Toddlers under 3 travel free of charge. Discounts are available for children 4-14 years of age.
From AUD

$88.00 (adult) $55.00 (child)

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Quad Bike Discovery Tour from finder.com.au

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

  • No experience in riding a quad bike is necessary as experienced guides are there to instruct and assist.
  • Helmets, goggles and gloves are provided, as are photo opportunities.
  • This adventure guarantees that you will see Australian native wildlife during the tour.
  • Children six years or older can ride their own quad, while children 4-5 can ride with a parent
From AUD

$117.00 per rider

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Toboggan on sand dunes from finder.com.au

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

  • Sit down, hang on and slide down some of Kangaroo Island’s largest sand dunes.
  • Adventure is safe for child who can ride on their own or with an adult.
  • Packages are available for one-hour or full-day rides.
From AUD

$37.00 per person

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Double Kayak from finder.com.au

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

  • Explore Kangaroo Island by kayak with this four-hour adventure.
  • Kayaks are capable of seating two adults and two small children, so the whole family can paddle together.
  • Paddles, life jackets and dry bags are available.
From AUD

$77.00 per hire

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Top tours in Adelaide for food and wine lovers

Family Friendly Gourmet Food and Wine Tour Fleurieu Peninsula from finder.com.au

Ambler Touring Services

  • You will be collected from your Adelaide hotel and then travel by coach to McLaren Vale in the south of Fleurieu Peninsula.
  • Along the way the tour passes by the River Murray, Coorong National Park, Goolwa, Middleton and Port Elliot.
  • As part of the food experience, you’ll dine at Victor Harbour for lunch, visit Alexandrina Cheese company, and taste wines at Woodstock Estate and beers at Goodieson Brewery.
From AUD

$235.00 (adult) or $100.00 (child)

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Small Group Child-Friendly Food and Wine Tour McLaren Vale from finder.com.au

Ambler Touring Services

  • Tour includes pick up from your hotel in Adelaide CBD or Glenelg.
  • Tour includes a coastal walk along Silver Sands Beach.
  • Your food tour includes a regional platter lunch, beer tasting at Goodieson Brewery, wine tasting a Woodstock Estate, Leconfield Winery and Dowie Doole, and chocolate tasting at Bracegirdie.
From AUD

$245.00 (adult) or $85.00 (child)

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Top 5 things to do for free in Adelaide

  • Walk Adelaide’s many food and craft markets such as Adelaide Central Market, Summer Sunday Night Markets and Original Open Market.
  • Cycle the Linear Park Cycle Track which passes by Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Zoo.
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens and its Bicentennial Conservatory. This building is the largest single-span glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere, is free to enter and includes Jurassic displays.
  • Educate yourself at the South Australian Museum. Like many of Adelaide’s museums and art galleries, it’s free to visit the general exhibitions.
  • Splash around at one of the city's gentle surf beaches -- perfect for young children

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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