24 Places In Ahmedabad To Visit Before Your Kid Turns 12

Most parents are faced with a common refrain from their kids: “What are we doing today?” mycity4kids wants to make your life a bit easier for you. We have compiled a list of things your child should in Ahmedabad before they turn 12. This fascinating city has so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. How many have you done?

  1. Pose with the Famous Three Monkeys at the Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati

Children are taught a lot about the independence of India and the role of freedom fighters. A visit to the Ashram will definitely be educational and more so will give them the real feel of the life of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi!

A must visit place for the young ones, the Ashram features Gandhiji’s life events, has a library of over 35,000 books, and a cottage by the name of ‘Hridyakunj’. Mahatma Gandhi lived 12 years of his life in the Ashram and led the historical Dandi March also known as the Salt Satyagrah from the Ashram. Since the movement has great impact on Indian Independence, the Sabarmati Ashram has been declared a national monument by the government.

Address: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Entrance Fee: Free

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2. Roll on the Water in a Bubble at the Kankaria Lakefront

The Biggest lake in the state, Kankaria lake was originally built in 15th century by Sultan Qutbuddin and was known as the ‘Hauz-i-Qutb’. Used for bathing for the royals, this circular lake has a pathway merging into a garden called ‘Nagina Wadi’ in the center of the lake. The lake front has many public attractions like toy train, tethered balloon ride, water rides, Water Park, food stalls and many more entertainment facilities.

Address: Kankaria, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 9:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. except Monday

Entrance Fee: 4 am to 8 am — Free Entry for Morning Walkers

9 am to 10 pm — Applicable Entry Fee

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3. Learn about Wildlife at the Kamla Nehru Zoo

If you and your children are a wild life enthusiast, this is a must see for you. Established by a Padma Shri awardee, Reuben David, the Kamla Nehru Zoological Park was rated the best zoo in Asia in 1974. While you are at the Zoo, look forward to watching the endangered species of birds and animals including flamingos, Asiatic Lion, Mouse Deer and Chinkara.

Address: on the banks of Kankaria Lake

Operational Hours: 9 am to 6:15 pm during summers and 9 am to 5:30 pm during winters on all days of the week except Mondays

Entrance Fee: Free entry for kids up to the age of 3; Rs. 10 for children between 3 to 12 years; Rs. 20 for everyone above 12 years

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4. Get Mesmerized by the Butterflies at the Balvatika

Balvatika is for the younger children. A special children’s park named after Jawaharlal Nehru, Balvatika has many attraction for children from boat house, playroom, butterfly displays, mirror house and a planetarium.

Address: on the banks of the Kankaria Lake

Operational Hours: 7 a.m to 9 p.m.

Entrance Fee: Free entry for children up to 3 years; Rs. 2 for kids between 4 and 12 years; Rs. 3 for everyone above 12 years.

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5. Become a Fire-fighter at Kids’ City

A local version of Legoland, Kids’ City at the Kankaria Lakefront is a must visit for the children.

Kids’ City, a miniature world designed for children between the ages of 5 to 14 is an amazing fun and learning experience. It is a replica of a city with roads, vehicles and a whole lot of buildings like radio stations, hospitals, theatres, supermarkets, and the many more. Kids also get uniforms and equipment to play the role of various occupations that adults have like doctors, RJs, firefighters and manufacturers, just as in real life.

Address: Gate No.7, Naginawadi, Kankaria Lake Front, Near Sai Zulelal Party Plot, Maninagar, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Mondays)

Entrance Fee: Rs. 100 per kid, Rs. 50 per adult

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6. Take a Peek into History at the Ahmed Shah Mosque

Named after the founder of the city, Sultan Ahmed Shah, this mosque is one of the oldest in the city. Owing to its great architecture, it is a must visit place of historical importance.

Address: Manek Chowk, Gandhi Road, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. all days

Entrance fee: free

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7. Experience an Earthquake at Gujarat Science City

Haven’t felt an earthquake before? Go on the earthquake ride at Science City! Located in Hebatput, Gujarat Science City is an initiative by the government to inculcate the interest in science in children. It has wide range of attractions for kids such as IMAX 3D, 4D theater, hall of space, hall of science, planet earth, energy park, life science park and many more.

Address: SP Ring Rd, Hebatpur, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all days of the week

Entrance Fee: Rs. 5 for student, Rs. 10 for child, Rs. 20 for adult and all rides have separate entrance fees.

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8. Sabarmati Riverfront

Sabarmati, being the longest river of Ahmedabad, has a great Riverfront, which is an ideal picnic spot for kids, to spend quality time with friends and family, and a speed boat ride for that cherry on top!

Address: on the banks of the river Sabarmati

Operational Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entrance Fee: free

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9. Admire the Finesse of Automobiles at the World Vintage Car Museum

Got a car fanatic at home? Apart from your kids, this destination is a must do for dads!

Showcasing over 115 cars of the finest vintage like the Rolls Royce, Bentleys, Daimlers, Maybach andCadillac to name just a few, World Vintage Car Museum is a delight for car lovers.

It was founded by an avid collector of vintage cars Mr. Pranlal Bhogilal. The cars are open for the public to drive, of course at a cost and there are guides who quest your thirst for the knowledge of these vintage cars.

Address: Sardar Patel Ring Rd, Nikol, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. all days of the week

Entrance fee: Rs. 50 per person

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10. Experience the Rustic at Vechaar Utensils Museum

Ever wondered how our ancestors ate and cooked and what kind of utensils were used? Take a tour of the Vechaar Utensils Museum to find out!

The exhibition displays a collection of utensils made of brass, copper, bronze, zinc and German silver which were in use before glass crockery became the fashion! Pots, spoons and vessel for churning buttermilk from yesteryears are also on display in this museum. The highlight of the museum is the authentic Gujarati village cuisine, which is served in similar utensils.

Address: Opposite A P M C Market, Vasna, Vishala, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: Monday — Friday: 1.00 PM — 10.30 PM, Saturday: 1.00 PM — 10.30 PM, Sunday: 1.00 PM — 10.30 PM , Public Holidays: 1.00 PM — 10.30 PM

Entrance Fee: Rs. 10 per person

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11. Discover the Wonders of Space at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition Center

How is a rocket launched? How do astronauts live in space? The best place to get these questions answered is the Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition. The amount of research that the human race has done and how we have literally made home in space with the International Space Station (ISS) information worth knowing. It also has short movies on how the Astronaut work and how different space missions were conducted. If nothing else, the visit generates sheer respect for the astronauts!

Address: Satellite Rd, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad

Opening and Closing Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entrance Fee: Free

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12. Feel the Nostalgia at the Sanskar Kendra City Museum — Atitni Zankhi

Designed by the renowned architect, Le Corbusier in 1954, Sanskar Kendra City Museum depicts the rich history, art and culture of Ahmedabad city.

Also known as the ‘Museum of Knowledge’, for the elder children, the objects of interest could be the sections on history of art in the city, Indian independence struggle and history of various religious communities in the city. The museum also houses the tallest incense stick of the world, which is 4.5 meters long.

Address: Near Sardar Patel Bridge, Behind NID, Paldi, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 10 a.m to 6 p.m. (Monday Closed)

Entrance Fee: Free

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13. Admire the Kites at Patang-The Kite Museum

Ahmedabad is famous for Kite Festival in India. This is the first museum of its kind in India and second in the world.

Address: Sanskar Kendra, Paldi, Ahmedabad

Opening and Closing Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm, Closed on Monday.

Entrance Fee: Free

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14. Learn All About Various Toys at the Shreyas Toy Museum

Shreyas Foundation built on the doctrines of Madam Montessori, Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhian Philosophies of teaching, houses this museum.

It is a museum with the collection of toys from across the country and abroad, dolls, lifestyles, royal court, images of gods, coins etc.

Address: Shreyal Hill, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad

Opening and Closing Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Closed on Monday.

Entrance Fee: Rs.10.

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15. Learn More about the Ironman of India at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial

A well-known freedom fighter, Sardar Patel was a symbol of hardship and simplicity.There is a pictorial exhibition of his life in this building. It is declared as National Memorial House.

Address: Shahibaug Palace, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad

Opening and Closing Time: Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.

Entrance Fee: Free

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16. Discover Ancient Water Conservation Methods at the Adalaj Stepwell

Trying to teach your children the fundamentals of water conservation? This is a place to take them to explain in detail.

Built in 1500 AD, Adalaj Stepwell is five stories deep and octagonal in shape. It was dug deep to access ground water accounting to seasonal fluctuations in water. It is a proof that water conservation was well thought of even during those times.

Address: Adalaj Village Ahmedabad

Opening and Closing Time: 6 am to 6 pm

Entrance Fee: free

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17. Look out for the Chabutaras during The Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad

A must do for all, this heritage walk is an experience of the glory of Ahmedabad. It is necessary to walk through the ‘Walled City’ and truly observe the nature of its rich and varied architecture, its art, religious places, its culture and traditions.

The walk commences from the early 19th century Swaminarayan temple at Kalupur, includes 20 main spots and concludes at the famous 15th century Jama Masjid. Hence the Walk is popularly known as the journey of ‘Mandir to Masjid’. See the Chabutaras along the way (these are tower-like structures, inherent to Gujarat).

Walk timings: 7:30 am to 10:30 pm all days of the week

Entrance fee: Rs. 50 per person

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18. Appreciate the Craftsmanship at the Siddi Saiyed Mosque

Built in 1573, The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is most famous fora carved lattice stone window also known as the Sidi Saiyyed Jali. It is the unofficial symbol of the city of Ahmedabad and the the logo of the famous Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Address: Opp. GPO, Salapose Rd, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad

Operational Hours: 6 am to 10 pm

Entrance Fee: free

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19. Go Underground to See Some Artwork

If your little one is inclined towards art, you can’t miss this one! Amdavadni Gufa, an underground art gallery is a piece of brilliant art and architecture! Designed by the architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, it exhibits works of the famous Indian artist M.F. Hussain. The gallery is a cave-like underground structure which has a roof made of multiple interconnected dome. Gardens and a café are located above ground.

Address: Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Campus, near CEPT University

Operational Hours: 4 pm to 8 pm daily (closed on Monday)

Entrance Fee: Free

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20. Pamper Your Taste Buds at Manek Chowk

You are not a true Amdavadi, if you havn’t visited Manek Chowk! Foodies by birth, Amdawadis love their street food and that too at mid-night! It’s a strong recommendation for your older kids as they can savour and enjoy the street food better. From the all-time favourites like Paav- bhaaji, dosa and Paanipuris to some Chinese and American styled cuisine with a ‘desi’ twist, you will find it all at Manek Chowk.

Address: Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad

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21. Get Enchanted with the Artistry at Sarkhej Roza

A monument with great historical importance, Sarkhej Roza is an elegant architectural structure comprising of various buildings grouped around a stepped tank. These include a mosque and a mausoleum. It is also known as ‘Ahmedabad’s Acropolis’, as it has been compared to the famous Acropolis of Athens.

Address: Post Jeevraj Park, Sarkhej, Ahmedabad

Entrance Fee: Free

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22. Get Bewildered by the Huge Dinosaur Replicas at Indroda Park

A great location for people interested in nature and wild life, Indroda Nature Park is divided into two parts on the banks of river Sabarmati. The western part is known as Indroda Nature Park and the eastern part of the river Sabarmati is known as Wilderness Park.

Many of the local fauna, birds, especially peacocks can be seen roaming freely in the park. The dinosaur park is a marvel to be seen, with realistic models of the giants!

Address: Sector -7, Gandhinagar

Operational Hours: 8 am to 6 pm daily except Monday

Entrance Fee: Up to 5 YearsFree, 5–12 YearsRs.10, above 12 yearsRs. 20, Students from Schools / Colleges / Teachers Rs.5

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23. Experience the Laser Show at the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

Swaminarayan Akshardham is a large Hindu temple. It has an IMAX theater which screens a 40-minute film portraying the country-spanning pilgrimage Swaminarayan had embarked on at the age of eleven. The film, has received numerous awards including the “Most Popular Film” at the San Jose IMAX Film Festival.

Another attraction for the children is the 45 minutes long laser show which also uses vibrant fire, fountain animations, water screen projections, music and live characters.

Address: Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar

Operating hours: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm all days of the week except Monday

Entrance Fee: Rs. 50 per adult, Rs. 30 per Child (for exhibition)

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24. Ride in a Horse Cart at Vastrapur Lake

Situated in the western part of the city the lake is a popular spot in the city especially with kids.

With open air theater, an attractive children’s park and a long pathway for walkers and joggers’, it is a perfect family getaway spot. You can also taste some yummy street food and take your little ones for a horse cart ride here.

Address: Vastrapur, Ahmedabad

Entrance Fee: free

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Originally published at www.mycity4kids.com on April 13, 2016.

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