25 Places In Hyderabad To Visit Before Your Kid Turns 12

mycity4kids has compiled THE list to kick start your year- An insider’s guide, listing 25 places to visit in Hyderabad before your child turns 12. How many have you done?

  1. Explore the Cave Inside the Largest Tree in Hyderabad — The Hiding Place For Ali Baba And His 40 Thieves!

Hatiyan Jhad is no mere tree. There is a cave inside it’s trunk! One of the legendary stories that surround this majestic tree, is that in the time of the Qutub Shahi rulers, a band of 40 thieves used to hide inside the cave present in the Baobab tree during the day and came out at night to perform their foul activities.

mycity4kids tip: Exploring the history of the tree is as exciting as getting in the cave. It is advisable to take some sort of flashlight with you as it is very dark inside the cave.

Address: New Fort (Naya Quila), Golkonda Fort, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad.

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2. Get Awed by the Handmade Automobiles at the Sudha Car Museum

Calling all automobile enthusiasts! This is an automobile museum with a twist. It’s the only one in the world that showcases handmade automobiles. It was founded by Mr. K. Sudhakar, a Guinness World Record holder for making the largest Tricycle in the World. This museum houses an awesome collection of vehicles in all possible and unimaginable shapes, forms and sizes. The designs of the cars have been inspired by all sorts of things ranging from a basketball to a burger!

Address: 19–5–15/1/D, Bahadurpura X-Road, Opp Petrol Pump.

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3. Pamper Your Kids with Organic Facials and Spa Treatment at Alexander Salon

Alexander Salon has a special section for kids at its Jubilee Hills branch, which includes a special hair stylist for kids. They offer haircuts, hair styling, temporary tattoo, nail art, fish spa, foot bubble bath and organic clean up for kids. They use only raw vegetables and fruits and organic creams for the tender skin of kids. The salon welcomes all age groups. They even have a play area where the kids can go while waiting for their turn.

mycity4kids insider tip: The salon offers a ‘life’s first haircut certificate’ to children going for their very first haircut.

Address: Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills

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4. Indulge In Willy Wong Chocolate Creamy Ice Cream at Cream Stone

Cream stone is one of the most iconic branches of ice-cream parlors in Hyderabad and Willy Wong Chocolate is their signature ice cream. Children will love the variety of ice creams loaded with brownies, cherries, seasonal fruits and nuts.

Address: Various locations across the city

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5. Explore the Universe at the Birla Science Museum

Birla Science Museum is a great place for your aspiring astronauts! It showcases the latest information about the Universe and Solar system. Separate sections are dedicated to archaeology, a dinosaurium and an art gallery.

mycity4kids tip: Don’t miss the Sky show. This year it is ‘Mangalyaan to Mars’. Please check the show time and language before you plan a visit.

Address: Naubat Pahad, Adarsh Nagar.

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6. Channel Your Inner F-1 Racer by Go Karting at Airport

Go Karting at the airport in Shamshabad is the most amazing adventure to try!

mycity4kids tip: Timing is very important as the Go Karting track would get busy at the airport at night.

Address: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Parking, Shamshabad.

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7. Take a Safari Ride at the Zoo

The safari ride a must visit for all animal lovers when visiting the Nehru Zoological Park, the largest zoo in India. There are 250 species of animals living in surroundings similar to their natural habitat.

mycity4kids tip: You must also visit the unique butterfly park inside the Zoo during your visit.

Address: Nehru Zoological Park.

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8. Admire the Roses at the Rose Garden

The recently opened Rose Garden is famous for its collection of beautiful, rare and multi-colored roses. The garden also houses a rock garden; a floral clock and children’s play area. Go there for jogging, a full day picnic or an evening outing- you are going to have fun for sure!!!

Address: Sanjeevaiah Park

9. Spot the Rare Deers at Jawahar Deer Park

Spread over 80 acres, Jawahar Deer Park is located in the Shamirpet area. One side is covered with the deer park, the other side is covered by the Shamirpet lake, a manmade lake.

mycity4kids tip: Go to the Observation tower where you can see the entire Shamirpet lake. It’s the best place to spot the deer around the lake.

Address: Shamirpet

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10. Admire the Aquarium at GVK One Mall

Located in the posh area of Banjara Hills, GVK One Mall is one of the biggest malls in Hyderabad. In front of the entry gate of the mall, stands a beautiful saltwater aquarium which is the largest free standing unit of its kind in the country. The aquarium displays a wide range of beautiful colorful fishes which are enjoyed by people of all ages. The aquarium is always surrounded by a huge crowd.

Address: GVK One Mall, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills.

Contact: 67497600

11. Watch the Sunset at Shamirpet Lake

Built during the Nizam dynasty, Shamirpet is located 24 kilometres north of Hyderabad. There is a lot to do here for the kids and the ‘kid in you’. Shamirpet lake is known for its rocky terrain and beautiful sunset. The lake is a perfect picnic spot as the shady groves around it, keep the area cool and pleasant.

Address: Shamirpet Lake

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12. Take a Train Ride at Nampally Exhibition or Numaish

Numaish is the most awaited event for all the Hyderabadis. It offers not only a wide choice for shopping lovers, but equally interesting options for entertainment. From fun rides, toy trains, cultural shows, a wide range of eateries, Numaish has something to keep every visitor pleasantly engaged. The train ride completes one full round of the exhibition in 40 minutes. You can have a glance of the complete exhibition while on the train.

Address: Nampally Exhibition Grounds, Mangalhat, Nampally.

Contact: 24603015

13. Spend the night at the Songs of Earth Resort

Songs of Earth resort provides a lot of adventure and outbound activities with the beauty of nature. Different activity zones are facilitated with various activities each group. Adventure activities include: Artificial rock climbing, Commando net, Archery shooting, Tarzan swing on a small water pond, Minefield, Treasure Hunt with walkie-talkies, Rope Net walk, Rope scrolling. Spider Net and Rope ladder are a different experience. The activities are so adventurous that the kids and adults will enjoy to the fullest.

mycity4kids tip: The Sky Night Adventure Tents is a must have experience for everyone.

Address: Opposite Indus International School, Mokila Village, Shankarpalli Mandal.

Contact: 9666732222

14. Ride a Pony at Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club

Address: Gandipet

Horse riding is a thrilling experience for your children. Your kids can groom ponies, feed them or take horse riding lessons. You can plan a day or an overnight trip to this place to live a rancher’s life for a day.

15. Go for a Stroll at Night on Necklace Road

Necklace road is Hyderabad’s answer to Mumbai’s Marine Drive; even though it’s around Hussain Sagar Lake and not the sea. It’s a great way to unwind, take a long drive or walk, play ball and just soak in the breezy air. The Necklace Road inherits its name from the way the road curves around Hyderabad’s Tank Bund, resembling a beautiful necklace when seen from the sky.

mycity4kids tip: You must visit Necklace Road at night to see the beautiful night sky and sparkling stars!

Address: Necklace Road

16. Build a Snowman at Snow World

Did you know that it snows in Hyderabad? Well it does here! Snow World in Hyderabad is India’s biggest snow theme park. Make a snowman or have a snowball fight! There are also rides like the snow slide, ice bumper car and merry go round.

Address: Lower Tank Bund, Besides Indira Park

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17. Watch the Laser Show at Lumbini Park

The 3D laser show at Lumbini Park is a must see for parents and children alike! The history of the city is displayed on a water screen with musical lights and water show. The patriotic songs played at the end of the show will give you goosebumps!

Address: Lumbini Park

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18. Climb to the Top of Charminar

Parents must climb the circular staircase of Charminar to survey the markets and mosque below from the top of the monument! Or you can sit at the base and have a glass of lassi with your children! You can also take a round of walk with your children in the surrounding market and treat them with the special delicacies sold here!

Address: Charminar

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19. Watch the Puppet Show at Dhola Ri Dhani

The puppet show at Dhola ri dhani is awesome. While there, you can also watch Rajasthani folk dance and eat authentic Rajasthani food at the restaurant. You can plan full day picnic or spend a few hours at this resort.

Address: Medchal Road, Brundavan Colony, Besides Bank of India, Kompally.

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20. Ride a Speedboat in Hussain Sagar Lake

Seeking some thrills and adventure? Try riding a Speedboat! This ride offers a quick tour of the Hussain Sagar Lake with fresh breeze.

mycity4kids tip: If speeds not the thing for you, take a ferry boat instead. It’s a soothing experience to be amid the calm water of the lake.

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21. Spend a Spectacular Day at Ramoji Film City

If you want to see film shoots of many blockbuster Bollywood and Tollywood movies, Ramoji Film City is the perfect place to visit with your preteens. Apart from movie shootings, you can enjoy adventure sports, the Movie Magic Park or Wings — The Birds Park, Kids Park, live shows and food court. Your children are going to enjoy every bit of this place.

mycity4kids tip: If you know the right people, you could time your visit so that you spot some of your favorite Tollywood or Bollywood stars shooting for their upcoming film!

Address: Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal

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22. Spend an Evening Watching Birds at Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond is home to several species of birds. This natural spot is tucked amidst the concrete jungle surrounding it and is spread over around 10–12 acres and is encircled by lush green trees, colorful gardens and a beautiful 1–1/5 km concrete pathway.

Address: Road Number 86, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills.

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23. Get Wet at the Jalvihar Water Park

What child doesn’t like splashing around in water? This water park is in the heart of the city. It offers many amazing water rides and water installations. Swimming costumes are a must to wear to enter into water pool and are available on rent at the park.

mycity4kids tip: The rain dance is a must for all ages.

Address: Necklace Road.

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24. Enjoy Pollution Free Hours at Happy Streets

Address: Necklace Road

Join thousands of enthusiastic Hyderabadi’s who throng Necklace Road on Sunday mornings (6–10 AM). With the streets closed to traffic, you can cycle, jog, walk, zumba, dance, do yoga, painting, listen to music, or simply enjoy the morning with your children.

25. Go trekking at Heritage Trails with Great Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC)

How about giving your kids a lesson in history while you enjoy a whole day of fun with the whole family! GHAC conducts various heritage trails round the year for children and adult alike. GHAC hosts activities such as outdoor adventures, nature adventure sports, trekking, hiking and camping at various heritage trails. It also organizes Rockathon every year during November — December which is definitely something to look forward to. This event is a celebration of local heritage in its true sense.

Address: Lane Next to Meena Bazaar, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills.

Originally published at www.mycity4kids.com on January 29, 2016.

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