FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
WF awards

Making The Grade: Exploring Kid-Friendly Belgrade, Serbia

by Elyse Glickman

Nov 10, 2019

Djama86 | Dreamstime.com

Age Specific / Kids

Eastern Europe has come a long way in the last 25 years, and Belgrade is emblematic of the youthful optimism and energy that helped completely transform the formerly industrial and war-torn Eastern Bloc city into a colorful destination guaranteed to appeal to children and teens, from landmarks restored to their past historic glories to impressive museums, and a host of welcoming shops and restaurants with an emphasis on local products.

 

Even a 24-hour stay spent primarily on main drag KnezMihajlova and the side streets branching out from it makes for a satisfying day. The street, which begins at the end of Kalemegdan Park, may not be paved with gold, but it will delight the kid in everybody with an alluring selection of ice cream stores, coffee shops and bakeries tucked between big brand European chain stories. Walk a little further and you’ll encounter several emporium-sized retail spaces such as Gradstor Design Hub and Šmizla Vintage & Design Store encompassing kiosks and stalls selling handcrafted and vintage housewares, toys, clothing and jewelry. After 6 p.m., the selection of one-of-a kind items multiplies when artists start bringing out their paintings, sculpture and fashion accessories. In front of the Rajićeva Shopping Center, there are numerous street performers and DJ-fueled, all-ages dance parties keep the city going into the evening hours.

 

If travel plans allow for more days to explore, you’ll find there are several well-located hotels that capture the city’s exploding arts scene, such as the visually arresting Mama Shelter Belgrade at the top of Rajićeva Shopping Center or Hotel Tesla, with nightly rates going for a fraction of comparable hotels in Western European cities. One day, naturally, can be devoted to the city’s impressively diverse array of museums. There are a good number of them in Kalemegdan Park, including the esteemed Belgrade Military Museum, which impresses with its fleet of tanks and military vehicles.

 

Visitors enjoy cafes in Skadarlija, bohemian quarter in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo: Ericsch | Dreamstime.com

 

After covering the hills and valleys of the park, its smaller museums and its beautiful city views or at the sight of rain or snow, head indoors to the Museum of Science and Technology and Nikola Tesla Museum for interactive immersions into scientific wonder, or learn about magic at Museum of Illusions or marvel over cars at the Automobile Museum to compare and contrast how cars and transportation differed between east to west during the Soviet era and beyond. If time allows, head to the Aeronautical Museum-Belgrade near the Nikola Tesla Airport for a look at planes and related technology from past and present.

 

During the warmer months, Belgrade proves itself to be one of the most navigable cities by bike regardless of age or fitness levels. Several rental stations and tours originate along the docks of the Danube and Sava rivers, and bike paths are in the process of being restored or added to provide access to more parts of Belgrade. One of the most pleasant tours leads riders up and around the Sava River, through parklands and quiet residential neighborhoods toward Ada Lake, located on an island in the river. This scenic island, frequented by families on weekends and holidays, is lined with beaches, cafés and urban water ski park Aqua Ski D.O.O., just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the daredevils giving the equipment a spin.

 

When it comes to trying out Serbian fare, one way to go traditional without going stodgy or old school touristy is at Bistro Grad Hometown Food, noted for its reasonably priced Balkan and Mediterranean plates. At this and other places in the city center, encourage your kids to sample a cheesy and flaky burek at most neighborhood bakeries (pekara), which sell them by the slice.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Travel Tips
Jun 30, 2020

Black-Owned Hotels to Book for Your Next Trip

While planning your #ComeBacktoTravel vacation, consider straying from chain hotels and book one of these or other black-owned hotels in the country.

A New Outdoor Bonding Experience

With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.

Luxury
Jun 30, 2020

Luxury Island Escape Meets Family Road Trip

After a few months of quality time at home, it’s safe to say many families may be chomping at the bit to get as far away as possible. Currently, far away is still within U.S. borders and many travelers are more than okay with that.

Destinations / North America
Jun 29, 2020

A Relaxing Escape to Asheville, North Carolina

NESTLED IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, Asheville, North Carolina, touts a reputation as a healing escape. Take a neighborhood tour of the different parts of Asheville to experience the city’s healthful offerings.

Culinary Artistry

By Hainan Airlines

Travel Tips
Jun 29, 2020

Get Creative at the Crayola Experience

There is no better place than Crayola Experience to let your children's imagination run wild. With multiple creative experiences, your day will be filled with fun and color.