Fun is a big part of Lignano Sabbiadoro, with six theme parks that offer an exciting party atmosphere for all ages.
AquaSplash, Italy’s first water theme park is one of the best equipped in Europe: a real wonderland on water. From the pyramids of Egypt to Caribbean pirate ships and the musical atoll of the tropics, AquaSplash offers colour, excitement, spray and splashes of water, but also real thrills, with the Anaconda megaslide, the crazy Kamikaze and – only for the truly fearless – the Twister.
AquaSplash is also designed for small children: a sweet blue baby whale awaits the kids so they can play and have fun, in the company of the Dino-slide and the mini-pirate ships. (AquaSplash, tel. 0431 428826, www.aquasplash.it)
Just a short distance away is Gulliverlandia. Its winning formula combines fun with learning in a set of didactic experiences that follow the history of man and nature through the ages to modern times.
The Aquarium, created for sea lovers, offers a unique possibility in Italy: to walk through an underwater tunnel in total safety and see sharks, rays and moray eels. Don’t miss the tropical fish tanks in the same area.
The Medieval City, with its high towers and spires, tests everyone’s skill in the Joust, offering all the spectacle of a tournament on horseback.
At Vulcano Rapids and in the Jurassic Valley the dinosaurs are kings: 15 life-sized prehistoric animals with explanatory panels welcome visitors along the paths in the park. This is the only exhibition of its kind in Italy, both in terms of the number of exhibits and the detail with which they have been constructed.
A mining train takes visitors through Maya ruins, while in the modern area you can visit some of the world’s most important monuments in miniature, on board a family go-kart. New features include the panoramic tower offering marvellous views of Lignano from 60 metres up and the new “Ruota del Torneo” that people of all ages will enjoy. (Gulliverlandia, tel. 0431 423 133, www.gulliverlandia.it)
Strabilia Lunapark has provided entertainment for adults and children since 1946. On warm summer evenings you can stroll amidst the many amusements and go back to childhood, munching doughnuts and candyfloss, taking a ride on the Giant Caterpillar or the Ferris Wheel, driving the dodgems and riding the new Pegasus and the Roller Coaster. (Strabilia Lunapark, www.strabilialunapark.it)
The Gommosi and Junior parks
The Gommosi and Junior parks, the first in Lignano Pineta and the second in Sabbiadoro, are designed for young children, with fun, soft, gentle games. An oasis of serenity for mum and dad, who can leave their children here in complete safety, amongst inflatables, trampolines and fun, colourful monsters. (I Gommosi tel. 0431 428632 - Parco Junior, tel. 0431 721370, www.parcojunior.it).
Finally, there is the Parco Zoo Puntaverde. 1500 animals from 250 species, with mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. The park stretches over 10 hectares between the two banks of the River Tagliamento, in the northeast of the Lignano peninsula. The park, which has been open for over 20 years, is an enchanting green oasis for visitors, full of vegetation and with fresh water. Local plants are accompanied by tropical species that thrive thanks to little lakes feed by 30° C thermal springs.
Parco Zoo Puntaverde
These create microclimates that are also perfect for exotic animals. Herons, swans and flamingos, lions and panthers, ostriches and zebras live here in over 70 homes, all built with natural materials like wood and stone, which faithfully reproduce the natural habitat of each species. (Parco Zoo Puntaverde, tel. 0431 428775, www.parcozoopuntaverde.it)