A Perfect Family-Friendly 2 Days in Stockholm Itinerary

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Hey there, fellow adventurers! Are you ready to make incredible memories in Stockholm? With its enchanting Old Town, kid-friendly museums, and stunning island escapes, this city is the perfect destination for a quick adventure.

This fantastic city is packed with culture, fun, and kid-friendly spots. Squeezing all these things into a 2-day itinerary can feel like a challenge, but fear not! I’m a mom who’s explored Stockholm with my own family, and I’m here to guide you through the best kid-approved spots, time-saving tips, and local secrets.

This itinerary perfectly balances amazing sights and family-friendly fun activities that will leave you wanting to return for more. Let’s go!

Getting Ready for Stockholm


Arrival and Transport

Stockholm Arlanda Airport, the main airport of the city, is well-connected to the city center. Here’s a detailed guide to help you choose the best transportation option, balancing convenience, budget, and family needs:

Taxis: Speedy but Splurge-y

Upon landing, you’ll find taxis readily available outside the airport. They typically offer a flat rate to the city. They’re fast (and sometimes you NEED fast!) but pricey. 

Uber and other ride-sharing apps are also available. Head towards the designated “Appride on demand” area, clearly marked and accessible via the app’s guidance. 

A crucial note for parents: while taxis may provide boosters for older children, baby seats are rare finds. Planning ahead or bringing your own might be necessary for the littlest travelers.

Important! Child safety seats aren’t guaranteed. While taxis may provide boosters for older children, baby seats are rare. Planning ahead or bringing your own might be necessary for babies and small children.

Arlanda Express: Zippy & Kids Go Free!

This super-fast train gets you downtown in less than 20 minutes.

Its appeal to families lies in its child-friendly policies: children up to 17 years travel for free, with those aged 0-7 enjoying the ride without any conditions and those 8-17 when accompanied by an adult over 26.

They even have a stroller-friendly spot on the train! You can read more and book your tickets in advance on their website. 

Flygbussarna: Best of Both Worlds

These comfy coaches take around 45 minutes and are a good mix of convenience and affordability. 

Up to two kids under 8 ride free with an adult! Optional child seats are available for older kids (over 3), or you can bring your own for the littlest ones.

The buses have safety belts, ensuring a secure ride for the entire family. You can read more and book your tickets in advance on their website. 

Public Transport: Adventurous & Budget-Friendly

Love saving those travel dollars?  Here’s the insider tip:

  • Commuter Train + Fee: Fastest public option, but there’s a catch – an extra airport fee applies to adults. Kids under 18 are free from this extra charge.
  • Bus + Commuter Train: It takes longer and requires a transfer (about an hour), but it saves you the most money. Perfect for relaxed travelers on a budget!

The “best” choice depends on your priorities! I’ve used them all – taxis for late-night arrivals with tired kiddos, Flygbussarna for the usual balance, and public transport when traveling solo and budget was king.

Where to Stay: Neighborhoods & Hotels for Your Stockholm Family Trip


Stockholm offers so many great neighborhoods, each with its own special something! Check out these popular family-friendly spots:

Norrmalm: Central Hub

  • Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel: Conveniently located near the train station, this hotel offers free gym access and spacious family rooms. Kids under 7 eat breakfast free! 
  • Downtown Camper by Scandic: Hip hotel with a playful vibe, featuring movie nights, yoga classes, and a rooftop sauna (age restrictions applies).
  • Nordic Light Hotel: Sleek and modern hotel just steps from the Arlanda Express train – perfect for a stylish arrival!  Great central location for exploring.
  • Hotel C Stockholm:  Home to Stockholm’s famous Icebar for a cool experience (literally!). Central location puts you right in the heart of the action. Ideal for families looking for a unique experience with convenient travel connections.

Södermalm: Hipster Haven

Cool shops, cafes, and parks. A little further walk to core attractions, but excellent public transport links.

  • Clarion Hotel Stockholm:  Steps from Skanstull Metro Station offers spacious family rooms. The service is exceptional, offering a warm welcome to families. The breakfast is a highlight, though swimming pool access is limited and age restrictions applies.
Cobbled streets of Södermalm leading to the striking Katarina Church with its blue and gold dome and clock tower, a historical and architectural gem to visit while exploring Stockholm on a 2-day itinerary. Pin

Kungsholmen: Peaceful & Family-Focused

Less touristy feel, walk to City Hall, near parks and waterfront.

  • Clarion Hotel Amaranten:  Conveniently located near parks and the waterfront, with comfortable family rooms. Perfect for families who crave a mix of city bustle and a touch of nature.

Solna

  • Quality Hotel Friends: Located in Solna, outside of the city center, this hotel offers easy train access and is right next to the huge Mall of Scandinavia (perfect for shopping-loving families!). While you’ll need to take transport to reach the main sights, this hotel can be a good budget-friendly option.

Tiny Travelers Tips:

  • Book Early: Stockholm hotels fill up, especially during warmer months! Booking in advance gives you more options and often better prices.
  • Beyond Hotels: If you want apartment-style accommodation (kitchenette, more space) look on platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo – especially good for longer stays.
  • Transport Trade-Offs: Super-central hotels = more expensive, while further out = less walking but potentially more transit time. What’s your priority?

Your Amazing 2 Days in Stockholm Itinerary


Day 1: Old Town Adventures, Scenic Strolls, and Playtime

Colorful houses in old town of Stockholm Pin

Morning: Start in the Heart of the City

Kick things off with a walk around Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s storybook Old Town. 

While walking through Gamla Stan, enjoy the fun of exploring its cobblestone streets. These narrow paths, surrounded by old buildings, are perfect for taking pictures. Let yourself get lost and see what you find around each corner. 

Often, these unplanned moments make for the best memories of your trip. 

If you want to learn more about the history of Gamla Stan, you can join a free tour. These tours are packed with information and interesting facts. They operate on a tips-only basis, meaning there’s no set price, but you can leave a tip at the end. I always enjoy going on a free walking tour because you learn so much about the place you’re visiting. Plus, you can leave anytime if the kids need a rest (just remember to leave a tip before you go; these guides do an incredible job).

Don’t miss Stortorget, with its colorful buildings that appear on every Stockholm postcard. Here, you will find the Nobel Prize Museum, which sometimes offers unique activities for kids. Check the Nobel Museum website to see if there’s something you’re interested in

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Close to the square is Storkyrkan, the Stockholm Cathedral, which is well worth a visit. The cathedral is beautiful and houses many important pieces of religious art. One of the most notable pieces is Saint George fighting with a dragon sculpture.

Tip for Fantasy Fans: Got older kids or anyone in your family who loves fantasy, science fiction, or comics?  Gamla Stan has a hidden gem: The Science Fiction Bookstore!  Step inside for a world of otherworldly adventures, from classic books to unique finds.

Souvenir Hunt: Speaking of souvenirs, keep your eyes peeled for the Dala Horse, a classic symbol of Sweden. Did you know these wooden horses were first made in a region called Dalarna? They make a great gift or a cute reminder of your adventure!

Tip for Lunch in Gamla Stan: Exploring works up an appetite! Under Kastanjen is an excellent spot for lunch right in Gamla Stan. They serve delicious Swedish meatballs, offer kids’ menus, and even have a highly recommended outdoor area when the weather is nice enough to dine outside.

Fika Time

Have you ever heard of ‘Fika’? In Sweden, when someone mentions “fika,” they typically refer to much more than just a coffee break. I love Fika because it’s all about yummy treats, cozy chats, and taking time to slow down.

A classic fika means a kanelbulle (cinnamon roll, which is an absolute must-try while in Sweden’s capital city btw), and something warm to drink. It’s the perfect way to relax, get to know the locals, and feel like a real Swedish explorer!

Here are some kid-approved cafes in Gamla Stan for a cozy fika break: 

  • Chokladkoppen (Stortorget 18): Super-cute and cozy with yummy treats. It’s tiny but perfect for a quick stop or takeaway. Their giant cinnamon buns are legendary – try sharing one!
  • Bröd & Salt (Skeppsbron 3): This restaurant offers delicious pastries, beautiful waterfront views, and ample indoor/outdoor seating. It’s a great spot to spread out and enjoy a relaxed fika.
  • Espresso House (Schönfeldts gränd 5-7): Try this Swedish favorite for those familiar coffeehouse vibes. They have tasty buns, and my go-to is the chai latte! You’ll find branches all over the city, so it’s a handy option.

Afternoon: Palace Delights & Great Views

In the afternoon, you can visit the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe. With more than 600 rooms across eleven floors, there’s plenty to see and do. Explore everything from the Royal Apartments to the Treasury with its crown jewels. 

You can also visit the Royal Armory and the serene Royal Chapel. Their websites have more information.

For a memorable experience, catch the Changing of the Guard. This ceremony unfolds in the Palace’s outer courtyard, lasting about 40 minutes. On weekdays, it starts at 12:15 pm, and if you’re visiting on a Sunday, plan to be there by 1:15 pm.

Visitors descending the historic steps of Slussen in Stockholm, flanked by traditional ochre-colored buildings, with a view leading towards the Riddarfjärden's waterfront, a picturesque walk to include in a 2-day Stockholm itinerary. Pin

Afterward, walk up to Monteliusvägen – the views of Stockholm from there are incredible! It’s a good spot for tired legs to rest while little ones run off some steam.

Late Afternoon: Scenic Playground Adventures 

From Monteliusvägen, walk to Ivar Lo’s playground your kids will love it, specially if there are young. This unique playground offers fantastic views of the City Hall and Gamla Stan, perfect for snapping some photos.  Kids will love the rural-themed playhouses, wooden animals, and even a tree they can crawl into!

A young child at a playground in Stockholm stands looking out towards the cityscape and waterway, framed by greenery and a traditional fence, capturing a moment of curiosity and wonder in the midst of urban exploration and play. Pin

Picnic or Dinner option Eats: Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery, or head to Barrels Burgers, just a short walk from the playground, which is a hit with my kids.  Their burgers are yummy, they’ve got space for strollers, and you can dine inside or out. It’s the perfect refueling spot after playtime.

Want to experience a Viking dinner: Go to Aifur in Gamla Stan, not the most child friendly but they will help me accommodate as the place is quite small. Stroller must be parked outside. Food is very tasty but the experience is what you go to this place. You need to book with time in advance as it fills up fast. True not kid-friendly but still a great experience. Everytime we have guest, we take them there and everyone loves it.

Optional Extra: Want to experience a Viking dinner? 

Aifur in Gamla Stan serves up a full-on Viking experience! The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is like stepping back in time. Be sure to book WAY in advance, and be aware that you’ll need to leave strollers outside.

Though not very kid-friendly, they will help accommodate you, and it’s still a fantastic experience. Every time we have guests, we take them there, and everyone loves it. If you’re unsure, check out Aifur’s website for pictures and menus.

Tiny Traveler Tips:

  • Palace Planning: If a guided tour is too long, just seeing the outside and perhaps the courtyard is still fun!
  • Timing is Flexible: Adjust this day based on your energy levels. Palace in the morning, playground later is also fine!

Day 2:  Stockholm City Hall, Museums & Relaxed Vibes

Morning: City Hall Adventures

Start your day at Stockholm’s iconic City Hall, known for its beautiful architecture, and the grand Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held yearly!

You can take a guided tour or just let your kids play in the beautiful gardens, take pictures with sculptures, and enjoy the amazing views.

Sunset casting a golden glow over Stockholm's City Hall with its prominent tower silhouetted against a dynamic sky dotted with clouds, viewed from the waterfront, a must-visit landmark to include in a 2-day Stockholm itinerary. Pin

You can take a guided tour or just let your kids play in the beautiful City Hall Park. It has paths by the water, interesting sculptures, and a great view of the City Hall and the city. The park, designed by Ragnar Östberg, is right next to Riddarfjärden, the easternmost bay of Lake Mälaren, and is a lovely place to relax.

Guided Tours of City Hall

If you choose to take a guided tour, you can buy your tickets online. Tickets are released one week in advance. Or you can buy tickets the same day of your visit at the City Hall Shop.

During the tour you’ll see the big halls where banquets are held and learn about the building’s history, its architecture, and the Nobel banquet. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and takes you to the Blue Hall, Golden Hall, Council Chamber, and Gallery of the Prince. Tours are in Swedish and English.

City Hall Tower

In the summer months, you can visit the City Hall Tower. It’s 106 meters tall and gives you a fantastic view of Stockholm. The visit takes about 35 minutes.

The iconic Stockholm City Hall stands majestically by the water under a clear blue sky, a must-visit landmark on a family vacation in Stockholm, reflecting the city's rich history and architecture. Pin

Lunch Break: Tasty & Budget-Friendly

Swedish Classic on a Budget

Need a quick and affordable lunch near City Hall? Head to the IKEA City in Gallerian. Their restaurant serves up tasty Swedish meatballs at a great price!  Grab a seat outside the store for a fun city-center lunch break.

Sthlm City Food Hall

Craving variety? Check out Sthlm City Food Hall, right across from the tram stop that takes you to Djurgården. With choices from pizza to sushi, there’s something for everyone in your crew. Perfect for fueling up before your island adventures!

Sweet Treat Option

For a cozy cafe experience, try Café Coppola in Gallerian.  Their apple pie with vanilla cream is absolutely delicious – the perfect way to warm up before your Djurgården adventures!

Afternoon: Djurgården – Choose Your Own Adventure!

Djurgården is home to many of Stockholm’s oldest and most venerated museums. It’s a beloved playground for locals and a must-visit for travelers, attracting over 10 million visitors annually. If the sun’s out, you can enjoy a picnic or a stroll along the water!

A vibrant summer day in a Stockholm park with families and groups of people relaxing on the grass and enjoying picnics. Children are seen playing, with bicycles parked nearby, and lush trees framing the historical Nordiska Museet in the background, epitomizing Stockholm in summer with kids. Pin

With so many museums to choose from, you can pick the one that best fits your family’s interests. Here are my recommendations:

Option 1: Storybook Fun at Junibacken

Step into the world of beloved Swedish children’s books at Junibacken. Ride the Storybook Train, meet playful characters, and let your imagination run wild! It’s perfect for little ones and fans of Astrid Lindgren.

Option 2:  The Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum is home to an incredibly preserved 17th-century warship that sank on its maiden voyage. It’s a fascinating look into the past and a must-see for ship lovers.

The imposing Vasa Ship, a 17th-century warship, on display in dim museum lighting, showcasing its detailed wooden carvings and rigging, a historical highlight for families visiting Stockholm. Pin

Option 3:  Thrills at Gröna Lund

Get your adrenaline pumping at Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s amusement park! This classic spot has rides for all ages, from gentle carousels to thrilling coasters. It is perfect for families who love excitement. The park is open in summer.

Excited visitors on a classic mini roller coaster train amid lush greenery and vibrant flowers at Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, offering a fun and family-friendly activity to enjoy on a 2-day Stockholm itinerary. Pin

Option 4: Skansen Open-Air Museum

Visit the world’s oldest open-air museum and travel through Swedish history at Skansen, home to traditional houses, workshops, and even Nordic animals! It’s a great way to experience Sweden’s heritage in a hands-on, kid-friendly way.

Option 5:  Science & Tech at the Tekniska Museum

If you’ve got curious kids, the Tekniska Museum is filled with interactive exhibits, workshops, and all things science and technology. Little inventors will love creating and experimenting!

Other museums, such as The Viking Museum, The ABBA Museum, The Police Museum, and The Nordic Museum, can also be options for your family if you are interested.

Tasty Eats on Djurgården

Djurgårdsbron 

Hungry explorers, check out the restaurant at Djurgårdsbron!  Munch on yummy food by the water with amazing views of the city.  Feeling extra adventurous?  They rent bikes, pedal boats, and kayaks for a fun way to explore Djurgården!

A breathtaking sunset view over the Djurgården Bridge in Stockholm, with warm hues reflecting on the water, a hot air balloon hovering in the sky, and moored boats lining the harbor, encapsulating a serene evening scene to experience on a 2-day Stockholm itinerary. Pin

Blå Porten’s Restaurant & Cafe 

If you need a break near the ABBA museum, relax on the pretty garden patio at Restaurangen Blå Porten. Their food is delicious, and it’s a great place to chill while the kids play nearby.

Rosendals Trädgård

Want a yummy treat surrounded by nature? Head to Rosendals Trädgård! Their food is super fresh and everything is organic, the cafe is cozy, and there’s even a playground nearby for wiggly explorers. Plus, their shop has lots of cute finds for souvenirs.

Visitors enjoying a sunny day outside Rosendals Trädgård café in Stockholm, a garden cafe set in a series of greenhouses. Families and friends are gathering around tables and walking in the vicinity, reflecting a leisurely summer day out with kids in Stockholm. Pin

This itinerary gives you many options, but don’t feel you need to do it all! Pick and choose what works best for your family’s rhythm and energy levels.

Tiny Traveler Tips:

  • Transportation Tip: Getting to Djurgården is half the fun!  Hop on a ferry from Slussen for a mini-cruise with awesome Stockholm views.  The best part?  Your regular SL ticket works, making it an easy adventure.  Look for the Djurgårdsfärjan ferry, it takes around 10 min and it’s a favorite with visitors and locals!
  • Energy Levels: Djurgården is BIG! Choose a few attractions to focus on, so you don’t tire out your tiny adventurers.
  • Outdoor Fun: Djurgården has lovely parks and walking paths. If the weather’s nice, enjoy a picnic or a stroll along the water!
  • Timing is Key: Some Djurgården attractions, like the Vasa Museum, can get crowded. Consider going earlier in the day or during the week to avoid the biggest crowds.

Essential Family Travel Tips for Stockholm


  • Timing is Key: “Summer is gorgeous, but spring and fall can mean fewer crowds and cozy vibes. Budget-wise, weekdays are often cheaper for hotels.”
  • Packing Smart: “Layers are your friend, Stockholm weather shifts quickly! Comfy shoes for cobblestones are NON-negotiable, and those strollers tackle any terrain.”
  • Timing: Link Monteliusvägen with the palace visit as they’re near each other, while Junibacken, Skansen, and Rosendals Trädgård all work well together on Djurgården.
  • Seasonality: If it’s a warm-weather trip, prioritize Rosendals Trädgård; if it’s colder, Skansen’s mix of indoor and outdoor spaces might be a better fit.

If You Have a Little Extra Time…


More Museums

  • The Swedish History Museum: If your family enjoys history and archaeology, this museum offers a journey through Sweden’s past, with exhibits on Vikings, medieval times, and more.
  • The Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet): This museum dives into Swedish culture and traditions. It showcases folk art and fashion and even has a section dedicated to children’s toys and play through the ages.
  • Drottningholm Palace: Take a day trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Sites to get a glimpse into the swedish Royal Family! Explore the fancy rooms, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and imagine what it’s like to be royalty.
Drottningholm Palace, a residence of the Swedish royal family, standing regal with its baroque architecture, fronted by a classical statue in a fountain and manicured gardens under a clear blue sky, a historic site to explore on a family vacation in Stockholm. Pin

Outdoor Fun

  • Boat Tour: Consider a shorter archipelago boat tour if a canal cruise feels too long. It still offers fantastic views of the city and surrounding islands.
  • Playgrounds around Stockholm: Stockholm loves its playgrounds! When you need a break from museums and palaces, check out some of the city’s amazing parks. Want my top picks? I’ve got a whole blog post dedicated to the best playgrounds in Stockholm.
A striking owl-themed slide structure in a Stockholm playground, featuring a large wooden owl with metal slides for wings, with a child peeking out from the entrance at the base, set against an urban backdrop, illustrating the city's commitment to innovative and fun play spaces. Pin

Unique Experiences

  • Ghost Walk of Stockholm: For older kids who enjoy a bit of spooky fun, these guided tours share the city’s legends and darker history.
  • Ice Bar Stockholm: Even if you’re not staying at the Ice Hotel, you can visit their bar for a drink in a truly unique, chilly setting (family-friendly during earlier hours).

“If the weather isn’t cooperating” Options

  • Tekniska Museet (Museum of Science and Technology): Great for curious kids, with interactive exhibits, a fun play area dedicated to technology, and plenty of indoor space.
  • Mall of Scandinavia: Not the most cultural option, but sometimes you need a backup plan! This huge mall offers shopping, dining, and even an indoor play center if needed.

Best Time to Visit Stockholm for Families


Stockholm is beautiful year-round, but each season offers something special for families. Here’s a quick guide to help you pick the perfect time for your adventure:

Summer Sunshine (June-August)

Long days, warm temperatures, and all the outdoor attractions open make summer a popular choice. Book early as hotels fill up, and pack for mixed weather (even in summer, a light jacket is good!). If you want to know more about what you can do in Stockholm in Summer, check out our guide of activities.

If you plan to visit Stockholm in Christmas, you can read our post about Christmas in Sweden so you don’t miss anything in your trip.

Spring & Fall Charm (April-May, September-October)

These ‘shoulder seasons’ offer smaller crowds and milder weather.  Outdoor fun is still possible, but pack layers and be prepared for a bit of rain.

Cherry Blossoms in Kungsträdgården in Spring

If you’re visiting Stockholm during spring (around April/May), don’t miss the magical cherry blossoms in Kungsträdgården!  This park in the heart of the city transforms into a wonderland of pink blooms.”

A young child in a blue jacket gazes at a fountain surrounded by blooming cherry blossom trees in Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, a popular springtime attraction that adds natural beauty to a 2-day Stockholm itinerary. Pin

The exact timing of the blossoms depends on the weather. Check online for ‘cherry blossom Stockholm [current year]’ to see if they’ll bloom during your visit!

Festive Winter (November-March)

Yes, it’s colder, but Stockholm transforms into a winter wonderland! Think cozy Christmas markets, outdoor ice skating, and maybe you can go pulka. Check out our detailed guide of activities in Stockholm in winter.

Tiny Traveler Tips:

  • No matter the season, outdoor time is important for kids. Pack waterproof gear and warm clothes, and you’ll be ready for whatever weather Stockholm throws your way!
  • Budget: Summer is high season = higher prices. Shoulder seasons or winter offer potential deals.
  • Kid’s Interests: Outdoor fun best in warm weather, festive magic during winter holidays.

You Did It!

You just rocked two fantastic days in Stockholm with your family – congrats! Bet you’re already dreaming of your next adventure. I hope this itinerary helped you have a fantastic, stress-free time.

Got a question or favorite Stockholm memory? Share it in the comments! We love hearing from you!

TRAVEL RESOURCES

✈️ Buy flight tickets in advance

Always buy flight tickets in advance! The place to find the best prices for flight tickets is Skyscanner.com

🏠 Book your accommodation

Booking.com is easy to use and has many options and filters you can use to book in advance and check availability.

🚙 Renting a Car

I recommend Discover Cars because they always have the best rates and great customer service.

🎡 Plan tours and activities

Viator is an excellent place to start looking for activities. They provide a huge selection and great prices.

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