What to do on Lake Garda
There is much to do on Lake Garda. Eating, drinking, sunning yourself, well, that’s usually enough but for those of you looking for something more to do here are some ideas to help you.
In Gardone an adventure park with zip lines and rope bridges perfect for boys and a range to suit all the ages. http://www.rimbalzelloadventure.com/en
Also in Gardone is the Vittoriale http://www.vittoriale.it for history the historic villa and the amazing grounds of lovely views.
The Botanical gardens in Gardone get a lot of variety into a compact but really interesting space http://www.hellergarden.com/it
For the fit there is the ‘mountain’ of Pizzocolo to climb for stunning views of the lake. I managed this in 2020 and the view was really rewarding. Cycling is also a huge sport in Italy and many places hire bikes here are some ideas for itineraries http://www.gardaworld.com/Lake-Garda/EN/1/81/Mountain-bike.html
Take a walk around the park that surrounds La Rocca di Manerba which has stunning cliff top walks. The views from here are literally a 360° of the lake, right up to the north but also across to Garda and Bardolino and to the south Sirmione and Desenzano.
Visit the Isola del Garda which is a private island in the lake with it’s own fairytale castle. Many of the resorts have boats trips through the week to get there.
If you’d like to arrange a guided tour this local company can help http://www.tickets-tours.com/lake-tour
Around Moniga there is indoor Karting http://www.internationalkartindoormoniga.it/gallery and at Desenzano outdoor karting http://www.southgardakarting.it/en
In Sirmione there is a lovely Thermal Spa http://www.termedisirmione.com/aquaria-sirmione-en.jsp?language=EN
While in Cola the other side of the lake there is a park with outdoor thermal pools more suited to a family day out http://www.villadeicedri.it/en and there is also https://www.aquardens.it in the Valpolicella area.
Also in the area of Cola there is a safari type park www.parconaturaviva.it
Towards Lazise on the other side of the lake Gardaland which is our version of Alton towers http://www.gardaland.it/resort/index-en.php . Also near there is Canava water park and also Movieland which also has rides and tends to be less busy than Gardaland http://www.canevaworld.it/en
There are also other water parks around the area one of them is www.parcoacquaticocavour.it
Another adventure park the other side of the lake is http://www.jungleadventurepark.com/Default.aspx
Inland there is a special place called Parco Sigurta www.sigurta.it you can hire bikes or a golf carts to get around the incredible grounds in and a maze to get lost in. Stop into the medieval hamlet of Borghetto sul Mincio for lunch while you are there.
There are a number of golf courses around the lake if that’s your sport of choice and here’s a handy link http://www.golfgardalake.com/golf-courses-garda-lake.html
To the north just behind Riva are the waterfalls of Varone, be warned, go prepared to get wet because there’s a lot of spray. This is a great place to spend an hour or two but not longer but you could combine it with a walk around the cliff side on the walking/cycle path from Limone, this is a beautiful way to enjoy views of the lake.
Then there is the lake itself of course. A day trip on the ferry somewhere is fun, each town has it’s own atmosphere and wonderful alleyways to explore and always incredible views. Pedalo and motor boats can be hired and there’s plenty of gelato and don’t forget to try a Spritz.