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The weather's great, we're tired of spending time indoors, so there're only one thing left to do: go out, take a walk, and bask in nature. Abu Dhabi has got its fair share of gorgeous waterfronts, nature preserves, and parks -and what do all of these destinations have in common? Promenades and paths for you and the kiddos to explore. So we've done the hard work, sifted through the locations, and we give you here a list of our top places to go for a walk in the capital.
Step into a stunning mangrove sanctuary where you can take a stroll on a meandering boardwalk to witness some exciting views of nature. Choose one of three routes (the shortest is 1km, and the longest is 2km long) and stop at the six educational sections, which include a floating platform with a see-through net to catch a glimpse of the marine life underfoot, a viewing tower and a beach platform where you can get your feet wet. There are also viewing decks with great photo ops waiting to be snapped up.
Lookout for the different types of birds, fish and crabs, and look down into the clear water with its unblocked views of mangrove roots and marine life. And if the kiddos want a little more activity that walking and observing nature, they've also created a play area for children, there's and kayaking as well.
There are rangers available to provide more information about the park and its flora and fauna.
The park will be closed during the summer months.
Al Gurm Corniche has re-opened after a major refurbishment! If you're in Abu Dhabi and looking to get some fresh air and exercise, or you're just in the mood for a walk with a bonus gorgeous view, then this is the spot.
Treat yourself and the kiddos to 3.5 km of the newly minted promenade, accessible 24 hours a day throughout the week. You can soak up and sun and bask in nature on the shaded walkways and cycling paths overlooking the Mangrove Waterfront and Mangrove National Park. You can stop along the observation decks and look out through the telescopes at the Mangroves, and get a closer view of the birds and vegetation.
And if you're looking for something a little more active than a leisurely stroll, they've got you covered. Al Gurm Corniche now has 3 exercise platforms where you can get a full-body workout and get that adrenaline pumping. For a dose of adventure you can go kayaking as well. There are also yoga zones, reading nooks, and edutainment spots and play areas for the kids
When you say "a walk in Abu Dhabi", then you must stop by the Corniche. Grab the kiddos, and head to the ultimate family fun day out on Abu Dhabi's pristine corniche and take a walk along the iconic Abu Dhabi waterfront. Feeling peckish? You and the kids can enjoy a variety of food and beverage outlets to keep you fueled up. There's also a variety of entertainment, leisure, and wellness outlets and shops, making for fun stops along the way down the promenade. The beachfront also features a great playground for the littles and a variety of sports facilities, including basketball and beach volleyball courts, soccer pitches and an outdoor gym, if you and the kids are looking to get some activities in.
Get some fresh air and enjoy an early morning or late afternoon walk at this park that brings you and the kids education through recreation. You can soak up the natural beauty while you explore the exotic Botanic Garden, and the kiddos will love the Children's Garden where they can jump around the water pools, or just run around in the wide open spaces.
The outdoors has a new address - and it's Hudayriyat Island. This leisure and entertainment hub in the capital is where you and your kids can enjoy a range of outdoor activities while you play, eat, camp, and enjoy a fun-tastic time. But if you're in the mood for a walk without all of the high-impact stuff, you're still in for a treat.
For the science and nature lovers: you can explore the Hudayriyat Heritage Trail, a winding stretch of beautiful pathways and raised tidal boardwalks. It offers you and the kids the chance to stroll down a timeline of local history and learn all about the the recent and distant past. In addition to exploring the glories of the costal wildlife.
For the active ones: there's no shortage of facilities catering to engage in whatever sport you'd like to play. From fitness, ball sports, and bat sports, to climbing, skateboarding, and cycling, they offer you the perfect outdoor and natural setting to indulge in the physical activity of your choice. And if all that walking and learning is making you hungry, there are restaurants and food trucks glaore! At Marsana you have 17 food and beverage outlets to choose from, catering to every taste and craving. After all, outdoor adventures work up an appetite.
Be sure to check out their other activities and attractions for another day when you and the kids are in the mood for more adrenaline-pumping fun.
And what's better than a walk through a museum? And what's a museum if not the Louvre? Spend the day strolling through the Louvre Abu Dhabi at your own pace, an soak up it's endless variety of exhibitions, masterpieces and rotating installations. Gain an understanding of the world, and what connects us as humans as you and your family explore everything this grand museum has to offer.
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