When the sun comes out this summer, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to relax and catch a tan while you can. All the better if the kids can play in unlimited amounts of sand and water at the same time.
Make a dash for the Kryspinów beach, just a short drive outside of Krakow, when the days get hot, or even now before the crowds show up – it can get extremely busy on hot sunny weekends. There are a variety of recreational activities to choose from, whether you come as a family or with a group of friends. As well as swimming at the main beaches, which have lifeguards, you can throw down a blanket on the grass or sand and have a picnic or a barbeque.
Kryspinów (Photo: www.kryspinow.com.pl)
For sports, there is beach volleyball, a basketball court, and a climbing park (www.parklin.pl). There is also a water slide that is open on hot days. Rental companies by the water offer peddle boats and sail boats. In the vicinity is a wake park and a windsurfing school. For adults, there is quad biking on a large dirt track, another area with a track for kid size ATV’s, as well as Zorbing for both adults and kids, and a trampoline on sunny days at Dreamlandia (www.dreamlandia.pl). Not all of these activities are in the same place, but if you walk along the water’s edge for five or ten minutes, you will find them.
Eating options other than the grill bars and a pizzerias include a wonderful and very large traditional, log cabin restaurant called Skansken Smakow, which has some outdoor seating and a children’s corner indoors to help take some pressure off a family meal.
A ten-minute drive from the beach is a small petting zoo with a Cowboy and Indian feel to it (rogateranczo.eu). It has some animals, fun for young children and a small playground.
Also in the area is a nudist beach, if you’re so inclined.
Directions: It takes 17 minutes from the Salwator roundabout to the Kryspinów Zalew stop on bus route 209, or bus 269 to Budzyn, which is a short walk away.
Parking: 10 zł
Entry cost (on warm days): Adults 12 zł, Youth ticket
6 zł, Family ticket 20 zł