If spending more time with the family is on your agenda this month, going for a long drive is the perfect thing to do. Not sure where to head? Here are our top five picks.
Baladna Park is approximately an hour’s drive from Doha and it’s unlike most other family parks in the country. This mini escape from city life features lush landscapes and lots of beautiful nature. You’ll find Qatar’s only rope course, zip line and an outdoor climbing wall for adults, so the entire family can have a good time. Children and adults can practice archery and master the use of bows and arrows with child-proof and secure equipment. The kids will also love the the cow chariots (a cow-shaped train) and the adventure land filled with wooden play structures and mini obstacle courses. There’s so much to explore here and you can dine at Baladna Restaurant once you’re done.
Baladna Park, Shamaal Road, Umm Al Hawaya, Exit 44 (4424 6000).
Purple Island (or Al Thakira Mangroves) is one of Doha’s greenest areas and the family will love an entire day of exploration in this beautiful location. You can kayak through the mangroves or simply enjoy the beach. You might even get to see some exotic birds this winter. There’s a long boardwalk to click some pictures or just walk along with the kids and admire Doha’s great outdoors.
GPS: 25.742060, 51.557683.
There’s so much fun to be had in Sealine for the entire family. There are dunes where you can go on a thrilling adventure, a beach where you can barbecue and camp out, a resort if you don’t really want to rough it out and ATVs that you can rent and go for rides. It’s an hour’s drive and you’ll find a small supermarket, too, in case you forgot to bring snacks.
GPS: 24.861143, 51.516837.
If you have little kids, this is an ideal destination to hit. It’s not too far away from Doha (less than an hour’s drive) and that means less time spent in the car with cranky toddlers. Dress warm because the beach area will be cold, however there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. There’s a football pitch and a park nearby, too. Let them run around in the playground while the adults set up the barbecue for the night. There’s a town nearby if you need to stock up on snacks.
GPS: 25.573903, 51.487584
This ancient town houses a fort that’s been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Zubarah Fort was built in 1938 and used by the armed forces until roughly 30 years ago. It is now a museum with various artworks, pottery and other exhibits and you can spend an entire morning exploring the fort with the entire family. Once you’re done, drive around the town and glance at settlements.
GPS: 25.976929, 51.045496.