17 Fun Rides at Tivoli Gardens for Toddlers and Families

Tivoli Gardens, in the beautiful Scandinavian city of Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the best and most famous amusement parks in the world. 

It is not only a beautiful garden filled with flowers, fountains, lanterns, and decorative buildings, it is a fun and exciting Copenhagen theme park with roller coasters and rides for all ages.

There are a lot of different rides at Tivoli Gardens.

Whether you are looking for adrenaline pumping roller coasters that send you (and your stomach) upside down or if you are visiting Tivoli Gardens with a toddler and seeking excitement on a lower level, there is enough to keep you entertained for hours.

Tivoli Gardens’ rides appeal to everyone – from thrill-seekers to families with young children.

the entrance to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
The entrance to Tivoli Gardens

This guide to the best Tivoli Gardens rides for toddlers highlights the 17 best rides at the Copenhagen amusement park that your little ones will love!

Our experience at Tivoli Gardens with a toddler

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen with toddlers
There are so many things to do at Tivoli Gardens with toddlers or young children.

We visited Tivoli Gardens when our daughter was just 3 ½ years old. The iconic amusement park is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen with kids

Prior to visiting, we assumed Tivoli Gardens was primarily for older kids and teens.

Having visited various amusement parks growing up, I remember the disappointment of not getting to ride certain rides because I was too young and too small. So, I didn’t expect to find many rides at Tivoli Gardens that our toddler could go on, too.

We had purchased the Copenhagen Card, so our admission to Tivoli Gardens was included.

We were planning to basically walk through the park, take a few photos, buy a yummy treat for the little one, and ride one or two rides. But we quickly realized there is so much more to do at Tivoli Gardens with a toddler.

About Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens things to do
Tivoli Gardens isn’t just fun for families, it is also a stunning and historic park.

Established in 1843, Tivoli Gardens holds the distinction of being one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, making it a beloved cultural institution in the city of Copenhagen – and one of the best amusement parks in Europe.

Tivoli’s enchanting atmosphere combines meticulously landscaped gardens, whimsical architecture, and an array of thrilling rides from roller coasters to carousels. 

As day turns into night, Tivoli transforms into an illuminated wonderland, with a kaleidoscope of colorful lights and entertainment. During the Christmas season, Tivoli’s ambiance makes Copenhagen one of the best European cities to visit at Christmas.

Why you should visit Tivoli Gardens with toddlers

We have never been much for theme parks. I’ll be the first to admit that we prefer cultural vacations over amusement parks, but you can’t visit Copenhagen and NOT go to Tivoli Gardens.

It is one of the most famous and oldest amusement parks in the world. Tivoli Gardens is hands down, one of the best experiences in Copenhagen.

Like Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, aesthetics and beauty at Tivoli are just as important as the rides.

Our daughter officially reached the age where theme parks, roller coasters, and costumed characters are the coolest things in the world, so our vacations have evolved to include more things to peak her interest. After all, we want our trips to be just as memorable for her as they are for us.

Even if you don’t have kids, you will enjoy Tivoli Gardens. There is so much more than roller coasters and rides at Tivoli Gardens.

From concerts to parades there is so much to do at the park. But since this post is about Tivoli Gardens’ rides, here are the best rides at Tivoli Gardens for toddlers and young kids. 

Tivoli Gardens rides for toddlers

We did not ride every one of Tivoli Gardens’ rides that were suitable for toddlers and young children. We spent about 8 hours at the amusement park, which was a good amount of time.

While we were there, we had both lunch and dinner at the park, watched a parade, enjoyed a concert on the lawn, and rode a lot of rides at Tivoli Gardens. We went on some of the rides multiple times because our daughter absolutely loved them!

Here is a list and description of the best Tivoli Gardens’ rides for toddlers and young children.

Ferris wheel

Riding the Ferris Wheel at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

A classic amusement park ride, the Ferris wheel is a rite of passage for every child. The Ferris wheel was one of the first rides at Tivoli Gardens that we went on. Each passenger car on the Ferris wheel is shaped like a hot air balloon.

It was fun and went faster than we expected. Our daughter was all smiles on the Ferris wheel. With that said, this is one of the more tame rides at Tivoli Gardens which makes it a great first ride of the day.

Adventure Rating: 2

Flying Trunk

The Flying Trunk is a calm, indoor ride. It’s the perfect ride to go on when you are tired of walking or just want to wind down for a few minutes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey as various fairy tales come to life.

The fairy tales depicted are all written by Hans Christian Andersen, notable for stories like The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Duckling.

Adventure Rating: 1

Little Dragon

Rides for toddlers at Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen - Little Dragon
Little Dragon is one of the best rides for toddlers at Tivoli Gardens

Do you have independent toddlers who want to ride by themselves? The Little Dragon is perfect for your family! 

Kids three years old and older can go on this ride at Tivoli Gardens alone.

Hop into one of the dragon cars and control how high the dragon goes. Each dragon car is suitable for two people, so a parent can ride with younger kids if desired.

Adventure Rating: 1

The Astronomer

Jump into a spaceship and guide your ship up and down as the ride goes around the central observatory.

This ride is similar to the Little Dragon and puts the rider in control.

Adventure Rating: 1

Dragon Boats

Rides at Tivoli Gardens - Dragon Boats
The Dragon Boats

The Dragon Boats is another ride that puts you in control. You or your little one can steer the small boat across the picturesque pond, returning to the dock only when your time is up and your boat’s number pops up on the sign.

Our daughter had fun trying to navigate the boat and learning the basics of steering to make the boat go in the direction she wanted to go. 

She needed our help steering the boat, so this is a ride that will require assistance from an adult or older sibling. But it is definitely one of the best Tivoli Gardens rides for families.

Adventure Rating: 2

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a cute and fun ride for kids at Tivoli Gardens. Each boat is designed to look like a prehistoric animal. The ride required peddling your legs to go higher in the air.

It’s a gentle ride, but it does take some effort.

Adventure Rating: 1

Tivoli Gardens with toddlers - the classic carousel
The Classic Carousel

The carousel is a classic ride for people of all ages. Who doesn’t love a carousel?!

This is one of the tamest rides at Tivoli Gardens, but even older kids will love choosing their animal on the carousel.

There are also 2 other carousels at Tivoli, including the Swing Carousel. This ride is only approved for riders at least 42 inches tall because each rider has their own individual swing chair. While older toddlers will be fine on this ride, smaller ones may want to opt for the Classic or Music Carousel.

Adventure Rating: 1

The Galley Ships

This was one of the fastest rides at Tivoli Gardens that we took our toddler on. I can already tell our toddler will be a thrill seeker someday. She wanted to ride it over and over again.

After a few times, my husband and I were getting a bit queasy. (My inner 14-year-old is rolling her eyes right now.) Board a small galley ship and then prepare yourself for the fun.

It spins and turns as it goes around a sloped circular track. Although kids as young as two are welcome with a paying adult or person over 14, you would possibly want to have an adult sit on each side of a younger child. 

Additionally, you may want to reserve this ride for older toddlers, in the 3-5 year old range.

It goes fairly fast, and I had to hold onto the bar to keep from sliding into my daughter and squishing her too much between my husband and me.

Adventure Rating: 4

The Mine

The Mine is a log ride at Tivoli Gardens that takes you inside a mine, where animated characters are working. Kids can use the attached laser guns to shoot at targets, or sit back and enjoy the ride.

It’s fun and has a few short drops and a surprise at the end that will make you duck, squeal, and laugh!

Adventure Rating: 3

The Panda

Tivoli Gardens rides for toddlers - The Panda
The Panda

A mini version of those tower rides that take you up in the air and drop you, the Panda is much smaller and is perfect for toddlers.

My husband sat this one out and chatted with another family while I rode along with our 3-year-old daughter. She laughed, put her hands up, and had a blast. We rode this ride multiple times.

Adventure Rating: 2

The Star Tower

A step up from The Panda, The Star Tower takes passengers 8 meters off the ground, then dropping them up and down while revolving around the tower. This ride offers excitement and joy as it bounces up and down.

Toddlers and young children must be 41 inches (105 cm) tall to ride, as each rider is in an individual seat.

Adventure Rating: 3

The Camel Trail

A gentle rollercoaster with several small slopes. This ride is good for those who want to test how their little ones will do on a higher speed, more adventurous ride.

It is a fun introduction to the premise of a rollercoaster.

Adventure Rating: 3

Milky Way Express

Previously known as the Odin Express, the Milky Way Express is a new, improved version of the popular rollercoaster. 

This is another good introduction to a rollercoaster. With a few small drops and faster turns. If your toddler handles The Camel Trail with ease, this is a slightly faster ride to test out their thrill level.

The Milky Way Express is an exciting train ride that will have kids and parents alike smiling the entire time.

Adventure Rating: 3.5

The Rollercoaster

Tivoli Gardens rides - the rollercoaster
One of our favorite rides at Tivoli Gardens – The Rollercoaster

One of the most popular rides at Tivoli Gardens for families and definitely our daughter’s favorite, The Rollercoaster is a ton of fun. Combining speed, ups and downs, and quick turns, The Rollercoaster goes in and out of the dark.

Older toddlers, big kids, teens, and even adults will love this ride.

Our tiny three-year-old daughter was the smallest person in line, so we questioned whether it was going to be too scary for her. But we ended up riding it 6 times.

It’s a good idea to sit small children between two adults or between an adult and older child.

Adventure Rating: 4

Trolley Car

The Trolley Car has been around since the park opened. It’s just a leisurely trolley around the park. 

I wouldn’t really call this a ride, it is just an open-air trolley through the park. But it’s a nice way to rest your legs and take in the beauty of the gardens.

Adventure Rating: 1

The vintage cars

Tivoli Gardens for toddlers - vintage cars
Vintage Cars ride at Tivoli Gardens

While most Tivoli Gardens rides for toddlers require a parent or adult to ride with them, the vintage cars are perfect for 3-year-olds to ride alone.

You can tell our little independent daughter loved feeling in control.

Each passenger can climb aboard their own vintage car, and “drive” along a railed path. Young toddlers can ride along with a parent and pretend to steer the wheel of the car.

Adventure Rating: 1

Bumper Cars 

What amusement park is complete without bumper cars? 

While there are mini bumper cars that are great for kids 5 and up to drive by themselves, if you are visiting Tivoli Gardens with toddlers, the standard bumper cars allow parents and their young child to ride together. 

Parents, teens, and kids over 51 inches tall (130 cm) can drive the car, while toddlers and younger kids can ride as a passenger. Your toddler will love driving around in the little car with a parent and bumping into other ride goers.

Adventure Rating: 2

Other things to do besides rides at Tivoli Gardens

the stage and grassy area at Tivoli Gardens surrounded by flowers and fountains
You can watch live performances and concerts at Tivoli Gardens surrounded by the beautiful gardens.

Beyond Tivoli Gardens’ rides, little ones will enjoy the world class playground, entertaining shows, and playing in the grassy area during concerts. You can even eat lunch or dinner on a real pirate ship.

Stay until after sunset and the gardens come alive with beautiful lights. At 10:30 p.m., if your young children are not exhausted and ready for bed, there is a light show which is supposedly awesome to watch.

We missed it during our visit because naturally our 3-year-old was completely wiped out by about 8 p.m. and crashed in the child carrier that we bring with us everywhere.

Should you buy individual Tivoli Gardens Rides Tickets or a Tivoli Ride Pass at Tivoli Gardens?

When we first got to Tivoli Gardens our plan was to ride one or two rides, explore the park, then leave. We quickly realized there were a lot of rides that our toddler could go on and would love! So after buying an initial 20 tickets, we decided to invest in the Tivoli Unlimited Ride Pass.

The wristbands give you unlimited access to all the rides at Tivoli Gardens. Buying the wristband is definitely worth the money if you plan to spend at least one day at Tivoli Gardens. 

For the Disney lovers, the wristband process is so much easier and less complicated than the Genie+ fast pass that Disney offers.

Final Thoughts on Tivoli Gardens with toddlers

Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens with toddler
Exhausted after a full day of fun.

Overall, Tivoli Gardens was the highlight of our time in Copenhagen – especially for our toddler.

Our Scandinavian trip took us from Copenhagen, to West Sweden, up to Oslo, Norway, through the Norwegian fjords and over to Bergen, Norway,  but for our daughter, the day we spent at Tivoli was the most memorable part of our 2-week trip.

If you are traveling with kids, I guarantee you, it will be the most memorable part of your trip, too.

Do you have a question or comment about any of the  rides at Tivoli Gardens? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts on the Copenhagen amusement park in the comments below.

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This guide to the best Tivoli Gardens rides for families was first written in March 2019 but was last updated in October 2023 to include the most current park information.

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