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5 ways to enjoy Tivoli Gardens without the rides

Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen, opened to the public since 15 August 1843 – making it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world!

Featuring a series of exciting rides, performances, restaurants and themed gardens, it’s no wonder why Tivoli Gardens is a popular destination among the Danish and tourists alike.

Tivoli Gardens houses 28 rides all around the park – ranging from kiddy rides such as The Classic Carousel, The Ferris Wheel, and Minimorgana (bumper cars), to those that are not for the faint-hearted, like The Star Flyer, The Golden Tower, and a roller coaster called The Demon.

When my friend heard that I went to Tivoli Gardens without going on any of the rides, I got an immediate response which went along the lines of “HOW COULD YOU?!” I beg to differ though.

Tivoli Gardens is a must-visit for all tourists to Copenhagen, no matter young or old. Here are 5 ways you can enjoy your time at Tivoli Gardens without going on any of the rides!

1. Have food in the great selection of restaurants

Tivoli Gardens by night looks absolutely stunning with all the twinkling lights along each path. Dining al fresco or sitting by the windows of the restaurants allow you to take in the night atmosphere while enjoying a meal with friends or family.

2. Relax over a beverage and amusement park food on the deck chairs

Deck chairs can be found on the grass plains in the middle of the gardens, which are ideal for sitting around and enjoying the cooling breeze.

3. Catch musical/theatre performances which are scheduled for each day

Posters of musicians or performers can be found all around the park. Each day has a schedule of performances that you can catch at various locations.

4. Have fun with carnival games

 Just like any old-school amusement park, there will always be carnival games such as archery or Skee-ball games. It’s on a pay-per-play basis, so have a try and see if you win a prize!

5. Take many photos to soak up the park atmosphere

As the sun sets and it gets darker, all the lights in Tivoli Gardens start to turn on. Before you know it, the amusement park pretty much turns into a light festival. It’s stunning, so be sure to be there to witness it for yourself.

Clearly amusement rides are not the only part of an amusement park experience, and my visit to Tivoli Gardens proves just that. In fact, you can purchase admission tickets (110 DKK) into the gardens and pay for each ride separately.

Otherwise, you could purchase an all-inclusive ticket that offers admission, unlimited rides, aquarium access, ride photo and a dinner in one of the restaurants – priced at 500 DKK for adults over 8 years old, and 340 DKK for children.

Have fun at your visit to Tivoli Gardens!

Tivoli Gardens
Vesterbrogade 3
1630 København V
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 1100-2300; Fri-Sat 1100-0000
The hours differ depending on season and opening dates.
Check website to confirm before your visit!
Photos taken with Canon 80D using 50mm f/1.8 lens.
This post was first posted on Tripzilla Magazine.

With love,