The 5 best activities with children in Havana
1) Cámara Oscura
Located on the roof of an eclectic early twentieth-century house, this is the perfect place to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of all of Old Havana through a telescopic lens, the cámara oscura, in a dark room. Twin of the Tavira Tower in Cádiz, Spain, this cámera oscura was the first in America. There are only five others in the world: two in England, two in Spain and one in Portugal. The cámara oscura was invented by Leonardo da Vinci. An unforgettable experience.
2) El Planetario
The planetarium is an interactive cultural center that provides a fascinating look into the origins and structure of the universe. The impressive telescope can capture up to 6500 stars which are displayed around a large sphere. Enjoy your trip to the stars.
3) Coche Presidencial Mambí
A train carriage, which was built in the U.S.A. in 1900 and brought to Cuba in 1912. It was used as a presidential car and is a veritable palace on wheels with an elegant dining room and louvered wooden windows. Because of its comfort and exclusivity, the train carriage was very popular with candidates and Cuban presidents during elections in the first half of the twentieth century.
4) Museo de Naipes
This playing cards museum is situated in the oldest building of Plaza Vieja. It boasts a collection of more than 2000 cards. There are also postcards and posters, all related to playing cards. Workshops are organized here as well as magic shows.
5) Maqueta de la Habana
This modern pavilion contains an enormous model with a scale of 1:1000 and depicts the whole city. Measuring 22 by 8 meters, this model is one of the tallest in the world. Its scale allows the observer to identify each street, place and monument. Buildings and houses are painted in various colors depending on the period in which they are built.
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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Havana reveals off-the-beaten-track places and interesting details for anyone who's keen to explore Havana's best-kept secrets.
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