Last updated on Nov 17th, 2020 at 04:31 pm

By Bridget McNulty

Ah, Port Elizabeth! The Friendly City. The Windy City! The city that seems built for families. We’ve rounded up our favourite family-friendly activities for a fun-filled weekend getaway.

If you’ve just been on a family safari, odds are that you won’t want to be rushing to the PE airport for an early flight back home. Relax (as much as that’s possible with young kids), unwind, and spend the weekend exploring all that Port Elizabeth has to offer.

Here are 5 must-do activities

1. Stay near the beach


Pic: Mark Peddle


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The warm Indian Ocean and the beautiful boardwalk are just two of many reasons to take advantage of the beautiful PE beaches. The Summerstrand area is particularly lovely – and so close to the beach that you can stroll to it. The sea is calm and warm, there are always kids playing on the beach and there’s a pier to pose on for a perfect holiday pic.

Stay at a boutique hotel like No5 by Mantis and the beach is a mere five minutes away – plus there’s a pool with a fabulous pool deck, delicious breakfast and kid-friendly staff to welcome youngsters.

Best of all, they have a private in-house cinema that guests can use for free… Is there anything guaranteed to please kids more than their favourite movie shown on the big screen? Even watching Frozen for the fifth (or fifteenth!) time is fun at this hotel…