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What to Do in Cape Town: Must See Attractions

Cape Town Attractions

Cape Town, also known as "The Tavern of the Seas", is the second largest metropolitan area in South Africa. It is a great vacation destination for nature enthusiasts, extreme sports fans, and night owls. Its close proximity to some of the top tourist destinations in the country such as Table Mountain makes the city an ideal starting point for many Cape Town excursions.

One of the must see attractions in Cape Town is the Langa Township. As part of many Cape Town tours, the Langa Township is especially popular because of its historical significance. As a suburb of Cape Town, this shanty-like town was designated specifically for blacks before apartheid took effect. When taking this tour, make sure you have enlisted the services of a local guide and that you have a map with you at all times.

Among the various things to do in Cape Town, the African Dance Theater is not to be missed. The African Dance Theater, one of the main attractions of Cape Town, features groups performing a variety African dance routines, jazz performances, and more. Located in Central Cape Town, this theater is one of the best places to let your family absorb some local musical culture.

To continue your history-themed tour of Cape Town activities, head to the District 6 Museum. District 6, an old neighborhood comprised entirely of black residents, was destroyed by the government just before apartheid in the 1960's. This museum has preserved many historically-important items from this once sprawling neighborhood. Also located in Central Cape Town, a variety of other spots popular with citizens and tourists alike.

Cape Town, also known as "The Mother City" is rich with a mixture of cultures, vibrant nightlife, and interesting historical sites. Don't miss out on all the fun activities and interesting places perfect for the entire family.

Things to Do in Cape Town with Kids

There are plenty of sensational experiences in Cape Town that the entire gang will love. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.

Free Things to Do in Cape Town

Escaping to Cape Town on a budget? The following can be experienced for nothing.

Prins & Prins Diamonds Museum of Gems and Jewellery - Approach the staff and learn about the collections on exhibit here.

Africa Centre - This is a non-negotiable stop for culture vultures who want to add an artistic touch to their getaway.

Western Cape Provincial Parliament - Architecture buff or not, there's a good chance you'll be impressed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Koopmans-de Wet House - Roam around this historic site and uncover a couple of secrets from the past.

Greenmarket Square - This is a lively place where you can soak up the atmosphere and feel the rhythm of local life.

Pan African Market - Make room in your itinerary to take a look at this place of local significance.

Groote Kerk - Whether you're spiritual or not, this site is sure to inspire a sense of reverence in you.

Milton Beach - Devour a great book or listen to some music while sitting in the sunshine.

Signal Hill - It's easy to reconnect with Mother Nature at this spectacular attraction.

Company's Garden - Refresh your body, mind and soul by spending a bit of time in nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Cape Town

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Enjoy superb waterfront shopping and dining and exquisite views at South Africa’s most visited destination.


Camps Bay

Stunning sunsets and perfect blue water, scuba diving, mountain scenery and beachfront restaurants all make this one of Cape Town’s most popular beach suburbs.


Cape Town City Centre

Known for its majestic mountain landscape and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Cape Town City Centre. Check out top attractions like Castle of Good Hope and Long Street, and jump on the metro at Woodstock Station or Esplanade Station to see more of the city.


Sea Point

Bring the kids to the playgrounds and cafés in this dynamic, rejuvenated coastal area in the shadow of a mossy mountain.


Green Point

Travelers like the cocktail bars in Green Point, and Cape Town Stadium is a top attraction you might want to visit.


Hout Bay

Browse stalls and enjoy live music in the harbor market, trek along the mountain trails and surf atop Atlantic swells.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Cape Town on a rainy day?

Try a few of these amazing indoor activities and you'll forget all about the rainy weather:

What is Cape Town famous for?

Head straight toward Table Mountain and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront if you're into big-name attractions.

What should I not miss in Cape Town?

If you're eager to see the best of this place, add these sights to your schedule:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Robben Island
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Cape of Good Hope

Are there cheap things to do in Cape Town?

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What can you do in Cape Town for free?

You could put your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these excellent attractions won't cost you a dime:

  • Table Mountain
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape of Good Hope