What to do in Cape Town

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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.

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What to do in Cape Town

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Prins & Prins Diamonds Museum of Gems and Jewellery - Stroll around and take in the intriguing exhibits and collections at this popular museum.

Africa Centre - This is an ideal place to get your culture hit and discover the region's artistic side.

Western Cape Provincial Parliament - If you're an admirer of modern-day architecture, add this landmark to your sightseeing list.

Koopmans-de Wet House - If you enjoy delving into bygone times, this is one stop you shouldn't miss.

Greenmarket Square - Learn why visitors and locals alike gravitate toward the atmosphere of this place.

Pan African Market - Leave time to wander around this site of local significance.

Groote Kerk - Enjoy a little quiet contemplation and learn a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Milton Beach - Inhale the sea air and watch the waves splashing against the shore at this beautiful coastal spot.

Signal Hill - You're bound to feel connected with Mother Earth at this stunning spot.

Company's Garden - Organize a picnic date and enjoy a relaxing walk around the interesting plants.

Things to Do in Cape Town with Kids

There are loads of sensational experiences in Cape Town that the entire gang will enjoy. Here are some of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Cape Town on a sunny day?
What to do in Cape Town on a rainy day?
Try out these fantastic indoor activities and you’ll soon forget about the soggy weather:

What is Cape Town famous for?
Table Mountain is often mentioned in the same breath as Cape Town, so make sure you allow time to visit.
What should I not miss in Cape Town?
Don’t venture home without checking off the following incredible sights:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Robben Island
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Cape Town Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Cape Town?
If you’re traveling on a strict budget, add these inexpensive tours and activities to your itinerary:

What can you do in Cape Town for free?
You’ll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your backpack with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • Table Mountain
  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre

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