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Rio de Janeiro Attractions

From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, there is an astounding amount of things to do in Rio de Janeiro. If you are looking to spend a day on the beach, lazing in the sun, or snorkeling in the shallow water, then Rio offers many top spots. Rio de Janeiro is filled with many must see museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Imperial Museum of Brazil. With so many Rio de Janeiro activities, it could be hard to decide what to do first.

One of the best places to visit on one of the Rio de Janeiro tours is the Tijuca National Park. Located in Rio de Janeiro, this urban forest is the largest in the world, covering 32 square kilometers. Grab a map and follow the other tourist up to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, which is the second largest statute of Jesus in the world. This iconic statue watches over the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. Be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife and colorful birds, while visiting this rainforest.

When deciding on dates to visit Rio de Janeiro, consider planning your trip to coincide with Carnival. This famous festival occurs every year right before lent, when millions of people take to the streets to celebrate in one of the world's most colorful festivals. Local residents and tourists alike enjoy parades filled with festive floats and Samba dancers. There are street parties and balls, making it one of the most amazing attractions in Rio de Janeiro. If you have to opportunity, mark your calendar and make your way to Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival.

When you start planning your trip to Brazil, you will discover there are many Rio de Janeiro excursions to choose among. If you enjoy a good game of soccer, then consider taking in a game at the Estádio do Maracanã. Take a walk on the world famous steps created by a local artist, the Escadaria Selarón. No matter what you decide to do in this bustling city, you will not have a hard time finding something to do.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro with Kids

There's fun for the entire family in Rio de Janeiro. Here are a few family friendly experiences to try together that will make your getaway a blast:

Naval and Oceanographic Museum - Take the whole family and embark on an adventure through history with each other.

Sambodrome - This is an ideal place to get your culture fix and find out about the region's artistic side.

Praca da Apoteose - This local landmark is an interesting backdrop for some selfies.

Palacio Capanema - Drop by this historic landmark and learn a few things about the cultural heritage of the region.

Cinelandia - Amble down the streets and appreciate the atmosphere of this favorite local hangout.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura - Flick through your guidebook and learn why this place is worth a spot on your must-see list.

Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church - Get in touch with your spiritual side or just lose yourself in the tranquil atmosphere at this holy place.

Urca Beach - Skim rocks across the water, watch the sun rise or just savor the views from the foreshore.

Explore the Neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

Mingle with the local residents on one of the world’s most famous beaches, admire art deco buildings and party until dawn in this effervescent neighborhood.

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Barra da Tijuca

Rio de Janeiro’s longest beach, a sprawling shopping mall and some of the city’s best seafood restaurants and bars await in this relaxed neighborhood.

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Ipanema

Relax on beautiful beaches, shop for fashion and revel in the nightlife of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most stylish areas.

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Leblon

If you're spending time in Leblon, you might enjoy attractions like Leblon Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's pristine beaches before hopping on the metro at Antero de Quental Station to see more of the city.

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Zona Sul

Travelers love Zona Sul for its stunning beaches, and you can see more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Cantagalo Station or Siqueira Campos Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica.

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Jacarepagua

You'll enjoy the live music and parks in Jacarepagua. You might want to make time for a stop at Olympic Park or Tijuca Lake.

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