With their busy lifestyles, the people of Mumbai often don’t get enough time to take their kids out for a vacation. Even a short getaway is tough to make time for. However, thanks to the many amusement parks, museums, and picnic spots in Mumbai, it is possible to take the kids for a one-day picnic.
We have put together a list of the best 15 one-day picnic spots in Mumbai. If you’re new to the city or here on holiday, do check out these places.
One-Day Picnic Spots in Mumbai (Amusement Parks)
EsselWorld is one of the most famous theme parks in Mumbai. To get to the park, you can either take a ferry from the Marve Beach or a bus from Uttan. The park also has rides that are suitable for kids as well as solely for adults.
A few popular rides for adults are the Shot-N-Drop, Kangaroo Hop and the Copper Chopper. Children can enjoy the Big Apple and the Yard Train that takes kids on a train ride of the entire park. There’s also a small Go-Karting track that kids will love riding on. To satiate your hunger, there are a few restaurants within the premises of the park.
- Location: Gorai, Mumbai
- Entry Fee: Rs. 885 for adults, Rs.649 for kids, Rs.376 for Sr. Citizens.
- Timing: Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Weekends 10 am to 8 pm
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2. Water Kingdom
One of Mumbai’s most famous water parks, Water Kingdom is an excellent venue for a family outing and a one-day picnic in Mumbai. Inside the water park, there are many slides that families can enjoy.
Famous ones are Bratzone, What-a-Coaster and Adventures Amazonia. Here there is also the Wetlantic, the largest man-made wave pool in the world that is spread over 100 acres, and the Lagoon, India’s largest aqua play pool.
There are a few paid attractions in the park for anyone who is bored of indulging in just water rides and there’s also some great food served at the many restaurants inside the park.
- Location: Gorai
- Entry Fee: Rs. 920 for adults, Rs.649 for kids, Rs.376 for senior citizens
- Timing: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Weekends 10 am to 7 pm.
3. Adlabs Imagica
Located in Panvel, Adlabs Imagica is one of the newer theme parks in Mumbai. The best part about this amusement park is that it offers guests with tonnes of entertaining and exciting things to do. Besides rides, there is an entertainment zone, a shopping arcade and even a massive food court.
Adlabs Imagica has some unique rides, so, if you are looking to try something different, this is the place to be. Must try rides at this park are Mr India, Salimgarh and the Rajasaurus River Adventure. At this theme park, there is also a theatre that shows movies in 4D.
- Location: Sangdewadi
- Entry Fee: Rs. 1500 for adults, Rs.1200 for kids, Rs. 1200 for senior citizens
- Timing: Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Weekends 11 am to 9 pm
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4. Yazoo Park
Located in the suburb of Virar, Yazoo Park is yet another amusement park that’s great for a one-day picnic in Mumbai. At the amusement park, there are plenty of rides that can be enjoyed by both, adults and children.
Besides rides, at Yazoo Park, there is an amphitheatre with a lovely musical fountain and a gaming zone that houses amazing virtual reality games. Yazoo Park also has a fish pedicure and a foot massage centre. There’s also a floating restaurant and a big food court on the premises.
- Location: Virar
- Entry Fee: Rs. 669 per person
- Timing: 11 am to 9 pm
Situated in the heart of Mumbai, Hakone is an entertainment centre in Powai. The place offers a plethora of sporting and entertainment activities that are fun and challenging.
Take your pick from Go-Karting, Bull Riding, Paintball and even Paddle Boating. There’s also a bumper car track, a shooting range and a couple of game simulators here. Since the place offers adventure and sporting facilities, it is more suited for college-going kids and adults. Try Treebo hotels in Powai for a luxurious and comfortable stay.
- Location: Powai
- Entry Fee: Rs. 200 per person for Paintball, Rs. 450 per person for Go Karting.
- Timing: 2.30 pm to 9 pm
Situated in Lower Parel, Smaaash is a theme park/activity zone that offers fantastic sports and fun activities. From fun family games to virtual sports, you’ll find it all in this heaven of activity.
Fun things to do here include bowling, football, cricket, and playing virtual arcade games. There is also a small section that is made especially for kids. Here, there is a soft play area and a netted tunnel where kids can have lots of fun. Note: the kids’ area is only open on the weekends.
- Location: Lower Parel
- Entry Fee: Rs. 675, entry to the kids’ area is Rs. 599
- Timing: 11 am to 12 am
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A visit to this snow-themed park is just what’s needed if you are looking to beat the Mumbai heat. Snow World in Kurla, Mumbai (inside the Phoenix Market City mall) is a theme park with snow activities like ice skating, skiing and much more.
Children will love the snow play area where they can not only play in the snow but also make snowmen. Once you pay the entry fee here, you are given gloves, jackets and special winter boots to wear inside the park. Perfect for families and school groups, visit this place for a unique experience.Try Treebo hotels in Kurla for a comfortable stay.
- Location: Kurla
- Entry Fee: Rs. 575 per hour
- Timing: 11 am to 8.30 pm
8. Suraj Water Park
The Suraj Water Park in Thane has been popular with school kids and youth. What makes this park popular is the amazing water rides it has to offer. At the park, there are adventurous slides, a wave pool, a waterfall and an artificial cave that contains sculptures of Indian Gods for guests to enjoy.
The park is well equipped with first aid and security facilities as well as a food court that serves delicious vegetarian food. You will have to wear swimming costumes to use the pool and any of the water slides. In case you don’t have one, it can be rented for a minimal fee. An excellent spot for a one-day picnic in Mumbai.
- Location: Thane
- Entry Fee: Rs. 800 for adults, Rs. 650 for kids
- Timing: 10 am to 6 pm
One-day Picnic Spots in Mumbai (Parks)
9. Aarey Colony
Nature enthusiasts will love the ambience and peace of the Aarey Colony. Here, there are many amazing spots that are perfect for a one-day picnic.
At the Chhota Kashmir, they have a garden where you can lay out your mats and enjoy a nice open-air breakfast. There is also a few boats rides here at the pond. After spending a good few hours at Chhota Kashmir, head nearby to the picnic spot where there are a few slides that kids can enjoy.
- Location: Goregaon, Mumbai
- Entry Fee: Boat rides at Chhota Kashmir cost around Rs. 40 per person
- Timing: 8 am to 7 pm
10. Kamla Nehru Park & Hanging Garden
The Kamla Nehru Park is among the most visited picnic spots in South Mumbai. The park is a vast space where children can play games and enjoy time out in the open land.
Here, there is also a two-storey boot house that also serves as a slide. Just opposite the park is the historic Hanging Gardens that is also a good place for a picnic.
- Location: Malabar Hill
- Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
- Timing: 5 am to 9 pm.
11. Elephanta Island
Situated to the North West of Gateway of India, the Elephanta Island is a great place to take the kids for a one-day trip to teach them about history and art.
At the island, there are caves in which there are beautiful rock carvings of Hindu Gods. To get to the island, you have to take a boat from the Gateway (South Mumbai). The boat drops you off at the pier, and from there you can either take the mini train or go to the steps of the caves by the fort. Pro tip: Be careful of touts and wild monkeys. The touts harass you for tour guides and the monkeys will steal your food.
- Location: Gharapuri
- Entry Fee: Rs 30 for Indians, Rs.500 for foreigners
- Timing: 8 am to 7 pm
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12. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is located close to the suburb of Borivali on the east. It is perhaps the largest picnic spots in Mumbai, occupying 108 square kilometres. During the summer vacations and on weekends, the place becomes a haven of activity, with many locals going here to enjoy picnics near the lakeside promenade and walks along the mangroves.
At the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, there is also a lion and tiger safari where you get to see and click pictures of animals.
- Location: Borivali
- Entry Fee: Rs 44 for adults, Rs. 33 for kids, Rs. 50 for safari, Rs. 105 for vehicle entry.
- Timing: Tuesday to Sunday Sun 7.30 am to 6 pm (no entry after 4 pm).
Best One-day Picnic Places in Mumbai (Zoos & Museums)
13. Jijamata Udyan
The Jijamata Udyan or Ranichi Bagh is the only zoo in Mumbai. It was built in 1861 in the suburb of Byculla. It houses plenty of wild animals like tigers and lions and plenty of species of birds.
In the zoo, there is a large botanical garden where one can find plenty of medicinal plants and trees.
So, a visit to the zoo with the kids is an excellent way to teach them about the plant and animal species living in India. Inside the zoo is also the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum that is a treasure trove of Mumbai’s rich culture.
- Location: Byculla
- Entry Fee: Rs. 50
- Timing: 9 am to 6 pm
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14. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
This museum was formerly called The Prince of Wales Museum. It houses some beautiful artefacts and has a beautiful dome-shaped structure that is a tribute to British, Islamic and Indian architecture.
The museum was designed by George Wittet who also designed the Gateway of India. Inside the museum one can see many Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, as well as lovely miniature paintings. There is also a small section that houses weapons that were used by kings and their armies. There is a charge of Rs. 50 to carry your camera inside the museum.
- Location: Fort
- Entry Fee: Rs. 70 for Indians, Rs. 500 for foreigners
- Timing: 9 am to 6 pm
15. Nehru Science Centre
When you look at the Nehru Centre from the outside you will see a tall building that looks like a pineapple. Inside this building are a theatre, an exhibition space and a room where a permanent exhibition is held.
Next to the building is a small UFO like structure that houses the planetarium. At the planetarium, one can learn a lot about galaxies via replicas of planets and stars. Regular stargazing shows are held here, too. While the entry to the Discovery of India Exhibit is free, there is a fee for visiting the planetarium.
- Location: Worli
- Entry Fee: Rs. 100
- Timing: 11 am to 5 pm
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So that was our list of one-day picnic spots in Mumbai. There’s something for kids, adults and senior citizens. Do you agree with our list? Is there any other place that you would add? Do let us know in the comments section below. Of course, do let us know if you have any further questions.