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Provincial Domain Kessel Lo, near Leuven, Belgium – a Family Paradise!

By monika - June 9, 2015 (Updated: May 29, 2015)

Provincial Domain of Kessel Lo Leuven BelgiumGuest contributor, Monika, shares a green oasis near bustling Leuven that is perfect for family adventures in nature.

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Provincial domain Kessel Lo along with my tiny tot. It turned out to be quite a revelation and a positive one at that!

The domain is a large outdoor park, not far from Leuven, with plenty of things to do, both for kids and their families. A direct bus takes you from the Leuven metro station to the park, in case you are not driving. It’s extremely convenient!

We reached Kessel Lo around mid-morning and were wonderfully surprised to learn there is absolutely no entry fee. Sometimes you need to thank the high taxes in Belgium!

The entire park is a captivating green expanse, with plenty of attractions to suit children of all ages and also their parents. I wasn’t expecting to find so many interesting activities and was pleasantly surprised to uncover the park’s concealed pleasures!

The park has many playgrounds for football, tennis, and even a miniature golf course. Putters for adults and kids are available, for a small price, at the restaurant close to the mini-golf.

Get your putters for a round of mini-golf

Get your putters for a round of mini-golf

Another attraction in the park was the zoo, where the children could go and pet the animals. Though the zoo is small, the animals were in their natural habitat and quite affable. There is also a small eco-museum of sorts, where children can learn about water conservation.

Friendly animals for the kids (and parents) to visit

Friendly animals for the kids (and parents) to visit

There are plenty of walking opportunities for adults and families, around the lakes and the gorgeous green expanse. Fishing tackles, for recreational fishing, were also seen. The domain is a delight for people interested in photography, with the lush vegetation of many trees encircling the lakes.

Fishing is permitted in Kessel Lo too

Fishing is permitted in Kessel Lo too
There is plenty of green space to enjoy

There is plenty of green space to enjoy

The park also has outdoor swimming pools and pedal boats for adults. The pedal boats are fun and perfect to enjoy with your family on a hot summer day, though, I have to confess it started raining when we decided to check out the pedal boats!

Pedal boats are a fun way to enjoy a sunny day

Pedal boats are a fun way to enjoy a sunny day

There are playgrounds for children, apart from the football and golf course too. It was a delight seeing children enjoying in the playgrounds with sandpits, slides, swings and monkey bars. Parents indulging in children were a sight to behold!

The playgrounds hold plenty of adventures for little ones

The playgrounds hold plenty of adventures for little ones
Fun for all ages at Kessel Lo

Fun for all ages at Kessel Lo

There are some cafes and friteries in the playground, though; I have to say the restaurant just at the main entrance of the park really needs to get its act together, both in terms of food and service. The other café and the friterie are pretty decent, offering standard Belgian fare. There also plenty of cute sit-outs in case you decide to pack your picnic basket.

Bring your picnic or try the cafe

Bring your picnic or try the cafe

I had a wonderful day at the park, savouring all the calm and tranquillity, along with the fresh air and beautiful views. I would definitely return to experience everything the park offers (as you cannot do it justice in a day). The Provincial Domain of Kessel Lo is definitely a jewel to get away from city life!

The provincial domain of Kessel Lo is fun for the whole family

The provincial domain of Kessel Lo is fun for the whole family
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Monika

Monika

Monika Lamba Saini is an Indian expat, in Brussels, with her husband and an amiable, energetic toddler. Trained as a doctor and specialised as a pathologist, cancer research brought her to Brussels. When she is not working on molecular profiling of different types of thyroid carcinomas, she likes to cook, read and listen to music. Her favourite part of the day is definitely the time spent with the family. She is the author, co-author and peer reviewer of many national and international scientific publications. She is an avid foodie, loves to travel, explore new places, new cultures and also loves to write about them!
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