Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city known for its samba dancing, cheerful vibe, and stunning beaches. It’s also where thousands of visitors flock to for the most colorful and energetic parade on Earth; Carnival. 

If you’re wondering what Rio de Janeiro attractions to include on your itinerary, you’ve come to the right place. This guide to the best things to do in Rio will make sure you make the most out of your time in this incredible city. 

Play Footvolley on Ipanema Beach

Brazilians take football very seriously so it’s no wonder that they invented footvolley. This is a popular sport to play on this iconic beach and you’ll find plenty of pitches set up near the promenade. 

Bike along the Boulevard of Copacabana Beach

Every Sunday, the beach is closed to street traffic and is entirely pedestrianized, so is the perfect time to rent a bicycle and explore the length of this beach. This is definitely up there as one of the most fun things to do in Rio de Janeiro with kids. 

Visit the Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor in Portuguese, is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. It stands on top of the Corcovado mountain where it overlooks most of the city. 

Take the Cable Car to Sugarloaf Mountain

While you can hike to the top of Sugarloaf mountain, why exert yourself when you can take a cable car? The cable car offers sweeping views of the ocean and forest that occupies the mountain. 

Wander Around the Parque Lage Visual Art School

The mansion that houses the school was built in 1920 by a Brazilian shipbuilder, Henrique Lage, and his wife, the Italian opera singer Gabriela Besanzoni. This explains the Romanesque style that the architecture resembles.