Lake Maggiore & the Noce Beach in Angera: the beach is free entry and you can go and sit with your towel wherever you like. Angera Kids play park & trampoline is on the lake, along the tree-lined promenade. Angera ‘Rocca’ Castle: It is a beautiful castle, still partly lived in by the same family who owned it through the years, the Borromeo Family. The castle itself is really lovely and the views are amazing. It houses one of the biggest doll and toy museums in Europe. Well worth a visit. There is a medieval garden and a coffee shop there too.
Ferry to Arona, a lovely town opposite Angera on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore, nice shops, bigger town so much more to offer for shopping than Angera.
If you so wish you may take the train from directly Arona to Milan, avoiding use of the car.
Ferry to Stresa and the Borromean Islands: lovely trip. Ferry or drive to Santa Caterina Monastery.
Larice Beach in Cadrezzate, only 10 minutes’ drive away: great vibe private beach on the smaller lake Monate, grass, water clean because no power boats allowed. Entrance fee is about 3 euro each. Sunbeds extra, pedalos to hire. Beach bar with good restaurant, facilities basketball, football, volleyball, good for smaller and bigger kids.
‘Wave’ swimming pool in nearby Sesto Calende with big water slides and a kiddies pool.
Local Markets: Angera Market is on Thursday, Arona Tuesday, Sesto Calende Wednesday, Ispra Saturday, very small, Intra Saturday all day, a very big market with leather goods as well. Apart from Intra, the markets are always in the morning only.
Ondaland Water park in Piemonte near Borgomanero and Pombia Safari Park in the same area.
Volandia transport Museum at Malpensa airport.
Sacra Monte di Varese, World Heritage Site, the Winelands of Piemonte are only an hour away.
In Swizerland, just an hours drive away - Lugano City is very pretty and Mini Svizzera Park. Alprose Chocolate factory in Ponte Tresa.