7 Things To Do In Valencia With Kids

We had just 3 days to visit Valencia this time around and we packed it full of kid friendly fun!  Valencia is full of charm, history, amazing architecture, and loads of activities.  We certainly recommend you visit Valencia with kids!  We will be sharing some of our favorite things to do in Valencia, as well as a few spots to eat, and places to stay.  Keep on reading to check out our guide to fun in Valencia!

Valencia is full of charm, history, amazing architecture, and loads of fun. Visit Valencia with kids, we will share Things to do & Places to stay and eat. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

First of all, we highly recommend obtaining the Valencia Tourist Card (VLC).  We had the 48 hour pass and it was wonderful.  Not only does it include access to the public transport, you also get many free or discounted items.

  • Free public transport around the city.
    Bus, Metro and Tram zones ABCD. Including the journey Valencia-Airport-Valencia (L3, L5).
  • Free entry to Public Museums and Monuments
  • Discounts of up to 50% on 130 participating tourist and leisure services and in shops and restaurants.
    Establishments that offer discounts are identified with a Valencia Tourist Card sticker.
    Discounts only apply at our Tourist Info Offices and/or selected Tourist Service Companies.

They’ve created an app you can download as well, so you can plan your visit on the fly.  It is fun checking out the savings calculator too.  Just choose the places you want to visit, select a type of Valencia Tourist Card and ta da… find out how much you’ll save!  Read more about the VLC here.

 

48 hour Valencia Tourist Card- riding the metro.

Things to do in Valencia with kids!

These are all a blast with kids, so mark them down for your visit to Valencia.  Lars and Anya are now 14 and 11, so many of these are good for older kids.  If you don’t have kids, don’t worry, you don’t need to have kids to do these activities, so keep on reading.

  1. Riding a Segway

    This is one of our favorite types of tours.  If you really want to be in the thick things and go where the pedestrians go, choose this!  Riding segways in Valencia with kids is easy and safe.  Read all about your Valencia Segway tour here!
    Adventures with Anya Segway Valencia - come along on the adventure through the park and into the city center. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

  2. Visit the Central Market!

    The Mercado Central or Mercat Central is a public market located in across from the Llotja de la Seda and the church of the Juanes in central Valencia, Spain.  There are so many great foods, drinks, meats and more.  Don’t forget to get a drink of horchata.  Lars and I just love it!Mercado Central or Mercat Central is a public market located in across from the Llotja de la Seda and the church of the Juanes in central Valencia, Spain

  3. The best Paella Cooking Class around!

    This is no exaggeration.  We have done cooking classes in many other countries, but never have we all had so much fun.  Not only do you go shopping at the local market, make paella and eat, but you also have a little singing, dancing and loads of laughs.  Check out all of the details of our day making paella in Valencia.
    Paella Recipe and Cooking Class Valencia Spain. A great experience and loads of family fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

  4. Gulliver Park

    A magical, fun, and exciting park where children climb & slide on a massive play structure of the character Gulliver.  The famous literary work of fiction Gulliver’s Travels was the inspiration for this magical adventure park that lies at the heart of the Turia Gardens.  We’ve seen nothing like it anywhere else.  If you have younger kids, plan to spend the full day or multiple days here.  Heck, I would recommend finding a place to stay in Valencia nearby, so your visits can be easy and often.  Read more about it here, with photos too!

  5. City of Arts and Sciences

    This is one of the must do items when you are in Valencia with kids.  You could spend several days at this one attraction alone, so really figure out what your kids like to do and then do it!  We really enjoyed the Science Museum and the IMAX, but there is so much more.  We didn’t make it to the Aquarium, but we hear it is fantastic.  Read more about the details of the City of Arts and Sciences here.
    City of Arts and Sciences Valencia Spain collage

  6. Explore Turia Park

    This is 9km of fun, right in the city!  Yes, this was once the Turia River, which ran right through the city.  After several severe floods, about 40 years ago, they decided to divert the water around the city.  They created several canals to give the water new paths to flow, but this left the old river bed dry and empty.  What a great idea to turn it into a natural park full of playgrounds, gardens, skate parks, jogging trail bike paths, sporting areas, arenas, and more.  At one end you will also find the City of Arts and Sciences.  Be sure to visit in the summer and take advantage of outdoor concerts too.
    Segway tour Valencia in the park

  7. Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour (HOHO)

    The perfect way to get an overview of any city is on the hop on hop off bus!  We have been on them all over the world and sometimes even followed them in our car. Shhhhh don’t tell.  If you want to hit all of the main highlights of any city and not worry about the driving, this is for you!  Read more about our Valencia HOHO bus experience here.
    Valencia hop on hop off bus tour collage

Oh there is so much more to do in Valencia with kids, but we will just have to save it for next time.  What a great visit!

Organized Tours

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.   Click here to see their latest Spain Deals!


Places to eat in Valencia with kids

  • Fresc Co Valencia

    This all you can eat buffet is located very close to the City of Arts and Sciences.   The prices are very reasonable with options of salad bar, Spanish entrée dishes, pizza, veggies, desserts and more.  Keep going back to fill up those bellies!  Located at Escultor Luis Bolinches Company, 18, – 46023 Valencia.  Visit their website for more information.
    FrescCo Buffet Valencia Spain

  • We actually didn’t eat out too much on this trip.  Because we had the paella class mentioned above, that meal was included with the class.
  • We had wonderful fresh products for breakfast at the Central Market, along with fresh juice and horchata!
  • We also had a wonderful picnic at Gulliver Park with friends.  🙂  I highly recommend just stopping by the supermarket to pick up some products, to make your own picnic.  Photo below by Jason Jenkins at An Epic Education.
    Jenkins Family 4th of July Valencia

Places to stay in Valencia with kids

  1. Valencia Flats Centro Ciudad

    This is where we stayed and you bet we would stay there again.  It really is in a great location and it is always nice to have a kitchen when traveling with kids.  Read our full review on our 3 nights at Valencia Flats here.  Please check pricing and availability here.
    Valencia Flats Centro Ciudad

  2. Hotel Alameda Plaza

    A 4 star property with family rooms, parking, wifi, fitness center and located just 750 meters from the City of Arts and Sciences.  It is also close to Gulliver park.  Please check here for pricing and availability.

  3. Casual Valencia de las Artes

    A 3 star property with family rooms, parking, wifi, pets, and an indoor pool.  It is located 15 minutes’ walk from the City of Arts and Sciences and also close to Gulliver park.  Please check here for pricing and availability.

  4. Valencia Flats Ciudad de las Ciencias

    This is the same company as the apartment we had in the city center.  If you want to be close to the City of Arts and sciences, this is a great option.  Please check here for pricing and availability.

  5. Valencia City Center Apartments

    They offer accommodation with air conditioning, heating, and free wifi.  These apartments are located in the heart of the city center, you can reach everything easily on foot.  Please check here for pricing and availability.

  6. Valencia Flats Calle Quart

    Apartments with free WiFi and bike rental.  Located 350m from the Lonja Silk Exchange and Valencia’s Central Market.  It offers air-conditioned apartments with city views and a washing machine.  Please check here for pricing and availability.

  7. Petit Palace Bristol

    A modern hotel full of charm in central Valencia, opposite the National Ceramic Museum.  It is just a few minute walk from the lively Plaza de la Reina, the Valencia Cathedral and the Lonja de la Seda.  It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and free iPads are available on request!  Please check here for pricing and availability.

For other accommodation options, here are some great resources for finding holiday rentals in Spain:

Property Owners: you may list your holiday property or room rental for free

Are you going to visit Valencia with kids?

If you are looking for more inspiration on what to do in Valencia with kids, you can also check out these 23 things to do in Valencia from our friends at An Epic Education.  They have lived in Valencia over a year now, so they provide the inside scoop.

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  1. Fun that I found this post and your entire blog. My husband and I are moving to Valencia with our 2 children, Ben 14 and Imogen 13 and our dogs Lilly and Ruby, we have been talking about it for about a year and all of a sudden our flight is almost upon us. We leave our US home August 25th. I’ve gone back to the beginning of your blog and am reading each post.

    • Hi Kerry!

      So glad you found us and what an exciting time for you! We also left on August 25th in 2012, so it is a special day for us. I am certain you will have a wonderful time. Are you planning a long-term move or a 1 year move? Please look up our friends from An Epic Education while you are their. They are a wonderful family and also live in Valencia. Please keep us posted.