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!
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.
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.
Riding a Segway
This is one of our favorite types of tours and a great thing to do in Valencia. If you really want to be in the thick things and go where the pedestrians go, choose this! Riding segways was one of our favorite things to do with kids in Valencia and it is easy and safe. Read all about your Valencia Segway tour here!
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. Exploring the local Spanish markets is one of the many wonderful things to do in Valencia. You can really get to know what’s important to the locals and taste some new foods. Don’t forget to get a drink of horchata. Lars and I just love it!
The best Paella Cooking Class around!
This is no exaggeration, add this to your list of things to do in Valencia! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For more Valencia Attractions or 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. If you don’t know what to do in Valencia, at a minimum these can be inspiration for you to plan your own agenda. 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.
- 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.
Places to stay in Valencia with kids
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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