Visiting cities like Barcelona, which are filled with extreme art and culture with kids can be really exhausting. Kids typically do not always find visiting museums, churches, or architecturally advanced structures amusing and hence, can be hard to please. Therefore, if you’re travelling to this magnificent city with children, it is important to plan ahead, places, or attractions which will be fun for them. We think this is one of the friendliest cities on earth, so getting around with kids should be not so difficult! Let’s review a few things to do in Barcelona with kids!
Tip: Here are some great tips on the best places to stay in Barcelona, from Europe Up Close.
The city of Barcelona has an excellent transportation system; so traveling with children from one place to another won’t be cumbersome. In fact, the city also boasts a cable car, tramway, and a funicular train. However, if you and your kids are a little more adventurous, then renting a bike is a great way to get around. You will find several bike paths in and around the city of Barcelona. You can use the public transport no matter where you stay in Barcelona.
Barcelona Attractions that Kids will Love
Visit Park Güell – Gaudi Barcelona
This is no ordinary park. This is one of the major works of Gaudi in Barcelona. In order to ensure your visit and avoid queues we recommend to book your ticket online. It is like a real live Gingerbread house setting with an abundance of space for the kids to run around and have a good time. Click here to see the recommended routes to walk through the park.
La Rambla is the most popular place in Barcelona. It is filled with street vendors, entertainers, flamenco dancers, and a live bird fair. This place is an absolute blast for children. The various entertainers and burst of colors in the open air market will give kids a touch of Spanish culture and keep them from getting bored.
Located in Port Vell, the facility boasts 35 aquariums which house almost 11,000 animals of approximately 450 species. The facility also includes 80 meters of underwater tunnel which is quite mesmerizing and fun-tastic for children.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Located near the Plaça d’Espanya, the magic fountain hosts light and music performances on film, classic and modern music from movies like Gladiator, The Godfather, and The Lord of the Rings. We visited in the holiday season and there were Christmas songs as well as pop songs. The schedule varies depending on the season, but it is usually on Friday and Saturday night. Click here for the current list of magic fountain show times.
How About Bikes?
After walking all day, why not explore a bit more on a bike tour? Baja Bikes offers bike tours of around 3 hours that show you the highlights of the city with an English speaking guide. The routes are comfortable, safe and suitable for children from around 8 years (depending on the city).
Museu de la Xocolata
If your children freak about visiting a museum, here’s your chance to make them think otherwise. This museum is a museum of Chocolate, and has various amazing sculptures made out of chocolate which will blow your children’s minds. It also represents the history of chocolate – how it came to be made and eaten. Later, you can amuse your children with a sweet treat from the café.
Famous as it was the home of Snowflake, the albino gorilla, Barcelona Zoo exhibits a grand variety of animal species in sections of terrarium, small primates, and so many more. This wide variety of animals can be useful in broadening the spectrum of knowledge for kids.
Organized Tours & Fun Things To Do In Barcelona
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 Barcelona Deals!
Where to stay in Barcelona with kids
Apart from the above attractions, you can always take your kids for some fun at the gorgeous beaches of Barcelona. While traveling with kids and planning your Barcelona trip, it is important to find accommodation which suits your family. For many this would mean Barcelona hotel or apartment should have easy access to transportation, activities, restaurants, cafés, etc.. We are sure you will find plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona.
We also recommend reading what Mar has to say about Barcelona. She shares info about a day out of Barcelona, touring cava Llopart. Obviously the kids can’t drink, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. We’ve taken our kids tasting with us many times.
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