Travelling is one of life’s great pleasures. What is more exciting than exploring somewhere new, going off the beaten path and discovering those out of the way spots? However, any parent will tell you that the best laid plans inevitable go out of the window if Junior is feeling grouchy, or the route is not suitable for a stroller. In Barcelona we are very fortunate as the city is crammed full of interesting and easily accessible sites that appeal to adults and children alike, such as the myriad must-see, fairy-tale-like creations by Antoni Gaudí, including Park Güell and Casa Batlló. However, there are also plenty of other options for kids. So, read on for those looking for some child-friendly suggestions for things to do in Barcelona.
The city’s zoo has been a firm favorite with family’s since its establishment in the later 19th century. It is conveniently located on the edge of the El Born neighborhood and Barceloneta. Whilst there, we also recommend taking a stroll around Parc Cuitadella, which you need to enter in order to access the zoo.
Address: Parc de la Ciutadella s/n, 08003 Barcelona. Opening Hours: Ticket office opens at 10am daily. Closing times vary throughout the year, check website for details. Closed Christmas Day (Dec 25th). Metro: Arc Triomf (L1/Red Line), Barceloneta (L4/Yellow Line) and Ciutadella (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.zoobarcelona.cat
L’Aquarium de Barcelona (Barcelona Aquarium)
Located in the city’s old harbour (Port Vell), this is a great place for those wanting to get up close and personal with sharks, rays, penguins and all manner of marine flora and fauna. There are a number of different themed acquariums, such as those dedicated to the Mediterranean and the Tropics, and a fantastic underwater walk way, which children just love as they see all the fishes swim overhead!
Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell s/n, 08039 Barcelona. Opening Hours: Open daily from 9.30am, 365 days of the year. Closing times vary, check website for details. Metro: Drassanes (L3/Green Line) and Barceloneta (L4/Yellow Line). Website: www.aquariumbcn.com
The city’s hands-on science museum is full of interactive and engaging displays that focus on such topics as science, nature, the environment and space. In there you can find a slice of the Amazon rain forest and a planetarium.
Address: Carrer d’Isaac Newton 26, 08022 Barcelona. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00. December 24th and 31st, and January 5th 10:00 – 18:00. Closed Monday, apart from the Mondays that fall on public holidays of Christmas and Easter. Closed on December 25th and January 6th. Train: Avda Tibidabo (L7/FCG). Website: obrasocial.lacaixa.es/laCaixaFoundation
This vintage amusement park is situated on Mount Tibidabo, and along with its 25 rides offers exceptional, panoramic views over the entire city and the Mediterranean coastline.
Address: Plaça del Tibidabo 3-4, 08035 Barcelona. Opening Hours: The days and hours the park is open vary through the year. Check website for details. Shuttle Bus: TSA Tibibus can be caught from the corner of Plaça Catalunya and Rambla Catalunya in downtown Barcelona directly to the theme park. The bus runs every 20 minutes from 10:15. Only available in the summer months. Train/Tram/Funicular: First catch the L7/FCG train from Plaça Catalunya to Av. Tibidabo, before taking the Tramvia Blau from Av. Tibidabo the short journey to the end of the line (Plaça del Doctor Andreu), then finally catch the Funicular del Tibidabo to the summit of the Tibidabo mountain. Note: this route is an adventure in itself, especially as it features both a vintage trolley car and a funicular train. Website: www.tibidabo.cat
La Font Màgica (Magic Fountain)
Although past the bedtime of younger children, this nocturnal aquatic display is a charming end to a busy day’s sight seeing. Watch water dance and lights twinkle in time to a medley of well known hits, in a beautiful location, sandwiched between Plaça Espanya and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
Address: Plaça Carles Buigas 1, 08038 Barcelona. Show Times: Times vary through the year, check website for details. No shows from January 7th thru to February 19th. Metro: Espanya (L1/Red Line and L3/Green Line). Website: www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins/fonts
- Kids In Barcelona’s guide to Metro stations with escalators
- Hiring baby equipment via BabyTravelling.com
- Time Out’s guide to child-friendly places to eat
- Double Zero0 – child-friendly Japanese restaurant
- Bar del Convent – child-friendly cafe
Music festivals with child-friendly offerings:
Out of Barcelona:
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