It can be tricky, but I’ll help you with the coolest plans for kids in Barcelona.
When you travel on your own, with friends, or with your partner (or any adult in general), planning your itinerary is, for the most part, straightforward. But when you travel with kids, it’s… a little different. The usual tours could bore them, and the popular sites might be too crowded to let them move freely. Or, they might feel restless if they can’t speak because the guide is talking, etc etc etc.
So I’m writing this blog post for travelers looking for a list of Barcelona’s attractions that offer fun for the whole family (including kids). In each Barcelona attraction listed here, I’ve included links to relevant websites where you can find info about tickets, timetables, and policies.
Barcelona Aquarium to visit with your kids in Barcelona
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The Aquarium is one of Barcelona’s top attractions for kids. They’ll have tons of fun learning about marine life!
It’s also easy to find since it’s located near Maremagnum Mall in Port Vell.
Barcelona Zoo a true nature encounter for kids in Barcelona
Barcelona Zoo is another great destination for kids. After all, kids love animals, and this will probably be one of the highlights while visiting Barcelona. They’ll have a blast learning about exotic animals and their native environments.
Tibidabo is the best Theme Park for kids in Barcelona
Tibidabo offers, in my opinion, the best vantage point to take pictures of Barcelona’s skyline. It also offers plenty of fun for the entire family. It features both an amusement park and a historical church with an amazing overlook. It’s full of restaurants and fast food eateries. The staff regularly organizes kid-friendly activities that are packed with fun. There are a few ways to get there, including public transportation, the funicular (quite a unique experience if you ask me), or via a rental car.
Cosmo Caixa as THE science place for kids in Barcelona
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What sort of crazy place is this? Cosmocaixa! It’s a huge space and science exhibition made especially for kids. Of all the kid-friendly Barcelona attractions covered here, this is my favorite. It has dinosaurs, science experiments, and even a flooded wood! It also features several animals from a variety of species. The place is huge, and kids have a blast there! You’ll find enough fun and exploration for an entire day. It’s really cool!!!!
Montjuic as a huge sports, art and nature compound for kids in Barcelona
Montjuic is a unique district in Barcelona full of neat places that you can visit. Some places are better for kids than others, but anything you choose will offer a unique and mesmerizing experience. Its larger spaces are mostly outside and offer great areas for kids but also to skate, ride bikes, and play sports.
In this “compound” (as I like to call it), you can easily find all of the places below:
- MNAC: The National Museum of Contemporary Art of Catalonia (as seen in the picture). They lighten up the Magic Fountain of Montjuic at night, creating a wonderful spectacle of water and lights.
- Olympic Stadium and the Calatrava Tower (also Telefonica Tower) were built in the Olympic ring. The tower is beautiful! Fun fact, the architect is the same as the World Trade Center (PATH station) in NY.
- Barcelona Botanical Garden
- El Poble Espanyol: “The Spanish Town” (in English) is a small representation of culture and architecture from Spain. There are many activities during the summer months, including theater, music, and food combined! All combined, it’s pretty awesome.
- Miró Foundation: This is also a magnificent building to visit.
- Caixa Forum: This place used to be a Factory but now serves as a museum with many cultural spaces and exhibitions.
- Montjuic Teleferic (Cable car): The views are amazing and the ride is exhilarating! Kids LOVE it! Just riding to the top is an adventure. It begins via funicular at Paral-el Station. Then, after leaving the building, head upstairs and take the Teleferic (please note, it’s an additional cost). The teleferic ride is a must! I loved it!
- Montjuic Castle: You can get there by bus or teleferic. The views are amazing, and it offers wide, open spaces where kids can run, play, and have fun. There is also a restaurant inside the Castle.
If you’re looking for more things to do in Barcelona, check this website and you’ll find other posts with different experiences focused on kids.
I hope you and your kids enjoy the visit to Barcelona and the many things it has to offer!
See you in my next post!