Barcelona is a kid-friendly city and a great destination for family holidays, offering tons of fun places to visit with your young ones: museums, parks, beaches and more. Elevators and ramps are available throughout the city for the kids’ strollers, while many of the city’s attraction offer visually stimulating activities to keep them entertained.
If you are planning a family vacation in Barcelona, here are our recommendations of fun places to visit with kids:
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Sitting atop the Tibidabo Hill overlooking the city, the Tibidabo amusement park was actually inaugurated back in 1901, being one of the oldest in the world.Book Tour
It offers more than 25 rides, plenty of fun activities, but also restaurants, picnic areas, and great city views so that you will find something for each member of the family.
The lovely green surroundings of the Collserola Park make for a great family outing.
The zoo’s origins date back to 1892 when a wealthy banker donated his collection of animals to the city of Barcelona, which set up the original grounds in the Ciutadella Park, site of the 1888 World Fair.Book Tour
The zoo has come a long way since then and is now home to all sorts of interesting animals, from hippos and giant anteaters to penguins and komodo dragons.
For many years, of course, its most famous resident was Snowflake, the white gorilla. In addition to visiting and learning about the animals, kids get to enjoy activities like the educational sessions with dolphins.
The Barcelona Aquarium is the world’s most important marine center dedicated to the Mediterranean.Book Tour
With 35 tanks, 11000 animals, 450 different species, an 80-metre-long underwater tunnel and an immense Oceanarium, the Aquarium is a wonderful place for children to discover the mysteries and magic of the underwater world.
The internationally recognized aquarium is a great place for kids to learn and have fun.
Camp Nou Stadium & Football Museum
For football fans, the Camp Nou Experience is a fun activity for the whole family.Book Tour
The visit includes a tour of the stadium’s facilities, the museum and the multimedia zone. Camp Nou is an impressive stadium, home to FC Barcelona since 1957 and the site of many glorious moments for the beloved club. The tour takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.
The Imax Port Vell, located right next to the sea and the Maremagnum shopping centre, was one of the first Imax Integral theatres in the world, integrating three different high-tech systems on two screens to create a fully immersive cinema experience.
Spectacular 3D, Imax and Omnimax projection and first-rate sound quality make this more than just a day at the movies.
Built for the International Exhibition in 1929, the Magic Fountain might be the one historical monument that kids will find absolutely captivating.Book Tour
When it gets dark, the fountain turns into a spectacular show of light, music and water acrobatics. The glorious display features more than 50 shades of colour set to a cinematic soundtrack and is sure to delight people of all ages.
Kid Friendly Museums in Barcelona
Barcelona is a city with a long, rich, seafaring tradition, which the Maritime Museum depicts in exciting exhibits: model ships, maps, ancient instruments, interactive displays and more, all housed in fantastic gothic naves by the sea. Plus, temporary exhibitions about maritime topics to delight young explorers, sailors and pirates alike.
If there’s one thing most kids have in common it’s a love for chocolate. Imagine their joy at discovering a whole museum of it!
The museum, located in the lovely Sant Agustí Convent by the Ciutadella Park, traces the history of chocolate as well as the myths it has inspired over the centuries. Plus, there’s lots of fun activities for kids of all ages, many of which involve getting your hands covered in chocolate and making things while learning about the origins of the world’s favourite treat.
Outdoor fun for children
The wonderful climate and consistently lovely weather make planning fun, outdoor activities in Barcelona easy! Read on for a few ideas on going swimming or to the beach, walking tours and days in the park!
One of the great advantages of the city are its lovely stretches of sandy beaches. Many of them have play areas for children, ping pong tables or volleyball nets. The water doesn’t get too deep too quickly and the waves tend to be gentle so it is usually safe for children to play near the shore and swim.
The beaches are equipped with flags indicating whether it is safe to swim (green, yellow or red) and lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.
Little bars called xiringuitos line the shore, serving food and refreshments. Everything you need for a family day at the beach!
Read our guide to Barcelona’s best beaches for more information.
Swimming Pool for Toddlers
Tucked inside one of the spacious Eixample blocks is a well-kept, urban secret: the “Eixample beach” located at the Jardins de la Torre de les Aigües (Carrer Roger de Lluria 56, interior). During the summer months, the pretty, art nouveau courtyard with a picturesque water tower transforms into a little beach. The shallow wading pool is perfect for toddlers, plus there’s lots of sand, buckets and spades to play with, shade-giving trees and benches. Lifeguards are on duty, and the facility provides showers and toilets.