If you are thinking that Barcelona is only for young people, you are absolutely wrong! The magical city has actually so much to offer for families with kids, and even with babies! Families can enjoy a visit to La Sagrada Familia, take a walk and have a family picture at the beautiful Park Guell, even the children will enjoy these landmarks. When you are about to explore the local food in Barcelona, you might opt for some tapas. Tapas are basically finger foods served on small plates and kids usually love tasting and trying these new dishes, especially the classic Patatas Bravas. In order to add more to your to-do list in Barcelona with your family we have made a family guide on the best things to do in Barcelona with kids!
It is always nice to see historical sights and museums of the city you are visiting. However, it is also possible that children might not want to engage in some of these excursions. So in order to keep them happy and active during your trip, you can try these activities in Barcelona with kids. Not only will they like it but you will also have a chance to spend quality time with them and have fun!
1.ENJOY THE BEACH
You know that Barcelona is a seaside city – this gives you a nice opportunity to enjoy a sunny day. Your family trip might require some adjustments according to the location of the beach but luckily Barcelona has many beautiful beaches near to the city center. You can reach them quite easily too as they are well connected to the city by public transportation. All you need to do is grab swimsuits, some beach towels, and your kiddos’ sand bucket! Now you can enjoy the sun while your children can play at the beach!
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2. GO TO PORT AVENTURA
If you want to get out the central Barcelona with your kids to enjoy a theme park, the answer would be Port Aventura. The theme park belongs to Universal Studio and it is an adventure park. Kids will have a great time here but they also offer activities for adults as well. For example, you can enjoy a ride on the biggest roller coaster in Europe! The park has different themes which are divided into sections according to their geographical locations, locations such as the Mediterranean, Polynesia, Mexico, Wild West, and China. The tickets are available online too and it is reduced price if you buy online.
3.TAKE A BICYCLE TOUR
Why not enjoy the sea breeze from a bicycle? Surprisingly, along with the sea, there is a nice bicycle path in Barcelona that you can cycle with your family. There are many bike rentals near the seaside. You can rent the bikes for a few hours per day! The companies also offer a range of bicycles, you can choose ones with baby seats, seats for children and even cargo bikes and rickshaws! Depending on your family size, you can pick the best one. The children will enjoy the little tour and you can have a chance to explore the city from a different perspective. Two birds with one stone!
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4. VISIT THE CHOCOLATE MUSEUM
Let’s be honest, openly or secretly everybody loves chocolate. Whether it is dark, white, milky, caramel filled, with nuts or with dry fruits its loved by most! Museu de la Xocolata offers all types of chocolates and it gives its visitors a tasty and fun experience for both adults and kids! You can view famous characters or replicas of important monuments made with chocolate. Children can participate in workshops available or join a treasure hunt in the museum. Don’t forget to stop by the museum store to indulge yourself in yummy treats. The fee is 5€ per adults and the admission is free for children under 7 years of age.
5. GO TO PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA
If you want to enjoy the park with your children but still want to be close to the city center, Ciutadella Park has many things to offer. This park is known to be one of the oldest parks in Barcelona and it has two different playgrounds for kids to play in- its a great place for them to exert their high energy. You can also enjoy a boat ride in the pond, rent a family bicycle, have a light snack in the cafes or can even have a small picnic! Ciutadella has many different activities that your family can try, just decide what you’d like to do or maybe do all of them!
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6. SEE THE MUSEUM BLAU
Museum Blau is located along the seaside, it is the natural history museum in Barcelona and offers a variety of different collections. The museum can be interesting to all ages as the pieces of the exhibitions are very visually intriguing and interesting. Plus, the admission is free for children under 16! In the museum, you will find exhibits of planet’s history, fossils, dinosaurs, animals, fungi, plants and minerals. The building and the architecture are pretty fascinating as well. Museum Blau certainly will be one of the highlights of your trip!
7. HAVE FUN AT TIBIDABO AMUSEMENT PARK
In order to reach the Tibidabo Amusement Park, you need to spend a little time taking public transport. However, this will not be a usual commute nor will it be boring. Quite the opposite, to reach the Tibidabo you’ll take the nicest tram ride until you reach about half way up the mountain and from there you can catch a funicular to reach the amusement park. The park offers daily and weekly shows and a variety of rides. The most famous ride is the Ferris Wheel which will give you one of the best views of Barcelona from the top of the mountain. You can also visit the Tibidabo Church while you are there – the view is great from there as well! The only thing is, the kids might not want to go back to town after there time here!
8. SPEND A DAY AT L’AQUARIUM DE BARCELONA
L’Aquarium Barcelona is one of the biggest attractions of Barcelona for families with children. The aquarium offers discounted tickets regularly and you can book tickers online to avoid any queues. There is a very famous shark tank which is best seen during the feeding time. You can see penguins, different species of fishes, mollusks and all types of sea animals. The tickets are a bit pricier for adults but if you are into sea life, L’Aquarium offers a great experience.