10 top attractions for kids in Barcelona
With so many things to see and do in Barcelona the only problem you might have is deciding which attractions the kids will enjoy the most. This list of 10 top attractions for kids in Barcelona should give you some inspiration but there are many more you will discover during your stay:
1. CosmoCaixa is a spectacular modern science museum. One of the most famous and largest science museums in Europe with many superb exhibits it might seem like a serious place to start our list but the interactive installations for the kids are guaranteed to please. Check out the Planetarium with them let them learn about science through games and ‘Toca Toca!’ is a really fun (and safe) way to learn about what animal and plant life is safe to touch.
2. The Barcelona Chocolate Museum is another one that the kids won’t want to miss – the story telling is great the chocolate tasting certain to bring on a smile and you can even pre-book a fun family workshop if you want to put your chocolate making skills to the test.
3. Barcelona Zoo can be found in the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella. The animals are clearly well looked after here and there are plenty of them to see. The dolphins put on an excellent show and the petting zoo pony rides and playgrounds add extra interest for the children.
4. The Magic Fountains near Plaza Espanya are perfectly fine to visit by day but take the family along in the evening when a light and music show takes place – there can’t be many better free things to do on a sultry summer evening in beautiful Barcelona.
5. Poble Espanyol is a slightly quirky day out for the family. It is home to a collection of reproduction Spanish buildings and on a Sunday you will see local craftsmen at work in this curious mock village. You can take part in the family gymkhana enjoy a craft workshop or two and really get to explore the village on a well thought up treasure hunt.
6. Every visitor to Barcelona wants to take a stroll down the famous Las Ramblas boulevard. There are all sorts of street performers that will fascinate you and the kids together with some great places to stop-off for refreshments. If there are just 10 facts about Barcelona that everyone should know one of them is that Las Ramblas is not one but five different interconnecting streets.
7. The Barcelona Aquarium is next on our list. Take a walk through the 80 metre long clear tunnel of the Oceanarium for a panoramic view of a huge variety of marine life. Then take a look at the many themed tropical and Mediterranean aquariums and time your visit to coincide with feeding times for the sharks rays or penguins. Why not print out the Aquarium’s ‘Quiz Question Sheet’ before you leave home and include it in your children’s Barcelona kit?
8. For a good old fashioned amusement park head up to the Parc d’Atracions up at Tibidabo – it is the highest point in the city with excellent views to be taken in. There are many traditional rides for the kids some adrenaline pumping some rather tame and the Hotel Kruger horror house will get you all jumping out of your skin.
9. For the football fans amongst you a trip to the FC Barcelona stadium is worth every minute you spend there. Even if you are not a football fan the sheer scale of the stadium will impress you and one of the interesting facts about Barcelona is that the FC Barcelona museum is one of the most visited museums in the city.
10. And finally the beaches. No visit to Barcelona would be complete without spending plenty of time enjoying its world class sandy beaches. So rub on the sun lotion grab the beach towels and have a great time at the seaside.
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