Things to do with Kids in Barcelona

Family vacations are always fun, but children get bored easily. If you are planning a trip to Barcelona with the entire family, do not worry about kids’ attractions. The Spanish city has many places where your children will discover entertaining activities and will have a chance to explore new games.

Barcelona’s Zoo Garden

Grownups and children are welcomed in Barcelona’s Zoo to discover over 2000 animals from all around the world: from exotic species to farm animals, from marine species to jungle monkeys. Barcelona Zoo was opened in 1892 in the Citadel Park (Parc de la Ciutadella). Children will find out more about the animals they love and take a close look at them. Spend a day at the zoo and your kids will learn how to prepare food for animals, where the animals sleep and how to take care of them. They can visit the farm, see dolphin shows or ride ponies. Once you get tired walking, rent a mini electric car to continue driving your way to a full visit of the zoo.

Tips on Visiting Barcelona’s Zoo:

• Don’t miss the gorillas’ corner. These giant apes captivate the attention of all visitors. Moreover, Barcelona’s Zoo was the home of Snow Flake, the only known albino gorilla so far, according to Wikipedia. He was the star of the Zoo for almost 4 decades and now he has a special expositional area dedicated to his life.
• To reach the Zoo, take the subway the red line (L1) and get off either at Arc de Triomf or at Marina station. You can also take the yellow line (L4), and get off at Jaume I or at Ciutadella station.
• In the summer, Zoo Garden opens its gates at 10 am and closes them at 8 pm. During winter, the closing time is however 5.30 pm.

The Aquarium of Barcelona

Children will definitely love the fascinating world of the oceans and the seas. In L’Aquarium de Barcelona visitors can see almost 450 different species of fish and marine animals. See the Mediterranean tanks to discover the sea horses, explore the tropical seas to see the piranha, visit Planet Aqua tanks to see how penguins adapted in the frozen seas of the Arctic Ocean.

The main attraction of L’Aquarium is the Oceanarium, a huge tank with a diameter of 36 meters. A walk through an 80-meters-long transparent tunnel, under this tank, is an experience your family must not miss. It’s like walking on the sea bed, while sharks and other fishes surround you.


• If you want to have a unique experience make a booking for a one-night sleep with the sharks. Bring your pyjamas and stay up all night long. Your child will love playing games and learning interesting things about sharks.
• To reach L’Aquarium take the subway green line (L3) and get off at Drassanes station or take the yellow line (L4) and get off at Barcelonetta station.
• L’Aquarium de Barcelona is open every day of the year, from 9.30 am.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Try to rediscover childhood in this magic place. Tibidabo Amusement Park is more than a century old and nowadays still keeps some of its old attractions. The Hall of Mirrors and the puppets, held in the Automatons Museum, have been long time objectives for tourists. Over 30 attractions for the whole family are ready for the visitors. Young or old, everybody will have something to enjoy. Try the big panoramic wheel, the traditional carousel or the exciting roller coaster.

Tibidabo Amusement Park is situated at over 500 meters high, on Collserola Mountain. You can get from here the best views of Barcelona. If your family is tired of all the fun in the park, find the picnic area and have a quick lunch.

• For a real fantastic view over the city get out of the amusement park and go to the Temple of Atonement of the Sacred Heart, also known as the Temple of Tibidabo. The top of the temple is situated at 575 m above sea level and it can be reached by lift.
• Tibidabo Park usually opens its gates around 12 am. In summer time, it closes around 10 pm. Check out Tibidabo official site to see the opening hours for every season and listed prices.
• To reach Tibidabo Amusement Park take the FGC underground train line (L7) and get off at Av.Tibidabo station. Take the Blue Tram from there and then the funicular.

The Maritime Museum

Spend an afternoon in this special place. Every visitor is charmed by the vast collection of ships and boats exhibited in The Maritime Museum. It hosts one of the most important collections of maritime ships from the Mediterranean Sea and reproductions of boats from different periods of history.

You will discover the life of pirates or the way people on sea shores used to live and work. You will have the chance to learn more about navigation and trade in the Mediterranean Sea. You will see how a fisherman boat looks like.


• Don’t miss the impressive full-sized reproduction of the slave galley. It is not hard to imagine how slaves set there and rowed this huge ship.
• To reach the Maritime Museum, take the subway green line (L3) and get off at Drassanes station.
• The Maritime Museum is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, except the 1st and the 6th of January, the 25th an the 26th of December.