The Best Things To Do in Barcelona with Kids

This blog post was originally posted on September 16, 2014 and was updated on August 6, 2017.

So you’ve bravely ventured away from your child’s dream vacation (Disney World) and are trying to fill their curious minds with history and culture instead. There are so many wonderful activities to try in Barcelona with kids and families. Here’s a few of our favorites!

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It’s not an easy task, but you are willing and ready, and luckily, you’ve come to the right place. A magical and captivating city, Barcelona with kids is an easy and exciting destination. There’s also a plethora of family-friendly options that will leave even the adults begging for more. However, with so many things to do in Barcelona for kids it can be hard to decide which are must-sees and which are definitely not! Check out our guide for our favorite things to do and see in Barcelona with kids!

Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo

You could spend a few hours each day at a different and unique museum, or you could surprise your kids with an enchanting, 100-year-old amusement park high above Barcelona. With fantastic views and of course tons of attractions, nobody will get bored at Tibidabo. Furthermore, with your ticket to Tibidabo, you also have access to the Barcelona Zoo in Parc de La Cuitadella. Bonus!

Address: Plaça Tibidabo, 3-4

Devour Barcelona Food Tours

What child doesn’t enjoy exploring? During our 3.5-hour food and walking tour, kids will have their mind and bellies filled! A food tour in Barcelona with children can be a fun way to introduce them to Catalan culture and also its gastronomic traditions. Our Barcelona Food & Legends Family Tour was created especially with children in mind! It’s a fun and interactive tour designed to enthral not just the kids but the grown-ups too. Candy shops, giants, legends, stories, food and more—now that’s what we call a morning well spent!

Book your spaces now! If your kids are mini foodies, this is a great way to please everyone in the family for a morning in Barcelona! And of course, the adults will love it just as much. In between delicious tastings and dragon hunts you will also get to relax and enjoy a glass of cava, our famous Spanish sparkling wine.

The best thing about a tour is finding out all of the top tips on eating out in Barcelona with kids!
An inquisitive little explorer learning all about how xuixos are made on our Barcelona Food & Legends Family Tour. Photo credit: Misty Barker

Montjuic Cable Cars

Kids will love the excitement of boarding the cable cars—not to mention the incredible views once you reach the top! There are two cable car rides from Montjüic—one which crosses the sea over to Barceloneta and the beach, and the second which transports you up to the old castle. Both of them have equally incredible views of Barcelona and are a sure-fire hit with the kids. Their website has a full list of daily times, maps and meeting point details. Which direction will your day take you?

Magic Fountains Montjüic

This incredible nightly show features a beautiful water fountain display, timed to perfection in sync with a music and lights show. Lot’s of new and old music is fused together and it is a true spectacle that kids will love. This is definitely one not to miss out on. Kids will be enthralled and adults will be mesmerised! You’ll find the fountains just next to Plaça Espanya—which has great connections to the city’s public transport links. Each night there are two shows, 9.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. It’s the perfect place to have a late evening picnic, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1

The magic fountain can't be missed in Barcelona with kids!
The colors will take your breath away! Photo credit: Misty Barker

Museu de la Xocolata

Whether or not you’re a chocolate fan, this quirky museum will most definitely make you smile. It is a wonderland of life-size chocolate figurines and monument replicas. It’s also the perfect place to find fun souvenirs for your favorite chocolate lover. Learn all about the history and the making of chocolate in beautiful surroundings. There are also a selection of kid-friendly workshops and activities on offer throughout the day! Definitely one to check out if you’re in Barcelona with kids!

Address: Carrer del Comerç, 36

La Casa dels Entremesos

La Casa dels Entremesos is a true hidden gem right in the city center. This is possibly the most authentic cultural experience your kids will have without even realizing it! This display of a very Catalan tradition, els gegants i els capsgrossos (giants and fat-heads) will leave them awestruck as they set eyes on these enormous, shockingly realistic dolls that parade around the city during festivals and special holidays.

Address: Plaça Beates, 2

A visit to the giant's museum is always a fun idea when in Barcelona with kids!
The giant’s museum is always a great day out—for kids and grown-ups too! Photo credit: Misty Barker

L’aquarium de Barcelona

Right in the city center between the beach and the port lies Mare Magnum, a playground of sorts for adults and kids alike. It’s one of the best places to go in Barcelona with kids. From shopping to playgrounds, to wonderful views of the port, you could spend a whole day here without even realizing it. Of course best of of all, it also has an impressive Mediterranean-themed aquarium, in fact the biggest one of its kind.

Address: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell

Jardines de la Torre de las Aigues

If you’re visiting in the warmer months, check out one of the most historical (and hidden) swimming pools and gardens in Spain. Built inside the inner patio of one of the first residential constructions of the Eixample district, this impressive water tower, swimming pool, garden area and artificial beach is a fantastic (as well as unique!) way to cool off in the heat.

Address: Carrer Roger de Llúria, 56

A trip to the pool is one of the best things to do in Barcelona with kids.
Kids who love water will spend hours splashing away in the pool! Photo credit: El Digital Barcelona

 

If you’d like to explore more of Barcelona’s magical side with a local, join us on our family food tour. Our Gracia Neighborhood Tour is also particularly kid-friendly—if you’re children want less legends and more tasty bites well then why not bring them along? Did we mention that kids and teenagers also get a discount? Even the youngest of gourmands can enjoy learning about (and tasting!) the Catalan cuisine.

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  1. gloria lanza says: Reply

    another great article….. sharing it to all my friends…..

    1. gloria lanza says: Reply

      meant…. sharing it WITH all my friends!!

  2. Great article! Just what I need for when I return to beautiful Barcelona con mis niños 🙂
    Do you fancy writing a guest post for our blog?
    Thanks
    Lisa

    1. Renée Christensen says: Reply

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you! We would love to write a guest post for your blog! Shoot Renee an email at [email protected]. Talk to you soon!

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