Gone are the days of hotel babysitters and kids’ clubs—today’s modern families love to explore and have fun together! Read more and get the low-down on all of the best things to do in Barcelona for families.
Let’s face it: With busy work schedules and hectic lives, a trip to a beautiful city is an ideal way to spend some quality family time. But let’s be honest—keeping everyone happy can sometimes be just a little stressful! We want you to enjoy the most out of your trip to our city, which is why we have compiled this great list, jam-packed with fun and exciting things to do in Barcelona for families. You’ll never run out of ideas to keep your favorite people smiling from the moment you step off the plane!
For families who like to throw on some trainers and really get exploring a city, this is for you! Parents and children of all ages will love Park Güell. It’s a beautiful, colorful and exciting space just minutes from the city center where you’ll find lively play areas, modernista architecture and winding paths decorated with stunning designs. Of course, this stunning park was designed by none other than Gaudi himself. Head to the top to enjoy an incredible panoramic view, and don’t forget to bring the picnic! This is a quintessential plan for Barcelona for families!
Address: Parc Güell, 08024
Want something a little more challenging? Head to the labyrinth at Parc del Laberint d’Horta to see if you’re brave enough to tackle the beautiful but mighty maze. There’s a playground in the park area next door, along with a small snack bar (with wine for the adults of course!). Bring a blanket and relax in the evening sun while kids enjoy the climbing frames and slides.
Address: Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Passeig dels Castanyers, 1, 08035
Insider’s Tip: Why not head to one of our many markets in the morning and pick up some picnic supplies? This really is one of the best things in Barcelona to do with families. A local market scavenger hunt is fun at any age! Not sure which market is best? Check out the beautiful Santa Caterina Market in the Born. We love it! Can’t wait to see inside? Join our co-founder Lauren Alouise as she explores inside in this great video from our YouTube channel.
Cosmo Caixa is without doubt one of our favorite ways to spend a day—even without children! It’s a seriously impressive five-story building crammed full of activities and exhibitions to captivate the imaginations of even the most restless! There’s also a huge selection of activities and exhibits held throughout the day. Toca Toca is an activity where the children can actually touch exotic animals and learn all about their habitats. Another one not to miss is the 3-D movies that allow older children and adults to learn all about the solar system in an incredible auditorium. Booking is essential.
Address: Calle de Isaac Newton 26, 08017
Of course there are plenty of other museums well worth a look! Whether it’s history, chocolate or the vast amount of art focused ones, you’ve got options! Did we forget to mention the Giant’s Museum? This is definitely one not to miss for the little ones! Aside from museums, Barcelona has so many other places to visit with children,why not take a look at these great activities to give you some inspiration.
If you didn’t know already, we should probably warn you—Barcelona can get very hot, especially during summer months! And what better way to cool down then taking a splash on one of the many beaches. Take a train from Plaza Catalunya and head out beyond the tourist-filled Barceloneta for truly great beaches. During the summer months many of these even screen outdoor cinema nights. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening, and of course one of the very best things to do in Barcelona for families.
Badalona beach is about 25 minutes away, and boasts miles and miles of soft sand and clear water. The best part? It’s lined with a selection of great beach bars and restaurants. Stay late into the evening, bring a deck of cards, and enjoy some evening drinks and family bonding on the waterfront. (Kumbaya singing optional!)
Has this not been exciting enough for you? Want to get your adrenaline levels pumping? Port Aventura Park is the way to go! Although it’s about an hour drive away, it’s worth every minute of the journey. It boasts everything from nail-biting rides to dolphin shows and even the latest addition of a Ferrari theme park for Dad! There’s something for all ages and daredevil ratings here!
If the thought of a long car journey with the kids leaves you in a cold sweat, don’t worry! Why not spend an evening on the highest mountain in Barcelona and enjoy the thrills in one of Europe’s oldest theme parks? Tibidabo is a stunning setting for the perfect night of fun and entertainment. At over 500 meters above sea level, hop on the magical carousel and sparkling ferris wheel to check out some of the city’s incredible panoramic views that will stay with your family long after your trip is over.
Address: Plaça Tibidabo, 3-4, 08035
Last Resort (Bribery)
Okay, we’re not saying we agree with bribery, but we are saying we understand! Sometimes the only answer, is ice cream! And where is the best place to get it? Eyescream and Friends of course! Kids and adults love this little place down by the old fisherman’s neighborhood of Barceloneta. You’ll also find the aquarium nearby, which is another super place for a daytime visit. Either way, an ice cream is sure to win children of any age over! If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, make sure to check out our guide on all of the best places to eat with kids in Barcelona.
Address: Paseo de Joan de Borbó, 30, 08003
Of course there are so many other places to explore in this fabulous city. If we have missed out on things to do in Barcelona with families or if you have any other ideas to add to our list, please comment below! We love to hear your suggestions!
If you’d like us to show you the real side of Barcelona through a local’s eyes, we would be delighted to welcome your family on our food tours. The best plan for Barcelona for families? The Barcelona Food & Legends Family Tour, which is perfect for children aged 4-12 years old!