Barcelona’s 10 Best Family Attractions
Barcelona is renowned for its modern art and beautiful architecture. But the capital of Catalonia is also a great destination for fun, family vacations. There are so many family-friendly attractions that it’s impossible to list them all here. Below are 10 of the best.
A great way to save on entry fees to many of these attractions is to buy a Barcelona Pass that provides public transport and entry to 20 of Barcelona’s top attractions for a 2-day period for €140. Another trick is to ensure that the first Sunday of the month falls within your stay. On the evening of the first Sundays, many museums around the city offer free admission!
Attraction Name: La Rambla
Location: La Rambla – a street in central Barcelona
Opening Hours: The pedestrianized area of this street is always accessible, but the events, museums, shops, and attractions along this boulevard open at various times during the day.
Public transport: Catalunya, Liceu, and Drassanes Metro Stations along Line L3
Kids activities: Kids will love the human statues and live performances that you’ll find along the pedestrianized part of this central street.
Why I like it: The most famous street in Barcelona has so much to do. The famous 197-feet-tall Columbus Monument at the bottom of La Rambla provides fantastic panoramic views of Barcelona from the top, and Boqueria Market is a great place to pick up local produce souvenirs. The notorious Barcelona Erotica Museum is not suitable for your kids but might be interesting for older family members.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Attraction Name: The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Location: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038
Times: Shows at half-hour intervals during the weekend, and also other times during the summer
Public transport: Plaça Espanya Metro
Kids activities: Your kids will love how the water dances along to contemporary pop songs.
Why I like it: I first saw this spectacular fountain on TV during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The song Barcelona by Freddie Mercury was playing, and the display of lights and energetic water fountains changing to match the beats mesmerized me.
Attraction Name: Park Güell
Location: Carmel Hill, 08024
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm in low season but 7:30 am – 8:30 pm during summer high season
Public transport: Vallcarca Metro Station
Pricing: €10 for adults and €7 for children 7 – 12, seniors, and concessions. Young children enter for free. Actually, you can enter much of the park for free, but tickets are required for the most spectacular areas.
Bookings: Though booking in advance isn’t necessary, it’s recommended. The park may only admit a certain number of visitors, and once the limit is reached you will be refused entry.
Kids activities: There are no child-specific activities, but kids generally love the bizarre buildings found within the parc and the many beautiful statues.
Why I like it: While many modernist architects have designed isolated iconic buildings, I doubt that any others have achieved what Gaudi did here with a whole park of architectural wonders designed to complement one another within a wider natural setting. Personally, I dislike modern architecture. But I cannot deny the beauty of this complex creation.
Barcelona FC Museum
Attraction Name: Barcelona FC Museum
Location: Carrer d’Aristides, Maillol, 12, 08028
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Public transport: Collblanc Metro Station
Pricing: Online price €20. However, that’s the basic tour. If you’re a huge fan of football, there are numerous options including more access to areas like the players’ changing rooms and the tunnel into the stadium.
Bookings: It’s cheapest to buy tickets online in advance.
Kids activities: This is a great opportunity for soccer-mad kids to see what a world-class team’s training and lifestyle is like. There’s an audiovisual area and multimedia installations.
Why I like it: Personally, I’m not a soccer fan. But hundreds of millions of people love football, and it’s likely that someone in your family does, too. This is an ideal opportunity to give your soccer-crazy loved one an experience they will never forget.
The Picasso Museum
Attraction Name: The Picasso Museum
Location: Montcada Street, 15 – 23, 08003
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 7 pm (open until 9.30 pm Thursdays)
Public transport: Catalunya Metro Station
Pricing: Adults €12, Seniors & Children €7. Note you can get in for free on Thursdays 6 pm – 9.30 pm and the first Sunday of every month.
Bookings: You can purchase tickets online.
Kids activities: This museum charts Picasso’s life from his childhood, including his schoolwork. This is a great opportunity to show your kids that even the most famous and talented people were once just another kid in the classroom.
Why I like it: I cannot think of another museum in the world that provides the opportunity to study the work of an eminent artist from early childhood to death in chronological order. The Picasso Museum holds his schoolbooks and examples of his completed art and rough sketches through every phase of his life. You can see the evolution of style as his views on life mature and change.
Attraction Name: Barcelona Zoo
Location: Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003
Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Public transport: Ciutadella Vila Olimpica Metro Station
Pricing: Online adult tickets are €19.25 and children (3 – 12) €11.65
Bookings: Book online for cheaper tickets and less queuing
Kids activities: The zoo offers spectacular, behind the scene tours that your kids will love. Also, they have performing dolphins!
Why I like it: Barcelona Zoo is a world-class organization where you can learn all about how experts take care of rare and endangered species. The behind the scene tours enable you to meet the zoologists who take care of these fascinating animals and learn all about ecology and animal welfare.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Attraction Name: Tibidabo Amusement Park
Location: Plaça del Tibidabo, 3, 4, 08035
Opening Hours: During summer high season, daily 11 am – 11 pm but during low season, weekends only 11 am – 7 pm
Public transport: Penitents Metro Station
Pricing: Adults €28.50, Children (shorter than 1.3m) €10.30
Bookings: Book on the park’s website.
Kids activities: This amusement park is largely aimed at children. There are lots of fun rides ideal for kids of any age.
Why I like it: This is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and contains many of the original rides. The suspended airplane ride is iconic. When built, it was the only way most people could experience the sensation of a flight across the city. The park also contains a historic collection of 40 automatons, some dating back to the 19th century.
Attraction Name: L’Aquarium Barcelona
Location: del Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya, 08039
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 7:30 pm, Friday – Sunday 10 am – 8:00 pm
Public transport: Barceloneta Metro Station
Pricing: Adults €21.00, Children 5 – 10 €16, Children 3 – 4 €8
Bookings: You can buy your tickets there or book online. If you opt to book online, cheaper family tickets are available.
Kids activities: There is a special activity for children only called Sleeping with Sharks. Your kids camp out in the aquarium overnight and get to see how sharks behave when it’s dark!
Why I like it: The Barcelona Aquarium contains an impressive 35 aquariums with 450 aquatic species on display. The shark tank is especially impressive, with a tunnel that allows you to get eye-to-eye with these terrifying creatures.
The Montjuïc Cable Car
Attraction Name: The Montjuïc Cable Car
Location: Avinguda Miramar, 30, 08038
Opening Hours: 10 am – 7 pm daily
Public transport: Poble Sec Metro
Pricing: Adults €8.40, Children 4 – 12 €6.60, Children 0 – 3 free
Bookings: If you book online, you get a 10% discount
Why I like it: This scenic ride transports you from Montjuïc Park to Montjuïc Castle, overlooking the city. Your family will be astonished by the spectacular aerial views on this lofty ride. It’s a great way to reach the castle.
Attraction Name: Montjuïc Castle
Location: Ctra. De Montjuïc, 66, 08038
Opening Hours: 10 am – 8 pm daily
Public transport: It’s easiest to take the cable car up to the caste. The nearest Metro is Poble Sec Metro Station
Pricing: Adults €5, Concessions €3. Free after 3 pm on the first Sunday of the month
Bookings: If you buy your ticket online, you can skip the queue
Why I like it: I love castles and history, so this is a perfect attraction for me. Montjuïc Castle dates back to 1640. All your family will love the breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona from the top of the castle walls. And the armor museum inside is fascinating.
Robert loves nature and history. As a child, he drove his parents crazy on vacation begging to visit museums and castles instead of beaches and theme parks. Now his children send him insane by demanding to visit beaches and theme parks.
He became interested in travel while studying archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University. He volunteered on archaeological excavations all around the British Isles then enjoyed a year exploring and learning about China.
Today, he loves writing about the places he’s visited and still spends time exploring museums and castles.