If you visit Barcelona with kids
As well as seeing all the best-known attractions, you’ll undoubtedly want to discover places that will interest, motivate, and entertain the children.
In Barcelona, just like in all cities, many of the children’s activities on offer, such as children’s plays, festivals, and concerts, are more targeted at local audiences, due to the language issue. So, we have decided to offer you a list of attractions and places that are open all year round and to all audiences, not just Barcelona residents, and at very affordable prices. (Only the Aquarium and the Cable Car are more expensive). Visit Barcelona with kids; we guarantee it will be a fantastic experience for all the family!
As we at SKIP THE LINE BARCELONA are parents, the list below has been fully verified in person. Choose your favorite activities as you probably won’t have time to do them all in just one visit. Also, pay close attention to the days when these places are closed for weekly rest or COVID-19 restrictions.
This first post will focus on the places that come highly recommended near the port and the Ramblas. The places are listed in random order as we find them all interesting, with their unique charm.
Opened in 1995, 3 years after the Barcelona Olympics, the Barcelona Aquarium is located inside Port Vell. It can be easily reached by walking down La Rambla and crossing the beautiful Rambla del Mar, a bridge next to the famous “Golondrinas” that will take you on a boat trip around the Barcelona shoreline, and close to the Columbus Monument.
The Aquarium never disappoints due to its large number of themed aquariums and great variety of species. One of its highlights is the Oceanarium, which contains 3.7 million liters of saltwater and is traversed by a glass tunnel where you can see many amazing species, including rays and sharks!
Check out its website: www.aquariumbcn.com
€21 + 11 years old
€16 5 to 10 years old
€8 3 to 4 years old
The New Wax Museum is located in the heart of the city, in a pretty alley off LA RAMBLA as you walk down on the left, very close to the famous Columbus Monument. In our view, the building that houses the collection of wax statues, which dates back to 1867 and is the former headquarters of the Bank of Barcelona, is almost as interesting as the collection itself.
The Museum has been fully renovated in 2020. It is a fantastic way for younger ones to meet important characters from history and the worlds of culture, art, cinema, and music thanks to the statues of musicians, painters, sculptors, emperors, adventurers, scientists, and many modern celebrities.
We estimate that the visit will take around 1 to 2 hours. It is free for children under 5, and costs 16 euros for young people and retirees, and 20 euros for adult admission.
We recommend taking in its fantastic location as you arrive and checking out the café that is tucked away outside, called EL BOSC DE LES FADES, where you can enter for free and have a drink or something to eat if you want while enjoying the fantasy of the Forest of Fairies.
More information can be found on the Museum’s website: museocerabcn.com
A fantastic option to discover the port of Barcelona and view the city from the sea. Las Golondrinas are boats that offer 45- and 60-minute tours around the harbor.
The boats have been a historical attraction since they began offering rides in 1888 at the Universal Exposition of Barcelona and have remained in operation ever since.
Las Golondrinas offer the chance to discover Barcelona’s magnificent coastline, with views of the city’s cruise ship port, the cargo port, and the Olympic Port. The boats depart from Port Vell, at the end of LAS RAMBLAS, just in front of the Columbus Monument. The traditional double-decker boats, dating from 1953, are easily distinguishable from other more modern ones.
The boats are a classic tradition, and an unmistakable symbol of the city of Barcelona. All Barcelona’s inhabitants have sailed on a Golondrina at least once in their lives, with parents, grandparents, or on a school trip.
We consider the price for such a wonderful experience to be very affordable, with children under 5 going free.
€3.00 CHILDREN 5 to 10 years
Tickets can be bought online directly from their website: lasgolondrinas.com
First of all, it is important to clarify that the city has two different cable cars.
– Montjuic Cable Car: It starts on the Montjuic hill and goes right up to the top to the Montjuic Castle, which can be visited, and offers incredible views over the city and port. Lines move fast thanks to its many cabins.
Check out their website: telefericdemontjuic.cat
– Port Cable Car: You can board at the San Sebastián Tower in the Barceloneta and go up to Montjuic or vice versa. To avoid queues, we advise boarding at Montjuic (in front of the Miramar Hotel) and traveling down toward the port. This is Barcelona’s original cable car; it started operating in 1931 and is distinguishable by its distinctive red cabins.
Check out their website: telefericodebarcelona.com
The Maritime Museum is located in the old medieval building of the Royal Shipyards of Barcelona. Formerly, the building was the place where the galleys and ships of the kingdom of the Catalan-Aragonese Crown were based and built. It’s worth going inside just to see the Gothic building. It is located at the end of the Ramblas on the right as you go down, near the Drassanes metro stop, which means Atarazanas in Spanish and Shipyards in English.
It is a very spacious museum, with replicas of boats from many historical periods, and which has been recently renovated to make it more interactive and attractive to all audiences. The highlight is the life-size reproduction of the Royal Galley Juan de Austria that participated in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, a battle in which the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes also took part.
A highly recommended museum for adults and children. The restaurant inside the impressive historical building offers a very affordable menu, and has a quiet and pleasant outdoor terrace, perfect for taking a relaxing break.
Prices are very affordable and there are many discounts to be found. Standard adult admission is 10 euros and children under 17 go free.
Its website is mmb.cat
This Museum offers spectacular, exciting, visual, interactive, and interesting experiences, one of our favorites to visit with or without children.
It deals with the history of the Earth, the Origins of Life, and the Environment, and has impressive collections of botany, geology, minerals, zoology, among others. With its exhibition of fossils and animal species, both vertebrates and invertebrates, it is also an important scientific research and documentation center.
It is worth visiting just to see the magnificent building that houses the museum and the surrounding environment. It is located near the sea and the Besos river, in the modern BARRIO DEL FORUM; it was built by the prestigious architects Herzog and de Meuron in 2004 and opened as a museum in 2011.
This public museum is very affordable: general admission costs around 3 euros and children under 16 and many groups go free. It is closed on Mondays.
For more information, you can visit their website: museuciencies.cat