What to do in Valencia with kids: 19x things to do!
What to do in Valencia with kids? Valencia is a fun city to go to with kids. It is by the sea, there are several parks and the temperatures are generally good (300 days of sunshine a year!). We spent a week in Valencia with our daughter and have listed the best activities in Valencia with kids for you.
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Valencia with kids #1: Catch a game at the Mestalla stadium
Spain’s oldest stadium is in Valencia, and of course it’s fun (if your kids like soccer) to catch a game at the stadium. When we visited, Valencia was playing at home. I had pre-ordered tickets for the game online and printed them out, so I didn’t have to go around the stadium looking for tickets.
If a Valencia home game is not scheduled when you visit the city, it is also possible to take a tour of the stadium. Tickets for a tour cost 11.50 euros per person and kids under 5 are free.
Valencia with kids #2: the Turia Park
The Turia Park is one of the city’s highlights if you visit Valencia with kids. It is a 7-kilometer-long park located in the north of the city. The park possesses a huge number of playgrounds and the most famous playground is Gulliver’s.
This giant lies on his back and kids have the opportunity to climb on this giant and slide down the various slides. Small kids do need parents to come with them, as some parts on the giant are quite steep.
In addition, it is also not recommended to visit the giant in the middle of the day, as the playground equipment gets very hot. This can cause kids to get burns (this is also warned about). Most local kids also wear long pants in this playground for this reason, so if you go to this playground with your kids in the middle of the day bring long pants.
Near this playground is also a miniature golf course, where you can play miniature golf for free. You just have to pay a deposit of 20 euros or leave your passport/driving license. Golf club and balls can be rented at the restaurant next to the mini-golf course.
In addition, this park offers the opportunity to paddle a swan on the water. The Turia Park including Gulliver playground are free to visit.
Valencia with kids #3: renting bikes
Valencia is an ideal city to rent bikes with kids. The city is quite compact and the various parks like the Turia Park make for great cycling with your kids. There are several bike providers in town. Most organizations allow you to rent children’s bikes or a tray behind the bike.
The Dutch company BajaBikes both organizes bike tours of the city and also rents bikes in the city of Valencia. So this allows you to explore the city of Valencia with kids with a guide as well as independently. They also have a special bike tour for families with kids for this. If you want to know more about these bike tours check here.
In the city, kids under 16 are required to wear helmets. This is not required for adults. A fun route to cycle independently through the city is through the Turia Park toward the Bio Park. We found it a very nice way to explore the city that way.
Valencia with kids #4: Castello de Xativa
By train, you can get to the quaint town of Xativa in half an hour from the center of Valencia. This town has nice narrow streets and the highlight of this place is Castello de Xativa.
The castle is located a bit up the mountain, giving you a magnificent view of the surrounding area from the castle. This climb is a bit on the steep side, but then again the hike is not that long. If you don’t feel like walking yourself or have very small kids with you, you can always take the little train up the hill.
For a few euros, this little train will drop you off at the castle. Admission to the castle is also a few euros and even free for kids under 10.
Valencia with kids #5: Bioparc zoo
You can also go to the zoo in Valencia with kids. The Bioparc is a very nice zoo in the center of Valencia. Because the separations between the animals are made in a very natural way, it all looks very natural.
In the zoo’s 100,000 square meters, you have different sections: the African continent, the equatorial forest, Madagascar, the great wetlands and the savannah.
In the Madagascar section, the animals (especially monkeys) are even above your head in the trees. Gorillas are some of the most spectacular animals you can admire in this section. In the African Savannah you will find giraffes, antelopes and zebras.
However, the price of the park is on the high side. For an adult, you pay almost 24 euros. For kids aged 4 to 12, you pay 18 euros.
For more information about this zoo, click here. You can set the language of this website to Dutch.
With the Valencia Tourist Card, you get as much as 15% discount at this zoo.
Valencia with kids #6: Cabecera Park
This quiet park is adjacent to the busy Turia Park and the Bio Parc is also found in this park. One of the literal highlights of this park is La Montana Mirador. This is a small mountain in the park at a height of about 20 meters, where you have a beautiful view of the park and the lake. You get here by climbing some stairs.
You can also rent pedal boats in this park. These are also available for rent here in the shape of a swan. In addition, there are two playgrounds in this park. One of these playgrounds is in the shape of a pirate boat and this is one of the most popular playgrounds in Valencia.
Valencia with kids #7: Oceanografic
You can also go to an aquarium in Valencia with kids. Oceanografic is the largest aquarium in Europe and has as many as 500 different species of aquatic animals and a total of 45,000 animals.
On our visit to this aquarium, we found the sharks, sea lions and penguins to be the most interesting animals at this aquarium. Certainly the shark tunnel is fun to walk through.
We also went to the dolphin show. We always find this kind of thing tricky, since we obviously prefer to just see them in the wild.
Other children’s activities Valencia
Valencia with kids #8: La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
This city of science is beautiful just for its architecture and a walk around this city is well recommended.
The “city” consists of six parts, namely L’Umbracle, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, L’Oceanogràfic, L’Hemisfèric, the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and the Agora.
Walking around these beautiful buildings is already quite an experience and you can take beautiful pictures with your kids of the different buildings here.
The most interesting building for parents with kids is the museum de les Ciencies Principe Felipe.
At this science museum, the idea is for kids to do as much as they can. The museum consists of four different floors and has different themes. Kids can do various experiments here related to climate, sports, biology, space and chemistry.
Adults pay 8 euros entrance fee and for kids the entrance fee is just over 6 euros.
Valencia with kids #9: Sagunto
By train, you can get to the town of Sagunto from the center of Valencia with kids in just over half an hour. Sagunto is divided into two sections. You have the historic center and the harbor. You can walk right into town from the train station.
On the mountain here, too, is a castle. There is a walk from the old town toward this castle. From here you have a wonderful view!
The town still has one of the best-preserved Roman theaters in Spain: the Teatro Romano de Sagunto. You do have to go up the mountain next to the city a bit here to admire this theater.
Valencia with kids #10: boating at Lake Albufera
This natural park with the largest lake in Spain is an ideal way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city of Valencia. You can take a boat across the water here. By car, it is about a half-hour drive to this natural park.
In addition, a tourist bus runs from Plaza de la Reina to the lake. You can also take the local bus to the nature park. The bus company to take then is Herca.
What’s even more fun is biking to the lake and surrounding villages. Just over an hour’s bike ride from the center of Valencia is the lakeside village of El Palmar. Here you can still eat the traditional paella at several restaurants.
Valencia with kids #11: Day at the beach
The fact that Valencia is an ideal destination for parents with kids is partly because the city is located on the beach. This allows you to have a nice combination trip of culture, nature and beach.
Valencia has a total of three different city beaches: Malvarrosa, Las Arenas and Patacona. These beaches are generally very wide and the promenade along them is not yet extremely crowded.
Because the beach is so wide, you can generally still get a spot on the beach.
If you enjoy going to a beach club with your kids, the Marina Beach club is the place to go. This beach club also has a pool overlooking the sea.
Valencia with kids #12: Torre de Miguelete/ El Micalet
For a great view of the city, you must be at Torre de Miguelete. This is Valencia’s most popular attraction. The tower is 50 meters high and you have to climb 200 steps to get to the top.
The price to visit the tower is 2 euros for adults and 1 euro for kids. This tower is also great to climb with young kids.
Valencia with kids #13 Take a scenic walk through the historic center
The Valencia Tourist Office has prepared a nice route to walk for parents with kids. Juan the mouse takes the kids on an adventure and has the kids complete assignments.
You can pre-order this 34-page booklet from this website.
You can book another two-hour guided family walk online here. This walk is toward the end of the afternoon and runs from the train station to the cathedral.
Valencia with kids #14: Mercat central
Valencia’s central market hall is fun to walk through. It is one of the most visited sights in Valencia and the stained glass in the windows is also beautiful to see.
The market hall is divided into two sections: the fish hall and the hall with other products. There is plenty to see in the market hall itself and our daughter always likes that. In addition, of course, you can buy delicious food and drinks there.
You can then take this food to one of the parks or the beach and then you can have a picnic there for not too much money.
Valencia with kids #15: Seeing ancient remains of the city
Museum Almoina features excavated items from ancient times. These include pottery, for example. construction materials from monumental buildings, inscriptions and coins. You can also see here the remains of Valencia’s ancient Romanesque roads.
On Tripadvisor the reviews are very good, despite we also understand that with kids you might choose other activities during your city break to Valencia.
At least for the price of the museum, you don’t have to put up with it. Adults pay 2 euros per person and kids aged 7 to 15 pay 1 euro. Kids up to 6 years old can enter for free.
Valencia with kids #16: Take a tuktuk tour of the city
These tours start from 20 euros per person and kids under 10 are free. The tuktuk is a household name in many countries in Asia, so in Valencia, too, you can explore the city this way.
Four different tours are offered by the company Tuktuk Iberica.
Valencia with kids #17: Take a day trip to a water park
As we described earlier, the sun shines in Valencia 300 days a year and it can get very hot in the city. Then it’s fun to take kids to a water park.
There are no major water parks in the city of Valencia itself, so it is necessary to have a car available. There are three major water parks in the Valencia area:
Aquarama: this water park is a 55-minute drive from downtown Valencia. The park has many different slides and there is entertainment for the whole family here. For example, they have spectacular high slides where a minimum length is required and very small slides for the smaller kids. You have family deals here for, say, two parents and two kids.
Aqualandia: this is a water park in Benidorm and this is 1.5 hours drive from Valencia. Again, they have a variety of slides for every age.
Aquopolis: south of Valencia 40 minutes away by car is this water park. It is a bit smaller than the other two parks and you pay a little less than 20 euros for a ticket if you order it online.
Valencia with kids #18: Burning energy at the trampoline park
If your kids are not yet tired after a day visiting Valencia, or if the weather is not so good, then your kids can expend the necessary energy in trampoline park Fun Jump.
You can not only jump trampoline here, but also climb a climbing wall. There is a separate area for children up to 7 years old, and kids who are older may have fun throughout the park.
There are two places for parents to have a cup of coffee while the kids are having fun.
The trampoline park is found just outside the center of Valencia but is easily accessible by car and public transportation.
Valencia with kids #19: Take a day trip to an amusement park
You will also need a car to visit this amusement park, as Terra Mitica amusement park is located in Benidorm 1.5 hours away by car from the center of Valencia.
The park is divided into three different sections: Rome, Greece and Egypt. In addition to the many attractions the park has, there are also many shows to watch.
The amusement park also has two more water parks. These are free to visit with your amusement park admission ticket.
Family-friendly restaurant Valencia
In Valencia, you have a lot of different places where you can eat great food with kids. However, you should keep in mind that lunch in Valencia is often between 2 and 5 p.m. and dinner is only served from 9 p.m. onwards. This does not apply to all restaurants, but it does apply to many.
In the Ruzafa district you have many nice places where you can eat good food. For example, you have several restaurants where you can eat tapas.
La Finestra is a restaurant that does open all day and serves small pizzas. In addition, as in many Spanish cities, you have the chains of 100 Montaditos. Here you can eat lots of different small sandwiches and the drinks are spot on.
If you want a nice beachfront meal, La Más Bonita is highly recommended. For kids, this restaurant also has a slide, where they can have fun.
Valencia with kids: car rental
If you are going to do the above described activities in Valencia with kids, then a car will come in handy. Basically, there is public transportation in the city, but we still really like having our own car. We actually find the cars from Sunny Cars are always top notch!
You actually have all costs included in the price here and are insured for most things (including your deductible). We have had problems with this in the past with other rental companies, because all kinds of costs are added at the destination. With Sunny Cars, you know that’s not the case and that’s a nice feeling. You can additionally cancel the car 1 hour before your reservation free of charge. You can also rent a car in Valencia with kids from Sunny Cars.
Staying in Valencia with kids
We slept 7 nights at hotel Vincci Mercat in the center of Valencia, which included a delicious breakfast. With a kid, you have to book a three-person room here or it will be cramped. In retrospect, we think we would have gone for another option.
In fact, you have three top hotels located downtown that are tremendously well-reviewed. These three hotels all have spacious family rooms and are all overall rated higher than an 8.5 and for location even higher than a 9.5.
We put the three hotels in order of price. These three family-friendly hotels are next in Valencia: