15 Things To Do With Kids In Valencia
Did you know that Valencia may just be a perfect destination for a family holiday? The region is replete with things to do with kids, both in the capital and within a short drive away. Discover 15 of the best, most fun things to do in Valencia with kids – from toddlers to teens!
Bioparc. Image credit: Aitor Garrigues Vila
1. Torres de Quart & Torres de Serranos
One of the exciting things to do with kids and teenagers in the Old Town is to climb the striking-looking towers. Here you can take in the 360 degree panoramic views of Valencia. Torres de Quart are located in the west of the Old Town, and Torres de Serranos – to the north of it.
These are the only remaining city wall towers from the 12 towers there were in the Middle Ages. Both survived the time due to the fact that they served as prison!
So let your imagination run wild – from 9.30am until 7.00pm from Monday through Saturday, and from 9.30am until 3.00pm Sundays and bank holidays.
One of the obligatory things to do with kids is paying a visit to the colorful animal park – Bioparc!
A spectacular cageless zoo, where the settings immitate those of Africa and Madagascar. A delightful space where kids of all ages, as well as their parents, will have a good time, guaranteed!
One of the most exciting experiences is visiting the habitat of the lemurs. These funny creatures are allowed to walk freely around people!
3. Parque Gulliver
Gulliver Park. Image credit: infelix
Need an idea for free things to do with kids? Then this children’s park is where you need to go.
The attraction of this park is a giant Gulliver figure resting on the floor of the former river-bed. It’s equipped with slides and passages. Kids can happily spend hours here!
4. Train Ride In Marina Real Juan Carlos I
Hop on a little train that runs from the southern part of the port to the other. The fun thing is that you can hop on and off during the day and explore the surroundings… The marina is beautiful and is totally worth visiting!
One of the stops is in front of the Tower Clock building. From November through April the train only circulates on weekends between 10am and 1.45pm and from 3.15pm until 5.30pm. From May through October – daily from 10am until 10pm.
5. Lake Albufera
Lake Albufera. Image credit: keith ellwood
Valencia is unthinkable without its rice dishes, and the rice paddies of Lake Albufera are one of the emblematic places of the region.
Infuse excitement into your family holiday – take a boat trip on the lake! Kids will love seeing wild water birds in their habitat.
Compliment your outing by having a traditional rice dish for lunch, such as the paella valenciana – at one of the restaurants in one of the rice production hubs – the little town of El Palmar.
6. Devesa Gardens
If you are in Valencia with kids and you have rented a car, take a short drive to Devesa Gardens. Not only can you spend a fun day by the pool, but kids will love the farm with such animals as deer and ostriches.
There is a mini kart facility for the little ones, and the pony riding option.
Finish the day by taking a boat trip on Lake Albufera right from the park!
7. Parque Cabecera
Cabecera park is located near Bioparc and is a pleasant green space with a pond. There a few things to do with small kids: take a boat trip, hop on the little train or go for the playground.
8. Vall d’Uixó Caves
Continuing the nature and water trip theme… Within a 40-minute drive from Valencia there is an underground river in the caves Coves de Sant Josép. The experience includes a boat ride and a short walk in the caves – 45 minutes total. Perfect for kids!
9. The City of Arts & Science
Inside of the Museum of Prince Philip. Alberto Gonzalez Rovira
Needless to say, The City of Arts & Science is a place where you can spend all day doing new things and not have enough time to explore everything: the biggest aquarium in Europe, the IMAX theater and Museum of Prince Philip.
No doubt, kids with curious minds will love Museo de Príncipe Felipe – a complex full of installations dedicated to science.
10. Pirate Caves in Cullera
If your kids are fascinated by pirates, why not visit the pirate caves in Cullera?
11. Boat trip from Marina Real Juan Carlos I
Whether you are in Valencia with kids or teenagers, the whole family will enjoy taking a boat trip in the sea. Pick your type of excursion – departures can be from the city as well as from other ports down along the coast.
12. Museum of Ethnology
Both little kids and teens will enjoy paying a visit to the Museum of Ethnology in Valencia.
Apart from the permanent exhibitions on the Valencian lifestyle, this museum puts on interesting temporary exhibitions and often runs hands-on activities for kids.
13. Museum of Natural Science
Museo municipal de ciencias naturales can be quite interesting for enquiring minds!
14. Peñíscola Castle
The view from Peñíscola Castle.
One of the best day trips you can take in Valencia with kids is to visit Peñíscola.
Submerge into the Knights Templar’s atomsphere by exploring their castle. The adventure includes stunning views of the town and half moon beaches, a medieval torture room and a beautiful old town perched up on a rock.
Last, but not least, you can finish the day by the beach. Seafood lovers will enjoy a lunch or dinner of freshly caught fish!
15. Attraction & Water Parks
If your kids love attractions, there are quite a few options within a reasonable drive from Valencia. The biggest ones are:
Enjoy your family holiday in Valencia with kids! And if you like trying local foods check out my food tours!