7 Spanish Attractions Every Kid Should Experience

Spain isn’t just for grownups and whether you live here or you visit, there is no shortage of things for kids to do. From an amusement park on top of a mountain to the biggest aquarium in Europe to a magical fountain; exploring Spain is fun for all ages. Here are the seven Spanish attractions that every kid, and frankly every adult should experience at least once in their lifetime.

7. Tibidabo Amusement Park, Barcelona

The mountain of Tibidabo overlooks the city of Barcelona and offers spectacular views of both the city and the coastline. It also happens to be the site of one of the best kids attractions in the country. Tibidabo Amusement Park opened in 1899 and is one of the oldest still operating parks in the world. Most of the original rides are actually still in operation here. Attractions here include a pirate area, castle and many rides both modern and original.

The journey to this park is half the fun, as you first need to take a train from the center of Barcelona to the Tramvia Blau, which takes you halfway up the mountain. The rest of the way up is by funicular train and expect breathtaking views. There are no “thrill” rides here but expect a friendly atmosphere, plenty of experiences for the little ones and one heck of a Ferris Wheel that overlooks the entire city.

6. Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park), Madrid

It translates into Park of the Pleasant Retreat in English and as the biggest park in Madrid City, it is certainly worth a trip with the kids. This magnificent park is filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and home to a variety of events. The best part about spending time here is that both kids and parents love to explore the gardens, the lake, and the towering trees.

A favorite activity here is to rent a rowboat from the lake’s northern shore, an iconic Madrid experience that shouldn’t be missed. Throughout the summer visitors will find plenty of open-air cafes to have lunch at, live music to dance too and numerous children’s events that happen. Mingle with tourists and locals as everyone heads here on the weekends to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

5. Madrid Zoo and Aquarium, Madrid

Home to approximately 3,000 animals the zoo and aquarium in Madrid is a favorite amongst visitors with kids. It opened in 1770 and is one of the largest zoos in Spain, along with one of the only zoos in the world to house giant pandas. The exhibits at this zoo include a petting zoo, aquarium, dolphin exhibit and an aviary. There are several restaurants on-site along with a boat and train tour. Favorite animals here include the small group of koalas, gorillas, and sea lions and of course the dolphins. Talks are offered throughout the day but note that these are in Spanish.

Give yourself a full day to visit as there is plenty to see and do and make sure to pick up a map as this place is full of hidden twists and turns, and you won’t want to miss a thing! It is best to avoid coming on weekends as it does get busy and we recommended buying your tickets ahead of time online to avoid any lineups.

4. Barcelona Aquarium

Located in the city’s old harbor, the Port Vell, the Barcelona Aquarium declares itself as the world’s most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Kids will love traveling through the aquarium visiting 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to more than 11,000 animals from over 450 different species. The highlight of this aquarium happens to be the immense Oceanarium, the only one of its kind in Europe. The transparent 80-meter long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium where you walk among sharks, morays, giltheads, ocean sunfish and more.

There are a total of three sections to the aquarium for kids to explore, the aquarium itself which houses all the different marine life, the Planeta Aqua Section where kids can learn more about water, it is here where the lethal fish are kept as well as the penguins. Lastly, there is the Explora! Zone, a fun area where children have access to interactive learning tools, as well as a play area complete with slides. Count on this being an entire day trip.

3. Poble Espanyol, Barcelona

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, Poble Espanyol is a mock village with over 40 workshops showing 21 different types of craftsmanship at work. If you are looking to do something on the weekend with the kids, this is the place to be. Sundays are the best day to visit with the little ones, as there are organized activities and shows to take part in. Bonus tip: Reserve a meal at one of the restaurants inside and gain free entry to the village.

One of the best ways to explore the village with kids is to take part in a Gymkhana activity with the family. It is a treasure hunt throughout the village that gives clues to families as they search for the hidden secrets. Children ages 3-9 must be accompanied by an adult and it is one of the best ways to get the kids involved while here. A specially designed space for education and family fun, family-friendly restaurants on site and a day full of new experiences is something not to miss!

2. Font Magica, Barcelona

It is one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and promises to wow both kids and parents. The Magic Fountain was designed by engineer Carles Buigas and was one of the greatest successes of the 1929 International Exhibition, later restored for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. It is Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain that offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights, which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues.

During the display the moving jets are illuminated and synchronized to the music and lights, creating a magic dance that will enthrall kids. Make sure you head here from Thursday to Sundays as the fountains do not operate the rest of the week during the summer. Wintertime the fountain only operates on Friday and Saturdays with extended hours over the holidays.

1. L’oceanografic at City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

It is the largest aquarium in Europe and certainly deserves a visit from families of all ages. Visitors will find over 45,000 examples of 500 different marine species including sharks, Beluga whales, sea lions, penguins and manta rays. This oceanographic park is structured into ten areas for visitors to explore and includes a popular dolphinarium. You will need to spend all day here to explore the entire aquarium with sections dedicated to the Red Sea, Arctic, Mediterranean, mangrove forests, and more.

Most of the aquarium is found below ground wherein a series of massive tanks you can watch the animals. The shark tunnel is one of the favorite things about this aquarium and throughout the year they offer the chance for kids to spend the night sleeping under it. Check out the two-level restaurant, which offers superb views into the aquarium.

World’s 8 Most Impressive Water Fountains

One of the most beautiful sights you can see in a city when visiting are its ornate, or powerful, water fountains. To this day water fountains still inspire us with their beauty and power. To single any out makes one feel guilty, but if you can only see a handful, you should have a guide. So here are eight of the most inspiring water fountains in the world.

1. The Fountain of Wealth (Singapore)

The largest fountain in the world is The Fountain of Wealth located in Singapore. A fitting name for a fountain located in this bustling metropolis. The bronze ring making up the center of the fountain is based on the Hindu Mandala and the inward flow of water in the fountain represents riches pouring in according feng shui scholars. It is said good fortune and wealth will come to those walking around the fountain three times while touching the water.
Fountain of Wealth Singapore

2. The Burj Khalifa Fountain (Dubai, UAE)

Located on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake in Dubai, this fountain is one of the most spectacular sights to see in a city full of amazing sights. Its water jets can shoot up to 152.4 meters (500 feet) in the air. Visitors can also experience daily light and music shows around the fountain. The fountain was designed by WET Design, the U.S designers behind the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Burj Khalifa Fountain Dubai

3. The Archibald Fountain (Sydney, Australia)

Found in Sydney’s Hyde Park, The Archibald Fountain memorializes Australia and France’s unity during World War One. The design of the fountain is a mixture of Greek and Roman influences that features the god Apollo encircled by other mythical beings that spray water to the delight of park visitors.
Archibald Fountain Sydney Australia

4. Jet d’Eau (Geneva, Switzerland)

One of Geneva’s most famous landmarks, the Jet d’Eau is located at the juncture where Lake Geneva meets the Rhone River. A version of the Jet d’Eau has been in operation since 1886. Its original purpose was as a safety release for a hydroelectric power grid. Today it has one of the tallest fountain sprays in the world, reaching 140 meters (460 feet).
Jet d’Eau Geneva

5. The Buckingham Fountain (Chicago, United States)

Unveiled in 1927, Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain is still one of the world’s largest fountains in physical size. Like clockwork, every hour for 20 minutes onlookers are treated to a fantastic water show from the fountain. For those visiting Chicago at night make sure to stop by the fountain because the waterworks are accompanied by lights and music.
Buckingham Fountain Chicago

6. The Nations Friendship Fountain (Moscow, Russia)

Built during the Soviet era in Moscow, The Nations Friendship Fountain is decorated with 16 gold-plated statues representing former republics of the USSR. The fountain sits within the larger All-Russian Exhibition Center. Should you be in Moscow, make a point to visit the center and the fountain.
Nations Friendship Fountain

7. Moonlight Rainbow Fountain (Seoul, Korea)

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Seoul
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This amazing sight is the longest bridge fountain in the world at a length of over 1,000 meters. The Banpo Bridge fountain was designed to be environmentally friendly since the 190 tons of water it pumps per minute comes from, and returns to, the river the bridge spans. A night time visit is a must for visitors to Seoul because of the lights the fountain contains. This is where you will see how the bridge gets its name.

8. The Trevi Fountain (Rome, Italy)

A city famous for its multitude of classic water fountains, there was no way Rome wasn’t going to be on this list. Leading the pack is the classically beautiful Trevi fountain. Sitting on the end point of one of Rome’s famous aqueducts the fountain was built in the 1700s and is a must see destination in the City of Seven Hills. Remember to toss a coin into it the fountain when visiting. Legend says you will return to Rome in the future because of that coin toss.
Trevi Fountain Rome