What to Do in Valencia with Children: Family-Friendly Itinerary

One of the challenges families with children face when traveling to other cities is finding cultural and entertainment options suitable for the little ones. For this reason, Valencia and the Valencian Community are an ideal destination for couples with children who want their vacation to be enjoyable for all family members.

Valencia is a city that surprises and enchants, a true gem of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. With its mild climate, numerous cultural and natural attractions, and vast green areas, it is a perfect destination for a family vacation.

Our recommendation for when to travel to Valencia with children?

You’ll find a mild climate year-round, though if you have very young children, we’d advise against traveling in the peak of July/August unless your plan is to have a beach-focused holiday.

Our itinerary recommendations

The capital of Turia boasts one of the largest urban zoos in Europe, Bioparc, where children can observe animals from around the world up close and enjoy various play areas. It is very close to another great place for kids, the “Parque de Cabecera,” where the whole family can relax by a lake and a picnic area.

An activity highly recommended for families is renting bicycles to enjoy the gardens along the former riverbed leading to the City of Arts and Sciences. This area houses the most visited attractions by children in the city: the Science Museum, the Oceanographic, and the Hemispheric.

The Oceanographic is considered the largest aquarium in Europe and one of the largest in the world in terms of species variety. Here, the little ones can have fun exploring different seas and their species, and even participate in a dolphin show.

Walking along the Turia before reaching the Oceanographic, you’ll find the Hemispheric, where children can enjoy learning about science through shows dedicated to space, dinosaurs, or volcanoes, and have the chance to engage with scientific mysteries.

Next to the City of Arts and Sciences is Gulliver Park, a free park for children where they can play on large slides and try small climbs.

Regarding museums suitable for children, near the City of Arts and Sciences is the Fallero Museum, where children can see some of the historic “ninots” from the “Fallas” festival and learn about its history as Valencia’s most important festival and UNESCO heritage.

Another museum that is very interesting for children is L’Iber, a museum of lead soldiers, now exhibiting more than 95,000 pieces in its 15 rooms for all miniature enthusiasts.

Another fun experience for children is a boat trip to Albufera, where they can enjoy this natural reserve, appreciate many bird species, and listen to the park’s history directly from the captain!

If you decide to rely on us (if you haven’t already), for bike rentals, we offer various solutions, from children’s bikes to trailers that can also be used as strollers, as well as front and rear seats for the little ones. With us, you also have the option to take child-friendly private tours or use our audioguide with fun stories for the little ones.

The options outside the city of Valencia

If we have already talked about the options with children that you can find in the city of Valencia in our blog, the province itself, like Alicante and Castellón, offers interesting alternatives to enjoy with the little ones.

Amusement parks can always be a great option, especially when traveling with children. For instance, Terra Mitica, located in the province of Alicante, can be a destination to consider, both for its endless attractions and for its aquatic areas, perfect for the summer.

An even more refreshing option are the water parks you can find in some of the most popular coastal towns such as Benicassim (Aquarama), Benidorm (Aqualandia and Aquopolis), or Cullera (Aquopolis). Their slides and wave pools are usually a hit with kids and a fun day for the whole family.

A simple mountain trail can be a highly recommended family activity, so the towns of Montanejos and Navajas, both featuring rivers and waterfalls, can be great spots to spend a day away from the beach.

If you’re looking for a marine option, snorkeling can be a perfect activity to do with the little ones. We especially recommend the areas of Javea, Denia, and Altea, where you can enjoy a vast marine fauna and crystal-clear beaches, not forgetting Tabarca, where you can spend the day on an ancient pirate island.

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