There are so many things to do in Valencia with kids and actually most of this epic list is worth doing even if you don’t have little ones with you.
If you have three days in Valencia you’ll be able to see a lot of the city. We allowed a buffer and spent five-nights in Valencia with kids; our three year old and one year old, so I thought I’d share our recommendations in this bumper guide on things to do in Valencia. We loved this city!
P.S. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a video of things to do in Valencia!
Recommended reading: City Break to Valencia with a 1 and 3 Year Old
1. Enjoy the Street Art
You’ll find cool street art all over the city, so make sure you look up and have a wander.
Head to Plaza del Ayuntamiento in Valencia, Plaza Merced and Plaza del Tossal for some great pieces.
2. Hire a Bike
Valencia is really flat, so it’s super easy to cycle about. Hire a bike for the day for next to nothing from one of the many bike shops in the city – we used BikeMe. If you’re tight on time you can hire one for a couple of hours.
If you’re in Valencia with kids I’d definitely recommend booking baby/children seats in advance or getting there first thing. Alternatively rent a Diverbike so the whole family can go on one bike! Want a bike route? See my next point!
Address: BikeMe, Calle Caballeros 41 Bajo 46001, Valencia
3. Visit Jardines del Turia
This is one of the most popular parks in Spain and runs around the centre of the city. It’s beautiful and has such a lovely vibe. I guess it’s more of a long open space, than a park, in that it snakes around the city.
There are dedicated bike lanes and the route can take you down to the beach, alongside playgrounds and a few of the major attractions in Valencia.
If you don’t have a bike it’s still worth visiting. Bring a picnic or grab an ice-cream and enjoy! Number 8 is in this area so you could tie the two together.
Address: Turia Park, Jardín del Turia, 46023 Valencia
4. Go on a Bike Tour
If you’d rather an expert help you get your bearings then a bike tour is a great way to see the main sights. This particular tour takes in Turia Gardens, as well as Old Valencia and some of the more modern monuments.
5. Play with the Giant
Parque Gulliver is a park inside Turia Park. It’s based on the story about Gulliver’s Travels and features a fallen giant that kids can scramble over, sliding down various bits of his body.
Entry is free and there are a few picnic benches about. My two were a bit too young to appreciate it – they preferred playing with the stones on the floor – but I can imagine it’s great for older kids in Valencia.
Address: Parque Gulliver, Jardín del Turia, s/n, 46023 Valencia
6. Soak Up the Sun
This Spanish city clocks up over 300 sunny days during the year, so if you’re needing a little vitamin D it’s a great option. Kick back in the many parks and plazas and soak it all up. I’d especially recommend hanging out in Plaça de la Verge. The kids can runabout, whilst the parents soak up the rays. Perfect!
Address: Plaça de la Verge, s/n, 46001 Valencia
7. Meet the Animals at BIOPARC
You can easily spend a whole day at this zoo/nature/animal park. It’s home to elephants, hippos, giraffes, gorillas, rhinos and loads more animals, all set in an ‘immersive’ concept. We were so impressed.
Meander past and through various enclosures – if you can call them that. There are no cages so you have a great opportunity to get up close with the animals.
The onsite cafes and restaurants are amazing too, giving plenty of opportunity to dine outside whilst watching the animals roam about.
Kids under 4 go free, children aged 4 – 12 cost around 18 Euros and adult tickets cost around 24 Euros. I’d recommend buying them in advance online so that you can enter via the fast-track lane.
Address: BIOPARC, Av. Pío Baroja, 3, 46015 València
If you have kids or perhaps it’s raining, head here for a day at one of the largest aquariums in Europe. It’s pricey so make sure you do spend the day here to get your money’s worth.
You’ll be able to see dolphins (I recommend boycotting the choreographed show), penguins, swordfish and more.
Kids under 4 are free. Adult tickets are around £25.
Address: Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències, Carrer d’Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 1B, 46013 Valencia
P.S. I don’t rate the nearby science museum for kids, so it’s purposefully not included in this list.
In Valencia on a budget? Raining? Step inside Mercado Central.
If you’re in Valencia with kids, especially young ones in a buggy, I’d recommend using the side entrance as the front one has steps and gets quite busy.
Allow an hour or so for this visit. There are a mixture of things on offer; coffee, meat, snacks, baked treats and more. Make sure you make it to the centre of the market and look up to see the beautiful ceiling.
Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València
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10. Climb and Snack
This cute little café offers kid’s the chance to climb and enjoy soft play. The café serves pizza and lighter snacks too. Check their website for opening times and for special workshops. In the past they’ve hosted origami sessions and other crafty bits.
Address: Brili’s Café, Carrer dels Centelles, 42, 46006 València, Spain
11. Go on a Family Walking Tour
This walking tour of Valencia is geared up for families. Spanning two hours, it’s a chance to see the main sights, whilst enjoying quizzes and challenges to keep younger ones entertained.
12. Play at the Beach
At Patacona beach you’ll find a playground on the beach – the best of both worlds for young
children. I’d recommend wearing them out on the playground and chasing the tide, then stroll to one of the nearby cafes or restaurants.
Address: Passeig Marítim de la Patacona, 93, 46120 Alboraia, València
13. Hire a Pedalo
Stop at Parque De Cabecera to hire a swan pedalo boat. Obviously it depends on the ages of your children, as when mine were really young they liked to try to launch themselves in the
water! If yours have a bit more self-control this can be a really lovely way to
spend a few hours.
Address: Parque De Cabecera, Av. Pío Baroja, s/n, 46015 València
14. Visit Torees de Serranos
This landmark looks a little like a castle to mini-explorers. Nova thought it was where a dragon lived and he loved playing knights around here! Climb to the top for views of the city.
Address: Plaça dels Furs, s/n, 46003 València
15. Ride the Miniature Trains
Ride the miniature trains in a lovely little park. There are
bridges and different tracks to enjoy. This is a seasonal event that usually
runs once a week. You can find out when here.
Address: Parc Municipal La Granja, Carrer de Mariano Aser, s/n, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
16. Snap the Catedral de Valencia
This is a beautiful building. If you choose to go inside you can opt for an audio guide or have a wander. If you do go inside, it’s worth climbing the 207 steps of its spiral staircase for impressive 360-degree views.
Our two loved running about in front of the cathedral, chasing the pigeons and we didn’t mind sitting to watch them with this backdrop.
Address: Plaça de l’Almoina, s/n, 46003 València
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And if you’re still wondering if you should visit Valencia with kids, this should help – supposedly people relocate from Barcelona to Valencia (it’s a three hour drive down the coast) when they start having children, as it’s more family-friendly. We found most of the locals made a fuss with our little ones and most of the city is flat so pushing a buggy round is a breeze. And I feel qualified to say that having pushed a double round the streets!