Spain is a one of the most child-friendly countries in the world and there are many family activities in Valencia. Full of parks, culture and unique sights, there is plenty available to entertain younger and older kids…
A great way to get to know the city is to go on a Tapas Tour, where you can experience the flavours of Valencia, learn about the culture and really soak up the atmosphere. The Central Market (Plaza Ciudad de Brujas)alsooffers plenty of specialty local foods. The whole family can take a trip to the wild side at the Bioparc Zoo where you can see animals out in the open, enjoying their natural habitats. In the centre of the city, the Turia Gardens are a great place to relax, with a number of playgrounds and cafes as well as places to rent a bike and explore. The Rovella area offers free activities for children in the summer months, with face painting, balloon making and an assortment of workshops.
For those who fancy indoor adventures, Valencia is home to the Toy Soldier Museum (Malferit Palace, Calle Caballeros). Situated in the centre of the city, the museum contains more than one million toy soldiers with 80,000 on display in re-enactments of significant historical scenes and eras, from the ancient times and the dinosaur era to the 20th century and World War Two.
The History Museum and the Science Museum are also great for families. A visit to the former starts with an epic journey in a time machine back to the Roman era, while the Science Museum has welcomed more than 27 million visitors since it opened in 2000. A fully interactive location, the museum includes a zero gravity room, an electricity theatre and a construction-style playground that is perfect for the little ones. The ‘experimental classrooms’ let visitors take a hands-on approach with collaborative scientific demonstrations.
The museum is housed within the City of Arts and Sciences complex, which also contains the Hemisferic – with its IMAX dome cinema, planetarium and Laserium – and the Oceanographic with the largest aquarium in Europe, a shark tunnel and separate buildings dedicated to the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea. The building is designed by a renowned architect and also houses the Underwater Restaurant, the Dolphinarium and over 500 different species including dolphins, penguins, jellyfish and turtles.
At the end of a long day sightseeing, Valencia has family-friendly restaurants aplenty. Canela (Calle Quart) offers authentic local cuisine and La Utielana (Plaza Picadero de Dos Aguas) has great Spanish fare. The Italian food at La Pappardella (Calle de Bordadores) is delicious while La Francesa del Carmen (Soguers) has a tasty French menu. There are plenty of restaurants scattered around the centre of the city too if you fancy making a more spontaneous choice.
A number of operators, such as Turiart, offer a range of family activities including visits to the Mestalla Stadium and a fairy-tale route through the city.
Read more about family activities at http://www.visitvalencia.com/en.