Things to Do in Madrid with Kids
Though many visitors come to Madrid for its museums, cuisine, and rich cultural heritage, the city also offers families a range of kid-friendly activities. From hot-air-balloon rides to amusement parks, here's what you need to know to enjoy your time with children in Madrid.
- Take a hot-air-balloon ride over Guadarrama Regional Park, with round-trip transportation from Madrid. Kids ages 6 through 18 will marvel at the views and get to remember the experience with a souvenir photo.
- Explore Madrid's Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), an expansive city park with several family-friendly attractions. Beyond exploring its numerous playgrounds, you can rent bikes and hop in a rowboat for a paddle on the lake. To see more of the park's sights, book a Segway tour with the kids.
- Tour the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) on a family-friendly guided tour or early access tour to avoid the crowds. Kids enjoy the palace's manicured gardens and fountains, as well as the historic collection of Spanish arms and armor, showcased in the Royal Armory.
- Kids shouldn't miss the spectacle of a traditional Flamenco show, complete with live musicians and singers. From the colorful outfits to the rhythmic performance, kids are sure to enjoy this traditional Spanish art. Book tickets in advance to secure a seat, and consider a dinner upgrade to enjoy a Spanish meal with the show.
- Let the kids blow off some steam at the Madrid Amusement Park (Parque de Atracciones de Madrid). Cool off on a few water rides, and get the adrenaline going with a loop on the roller coaster. Madrid hop-on-hop-off-bus tours—and kid-friendly sightseeing tours—may not take you right to the park, but they should get you close.
- Uncover the history of Don Quixote with a daylong adventure to La Mancha from Madrid. Full-day tours are the best way to experience this piece of Spain's medieval history, visit a castle, and see the windmills made famous by the Miguel de Cervantes novel.
- Embrace Spanish tradition with a visit to the Raton Perez House Museum, which celebrates the Tooth Fairy–like character in Spanish culture. Book a tour of the museum to learn the history of this whimsical tale.