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The 15 best things to do in Madrid with kids

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a bustling metropolis with more than three million residents. Visitors traveling here enjoy well-groomed boulevards, world-famous European art museums, sporting events, and a warm Mediterranean climate. And of course there is plenty to do, and eat, here for families. In fact, you are likely to see children running all over town, at all hours, especially in the summer months.

Read our list below to see the best things to do with kids in this beautiful city.

Stretching out in the Buen Retiro park

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Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

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This 350-acre park, in the heart of the city, has it all: manicured gardens, boat rides, an impressive glass palace, sculptures (see if the kids can find the fallen angel sculpture), jogging trails, art exhibits and live music. This is the place to relax after a morning of sightseeing and walking around the city. Pack a picnic and enjoy a lazy afternoon. The people watching in the Parque del Buen Retiro is great too. You will really get a feel for the easy and joyful lifestyle of Madrid.

Visit a famous square

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Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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The Plaza Mayor, or »Plaza Mayor«, was once the center of Old Madrid, where people gathered to socialize, bullfights and even executions. Today, this popular, colorful, Instagram-worthy plaza, with cobblestones in the center, is at the heart of everything charming: boutique shops, cafes, street vendor restaurants, and independent artists. Visit just as the sun begins to set and watch the natural light dance over the buildings.

Race at the Carlos Sainz Go-Kart Center

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Calle Sepúlveda, 3, 28011 Madrid, Spain

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+34916 40 74 74

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You may not have been aware before, but Madrid is home to some serious Go-Kart racers. The Carlos Sainz Go-Kart Center is the largest track in all of Europe, satisfying the need for speed of children. Experts are available to show drivers techniques and offer training sessions. There is also a huge interior playground for young children who are not ready to get behind the wheel.

Dance flamenco

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Calle del Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain

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+34915 42 86 77

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Madrid is a wonderful place to see authentic flamenco dancers, singers, and guitarists. No two dancers or performances are the same – improvisation is the name of the game. Visit Tablao Las Carboneras on Calle Conde de Miranda, on the ground floor of the palace of the Count of Miranda. All your senses will be engaged as you watch, listen and dine at this one-of-a-kind traditional show.

Riding a bike through Madrid Río

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Paseo de la Ermita del Santo, 14, 16, 28011 Madrid, Spain

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Located on the banks of the Manzanares River, Madrid Río is the perfect place for peace and relaxation. Rent bikes and tour the grounds, breathe fresh air, and see the sites as you go. There are historical bridges, as well as new and modern modern bridges – it is interesting to see the combination of the two styles. Kids will love any of the 17 play spaces along the way, some even have zip lines and climbing walls. Skaters will love the skate park. Of course, there are plenty of places to eat and dine to fill you up.

Find a bargain at El Rastro

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Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, 28005 Madrid, Spain

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+34915 29 82 10

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Visit the most famous open-air market in Madrid, which is held every Sunday and on holidays throughout the year: El Rastro. Here you can find the most magical rarities: art, second-hand items, clothing, antiques, toys, and children will love exploring the various vendors. Afterward, you can stop for ice cream or coffee, or a small glass of beer (called a caña), at one of the many cafes that line the streets. The market is located in Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo.

Bite your way through the San Miguel market

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Plaza de San Miguel, 5, 28005 Madrid, Spain

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+34915 42 49 36

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Of course, your family will have to eat, daily, so to speak, and so a visit to the San Miguel market will fill their stomachs. This is the place to go to try many new and exciting foods – strolling through more than 30 stalls, full of Spanish cuisine. You can order small portions for your picky eater – the risk is low if your child does not like what is offered. This covered market, built in the early 1900s, is as beautiful as it sounds. Sit back and stay or order to go; Either way, you can be sure that you will find something satisfying here.

Splashing around in the water parks

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M-506, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain

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+34912 00 07 92

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After traveling around Madrid, exploring its culture, museums and restaurants, your children may want to take a break. Take them to one of Madrid’s theme parks. Parque Warner Madrid, also known as Warner Brothers Park, is a great option with its 42 thrilling attractions plus the Parque Warner Beach waterslide paradise. Parque Warner, located southeast of the city of Madrid in San Martín de la Vega, can be accessed by public transport, making it easy to visit while on vacation without a car.

Other theme parks in Madrid that are worth a visit are Aquopolis Water Park and Zipline Adventure Park Madrid.

Catch the thrill at a theme park

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Casa de Campo, s / n, 28011 Madrid, Spain

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+34912 00 07 95

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There are two theme parks near Madrid (one very close to Madrid): the Warner Brothers in San Martín de la Vega and the imaginative Amusement Park. They both have great scare rides for the older kids and areas intended more for the youngsters.

The Amusement Park is close to the city center, just a metro ride from Madrid. Kids can scream their hearts out at a host of rides and roller coasters, divided into five different themed zones: The Great Avenue, Tranquility Zone, Engineering Zone, Nature Zone, and Nickelodeon Land.

Pro Tip: Book online for special savings and download the park app for accessible maps and information.

See wildlife parks

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Casa de Campo s / n, 28011 Madrid, Spain

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+34911 54 74 79

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Kids love visiting animal parks and seeing wildlife, and Madrid has a number of great places to visit. Madrid Zoo Aquarium is a popular zoo and aquarium, situated on almost 50 acres. This zoo and aquarium is one of the most visited and largest zoos in Spain. Kids will love visiting the white tiger habitat, seeing giant pandas eating off bamboo sticks, and watching dolphins swim around. Families can see more than 6,000 animals, 500 different species, as they stroll through the gardens.

Madrid’s Faunia Ecological Park is another popular place to visit with children in tow. This zoo and botanical garden, divided by different ecosystems, experiences fewer tourists and is affordable for families.

Burrolandia is a cute little place to meet some donkeys. Located in Tres Cantos, children can participate in Burroterapia, which is a way to interact with donkeys, participate in their care, and experience the benefits of non-verbal communication with animals.

Fly high in a hot air balloon

Hot air balloons in Madrid are cheap compared to other countries. The scenery around Madrid can be beautiful, but the most exciting part would be flying around historic cities like Segovia or Toledo. Kids will love seeing the city from above, high above, on this bucket list adventure (see what we did there?).

Visit the transport museums of Madrid

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Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain

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+34915 39 00 85

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Planes, trains, and automobiles spark the imaginations of most children. Fortunately, there are many museums to attract the little petrol bosses in the Spanish capital.

The Air Museum offers views of miniature and full-size airplanes, Anden 0 allows families to go back in time to see what a metro station looked like in the 1960s, the Madrid Railway Museum is designed for children with a fascination with trains. (That’s it, right?), the Naval Museum of Madrid is a free museum for children who like boats, the Firefighter Museum will teach children about fire safety in a fun and engaging way and finally, The Museo de la Fundación Real del Automóvil (RACE Foundation Museum) displays vintage cars on the former Jarama Formula One circuit. You’ll find that these museums have quite a bit of history attached to it, enriching the experience as you learn more about the role of Spain in past events.

See art that children can enjoy at the Reina Sofía

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Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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+34917 74 10 00

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Spanish modern art, which includes luminaries like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, is the kind of thing anyone can enjoy. And with a variety of interesting and even bizarre works on display, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is truly a treat.

Children and families can take part in one of the program offerings at the museum to enhance their visit. Explore dance, visual arts, music and more in a hands-on environment, led by artists and museum educators.

Watch a Real Madrid Match

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Av.de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain

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+34 913 98 43 00

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Real Madrid, a professional Spanish football club, is Europe’s most successful soccer team and always has a roster of some of the biggest footballers in the world. A match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium will excite any child interested in football. Stadium tours, which last about two hours, are also available. Sports fanatics will definitely get their fill at Real Madrid.

Skiing in Madrid Snow Zone in Xanadu

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Calle Puerto de Navacerrada, Km 23.5, Local 310, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid, Spain

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+34916 48 22 44

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Madrid Snow Zone is the only indoor ski slope in Madrid, with “real” snow. Kids can ski, snowboard, and play in the snow all day. Families can also take a downhill ride on a toboggan or try a snow bike. Lessons are available for all skill levels and there are races organized by different levels of difficulty: Green, Blue, Red, Black.

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