Madrid for Kids: Theme Parks, Water Parks, Wildlife and More

01 of 09

Where to Take Children on a Visit to Madrid

Teleferico (Cable Car) in Madrid
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 Madrid might not be the easiest place to entertain children: you can't just take them to the beach and let them build sand castles.

However, there is still plenty to do in the Spanish capital to keep the kids amused. Check out the gallery for some top tips.

02 of 09

Theme Parks Close to Madrid

Parque de Atracciones near Madrid
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There are two theme parks close to Madrid (one very close to Madrid): the Warner Brothers'-themed one in San Martín de la Vega and the imaginatively titled Parque de Atracciones.

Both have the big scary rides for the bigger kids and areas aimed more at the young 'uns. So which should you go for?

Parque de Atracciones is a lot closer to the city center - it's just a ride on the Madrid Metro away - so if you don't have long in the city, you might prefer that one. But the Warner Brothers' Park has all the TV and movie tie-ins that the kids will surely enjoy.

Parque Warner Theme Park in Madrid 

Address: M-301, Km 15.5, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain

How to Get There 

Take the Cercanias train Pinto stop (C-3 line). From there you need the 413 bus. Read more about Buses and Trains in Spain.

Parque de Atracciones

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

How to Get There 

Take Line 10 of the Madrid Metro to Batan and walk from there.

Entry Price and Opening Times

Both parks have the same system.

Entry and opening times vary according to the time of year. Input the number of people you are going with on the site and you'll be shown on a calendar the price for various days.

03 of 09

Water Parks Near Madrid

Aquopolis, Villanueva de la Canada. Spain, Valencia, Alicante
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Madrid summers get stiflingly hot. In August, the city virtually closes down as everyone heads to the coast to cool down.

If you are visiting in the summer months, a visit to a water park is a great way to unwind.

Address: Avenida de la Dehesa, s/n, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain

Phone: +34 902 34 50 06

How to Get There

Bus 627 from Moncloa or 581 from Principe Pio

Aquopolis San Fernando de Henares

Address: Carretera Nacional II, Km 15.5, 28830 San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain

How to Get There

Take either the 281, 282 or 284 buses from Avenida de America bus station to San Fernando de Henares.

Alternatively, take the Cercanias train to San Fernando and then the U1 bus.

04 of 09

Wildlife Parks in and Near Madrid

Faunia in Madrid
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Where to take the kids to learn about animals.

Zoo Aquarium Madrid

Madrid's main zoo and aquarium.

Address: Zoo Aquarium de Madrid - Casa de Campo s/n 28011 Madrid

Metro: Batan

Entry: 18 euros (online price)

Opening Times Vary

Faunia Ecological Park Madrid

Address: Av. Comunidades, 28, 28032 Madrid, Spain

Metro Valdebernardo (Línea 9)

Cercanías Vicálvaro (Línea C2)

Entry: 16 euros (online price)

Safari Madrid

Address: Carretera Navalcarnero-Cadalso de los Vidrios Km 22.
Aldea del Fresno MADRID.

Opening Times: 10:30 to 18:30

Entry: Adults 17€, Children 13€

Burrolandia

A cute little place to meet some donkeys!

Address: Camino de la Moraleja, 147, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain

Opening Times: Sundays from 10am to 2pm

Entry: Free

How to Get There

Bus: Take the 716 bus from Plaza Castilla and get off at the last stop. From here it's a 2.5km walk. 

Train: To Tres Cantos and then take a bus to Soto de Viñuelas, getting off at Castillo de Viñuelas.

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05 of 09

Hot-Air Balloon Rides Near Madrid

Hot Air Balloon Over Segovia
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Hot air balloons in Madrid are inexpensive compared to in other countries. The landscape around Madrid can be beautiful, but the most exciting part would be to fly around historic cities such as Segovia or Toledo.

06 of 09

Madrid's Transport Museums

22.05.2008. Madrid. Spain. Chamberi undergroung station, Metro Museum. 22.05.2008. Madrid. Spain. Chamberi undergroung station, Metro Museum.
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Planes, trains, and automobiles fire up the imagination of most kids. Luckily, there's plenty of museums to appeal to little petrolheads in the Spanish capital.

Museo del Aire

Miniature and full-size airplanes at this free museum.

Closed Mondays.

Address: Aeropuerto Cuatro Vientos S/N 28024 Madrid, Spain

Metro: Cuatro Vientos

Anden 0

Step back in time and see what a metro station looked like in the 1960s. Free entry.

Address: Plaza de Chamberi, Madrid

Metro: Iglesia/Bilbao

Madrid Train Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril)

For children with a fascination with trains (that's all of them, isn't it?), Madrid's railway museum is perfect for them.

Address: Museo del Ferrocarril. Pº Delicias 61 - 28045 Madrid

Metro: Delicias

Madrid's Naval Museum

Do your kids like boats? Then this museum is for them. Not the most dynamic of museums, but it's free, so you have nothing to lose.

Address: Paseo del Prado 5 28014 Madrid, Spain

Metro: Banco de España

Fireman's Museum

Every child wants to grow up to be a fireman, right?

Address: Calle de Boada, 4, 28038 Madrid, Spain

Temporarily closed for renovation.

Metro: Buenos Aires

Royal Automobile Foundation Museum (Museo de la fundación RACE)

Displays of vintage cars at the old Jarama Formula One circuit.

Address: Museo Fundación Cultural RACE Circuito del Jarama Ctra. Nacional I, km 27,8 28700 San Sebastián de los Reyes

Open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00, but email fundacion@race.es first to confirm. Free entry.

Jardines de Sabatini Car Museum

More vintage cars.

Address: Cuesta San Vicente, 16, Madrid, 28008

Metro: Principe Pio

Museo de Eduardo Barreiros

Another small car museum.

Address: Finca Valmayor / Camino de las Huertas, Carretera Comarcal 600, km 16,6, 28210 Valdemorillo (Madrid)

Telf. 91 411 92 20

Visit with prior arrangement. Email info@fundación barreiros.org

07 of 09

Art the Kids Can Enjoy at the Reina Sofia

Guernica painting by Picasso at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid
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Spanish modern art, including such luminaries as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, is the kind of thing that anyone can enjoy. And with Picasso's magnum opus the Guernica on display, the Reina Sofia really is a treat.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm 

Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm 

Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Entry Price

General 8,00 €

Temporary exhibitions 4,00 €

Free Entry Times 

Monday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Saturday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:30 - 7:00 p.m.

08 of 09

Watch a Real Madrid Match

Santiago Bernabeu, the Real Madrid stadium
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Real Madrid is Europe's most successful soccer team and always has a roster of some of the biggest footballers in the world. Any match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium will excite any child interested in football.

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09 of 09

Madrid Snow Zone at Xanadu

Xanadu indoor ski resort, near Madrid
Madrid Xanadu

Madrid's only indoor ski slope, with 'real' snow.

Address: Calle Puerto de Navacerrada 1, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid, Spain

Prices: Vary but they often have a deal for 25 euros for two hours of skiing and equipment rental.

How to Get There Buses 528, 534 or 539 from Príncipe Pío station.

Opening Times

March to November

Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 to 22:00.

Friday and Saturday 10:00 to 24:00

December to February

Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to midnight.

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