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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Aquopolis Villanueva de la Cañada

    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.

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  • 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€


    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.

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  • 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

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    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 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

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  • 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.

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    1. 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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    2. 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.