Kid Friendly Attractions in Buenos Aires

Traveling with kids requires a whole different set of criteria, even in Buenos Aires, a remarkably kid-friendly city. Booster seats and crayons aside, what many families are after are activities for kids both young and grown-up; attractions that are truly fun for the whole family. Because while it's true that there are only so many art museums a five-year-old can take, parents won't want to spend their whole stay in BA watching cartoons and spinning around on the kiddie rides. So when it's time to let the kids run loose, it's time for Buenos Aires' numerous family-friendly attractions. Families will most likely find that the most kid-friendly zones of the city are Puerto Madero and Palermo; along with wider streets, less bus traffic, and more green open spaces, these neighborhoods also offer the most options for family-oriented lodging, such as temporary apartment rentals or apart-hotels, as well as the highest density of modern restaurants with children's menus and high chairs up for grabs. Palermo-based vacationing families will find that the vicinity of public parks and gardens make the sprawling neighborhood a very amicable place to stay. From the zoo and the feline-inhabited Botanical Gardens in Plaza Italia to the massive Bosques de Palermo park, with its weekend bike rentals and pond with paddle boats, the zone is full of open spaces to run and play. Weekends are particularly enjoyable for families, with street markets and fairs like the one in Plaza Francia, where balloon sculptors, acrobats, and clowns can help entertain the little ones. Should you get stuck with a rainy day, grab the kids and head for the Museo de los Niños, an interactive museum located on the top floor of the beautiful Abasto shopping mall. Traveling a bit further, the interactive wildlife reserve Temaiken is just outside of Buenos Aires proper, and a great day trip to see all kinds of animals in near-natural habitats. Or hop on the riverside Tren de la Costa to the port of Tigre, where the modern amusement park, Parque de la Costa, is situated.

Museo de los Niños

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Avenida Corrientes 3247, upstairs
Shopping Abasto de Buenos Aires

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Zoológico Temaiken

Escobar Partido, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Jardín Zoológico

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Santa Fé y Las Heras

A BA animal safari...
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Parque de la Costa

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Vivanco 1509

Modern amusement park by the river...
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Botanical Gardens

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Santa Fe and J.L. Borges
Av. Las Heras, at Plaza Italia, across from the subway entrance

Cat heaven...
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Plaza Francia

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Avenida del Libertador, entre Agote y Pueyrredón

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Parque Centenario

Campichuelo y Av. Díaz Vélez

A cirucular design with lots of weekend activity...
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Tren de la Costa

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J.B. Lasalle 653
Avenida Maipu 2300

A train to the past...
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Reserva Ecológica

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Costanera Sur s/n
Along the Costanera near Puerto Madero

Ecological microsystem...
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Bosques de Palermo

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Avenues Del Libertador, Dorrego y Figueroa Alcorta
Palermo

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