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Guide to Buenos Aires for Families

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Buenos Aires is a friendly city for families. It is completely flat, thus ideal for walking without getting too tired, and there are attractions for all ages and tastes: museums, bookstores, cafes... not to mention the large number of outdoor spaces, parks, and squares!

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Bosques de Palermo

Parks

Temaiken Biopark

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos

Museo de los Ninos

Children's Museums

Museo Participativo De Ciencias

Science Museums

Paseo de la Historieta

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Puerto Madero

Neighbourhoods

Feria de Mataderos

Flea & Street Markets

Museo de La Plata

Children's Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Speciality Museums

Delta El Tigre

Other Outdoor Activities

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Architectural Buildings, Gift & Speciality Shops

Gisele T's City Tips

  • Always ask for a kids' menu at restaurants.
  • Every neighborhood has a plaza or park, many of which have historic carousels ("calesitas"). You can find a map of the plazas and parks online.
  • It's not necessary to rent a car in Buenos Aires unless you want to get out of town. The traffic is complicated, and it's hard to find parking.
  • Taxis are relatively inexpensive and a good choice. Buses and the subway (except during peak hours) are also recommended.
  • Public bathrooms are not always well maintained. Best to carry toilet paper or wet wipes with you.
  • Buenos Aires sidewalks are not always in good condition. Best to bring a baby carrier instead of a stroller.
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    Bosques de Palermo
    Parks
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    Gisele T Says:

    Also known as Parque 3 de Febrero, this complex of parks is one of the largest green areas of Buenos Aires, with 80 hectares and about 12,000 trees. It's perfect for rollerblading, skateboarding, cycling, pedal boating, and even taking a carriage ride around the two lakes. Take the whole day to enjoy the place! At the north end of the park you'll find the Japanese Garden, a typical oriental park with cherry trees, pagodas, and lakes full of fish. There is also a Japanese restaurant and exhibitions, fairs, and workshops on 'manga' (comics) and Japanese culture.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A few blocks from here are the Zoologic Garden, the Botanic Garden, and the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo (Argentina’s main racecourse).
    • Be sure to visit Rosedal, which boasts more than 18,000 roses of 2,000 different species, in addition to the Patio Andaluz and the Garden of the Poets.
    • In the same area you also have the Planetarium, with offers guided tours and astronomy classes. Don't miss the illuminated dome at night!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great place to walk 20/01/2018
    • Beautiful place to be in BA! 15/01/2018
    • Bosques de Palermo
    Address:
    Av Del Libertador & Dorrego y Figueroa Alcorta
    Palermo
    Buenos Aires 1425
    Argentina
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Temaiken Biopark
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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    Gisele T Says:

    Temaiken is a real experience of fun and learning for all ages. Visitors will discover different species of animals and plants in their natural context — so that's why they say this place is not a zoo, but a Biopark. Within its 29 acres, this place houses 7,400 animals (approximately 385 species including birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish) and encompasses a botanical garden, a zoo, an aquarium, and a museum of natural history. One of the main attractions is an archeological park and an exhibition of fossils of Argentine dinosaurs. Take the whole day to enjoy the park!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the huge circular aquarium, which holds over a million liters of seawater and is home to a variety of species of the Argentine Sea.
    • Educational activities and environmental conservation classes are given daily by the Temaiken Foundation.
    • If you want to stop to eat, you'll find a number of restaurants and places to buy "empanadas" and ice cream.
    • To get there, take the public bus line No. 60 ("semi-rápido"). It departs from Plaza Italia. Ask whether the bus enters the Biopark, since this depends on the schedule.
    • Temaiken is about 30 minutes from the center of Buenos Aires.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Belen de Escobar
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Owners must be proud- Excellent" 04/01/2018
    • Excellent day spent 12/10/2017
    • Temaiken Biopark
    Address:
    Ruta Provincial 25 Km 1
    Belen de Escobar 1625
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 348 443-6900
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Museo de los Ninos
    Children's Museums
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    Gisele T Says:

    Museo de los Niños, a mix of museum and playground, is a fabulous place for children under 12. It has a miniature city with streets, a supermarket, a gas station, a medical center, and even a mini bank. Here kids can play at being different professions like doctors, journalists, boat captains, sailors, and supermarket cashiers, to name a few. Good option for rainy days. They will love it!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • For the really little ones (up to three years old) the museum has two rooms specially built to stimulate their activity and interest.
    • If there is a long line to get in, don't worry. Surprisingly, it moves quickly and there is a lot of space inside, even on weekends when it's busy.
    • Like at any playground in a shopping center, avoid peak times like Sunday afternoons.
    • Located in the Abasto Shopping Center.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not a museum 16/12/2017
    • Fun and Different--tango alive and well 29/11/2017
    • Museo de los Ninos
    Address:
    Avenida Corrientes 3247
    Buenos Aires C1193AAE
    Argentina
    Phone:
    4861-2325
    Other:
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    Museo Participativo De Ciencias
    Science Museums
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    Gisele T Says:

    Entering a museum whose slogan is 'forbidden not to touch' is a great relief for parents. The øMuseo Participativo de Ciências — Prohibido no tocar" is within the Recoleta Cultural Center, and definitely good fun for the adults as well — actually, a poster warns that is suitable for curious people from 10 to 100 years old! The little ones will want to touch everything, and for those who are a little older it's an excellent opportunity to learn through experiments with mechanics, forces of nature, visual perception, and math.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check if "Fuerza Bruta" is performing at Centro Cultural Recoleta. It's one of the most impressive theatrical live shows you'll ever see!
    • Cross the road and go to discover one of the best museums in town, Museo de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires
    • On weekends, there is a fair with lots of vendors at Plaza Francia. Buy some street food, have a picnic, and enjoy your time with the kids like the locals do!
    • Since you're already in Recoleta, also visit the famous Recoleta Cemetery, Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, Centro Cultural La Recoleta, and Shopping Recoleta.
    • Definitely visit the Hall of Mirrors.
    • Be sure to watch the fantastic shows that are offered, especially the one about static electricity!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #135 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A wonderful surprise 31/07/2015
    • Yes! And for adults and kids alike. 27/09/2014
    • Museo Participativo De Ciencias
    Address:
    Junin 1930
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 4806-3456
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    Paseo de la Historieta
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Gisele T Says:

    This street circuit pays tribute to the most famous comic characters in Argentina. The most important of these is Mafalda, a six-year-old girl concerned about humanity and world peace, created by Quino. On the way you will also discover Isidoro, Patoruzú, Clement, and Gaturro, among others. The circuit starts in San Telmo and ends in Puerto Madero, at the Humor Museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • In front of the statue of Mafalda, there is a really good place to buy locally-designed products.
    • San Telmo is one of the best places to eat Argentine meat. Try "Parilla del Plata" or "La Brigada" (slightly more expensive).
    • Do this circuit on a Sunday and include the San Telmo Fair.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • These statues are dotted around 31/08/2017
    • Nice area, nice walk, fun with kids! 23/08/2017
    • Paseo de la Historieta
    Address:
    Defensa y Chile
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Other:
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    Puerto Madero
    Neighbourhoods
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    Gisele T Says:

    Puerto Madero, one of the most sophisticated neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, is a beautiful place to discover and spend the day with the whole family. You can start in the morning, visit Fragata Sarmiento and Puente de la Mujer, and then have lunch at one of the fancy restaurants in the area. In the afternoon, rent a bike and ride through the Ecological Reserve, one of the largest green areas of Buenos Aires. End the day with ice cream in Freddo or visiting the Humor Museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • At the northern end of Puerto Madero is Buquebus Station, where boats depart for Colonia and Montevideo (Uruguay).
    • One of the seven tourist information centers in Buenos Aires is in Puerto Madero (Av. A Moreau de Justo, 200). It has maps, brochures and guides in different languages.
    • For a snack, you can try a "choripan" (the Argentinean hot dog) in one of the food stalls of the Costanera Sur.
    • Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve has 360 hectares of forest and more than 250 species of animals. Take a guided tour to learn to identify the sounds, colors and aromas of different ecosystems.
    • In Puerto Madero, the Yacht Club offers classes in rowing, kayaking, and sailing. Lots of fun for sure!
    • You can find the 85-meter long navy training ship Fragata Sarmiento at Dock 3. Between 1899 and 1938, this ship sailed the equivalent of 42 times around the globe.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Harbour side walk. 20/01/2018
    • Re gentrification 20/01/2018
    • Puerto Madero
    Address:
    Rosario Vera Penaloza
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4515-4600
    Other:
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    Feria de Mataderos
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Gisele T Says:

    This fair is a bit far from the city center, but is an excellent getaway and a fantastic way to learn about traditional and folkloric culture from other regions of the country. The place offers more than 500 craft stations and about 400 regional products and homemade foods from different provinces. It's a real street fiesta with live bands playing folk music with accordions, bombo legüero drums, folk guitars, and vocals, and with professional dancers performing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Mataderos means "slaughterhouses." This is where cattle used to be brought in from the country, slaughtered, and sold in other parts of the capital.
    • Don't go if it's raining.
    • Take your time to listen to traditional music on the main stage. If you're not shy, you can dance!
    • Check the website for the schedule before going — the fair may be either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the season.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 808 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It was ok 17/12/2017
    • Disappointing This Time Around 26/11/2017
    • Feria de Mataderos
    Address:
    Lisandro de la Torre & Avenida de Los Corrales
    Barrio de Mataderos
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Phone:
    43429629
    Other:
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    Museo de La Plata
    Children's Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Gisele T Says:

    A getaway to the city of La Plata can be an option for the weekend. La Plata is a university town about 60 km from Buenos Aires. You can go and return on the same day if you want. For children, one of the main attractions is the city's Museum of Natural Sciences. This natural history museum, founded in 1888, is South America’s largest and houses over three million specimens and archaeological objects. The museum has an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils from Patagonia, immaculately kept. The kids go crazy about them!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Zoo of La Plata is very close to the Museum and well worth a visit, but I don't recommend visiting both on the same day, as that can be very tiring.
    • Another attraction here is the "Republica de los Niños." It's a park made up of 35 child-size buildings like castles, palaces, a chapel, a railway station, and others.
    • Tip for adults: Visit "Casa Curutchet," designed by architect Le Corbusier, one of the founders of modern architecture. The work is a designated World Heritage Site.
    • The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays except on Mondays that are holidays.
    • Take the guided tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 76 things to do in La Plata
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely worth a visit 26/12/2017
    • Very good collection 30/10/2017
    • Museo de La Plata
    Address:
    Paseo Del Bosque s/n
    La Plata B1900FWA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 221 425-7744
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Delta El Tigre
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Gisele T Says:

    Another fun day trip is the 'Delta de Tigre,' the confluence of several small rivers about 45 minutes from Buenos Aires. You can sail around the delta and try other water sports, like kayak and canoe. It's also possible do some horseback riding, bird-watching, or just tramp through the forests. The city part has some stunning Belle Epoque buildings and a beautiful museum (Museo de Arte Tigre), as well as the Puerto de Frutos market and the Parque de la Costa amusement park.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you like shopping, go to Don Toto (antiques), Alto Pirulo (vintage clothing for all ages), Atelier 5 (recycled objects), La Enramada (recycled furniture), and Ñata.
    • Restaurants Boulevard Saenz Peña and Almacen de las Flores are lovely places to discover. If you are in Puerto de Frutos, try Belinda Cafe & Deli.
    • For adults: Don't miss Boulevard Sanz Peña, a region full of shops, local artist studios, cafes, and cool restaurants. Important: Many places are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    • You can buy a boat tour or take the public boat, get off in Tres Bocas, and walk around.
    • To get to Tigre, you can take a conventional train from Retiro Station. It runs about three times an hour. 
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 34 Outdoor Activities in Tigre
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A haven from the city 20/01/2018
    • A part of a Viator tour 12/01/2018
    • Delta El Tigre
    Phone:
    +54 11 4731-0261
    Other:
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    El Ateneo Grand Splendid
    Architectural Buildings, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Gisele T Says:

    El Ateneo is a place to delight visitors of all ages, a bookstore that used to be an early 20th century theater, the Grand Splendid. The audience space is now lined with shelves full of books and the stage is a cafe. Enjoy this place full of intricate details — an unforgettable experience!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If it's a nice day, walk from El Ateneo to the Recoleta neighborhood. It's very close by.
    • Avenida Santa Fe is one of the most important shopping areas in Buenos Aires. It's an opportunity to buy the best brands or just do some window shopping.
    • Look up and show the children the magnificent ceiling painting.
    • Order a "cortado" (coffee with a little bit of milk) for yourself and a "submarine" (hot milk with a chocolate bar) for the kids!
    • Be sure to check out the Ateno Junior children's section in the basement.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 209 Shopping in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best general bookstore in BA 20/01/2018
    • Splendid book store 19/01/2018
    • El Ateneo Grand Splendid
    Address:
    Avenida Santa Fe 1860
    Barrio Recoleta
    Buenos Aires C1123AAN
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4813-6052
    Other:
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