On the hunt to find the best things to do in Budapest with your Kids? Budapest might not be an obvious city break to do with children but you will be surprised at how many activities are offered for families and how child friendly this city is.

From all sorts of museums, to playhouses and theatres, you won’t have time to get bored even if the weather is cold and chilly. Whether you visit Budapest in the summer or the winter, it is the perfect city for family outdoor activities, and it is not all about thermal baths. The city is extremely child friendly with many playgrounds, attractions, parks, tours and green spaces across town. Adventure seekers be ready!

So if you need to fill the day with your children, check out below our activities to do in Budapest with your Kids.


1. Aquaworld

Above all, considered to be one of the largest indoor water park in Europe, Aquaworld features 17 pools, including a swimming pool, a wave pool, a plunge pool, a surf pool, and 11 slides! Your little ones will find a dedicated area called Kid’s World which also has pools, but with a different depth, slides, playhouses and a changing room.

Grownups might enjoy some relaxing time in the saunas and thermal baths. Surely a fun experience for the whole family.

Address: Budapest, Íves út 16, 1044 Hungary

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2. Palace of Wonders

Located in the Campona Shopping mall in Obuda, the oldest district in Budapest, Palace of Wonders is a unique interactive science museum dedicated to kids for all age-groups. Set on 2 floors over 5000m2, the Science Center has more than 250 games including magnetic field, Newton’s apple garden, logic station, illusion chamber, escape room and 5D & 9D ride movies.

They have also created an area called “Tiny Explorers’ Route” dedicated to very young children so the little ones can also have fun. In summary, a fun full or half day for the whole family.

Address: Budapest, Bécsi út 38-44, 1036 Hungary 

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3. Szamos Chocolate Museum 

If you need to fill an hour with a Budapest indoor attraction that will please your children as soon as you mention the word chocolate, then Szamos Chocolate Museum needs to be seen. You will learn where chocolate comes from and what you can do with it. Expect to make a stop at the shop and the café where you can buy different delicacies.  

Address: Budapest, 1051, Kossuth Lajos tér 10, 1055 Hungary

Visiting the Chocolate Museum is a great activity for kids in Budapest
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4. Labirintus​

The historical Budavári Labirintus is located at the dungeons of the Buda Castle where Count Dracula was once imprisoned. Kids and grownups alike will love the excitement of going through the secret tunnels and passages of these caves. Finally, they will discover wax figures in medieval dresses to carnival costumes, pass Dracula’s room in the darkness and more.

BabyBreaks Tip: this activity is not recommended for very young children who might be slightly frightened by the darkness and underground world.

Address:  Budapest, Úri u. 9, 1014 Hungary

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5. Hungarian Natural History Museum

As you enter the museum, you will face a giant fin whale skeleton before going on to discover the fascinating temporary and permanent exhibitions over three floors.
Both exhibits are however designed to be extremely kid-friendly:

> the permanent one focusing amongst other things on dinosaur fossils, rocks, minerals and the beauty of coral reefs

> the temporary ones tending to be interactive, educational and fun

One of the most popular museums to go to with kids in Budapest for sure.

Address: Budapest, Ludovika tér 2, 1083 Hungary

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6. The Children’s Railway

Probably the most unique and child focused attraction, The Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút), built after World War II, is run by schoolchildren under the supervision of adult railway workers. The local children have various jobs like checking tickets or acting as guards, but the engineers and drivers are of course grown ups to ensure everyone’s safety.
It connects some 7 the nicest spots in Budapest from Széchenyi Hill to Hűvösvölgy and can give you a good idea where you want to go next.

Address: Budapest, 1029 Hungary

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7. Kids Conquer the Buda Castle

Great walking tour of the Buda Castle made especially for kids age 5 to 12 years old. Buda Castle is located on top a hill on the “Buda” side (or west bank of the river) hence it’s name. It’s also known as the Royal Palace and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, currently hosting several museums, and governmental institutions. You can access the castle either by walking up or much more fun by taking the historical Funicular Railway uphill.

This particular tour is offered by the team at Budapest Under the Guide and is designed to be fun, engaging and accessible for children. Participants will be given handouts, enjoy treasure hunts, animal spotting and more.

Address: Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

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8. Playgrounds across the city

Sometimes our little ones just want to have a run around, go on a swing or play in a sandbox. Budapest has many fun playgrounds across the city where they can exactly do that.
For example, why not stop at the Cerka-firka Playground, a fabulous place located on top of Gellért Hill, where children as well as adults will feel tiny among the giant and colourful pencils.
If you’re in District II, go to Zöld Péter, one of the oldest thematic playgrounds in Budapest located and in Buda’s Millenáris Park and built around fairytales.

You will find many more on your travels. Check the website below for some more inspiration.

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9. Aquarena

This amazing water park is only open during the summer months but is the perfect day out on a hot day.

Aquarena is huge with a space spread across 11 hectares! Here you will find all kind of attractions from slides to pools, spas, the slowly streaming Lazy River and more.
They also have shops, restaurants and snacks for when you need a break.

If possible, we recommend you go during the week to avoid the crowd and waiting times for single activities.

The park is located outside of the city, but easily accessible by public transport or by car. 

Address: Mogyoród, Vízi-park út, 2146 Hungary

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10. Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Last but not least, the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest zoos in the world, is a must-visit for all travellers coming to Budapest.

It is home to more than 1000 animals and 2000 kinds of plants. The elephant house and petting area are the most popular attractions of the park, and check out for feeding times that children might really enjoy.
The Art Nouveau architecture and the beautiful plants makes it a very pleasant experience.

Address: Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12, 1146 Hungary

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11. Budapest Sightseeing Cruise (1-hour)

There is no better way to end the day of exploring Budapest by taking this relaxing 1 hour sightseeing cruise on the Danube River. You will see a new face of Budapest by night with illuminated landmarks and will pass by Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle and Gellert Hill. 
This boat cruise is a very basic way to tour the city without enough efforts especially if you have young kids. Make sure you arrive early before departure time to secure the front row seats and have the best views to snap the perfect pictures of Budapest by night. 
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12. Floating Bus Tour of Budapest

Here is a fun way to discover what Budapest has to offer in terms of architecture and landmarks. This hybrid boat/bus will take you on the most common attractions of the Budapest and I wouldn’t be surprised by the reaction of your children when the same vehicle starts to dive into the waters of Danube River. The tour comes with headphones in different languages so you and your children can learn more about Budapest.
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13. Light Art Museum

This immersive museum will take you on a journey where you will discover the power of lights in a very contemporary world. I am sure you will take a lots of photos with you and your children in the different rooms and exhibitions that the Light Art Museum has to offer. The artworks are just beautiful and original that even young children will be amazed and enlighten by this small museum. Be ready to be surprised and puzzled too!
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14. Margaret Island

A holiday in Budapest with the kids cannot be complete if you are not visiting the beautiful Margaret Island. You will find many activities and landmarks such as a Japanese garden, monastery remains, a small zoo, water parks and so much space to let your kids go wild. 
The musical fountain is also very fun to interact with as much as a bike ride on the island. Yes you can hire bicycles for everyone on the island. So whether you are visiting Budapest with kids in the Winter or Summer, make sure to dedicate some time to explore this unique place.
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15. Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Please note that this activity is not suitable for children under 10
If your children are interested to take a cooking class whilst visiting Budapest, why not booking a 45 min session to learn and make the famous Hungarian Chimney Cake. You will learn in this class the origins of this traditional cake and learn different techniques. Of course you will be able to take to your hotel your creation and why not trying to replicate the cake back at home with the recipe in hands or in your head!
A unique activity to do in Budapest with your grown up children for sure.
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What Family Travellers say about visiting Budapest with their kids:

“One of the best ways to explore a city is to be in the company of a young explorer… Budapest has been one of our best experiences as a family…” TheRoamingKid


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