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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
11. Budapest Sightseeing Cruise (1-hour)
12. Floating Bus Tour of Budapest
13. Light Art Museum
14. Margaret Island
15. Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop
“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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