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!
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Budapest.
1. 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
How to get there: Click Here
Time Table: can vary, please check website
2. 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 nandouts, enjoy treasure hunts, animal spotting and more.
3. 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. Click here for how to get there.
Address: Mogyoród, Vízi-park út, 2146 Hungary
Opening Hours for the 2019 Season (16 June – 2 September): From 9am to 7pm
5. 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.
Opening Hours: Everyday but times can vary, check website
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