Spain appeals to the child in everyone, so how could it not delight children? The Spanish find pleasure in the simplest of activities — sitting in a café drinking a frosty glass of horchata, watching children play soccer in a plaza, strolling through a park — and their enjoyment of life is contagious for all ages.
Any place you go in Spain will have something to delight children, but these are some of the sure kid-pleasers in the most popular cities.
Gaudi’s crazy buildings on Paseig del Gracia include Casa Batllo, with balconies like skulls and a dragon-scale roof, and Casa Mila, whose wavy façade is draped with balconies of wrought-iron seaweed. The inspiration for Darth Vader came from its chimneys, so tour the inside and roof. These buildings could interest a kid in architecture and make him/her look at buildings in a new way.
The Alhambra is a fairytale castle unlike any they have imagined, each space covered in intricate stone carving. Be sure to try the whispering corners.
L’Oceanográfico, Europe’s largest aquarium, is only part of the brilliant complex of science parks and museums. Mangrove swamps to the igloo-shaped Arctic exhibits and Mediterranean sea life to the movie-star dolphin, Flipper, if it’s wet, the kids can learn about it here.
Who could help being fascinated by an entire city surrounded by medieval walls, especially when they can walk on top of them and look down into streets right out of the Middle Ages?
Get hooked on Flamenco at the Museum of Flamenco Dancing (Museo del Baile Flamenco), attend a Flamenco show and return for dance lessons at the museum. Bring home the right clothes and shoes, too, from the museum shop.
Visit the two giant pandas in their air-conditioned pagoda at the Madrid Zoo. It’s in a vast park behind the Palacio Real — the royal palace, well worth a visit to see the official home of a real king and queen (although they actually live just outside of the city in another palace).
Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Loro Parque combines a zoo, marine park and gardens, where whales, tigers, monkeys, parrots and sharks — some 4,000 creatures in all — live in their own natural environments. It is Spain’s most popular zoo, and its top attraction is the frequent daily shows featuring Europe’s largest dolphin pod.
For those seeking sun and sand at family prices, plus multiple amusements for non-beach hours, the Costa del Sol is the place to go. Along with miles of golden beaches, diversions include Selwo (a nature park/zoo with animals of five continents living in semi-wild environments), Aquapark (Europe’s largest water park with rides for all ages) and Tivoli World (for all ages, but with a special section of 11 rides designed just for toddlers).
Northwest Florida is a haven for beachgoers seeking the waters of Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Destin. But this region of Florida also has some extensive history, offering family travelers a great way to introduce young ones to Florida’s Spanish and indigenous past.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
More than 1,000 miles from Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the seven Canary Islands are also part of Spain. They are the tallest peaks of ancient volcanoes rising out of the Atlantic, not far from the coast of North Africa. Two of these volcanoes, both still active, offer exciting adventures for families traveling to the islands.
If you think you have to head into the wilderness just to get some hiking time in on your next vacation, rest assured. Cities across the country pride themselves on being great all-around family destinations, and that often includes fun urban hiking opportunities. These cities prove you don’t have to hike to a mountaintop to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. They are home to great parks and walking trails designed for easy walks that let you enjoy the fresh air, and get to know the personality, culture and history of the city you are visiting.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Corpus Christi, Texas, might just be the perfect Texas spring break destination for family travelers. With nine beaches, more than 100 miles of sandy shores, and new and notable attractions sprouting up, there’s too many reasons not to skip this Texas city this spring.