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If you're traveling to Budapest with kids, this holiday will definitely be one to remember for young or old alike. Budapest is generally a very safe and kid-friendly city, with most sights and activities offering family passes and discounts, if not a free entry for kids below a certain age. Even public transport is free for kids who are not yet attending school.
Since the capital of Hungary has endless kid-friendly activities to offer, we have compiled for you the ultimate family-fun list of things to do with kids in Budapest. Check out our favorite outdoor activities and scroll down to read about indoor activities, recommended for a rainy day in Budapest.
With it's 11km long track on the Buda Hills, this railway is truly one of the most unique attractions for the whole family. It's almost like any other railway, except it's run by children who operate most of the important posts on the site. Trust us when we tell you, this is a must-see!
Although in our opinion Budapest is the most beautiful city in the world, it is definitely worth taking a break from sightseeing and spending a day in one of our super fun water parks. With its many colorful slides and various indoor and outdoor pools, children absolutely LOVE Aquaworld Budapest , Hungary's biggest watery playground.
Another all-time favorite among Budapest's waterparks is Palatinus on Margaret Island. With their very affordable family all-day pass, you and your kids are guaranteed to have a wonderful day relaxing in the thermal pool or playing in the kids' pool, going down the slides, and eating a famous Hungarian Lángos.
Margaret Island is one of the most popular family-friendly leisure time parks in Budapest. Located in the middle of the Danube, it is easily accessible by foot or public transport from the center of Budapest.
While it has plenty of space for families with kids to find a peaceful spot for a picnic, it also offers a variety of restaurants, as well as bike rentals and a music fountain, which performs a water show along with music every hour in the summertime .
There are also plenty of exciting playgrounds in Budapest that your kids will not want to miss. Make sure to check out Budavári Mátyás Király playground, located in the Castle District, certainly fitting the medieval theme. Other favorites include Cerka Firka Playground , Rumini Playground , and Millenáris Park.
Located very close to the city center, the Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world. it can be reached by the metro line M1, which coincidentally is the oldest underground on the continent.
The zoo exhibits many interesting animals from all over the world and has a recently renovated play area called Holnemvolt Castle, specially created for small children. It offers a petting zoo, an animal hospital and lots of games.
A place where all family members can play together, the Center of Scientific Wonders is possibly the most entertaining and educational family-friendly place in Budapest. This indoor play site provides a fun-filled day with scientific exhibitions, optical illusions, logical games and so much more!
Another interesting spot for kids in Budapest is the Minipolisz play center, where children can see what it feels like to be an adult for a day. Whether your kid dreams of being a firefighter or a rock star when they grow up, at Minipolisz they can experience it all. It is located in the heart of Budapest and offers over 30 stations for learning and playing.
For the adventurous, Budapest also has some kid-friendly activities with more action to offer. Trampoline parks have been growing in popularity among people of all ages and it's no surprise. There's no better feeling than jumping up and down in a big bouncy playground.
If you're visiting Budapest with kids over the age of 3, check out Cyberjump, where they also offer wall climbing and a Ninja Warrior Track amongst other things. Another trampoline park is Superfly, where Saturday and Sunday mornings are reserved for the little ones up to the age of 9, so they can jump safely without being disturbed by older kids. Parents can join them for free during this time.
Take a close look at the inhabitants of the seas, oceans, and the rainforests, as well as a variety of fish species native to Hungary. In this exhibition, visitors can watch shark feeding shows and play with rays - definitely a memorable experience!
If you're traveling to Budapest with kids, there are plenty to do! Take your pick from our list and maybe even connect with your own inner child yourself!