Seville is a wonderful city to visit with the whole family. All of the “normal” tourist attractions are perfectly suited to children, most of them are outdoors and many of them involve elaborate, beautifully decorated gardens and buildings which will be fun for children to explore.
Seville is great for kids!
But when the touristy things get boring for the younger ones Sevilla isn’t at a loss for further kid-friendly options. From fish and sharks to water slides and boat rides your kids will be sleeping sound each night and you will still be a happy traveler.
Attractions for children in Seville
On the river bank at the edge of Parque de Maria Luisa is the small but exciting Seville Aquarium. Spend the visit with the kids walking through different levels of enclosures seeing fish, sharks, and reptiles swimming and crawling freely around you. The animals total about 7,000 with at least 400 different species. The price of entry is €15 per adult and €10 per child.
North of downtown across a bridge on what isn’t really, truly an island is Seville’s theme park. Isla Magica is full of water rides and roller coasters. It has a large lake as well as a handful of other rides and fun children’s shows. No matter the age you’ll find rides to suit everyone in the family.
You can take a bus from most places in the city but the number will depend on where exactly you’re coming from. The trip shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes each way. Tickets to the park are €29 for an adults full day and €21 for children aged 4-12 for a full day. Discount tickets are available for partial days. Also, check the website for special promotions, sometimes certain days have discounts.
A bit farther from the city center than Isla Magica, Aquopolis is a second option for water parks in town. This water park features ten water rides as well as kids for all ages and a Jacuzzi. You can book lounge chairs and umbrellas at an extra cost but you can also lay out on the grass or take your chances snagging one of the free lounge chairs. Food is available for purchase, though you’re welcome to bring your own.
It is possible to get to Aquopolis from the city center by bus, you’ll probably have to make at least one transfer and the journey will be about an hour. Driving takes about 25 minutes and there is paid parking on site. Tickets are €22 for an adult and €16 for children. Be aware the park does not open until noon.
Seville Activities with kids
The river that runs through the west side of town offers a few options for activities to do with children in tow. If the family is ready for a bit of light exercise rent a paddle boat and float along for a few hours, but don’t forget the sunscreen! Alternatively, if you prefer complete relaxation go on a one hour cruise along the river-though generally speaking the pedal boats are more highly recommended.
Plaza De Espana Canal
After you’ve completed your Plaza De Espana visit, a must do with kids in tow, go for a little Venetian inspired ride along the canal fronting the plaza. The canal is small but perfectly completes the beautiful picture of the impressive plaza. Rent a boat for a little cruise out front, it’s a great way to finish (or start) your visit the Plaza de España.
Past View Tour
A different type of walking tour that is sure to captivate a young audience the Past View tour goes beyond the basic history of a place to actually show you what it used to look like. During the tour, you put on a pair of 3D augmented reality glasses which, in each of the locations the tour takes you, give you a historical rendering of what that place looked like many years ago, as if it was there, right before your eyes. Meet the tour and buy the tickets at the Metropol Parasol.
QCross, not far from the Plaza de España may not be especially well known for its food offerings but its outdoor terrace which sits in a park only a stone's throw from a kids playground is an ideal safe area for kids to run free while mom and dad sit down for a break.
When the whole family has had enough of the high temperatures in the city there’s no better way to cool off then with a frozen treat. Try the ice cream offerings at Bolas Helados.
If you’re feeling the sweets but not the ice cream head to La Campana, a Sevillian staple, with a great menu of Artisan pastries to choose from.
Family-friendly Hotels in Seville
If you’re visiting during summer months a hotel pool is of the utmost importance, it’s a great way to entertain and tire out your kids while keeping them cool. And, of course, you can join in the enjoyment as well. With kids in tow, you’ll probably want to stay fairly centrally so you don’t have to walk or take public transport a great deal.
Corral Del Roy is a comfortable mid-range choice; though the rooftop pool is small it still provides some fun. Alternatively, Hotel Alfonso XIII is rather upscale but offers a large pool as well as a variety of suite options.