Buenos Aires can boast of stunning architecture and abundant cultural life. It is a city of football, music and tasty food, but it is also a family-friendly city featuring great places for kids.
PLACES TO VISIT
Congreso, the magnificent grey stone building at Plaza Congreso, is undoubtedly one of the most important landmarks in Buenos Aires.
Casa Rosada is a famous presidential palace, a pink-colored building and one of the most symbolic buildings in the city. It dominates Plaza de Mayo, the oldest public square in Buenos Aires, that has been the scene of many of the most critical events in the city's history.
The Obelisco de Buenos Aires is a national historic monument and a landmark of Buenos Aires in the Plaza de la República. It was designed in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first foundation of the city.
Palermo is a famous neighborhood with numerous attractions including Plaza Serrano, Botanical Garden, and Bosques de Palermo.
Puerto Madero is another visitors’ favorite area – Buenos Aires’ waterfront and the most modern part of the city where you can walk across the Woman´s Bridge and visit the Ecological Reserve.
The wonderfully colored La Boca is a synonym of both tango and football.
Don't miss San Telmo the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires with Plaza Dorrego as its landmark.
Microcentro is the busy heart of Buenos Aires where visitors enjoy strolling along Florida Street, an elegant pedestrian street.
BUENOS AIRES FOR FAMILIES
You shouldn’t worry about kid-friendly places in Buenos Aires as there are so many and they are fascinating.
Museo De Las Ninos is a popular attraction in the shopping center. The name means a children’s museum. It is a mini world where children can play at being adults—working as dentists, doctors, and firefighters. They can go shopping and work in a mini-supermarket, and even fly a plane.
Wild Side at Temaiken Biopark is an eco-conscious attraction. Although located about 30 km out of town, it is worth traveling there. Unlike zoos, the animals here are kept in large enclosures, and their range and number are impressive.
Museo Participativo de Ciencias is a museum with a motto “Forbidden not to touch.” Curious children can do a lot of interesting things here.
There are also numerous City Parks with different activities.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Buenos Aires is not only famous for bars, tango, and soccer. It has a rich history and an interesting art scene. You should visit at least some of the numerous museums. These are the most famous: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Museo River Plate, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Fundación PROA, Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Museo Casa Rosada, and Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia.
If you want to see Buenos Aires like a local, you should visit some of the following places. La Esquina De Homero Manzi is a place where you can watch a live tango performance. It is one of the best tango shows in the city. You will experience the real local flavor here.
Palazzo Barolo is a beautiful building in the neighborhood of Montserrat. From the top of the building, you will have one of the best views in Buenos Aires all the way to Uruguay.
La Feria De Mataderos is one of the most authentic Argentine street markets. You will meet gauchos and folk dancers there. You will also be able to try local foods, watch street artists, and buy beautiful pieces of Argentine craft.
Buenos Aires Fútbol Amigos is a group of soccer fans who provides a venue for social and cultural activities true to Argentina. Mingling with locals can unlock some more hidden gems in Buenos Aires.
The popular neighborhoods for tourists in Buenos Aires are Palermo, Recoleta or Puerto Madero. Families can easily find accommodations with quiet family rooms, free cribs, and complimentary full breakfast and a laundry room, which can be important when traveling with kids.
WHAT TO EAT
You can’t leave Buenos Aires without trying some typical dishes, Argentinian dishes.
Pizza is common in Buenos Aires, too, because many Italian immigrants live there. However, it is not like the Neapolitan pie, as the crust is thick, with a little sauce and much cheese.
Empanadas are the most typical food in Argentina. You can eat them everywhere, but do not expect a lot of variety on the fillings in the crunchy pastry.
The Choripan is a simple dish, the street food, just bread, and chorizo, but it is so tasty.
A Picada is a plate filled with delicious salamis, ham, cheeses, and pickled vegetables.
Provoleta is a simple dish of provolone cheese melted straight on the grill in a special dish, with some oregano and red pepper.
You can finish your meal with Torrontes, the only wine variety native to Argentina. It is fresh and aromatic.
Ice Cream is some of the best in the world with genuine flavors like Pistacchio, Rhum, Dulce de Leche, and a hundred others.
• Temperature can severely and unexpectedly change during the day, so if you go for a walk, you should take a raincoat. Anyway, you should pack some warm clothes when traveling to Buenos Aires.
• Tips are included in the bill, but if you like, you can give an additional sum to the waiter, usually 5 - 10% of the bill.
• If you want to bring home any gifts, you need to keep receipts for them.
• Tango evening may be expensive in local cultural centers, but there are performances on the main squares of the city free of charge.
• You should take US dollars or Euros and exchange them for the local currency in Argentina.
• It is not easy to eat vegan food in Buenos Aires. Argentinians are great meat lovers.
TIME TO VISIT
Buenos Aires has perfect weather in fall (March-May) and spring (September -November) but the best time to visit it is in October and November with jacaranda trees are in bloom. The best travel deals are from April to June.
Visitors can take the Colectivo (local bus) and the Subte (subway) to travel around the city. During weekday peak periods it can get very crowded. A Guia, a pocket guidebook of the city’s, bus lines, maps of the streets, can be helpful. Traveling by taxi is quite affordable.
Buenos Aires has much to offer to families – numerous attractions, plenty of parks, affordable prices, great weather, and kids’ favorite, the World’s Number One ice-cream.
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