Welcome to Buenos Aires, a vibrant and enchanting city that is perfect for a family adventure! Known for its rich cultural heritage, captivating architecture, and passionate tango rhythms, Buenos Aires offers a multitude of experiences that will delight both children and adults. From exploring its bustling neighborhoods to immersing yourselves in its art and history, get ready to embark on a memorable journey filled with fun, discovery, and the warm hospitality of the porteños, the locals of Buenos Aires.
As you step into this captivating city, you'll be greeted by a unique blend of European elegance and Latin American flair. The wide boulevards, charming plazas, and ornate buildings reflect the city's grandeur, while its vibrant street art and lively markets showcase its creative and bohemian spirit. Buenos Aires is a city that embraces its cultural diversity, and your family will have the opportunity to experience its many facets.
From the charming cobblestone streets of San Telmo to the modern skyscrapers of Puerto Madero, each neighborhood in Buenos Aires has its own distinct character and charm. You can wander through colorful markets, enjoy street performances, and sample delicious local treats as you explore the city's hidden corners. The wide range of parks and green spaces, such as the iconic Bosques de Palermo, provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities and picnics, allowing your children to run and play while you soak in the beauty of the surroundings.
Buenos Aires is also a city of art and culture, boasting numerous museums, theaters, and art galleries. Your little ones can discover the wonders of science at the interactive exhibitions of the Tecnópolis or be mesmerized by the artistic performances at the iconic Teatro Colón. Immerse yourselves in the city's history by visiting the historic neighborhoods of La Boca and Recoleta, where you can explore museums, stroll through charming streets, and even pay a visit to Evita Perón's final resting place.
And of course, no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. From savoring a mouthwatering asado (Argentine barbecue) to devouring a traditional dulce de leche-filled medialuna (croissant), your taste buds will be in for a treat. The city is also famous for its heladerías (ice cream shops), where you and your family can indulge in creamy, delicious flavors.
Buenos Aires is a city that embraces its visitors with open arms, inviting you to explore, learn, and create lasting memories with your loved ones. So, get ready to tango your way through the streets, discover hidden treasures, and experience the warmth and vibrancy of Buenos Aires. Your family adventure awaits!
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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