Top Things to Do With Kids in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina, may be known as a playground for grown-ups, but that's not to say there's any shortage of things to do for children.

The capital has plenty of cultural places, whether you want to see dinosaur skeletons at the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum or a historic warship at Puerto Madero. There are plenty of outdoor places in the city, an expanse of parks and gardens including Parque Tres de Febrero and Jardin Japonés. Or, if you have change for a brief excursion, try some watersports at Tigres, or go bird-watching at Costanera Sur Reserva Ecologica.

Parque Tres de Febrero

This sweeping green space, once the private retreat of dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas until 1852, is filled with lakes and gazebos, where you can rent bikes and skates.

Costanera Sur Reserva Ecologica

A stretch of marshland reclaimed from the river, with four lakes, willows and shrubs are home to over 150 bird species and iguanas, which have been spotted over the past few years. There are various different entrances. Check for moonlight tours once a month; excellent bird info on the website.

Tigre

Escape Buenos Aires' crowds with a quick trip north to the picturesque waterways of the Paraná Delta. The riverside town of Tigre is a weekend getaway for the capital's residents, who enjoy its boat journeys along the jungle streams and nature trails. Don't miss the Puerto de Frutos waterside market. 

Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum

This museum is a well-kept secret in the city, but a pleasurable one. Government minister Bernardino Rivadavia called for a collection of objects to be exhibited for a museum, and it took 125 years for this wonderful collection to be completed. Stars of the show are the dinosaur skeletons, plus a small planetarium.

Galerías Pacífico

This elegant shopping mall is a shrine to consumerism – very good quality at that. It's housed in a stunning 19th-century beaux-arts building, with a central atrium with many dazzling frescos by leading Argentine artists. It was remodeled in the 1990s. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun noon-9pm.

Puerto Madero

The Puerto Madero dock area has been renovated; the 19th-century warehouses are restaurants and bars, an attractive place for a stroll and popular nightspot. It also contains two historic naval vessels, the futuristic Puente de la Mujer ('woman's bridge') and world-class art.

Jardin Japonés

This well-maintained park was donated to the city in 1979, celebrating the centenary of the first Japanese immigrants to the city. Enjoy the ponds, vibrant red bridges and exotic plants. Open daily 10am-6pm.

Caminito

In the neighborhood of La Boca, this walkway is the hub of all things colorful and artistic. It was originally a hub for Italian immigrants, who built housing from found and discarded materials. Since then, it has become a highly decorated, eye-catching little strip.

Eco Park

The 140-year-old, 18-hectare zoo closed in 2016 with many of the animals transferred to other sanctuaries and reserves. But this original site is transformed into an eco park, with recreational facilities for all ages.

Cementerio Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery)

One of the capital’s most famous sights, La Recoleta is often compared to a miniature city. It is the resting place for many of Argentina’s luminaries, including Evita Perón, who lies in the Duarte family mausoleum. Ask for maps at the entrance. Open daily 7am-6pm, tours in Spanish and English available. Admission free.