1. Visit Tivoli World Malaga. Tivoli World is regarded as being the most popular attraction in Malaga for children. Basically it is a theme park that includes wonderful rides and event shows that occur daily. Many of the rides are for toddlers and infants, so families with very small children can also enjoy this wonderful place. For the older kids, and the adults who are young at heart, the Wild West and Flamenco dancing shows are just what the doctor ordered when searching for some fabulous entertainment! Located a 25-minute drive south of Malaga on the A7, a visit here is well worth it!
2. Leisure Parks and Playgrounds: Malaga has plenty of leisure parks and playgrounds that the children will enjoy – for example Gonbolandia, which is located on Avenida Simon Bolivar and the Magic Park in the City Centre are two well known parks that the children can spend some fun time so you don’t even have to leave the city!
3. Visit the fabulous beaches of Malaga. Obviously, Malaga’s beaches are its premier attraction. The most popular beaches near the city are El Candado beach, El Palo Beach, Las Acacias Beach. Located close to the city centre, El Candado is a beach that is very popular with families and has plenty of family facilities and watersports to enjoy.
4. Have a Splash at a Waterpark! Take a trip to Aqualand Torremolinos which is the biggest waterpark in the Costa del Sol! Located at Calle Cuba 10, and open from May to September each year, this is a place which the kids will absolutely adore. They will be splashing from dawn to dusk here!
For the more adventurous, they can try the exciting Boomerang and Kamikaze rides. Open from Monday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, the Aqualand is truly a wonderful and safe place for the kids to enjoy! Aqualand is a 20-minute drive south on the A7 from Malaga.
5. Visit the Maritime Museum Museo-Acuario-Aula del Mar Malaga. At this maritime museum, you will find out all there is to know about the marine life in Malaga. A fun day out for the kids and adults alike, this museum has been open since 1990. There is a rich marine life in the Costa del Sol waters, and the kids will love the exhibition displays on sailing and marine flora and fauna. There is a centre here for threatened marine life so the kids will be fascinated to see wounded sea turtles or fish being nursed back to health!
6. Go to the Zoo! Enjoy a day at Fuengirola Zoo. Located approximately 34km and just over a half-hour drive from Malaga is the wonderful Fuengirola Zoo. A visit to Fuengirola gives your family a wonderful opportunity to see all the exotic animals that live there, and entertaining them through the antics of the animals!
7. Visit the Dolphinarium. Selwo Marina Benalmadena is located approximately 20km from Malaga along the A7 and is a place well worth bringing in the kids to. It is the very first dolphin marina in the whole Costa del Sol region of Andalucia – the sights of dolphins, penguins, sea lions and other marine life will fascinate the kids! Current entrance prices are €16.50 for adults, Kids aged 3-7 years pay €12.20 and kids under 3 are free. The Selwo Marina is open daily from 10am.
8. Go Crocodile Hunting! The Crocodile Park Torremolinos is another short 20 minute drive on the A7 from Malaga, so leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and take the kids to enjoy a fascinating experience! The Crocodile Park holds around 300 of the animals, and if you are brave, you can take the chance to even hold one!
The guided tours, show and visit to the baby nursery are part of the admission price. There is a small zoo there, along with childrens playground and café area. Admission ranges from €11.00 for adults, €8.50 for kids 4-12 and kids under 4 enter for free. The Park is open from March to September, usually from 10am to 18.00pm.
9. El Refugio del Burrito – The Donkey Sanctuary. This is located around 40 minutes to the north of Malaga on the A92. Follow the Seville road signs and take the exit at junction 132, heading for the Fuenta de Piedra Lakes. This wonderful setting, located close to the Flamingo Lake, is a safe place for many donkeys and mules that were horribly treated but have been rescued and are now thriving.
10. Visit Malaga’s Museums. It is estimated that there are close to 20 museums in Malaga, and many are dedicated to the memory of esteemed artist Pablo Picasso. For the older children, a visit to the Pablo Picasso Museum which is located in the Buenavista 16th century Palace – you can see 155 works by Pablo Picasso. “La Malagueta” Bullfighting Museum which is located in the Plaza de Toros’ is dedicated to the world of bullfighting and is a fascinating visit!
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