The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. This amazing complex is definitely one of the most exciting things to do with kids in Valencia. Its also great for the rest of the family! Prices start from 8 Euros for access to the Science Museum only. Alternatively, you can purchase a ticket with access to the Hemisferic + Science Museum + Oceanografic all for 37.40 Euros. Children 0-3 go for free.
Recommended by Claire Conway
Contact Details: Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 / +34 902 100 031 / www.cac.es
It’s not only highly educational, it’s also amazing fun. As well as a high-tech science museum with interactive, hands-on gadgets, there is also an IMAX cinema, a lazerium and planetarium which have a range of child-friendly shows such as a virtual journey into space! All this is available in four languages including English. The Oceanogràfic is the largest aquarium in Europe and the second largest in the world. You get the distinct feeling of being underwater and will see sharks, whales and all kinds of marine life. On ground level youll find seals, sea lions and penguins. The City of Arts & Sciences is a truly mind-blowing experience for all the family. I took my son recently and it was great day out for us both. The Hemisferic was brilliant. We watched Dinosaurs Alive! A really interesting film on dinosaurs that was visually entertaining. (Claire Conway)
We had heard that there was a lot to see at the CAC and so decided to go for 2 days and stay for a night in an aparthotel near the complex. I have a one year old and a three year old and they both had the most amazing time. The aquarium is huge (second biggest in the world) with several underwater tunnels and a huge range of fish, however I was far more impressed by the science museum. My 20 month old daughter (who has no attention span!) spent 30 minutes in a virtual forest, chasing fish, butterflies and ladybirds and was able to enjoy several of the exhibits such as drawing in sand, wind machines and watching chicks who had just hatched. There is a fantastic kids area which is built like a construction site where they can construct a house with rubber bricks, load bricks onto a conveyer belt, operate a barrier on a train track and use a small crane. My son was in heaven! After the science museumm we went to see a dinosaur exhibition, which had life sized models, all of which moved and made a sound. All the children there were speechless! (Rebecca Laidlaw)
We had the best New Year stay in Valencia spent mainly visiting this breathtaking complex! There is so much to do for kids of all ages including a simulated rocket ride and watching eggs hatching live. The buildings themselves are a sight to behold. Highly recommend a visit!!