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Heading on a family vacation to Bogota, Colombia? There are so many fun things to do in Bogota with kids that the whole family will enjoy! You’ll love all the unique Bogota things to do kids, teenagers, and adults will all love!
Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is a rising tourist destination. Though recently considered one of the best cities for international business and meetings, it’s popularity is growing beyond an international events location. If you are one of the many families considering a move or vacation to Bogota, you won’t be disappointed by the plethora of museums, public parks, food and shopping markets, historic architecture, nature activities, and other fun and unique things to do in Bogota.
With so many art and science museums, hikes, unusual fruits, and colorful streets it’s no wonder plenty of families have fallen in love with all of the unique things to do in Bogota with kids!
Not sure what to do in Bogota, Colombia this weekend with kids? Use our handy guide of the top 10 things to do in Bogota as a family to discover this gem of a city!
Top 10 Things to do in Bogota, Colombia with Kids
Don’t worry, teenagers and adults will love all of these Bogota, Colombia things to do, as well!
1. Parque Virrey & Parque 93: All Ages
These two family parks are mere minutes from each other and perfect for kids. In the center of the city near lots of residential buildings, both parks feature walking paths, biking paths, a dog play zone, new playgrounds, public exercise equipment, and green space.
Parque 93 is even surrounded by some of the best shopping and dining in the city, which makes this a great mid-afternoon stop before eating a great dinner in Bogota! If your kids need a break from touring the city to run and play, Parque Virrey and Parque 93 are both great options you will all enjoy. Just sit back on the many benches and watch your kids work out all of their energy!
2. Catedral de Sal: Ages 5+
My son told me he doesn’t recommend the famous Salt Cathedral for kids much younger than he (7 years old), but children around this age and older will love this unique attraction!
Once you survive the 60-90-minute drive outside of Bogota, Colombia, you find yourself in Zipaquira, a town known for one of the most plentiful salt mines in Colombia. The salt mine has been worked for centuries, and workers turned one abandoned “room” of the mine into a makeshift chapel in the early 1900’s. Miners would pray at an alter in the chapel for protection before their shifts, and, eventually, the chapel began to grow and take over additional space in the mine.
Though the mine is no longer in use, today visitors are allowed to tour the chapel. Following a path that leads nearly 200 meters underground, you follow an electronic tour of the 14 stations of the cross beautifully and creatively carved into the sides of the mine before reaching chapels which still hold services for parishioners every Sunday.
Our son loved being inside a real mine, seeing the architecture of church pillars and monuments underground, and using the individual radio sets to learn about each tour stop. He was so enthralled, in fact, that he talked about it the rest of our trip to Bogota!
3. Bogota Chocolate Tour: All Ages
Colombia is well known as one of the leading producers of robust, high-quality coffee beans in the world. The same land is also used to cultivate cocoa, and, though not as famous, Colombian chocolate deserves it’s own pedestal in the world of sweets.
What kid doesn’t love chocolate? Or adult, for that matter!
Get Your Guide offers a 3-hour Bogota chocolate tour everyone in your family will love. After they pick you up from your home or Bogota hotel, a chocolate specialist teaches you about the process of growing cocoa in Colombia, harvesting it for chocolate, and the candy process before it’s time for a special chocolate tasting. This tour is rated 5 stars, and one of the best things to do in Bogota in the rain!
4. See the city sights from Montserrate Hill: All Ages (cable car)/ Teenager (hike)
Montserrate is the hill that overlooks Bogota from the center of the city. Atop the 3,000+ meter hill sits a giant cathedral which attracts Catholics and sightseers every day of the week. It’s a great opportunity to see the city and teach children about the historic and religious significance of this importance site.
You’ll need to commit 3-4 hours of your day to visiting Montserrate with kids. There are a variety of ways to access the hilltop to see the cathedral, learn about it’s cultural significance, catch incredible views of the city, and witness one of the best sunsets in Bogota.
Hiking Montserrate with kids:
The hike up Montserrate Bogota is considered moderate to difficult. It takes a well-adjusted adult 60 minutes (depending on speed) to achieve, but the danger for outsiders and children is the elevation. It’s easy to become winded on the hike, which can be dangerous for young hikers. There is, however, a well-used trail to reach the top and pit stops along the way with snacks and drinks if you decide to pace yourself up the hill.
Montserrate Funicular and Cable Cars
The preferred way to reach the top of Montserrate is by funicular or cable car. Both forms can be fun, but there are some downsides to consider. They require tickets purchased in advance from the Montserrate transportation building, and long lines can lead to 1+ hour waits. The same is true for the ride down, as you’ll need to wait in an open line to make it onto an available car. Be prepared with snacks and warm jackets if you happen to get caught waiting in the rain or wind on a busy weekend night!
5. Learn and explore at Maloka Interactive Center: All Ages
Maloka Interactive Center is the kid’s science museum in Bogota. Many locals consider it one of the best things to do in Bogota with kids, as it provides a fun, unique view into the world of science and creativity. If you happen to be visiting Bogota in the winter or have a rainy day, a few hours at Maloka is a great way to pass the time! Allow your kids to have fun, get out some energy, and learn some new things!
If you end up loving the Maloka Interactive Center consider also going to the Planetario de Bogota, Bogota’s planetarium! Chances are your family will love both interesting and fun Bogota museums!
6. See the city on a Bogota bike tour: Ages 8+
Bogota has one of the best biking infrastructures in South America. It’s even listed as the 12th best city in the world for biking! You’ll find lots of bike commuter and hobbyists on the streets during the day, and plenty of families on bike tours through Bogota to see the main sights. If you have responsible children who are old enough to ride their own bikes, this is a great way to see the city!
Get Your Guide offers a 4-hour Bogota city bike tour with over 40 5-star reviews. If you’re looking for a great bike tour of Bogota this is one of the best! It takes you to a fruit market, bullfighting ring, coffee factory, central cemetery, and through many parks, plazas, and neighborhoods. This Bogota bicycling tour is a total steal for a great day out with the kids!
7. Eat and shop at the Paloquemao Fruit and Flower Market: All Ages
Colombia is home to some of the most unique and delicous fruits in the world. Colombians are quite proud of the variety of fruits the country has to offer, and you can find almost all of them at Paloquemao Market. In addition to unique, beautiful, and delicious fruits, you’ll also find fresh seafood from Colombia’s coast and rivers, tropical flowers, herbs, vegetables, and more.
Paloquemao is a huge, well-known market, so be sure your children are ok walking for an extended period of time. The array of colors and smells is sure to impress them, as will a fresh fruit juice to drink while you walk around and learn more about this fascinating country.
8. Play and paddle in Parque Bolivar: All ages
Parque Simon Bolivar, named for the great liberator of South America, is a huge green space in southern Bogota. It’s a city landmark, with many locals siting it as one of their favorite things to do in Bogota. If you’re visiting Bogota as a family, a trip to the park is a wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city while enjoying nature. Kids and parents will appreciate the many fun playgrounds, running paths, dog park, open space, and the large lake.
Your family can easily spend a few hours in this classic park eating a prepared picnic or mobile lunch from food vendors, playing games in the open space, and paddling in the central lake.
9. Have fun at Salitre Magico, the Bogota amusement park: Ages 3+
Just outside of the famous Parque Simon Bolivar, Salitre Magico is Bogota’s very own amusement park. This park is small enough to enjoy in just a few hours but large enough to have all the amusement park essentials: high-speed roller coaster, ferris wheel, go karts, drop tower, live performances, swings, kiddie rides, and food vendors.
You do need to be aware of potentially long lines when visiting Salitre Magico amusement park. Other report long lines for rides, food carts, and bathroom, especially on busy weekends or during special holidays.
Adults and kids of all ages will find a way to have fun at this small, unique amusement park! It’s a great way to escape the chaos of Bogota and have some fun time together as a family.
10. Walk the historic streets of La Candelaria, Bogota
La Candelaria is Bogota’s historic center. This barrio features the government buildings, many of Bogota’s top museums, the Colombia-Mexico cultural center, some gorgeous churches, and colorful, cobblestone streets. Our son loved seeing new architecture and colors around every corner, and you will, too! Between the street vendors and gorgeous mountain views everyone in your family will fall in love with this beautiful piece of Bogota history.
Here are our favorite things to do in La Candelaria, Bogota:
- Botero Art Museum
- Santa Clara Cathedral
- Bolivar Plaza
- Archealogical Museum
- Mexican Cultural Center
Best Bogota Hotel for Families
After staying in a few Bogota hotels during our vacation to Bogota I am happy to recommend Four Seasons Bogota as an excellent option for the entire family. I’ve always hesitated to stay in a luxury hotel with kids, and now I’m kicking myself for it. Staying at the Four Seasons Bogota was a beautiful experience we all needed, and I’m so glad we chose to stay there!
Here are some things we especially loved about staying at the Four Seasons Bogota as a family:
- Delicious baked goods available 24/7 in the lobby
- Suite with a separate living room which was made up as a second bedroom for our son. We all loved the privacy and had a great night’s sleep!
- Children’s sized bathrobe and slippers were a huge hit with our son. He felt so special!
- Incredible breakfast at neighboring Nemo restaurant had a breakfast buffet we all died over (including gluten-free options!)
- Incredibly friendly bilingual staff answered all our questions and gave great recommendations on where to go in Bogota with kids and how to get there
- Complimentary gym and steam room with relaxation rooms and snacks were a huge help in the entire family being able to rejuvenate at the end of a long day
- Great location within walking distance to Parque 93 and Parque Virrey, shopping, and restaurants
If you’re planning a family vacation to Bogota check the availability of Four Seasons Bogota as your first choice Bogota hotel!
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*Our stay at Four Seasons Bogota was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. We were thrilled with our time at the hotel and are happy to recommend it to any visitors to Bogota!