The city of Medellín is surrounded by mountains and it is very green and has modern areas. It is a city sadly famous now for its history related to Pablo Escobar, but this has changed lately and now we are known for the friendliness of its people, its landscapes, and its culture.
Medellin is a city with open doors for all, with spectacular people and countless places to visit. It is a city with the perfect climate and good food. Every cafesito, every ice cream shop, every restaurant and every mall has something not only for you, but also for your kids.
Here it is a list of places I recommend you visit in Medellin, while traveling with kids:
All visitors over the age of 13 can accompany the children to the entrance of the attractions and wait in the common areas while they play. Parents and adults can also have fun while waiting, they offer a TV studio, and a theater, a fashion house or parents can also get on the bus.
Centro Comercial Santafé (Carrera 43A No. 7 sur -130), Medellín, Colombia. www.divercity.com.co
There are 4 pavilions in addition to the aquarium, serpentario (snakes), reptilario (reptiles) and bug station.
Carrera 52 No. 73-75 Medellín. http://www.parqueexplora.org
The botanical garden has the largest collection of orchids in the city making it environmental protected. Undoubtedly one of its main attractions is the lake where you can find fish, turtles and ducks.
This is a place where you can take a quiet walk and let the kids enjoy the diversity of flora of the region and also visit the Orquideorama, where in addition to a beautiful collection of orchids you can find ferns, bromeliads and anturios.
Carrera 52 No. 73-298 https://www.botanicomedellin.org
It has several entertaining activities for children and adults, but its main attraction is a sumptuous dome of almost 18 meters in diameter, where different films are projected and give you the feeling of being in space.
The planetarium has interactive thematic exhibitions that allow kids to know more about the captivating world of astronomy. There is also a souvenir shop, cafeteria, disabled access and meeting room.
Carrera 52 Nº 71-117 http://www.planetariomedellin.org
Depending on your preferences you can enjoy areas to camp with your family, picnic with friends or simply breathe fresh air to link with Mother Nature.
Address: Via a Piedras Blancas, Medellín, Antioquia. You can take the metro Cable to get there.
Located in Kilometer 16 via Las Palmas, next to the toll of Medellín to the Retiro, Plaza Pakita is an ideal space to eat, listen to good live music, read a book and spend time with family.
Plaza Pakita design is inspired by the most famous markets in the world, but brings together all the paisa magic A giant shed with an amount of business, restaurants of all kinds of food, a spectacular library, games for children and off course all the delicious Pakita products
Carrera 53 Nº76-115 Medellin http://www.parquenorte.gov.co/web/
Ride the Metro/Metro Cable
The cost of the Metro and Metro Cable is affordable and connects the main point of interest of the city. You also avoid the heavy traffic in the city and you will be able to capture the city with good pictures.
Once you pay money for your train (Metro) ride, it covers the cost of the buses that connect the ride to the city and also the Metro Cable (except for the Parque Arvi that has an additional fee).
Metro Cable is famous for being the first flight cable system intended for mass passenger use in the world. Metro Cable provides access to one of the areas of the city that were hard to reach before due to the geographical and socio-economic conditions.
You kids will enjoy riding the Metro and will for sure love the Metro Cable.