Sao Paulo Kids Attractions
Despite its reputation as a grey urban metropolis, there is a
lot for kids to see and do in Sao Paulo. The city''s wide array of
museums and cultural centres offer children fun and educational
experiences, while the various parks and gardens give them a chance
to run around.
Sao Paulo''s museums cover so many themes and areas of interest
that there''s bound to be one for everyone. Kids will love the
Estrela House of Dreams, which showcases toys made at the Estrela
factory going back to the 1930''s. The Science Station in Lapa,
housed in a formerly abandoned factory, has children''s exhibits
dedicated to astronomy, physics, meteorology, math, geology,
geography, and more.
The Sao Paulo Zoo is a great place to start, giving kids the
opportunity to interact with a variety of animals, both local and
international. Many animals, including the lions, giraffes, bears
and elephants, were rescued from a circus, while the zoo is focused
on conservation of indigenous animals like marmosets, macaws, and
neotropical cats. The nearby Safari Zoo experience is a bit wilder,
with animals roaming free while visitors drive themselves through
in their cars.
There are a lot of other great parks in Sao Paulo as well,
including the Ibirapuera Park, which has great family attractions
like a planetarium, gymnasium, and Air Force Museum. The Parque
Siqueira Campos has a miniature rainforest, and the Praça da
República is a great place for family picnics.
Children''s attractions in Sao Paulo also include several
amusement parks great for families. The Playcentre in Barra Funda
has Brazil''s biggest roller coaster, along with other rides and
games. It''s conveniently located within walking distance from the
metro. The city centre is also where you''ll find children''s
attractions dedicated to South American pop culture figures like
television personality Xuxa and comic book character Mônica.
Less central is Hopi Hari, a large amusement park about 45 miles
(72km) north of Sao Paulo. The park has several themed areas
focusing on European and local culture, and rides including roller
coasters, a haunted house, and a Ferris wheel.
For hot days, families can head to Wet''n Wild, about 50 minutes
from Sao Paulo. The popular water park offers water slides, wave
pools, a lazy river, and ''Bubble Up'' attraction as ways to beat the
Cold days are also taken care of if you head 34 miles (54km) out
of town to Ski Mountain Park, which offers skiing, snowboarding,
tobogganing, a skating rink, and more. There''s also horseback
riding, mountain biking, and a playground for the summertime,
giving older kids and teens something to do in Sao Paulo all year
Taxis to theme parks outside of town can be expensive, but most
have dedicated buses that leave from various points around the city