10 Best Places to Visit with kids and family in Buenos Aires
South America Is dramatically different from North America. While vast tracts of the North are dominated by the Anglo culture, the South is mainly Latinized. Besides, the tropical climate and its location have also given the continent a unique characteristic.
Even in terms of their racial composure, South America is a colorful melting pot of races, unlike the North that was mainly white. This racial diversity has been the main reason for shaping the culture of the South.
On the background of this reality, Argentina comes as a unique blend of all Euro nationalities that made this country their home and assimilated into its Spanish speaking culture, much like what we get to see in the case of the United States.
If You Miss Argentina, You Haven’t Experienced South America. Ten Best Places You Can Visit with Kids in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Argentina used to be a prosperous nation at the beginning of the twentieth century but thanks to the blunders of the socialist regime, it all went downhill from there. The country fought and lost the Falklands War against the Brits, a claim that they rightfully make.
However, despite its tumultuous history, Argentina still remains a culturally enriched and historically interesting country. In fact, experiencing Argentina is quite different than experiencing Brazil or even Chile.
Here are the ten best places to visit with kids in Buenos Aires when you are touring Argentina.
- Palermo Neighborhood:
For those who find culture in neighborhoods and want to have a more enjoyable experience in such places, The Palermo is full of life. Shops, restaurants, cafes, wide streets, tea shops and hotels, Palermo is where you can find the latest social trends in Argentina being tried out. You can say that this is the place where the Argentine upper-class hangs out. It is named after Palermo in Hollywood.
If you are a party animal or are generally interested in fashion, Palermo has plenty clubs, pubs, and bars and you will find a good number of designer studios here too.
- La Boca:
We are sure you must have seen one of those postcard perfect images of South America or Latin American countries where they have colorfully painted houses and people are living a very decent down to Earth, yet a happy life. Well, this is the neighborhood in the city where you will be able to find such scenes. La Boca is that colorful area of the city, full of flamboyant hues such as red, magenta, green all juxtaposed to each other, contradicting while coexisting in this collage of a wonderful urban scenery. La Boca is also synonymous with football and tango, the two defining aspects of the local culture of this part of the city.
Looking for a more subtle and down to Earth experience of Buenos Aires, come to La Boca.
Like any other major city in the world, even Buenos Aires has its own business district where they have a concentration of all major offices and headquarters. The Microcentro is the largest section of the city or the biggest avenue where they have got headquarters of financial institutions, head offices of large companies, banks, and corporate offices. We insist that it is equally important to take a peek at a city’s main business district as well alongside it’s cultural and old quarters since these business districts to play an important role in defining the city in terms of what it is today.
The Obelisk standing tall in the center is the main attraction here. Besides, you can take a break and just watch crowds and people passing by from time to time.
There are two types of culture, the base culture, that is the contemporary culture of the common people, and then there is the Classical Culture or the high culture. If La Boca represents the base culture, Recoleta is where you will find Argentina’s Classical Culture. This is just like traveling to the old English established cities on the American East Coast to find the remnants of the once dominant WASP culture.
The Recoleta is a district that has numerous French styled, and Renaissance styled stone buildings dotting its landscape. Intricately built with great attention to detail, you may feel for a moment that you are in a Venetian city center or somewhere in France.
Buildings such as De Vilar Church, Palais De Grace, and Floralis Generica, besides the University of Buenos Aires Law School building, is what makes this place uniquely Europeanesque in its characteristic.
Gated communities are peaceful and calm, clean and serene. However, since they are GATED, you are unlikely to get an entry unless you have your home there. The Belgrano is everything like a first world upper-class area with clean streets, calm environment, trees and plants lining the sides of the road, but here nobody stops you from coming in.
The area is partially a commercial area where you will also find cafes, shops, restaurants and other such small business establishments. If you are in a mood to walk through a calm housing colony that gives you a good friendly vibe of a cool and awesome neighborhood, Belgrano is the place to be.
- Puerto Madero:
This is the most uber modern and developed upmarket area of Buenos Aires. It is filled with business towers, high rises, and swanky buildings. The area used to be the old docks before, but since 1993, the government of Argentina decided to give it a facelift and change the whole area to a bigger and a better commercial and business haven.
The area boasts of car showrooms, cafes, restaurants, hotels and other such places where upper-class and rich Argentinians come to hang out. Therefore, if you want to see another face of this beautiful city, Puerto Madero is the place to visit.
- San Telmo:
Every city has some section or a neighborhood that has remained intact for centuries or for at least a century. Just like Beijing’s Hutongs, San Telmo is the oldest residential neighborhood of Buenos Aires and preserves most of its old buildings and landmarks. San Telmo exudes the vibe of an old town, keeping intact the 19th-century architecture and buildings, giving visitors a glimpse of the bygone era in Buenos Aires.
To be precise, Puerto Madero and San Telmo are the polar opposites of each other and represent Buenos Aires in different periods of history. While San Telmo represents the post-colonial Argentina, Puerto Madero is like represents the time when the nation was preparing to enter the 21st century.
- Plaza De Mayo:
If you have been wondering why is there no political place of interest listed here, then here it is. Since Argentina was declared as an independent nation in the year 1810, the Plaza De Mayo has been one of its most important political locations. This is where Argentinians gather together for political demonstrations to echo their displeasure against the ruling government.
The Plaza De Mayo is especially known for the political demonstrations led by the Perons, a semi-dictatorial ruling family that ruined Argentina through its socialist policies. Even if you might not be interested in the political side of things, Plaza De Mayo is not a place to be missed.
- Plaza Congreso:
Translated into English as the “Congress Plaza” is another political center and is located only ten blocks away from Plaza De Mayo. Since Argentinians are fond of taking an active role in their democracy, many Argentinians opine that protests either begin here or end here. Here you can see the Argentinian National Congress Building akin to the American Senate. No wonder, this place too, just like the Plaza De Mayo is a political hotspot.
However, politics is just not the only thing that happens at the Plaza Congreso. The area is also bound by a strong middle-class characteristic and constant commercial activity taking place here twenty-four seven.
- The Tigre:
Located not exactly inside the city, The Tigre is 28 kilometers away from the center of the Buenos Aires city. Not very far from the bustle of the city, this natural habitat is where residents of the city flock every weekend or on holidays to rejuvenate and enjoy the brisk of the outdoors. The Tigre is where people come together to enjoy nature and other outdoor activities such as cycling, biking, running and riding the river cruise.
When residents of the city want to feel alive and connect with nature, this is there one stop place to make sure they are fresh for the rest of their week. If you want to experience the natural side of the city, come to The Tigre.
That was all about Buenos Aires that you could easily cover up in a matter of a few days. Since Argentina is not a very tourism-oriented country, most of the sightseeing is available in the city of Buenos Aires.
The next time you think of taking a South America tour for a few weeks, think of Argentina, think of Buenos Aires.