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Guide to Cartagena for Families

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Historical Cartagena is a great place to visit with the family, with beaches the kids will love, interesting museums, and biking adventures around the old downtown. You can also spend time in the many squares — there's always lots going on to capture the kids' attention!

Good for
  • Family
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveler

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

City Trolley Tour

Tramways, Bus Tours

Oceanario

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Bodies of Water, Reefs

Casa Museo Rafael Nunez

Specialty Museums

Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias

Specialty Museums

Museo del Oro Zenu

History Museums

Isla Baru

Destinations

Museo Naval Del Caribe

Military Museums

Caribe Plaza Centro Comercial

Shopping Malls

CitySightseeing Cartagena

Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Hotel Bocagrande

Restaurants

Ana V's City Tips

  • Tip is normally included in your restaurant bill, but ask to be sure.
  • If you plan to stay for a week or more with the family, head over to the islands for a couple of days.
  • Renting a car to get around is a good option.
  • City Trolley Tour
    Tramways, Bus Tours
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    Ana V Says:

    City Trolley Tours are a great way to get to know Cartagena, and especially nice for little ones who get tired of walking a lot. All they have to do is sit and enjoy the ride and exciting views! This is a really good strategy for keeping everyone happy while learning about the history of Cartagena.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask your hotel for more information about City Trolley Tours and book your tour beforehand.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 47 Transportation in Cartagena
    • city trolley with Uncle Steve 07/20/2018
    • Different way to see the city 03/08/2018
    • City Trolley Tour
    Address:
    Carrera 3 # 6 - 120
    of 302, Bocagrande
    Cartagena 130001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 6437786
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Oceanario
    National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Bodies of Water, Reefs
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    Ana V Says:

    Located within the Islas de Rosario, the Oceanaire is on the island of San Martin de Pajarales. It's a definite winner with the kids: They will experience local marine life including dolphins, sharks, and turtles in open environments, along with shows that are sure to excite.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great for slightly older kids.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    • Wonderful time, well operated & maintained, and educational! 06/01/2019
    • A must while in Cartagena 05/29/2019
    • Oceanario
    Address:
    Oceanario Islas del Rosario
    Islas Del Rosario
    Cartagena 130001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 301 4141483
    Other:
  • Casa Museo Rafael Nunez
    Specialty Museums
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    Ana V Says:

    The Rafael Nuñez house, located outside the old downtown in Cabrero, was built in 1858. After Rafael married his wife Soledad, a woman from one of the most important families in Cartagena, a second level was added. The house is now a museum, and it is a nice, quiet place for the family to visit and stroll around while learning about one of the most favored presidents of Colombia.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you get the guided audio tour or local guide, as this house has an interesting history and provides a great local experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Guided Tour for Tips 07/02/2019
    • Great Stop 03/27/2019
    • Casa Museo Rafael Nunez
    Address:
    Calle Real Cra 2 #41-89
    Cartagena 130002
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 6609058
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    Other:
  • Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias
    Specialty Museums
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    Ana V Says:

    The Palacio de la Inquisición is at the top of the list of historical places to visit in Cartagena, with or without kids. But if you're coming with the family, be sure to check out the chilren's activities at the history museum located on the second floor.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Hire a local guide so that you can get a better understanding of the museum and have all of your questions answered.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    • Very poor museum and not worth a visit for any non Spanish speaker. 06/23/2019
    • Interesting 06/13/2019
    • Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias
    Address:
    Plaza de Bolivar
    Em frente a Plaza de Bolívar
    Cartagena 130012
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 6644570
    Price range:
    $19,000 - $19,000
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo del Oro Zenu
    History Museums
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    Ana V Says:

    Zenu was an indigenous community that lived around the Sinu and Magdalena Rivers and — like other communities — created pieces of art with gold. This Pre-Columbian art all but disappeared when the Spanish came and conquered the land, but some has been collected here at the Zenu Gold Museum, which belongs to the Republic Bank. It's an intriguing look into the past and has interactive elements that will interest the kids.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Spend some time at the museum and then rent bikes with the kids and take a tour around the old downtown.
    • Nearby, on calle San Pedro Claver, you will find good places to eat with kids.
    • Entry is free.
    • Located near the Inquisition Palace and Bolivar Square, this museum is an easy choice for somewhere to spend time with the family in the comfort of air conditioning!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Temporarily relocated 07/07/2019
    • Looking for a gift 07/07/2019
    • Museo del Oro Zenu
    Address:
    Plaza de Bolivar
    Centro de la ciudad amurallada
    Cartagena 130001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 6600778
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Isla Baru
    Destinations
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    Ana V Says:

    Isla Baru is the perfect place to visit on your family vacation. The kids can perhaps learn to swim, practice their existing skills, or just play in the sand while spending quality time with family, creating strong bonds in this relaxing seaside location.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can get to Baru Island by car, a good option when you're bringing the whole tribe. There is also bus and boat service.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Isla Baru
  • Museo Naval Del Caribe
    Military Museums
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    Ana V Says:

    Here you will encounter the military and naval history of Cartagena. If your kids love the sea and the boats that sail upon it, this museum is just the place for them.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is a good idea to have a guide for a tour of the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    • An excellent tour! 06/26/2019
    • Great Dancers! 06/16/2019
    • Museo Naval Del Caribe
    Address:
    Calle San Juan de Dios No. 3-62, Plaza Santa Teresa, Centro Historico
    Cartagena
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 5 6642440
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Caribe Plaza Centro Comercial
    Shopping Malls
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    Ana V Says:

    At the Caribe Plaza mall, you can watch a movie, grab something to eat, or shop for some toys or games to keep the kids entertained.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Families often come to the mall just to escape the heat!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 164 things to do in Cartagena
    • One of the better malls in CTG 12/08/2017
    • Typical mall 08/03/2017
    • Caribe Plaza Centro Comercial
    Address:
    Calle 29d No. 22-108
    Pie de la Popa
    Cartagena 130001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    57576692332
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • CitySightseeing Cartagena
    Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
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    Ana V Says:

    A great way for you and your family to spend time together while comfortably seeing the sights and learning about history of Cartagena.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be paid for inside the bus.
    • You can hop on and off as you please.
    • Multiple languages are available, including English.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 245 Tours in Cartagena
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to sightsee in Cartagena 07/01/2019
    • Hop On Hop Off or Stay On 04/22/2019
    • CitySightseeing Cartagena
    Phone:
    +57 313 4571146
    Price range:
    $58,065 - $58,065
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Hotel Bocagrande
    Restaurants (Caribbean, Seafood, Fusion, Gastropub)
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    Ana V Says:

    Bocagrande Beach is close to the city, and has lots of choices of places to eat with the family, during the day or at night. The beach is great for kids as there are lots of water sports and activities for them to enjoy. I can remember, when I was a little girl, taking my first ride on a 'gusanito' boat at this beach.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You will find lots of agencies here offering water sports and recreational activites for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #218 of 804 restaurants in Cartagena
    • Good food and enviroment! 03/28/2019
    • Just Average 04/02/2018
    • Hotel Bocagrande
    Address:
    Avenida San Martin # 7-159
    Cartagena 130001
    Colombia
    Phone:
    (57)5- 6424513 - 17
    Other:
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