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Guide to Santiago for Families

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Santiago is large and busy, and sometimes it can be hard to find suitable places to spend quality time with the family, and where kids can have fun. Through this guide I will try to show you the places that you can enjoy with your children, including some of my favorite places from when I was a kid (not that long ago!)

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio

Speciality Museums

Museo Artequin

Speciality Museums

Planetario de Santiago - Universidad de Santiago de Chile - Usach

Speciality Museums

Fantasilandia

Theme Parks

Zoologico Nacional de Chile

Zoos

Golfo Di Napoli

Restaurants

Museo Interactivo Mirador

Speciality Museums

Tip y Tap

Restaurants

Parque Granjaventura

Zoos, Parks

Mall Sport

Shopping Malls

Bravissimo

Restaurants

Buin Zoo

Zoos

Rafagome's City Tips

  • An appropriate tip is 10% which is usually written as "recommended" at the bottom of the restaurant bill.
  • You can buy a rechargeable "Bip Card" to use when traveling by bus or metro inside the city. You must top it up with credit before you board either form of transport.
  • The metro is a great way to orient yourself, and move around in the city. Just try to avoid the rush hours (7am to 9am and 6pm to 8pm.)
  • Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    This museum has the mission of safeguarding the aeronautical heritage of Chile. When I was little, I loved this place: I enjoyed seeing how flight in nature works, and then how man slowly created machines to do the same. You will also find displays that detail the history of planes in the world wars.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
    • Free admission.
    • There is a special section for the visually impaired, with descriptions in Braille and touchable scale models.
    • There is a special corner for children where they can play, if they get bored of touring the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #94 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    • OUTSTANDING MUSEUM 24/09/2018
    • Great Collection - take a drink! 23/09/2018
    • Museo Nacional Aeronautico y del Espacio
    Address:
    Av. Pedro Aguirre Cerda 5000
    Los Cerrillos
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    435 3030
    Other:
  • Museo Artequin
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    An interactive museum that aims to unite art, education, and entertainment. Established in 1992, Museo Artequin contains photographic reproductions of great works from the 15th- to the 20th-century, all aimed at children. Although it mainly caters for kids and adolescents, it is no less interesting and educational for adults.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Quinta Normal is the closest metro station (line 5.)
    • Open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11am to 6pm.
    • Book in advance if you would like a guided tour.
    • Closed in February.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good for kids and adults with kid soul 03/04/2018
    • Not as exciting as I thought it would be 28/03/2018
    • Museo Artequin
    Address:
    Portales 3530
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    2/681-8687
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Planetario de Santiago - Universidad de Santiago de Chile - Usach
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    Since 1985, this amazing cinema-like place has been where families could come to view the theater of the sky - to learn about and experience the universe. Here you will find different activities, games, and exhibits, along with interesting lectures.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Estación Central is the closest metro station (line 1.)
    • Open to the public on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11am to 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    • Nice 3 hour time-spent 23/07/2018
    • A Must! 06/03/2016
    • Planetario de Santiago - Universidad de Santiago de Chile - Usach
    Address:
    Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 3349
    Santiago 9170022
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2718 2900
    Other:
  • Fantasilandia
    Theme Parks
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    Rafagome Says:

    This is the Chilean answer to Disneyland, although of course on a much smaller scale. Located in O'higgins Park, it was built in 1978, and has gained new attractions (and thus new reasons to visit) every year since. There are currently around 30 fun rides for families of all ages to enjoy together.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Rondizzoni is the closest metro station (line 2.)
    • Open everyday from 12pm to 9pm.
    • A new attraction is due to open in 2016 — "The 33 miners."
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Adrenalin! 10/11/2018
    • Great day trip if you like adrenaline 25/07/2018
    • Fantasilandia
    Address:
    Avenida Beaucheff N0 938
    Parque O'Higgins
    Santiago 8370951
    Chile
    Phone:
    (0)2 476 8600
    Other:
  • Zoologico Nacional de Chile
    Zoos
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    Rafagome Says:

    Part of the metropolitan park at San Cristobal Hill is the zoo of Santiago. Covering nearly five hectares, it's home to around 1000 animals who represent more than 150 different species, both native and foreign. Always an interesting family day out, and great fun for kids.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Baquedano is the closest metro station (line 1.) From there, walk to the end of Pio Nono street.
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    • Take the funicular to get up to the zoo.
    • Book a guided tour in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    • Zoo 11/11/2018
    • Place is depressing 05/08/2018
    • Zoologico Nacional de Chile
    Address:
    Pio Nono 289
    Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2730 1368
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Golfo Di Napoli
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Rafagome Says:

    This restaurant is a cute place with a family atmosphere. Here you can enjoy delicious recipes, brought directly from Italy. An easy fix for fussy eaters — what kid doesn't love pizza and pasta!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Tell them if it's your birthday, and remember to join in and sing along if it's someone else's while you're there.
    • Gnocchi, my favorite, is always a good option.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 4,638 restaurants in Santiago
    • tasty 19/11/2018
    • Worth the wait 30/10/2018
    • Golfo Di Napoli
    Address:
    Duble Almeyda 2435
    a Pasos de Pedro de Valdivia
    Santiago 8320000
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2341 3675
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Museo Interactivo Mirador
    Speciality Museums
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    Rafagome Says:

    Come and explore and interact, using your imagination to solve different problems in very creative experiments.Live the experience of feeling an earthquake, being inside a bubble, and even lie down on a nail bed. You will learn about fluids, mechanisms, the brain, perception, light, energy, robotics, mining, and many other topics that will amaze the whole family here.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pedreros is the closest metro station (line 5.)
    • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 5.45pm; holidays and during the summer until 6.30pm.
    • There is a gift shop, bathrooms, lockers, restaurant, parking, baby carriages, and guides available onsite.
    • You will need at least three hours here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Funny and Didactic Visit 09/11/2018
    • Very nice interactive museum for kids 09/11/2018
    • Museo Interactivo Mirador
    Address:
    Punta Arenas 6711
    La Granja
    Santiago 8780999
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2828 8000
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:30 - 18:30
    Other:
  • Tip y Tap
    Restaurants (Bar, Chilean)
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    Rafagome Says:

    Created in 1975, Tip y Tap has developed into a restaurant with the perfect environment for families. With a wide variety of tasty dishes to choose from, even the most picky member of the family will be happy here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are really hungry, you should try the "Monster Tap."
    • There are many locations of this local chain, all over the city.
    • A kids menu is available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #322 of 4,638 restaurants in Santiago
    • served group of 22 Dec., 7 10/12/2018
    • Much about a lot!!! 01/04/2018
    • Tip y Tap
    Address:
    Avenida Las Condes 6851
    Santiago 10445
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2201 2527
    Other:
  • Parque Granjaventura
    Zoos, Parks
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    Rafagome Says:

    If the kids are restless, bring them to this zoo for a different experience. As well as being home to farm animals, housed in an impeccable manner, there is an orchard, play zones, and rest areas to explore. In addition to this, workshops are regularly scheduled where you can plant seeds, bake bread, milk a cow, and more. These experiences with nature will give your family members a fun education that they will always remember.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parque Mahuida in La Reina, is the closest metro station.
    • Open Monday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am to 6.30pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am to 6.30pm.
    • Experience the rodelbahn, canopy, horseback riding, and play paintball.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #315 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    • Ok Park 07/01/2016
    • A nice experience with a little one 19/04/2015
    • Parque Granjaventura
    Address:
    Avenida Larrain 11095
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2275 2993
    Other:
  • Mall Sport
    Shopping Malls
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    Rafagome Says:

    Different to any other regular mall, everything at Mall Sport is related to one of a number of sports and outdoor activities, making it the perfect spot for active families. Also, besides getting simply the motivation to go and practise or train, you can actually do that here too: There is a big wall to climb, a place to practice skateboarding, and an amazing artificial wave on which you can hone your surfing skills.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open everyday from 11am to 9pm.
    • You will find a variety of different restaurants here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 499 things to do in Santiago
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to shop 09/12/2018
    • Shopping & Surf Wave 27/01/2018
    • Mall Sport
    Address:
    Avenida Las Condes 13451
    Santiago 7590923
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2429 3000
    Other:
  • Bravissimo
    Restaurants
    Rafagome Says:

    Offering very good ice creams, desserts, and other tasty food, Bravissimo is the perfect place to treat the kids. Children can try one of the great ice cream cups while parents can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Let them know if is your birthday!
    • You can try the ice cream flavors before ordering.
    • There are many locations around the city.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #980 of 4,638 restaurants in Santiago
    • Nice place to have a mid afternoon bite 21/10/2018
    • The ice cream is ok. 31/05/2015
    • Bravissimo
    Address:
    Las Tranqueras 50
    Santiago
    Chile
    Phone:
    4307086
    Other:
  • Buin Zoo
    Zoos
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    Rafagome Says:

    This is the largest and most modern zoo in the country, with more than 2,000 animals representing 400 different species. It is divided into different zones: North American, Chilean, Asia-Pacific, European and African, plus a prehistoric area, where you can find animated dinosaurs. The zoo is of particular importance as it runs several protection programs for endangered species, as well as an animal clinic, which operates 24 hours.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Estación Central is the closest metro station (line 1), and you can also take the "Metro-tren" to Buin Zoo station.
    • There is a cemetery for pets located here called "Francisco de Asis."
    • Visit the specially designed building for nocturnal animals and reptiles.
    • Wear comfortable clothes and bring water; a normal visit takes at least 3 hours.
    • For an extra fee you can watch the show "Buin Marino," where aquatic animals perform a spectacle in a glass-walled pool.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Buin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Zoorprise! 20/11/2018
    • Really impressive zoo but would love to see more space for some animals 12/03/2018
    • Buin Zoo
    Address:
    Panamericana Sur Km. 32
    Buin
    Chile
    Phone:
    +56 2 2306 1600
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 17:30
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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