Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city which invites you to stroll, with graceful buildings and sidewalk cafes on grand avenues. Kids like wandering in Buenos Aires, where every block seems to have a pastry shop or pizzeria, and they can watch craftsmen at work. As you wander, take breaks in neighborhood parks for simple pleasures like pedal boats or in the Parque de la Costa: the largest amusement park in South America

Plaza Italia - A whole bunch of places in one spot. Locals hop on the subway to go straight to the Plaza Italia.
In the Bosque de los Rosedales, take paths that wind through beautiful plants and around artificial lakes. Rent bikes for everyone or a boat and paddle your way around. At the end of the day, duck in for a short star show at the Planetario (Planetarium).
Russian Orthodox Cathedral - Just what the name implies, this cathedral is still owned by Russia. One of Buenos Aires most interesting architectural sights, with its onion domes.
National History Museum - Located in one of the city's prettiest parks, the Parque Lezama, with its winding paths of magnolias, palms and elms, this museum combines 400 years of history with fine art
Open air markets - This is a weekend experience, browse and mingle with the Argentines. Who knows, you may find a treasure! Not a bad place to give the kids their souvenir money. Try the market at Plaza Francia (near Recoleta) on Saturdays and Sundays.
Recoleta Cemetery - What? A cemetery? Well, but there's more here than just Evita's bones. This is a real "city of the dead" with enormous mausoleums and towering memorials. It's like walking through a miniature city (one with very polite residents) and kids love it. And it's in a fashionable dining area of Buenos Aires (but you can still find a pizza. In fact, pizza is second only to barbecue in the Argentine diet).
Museo de los Ninos (Abasto Shopping Center) - This children's museums has plenty of hands-on activities - shop or work in a supermarket, build a wall, crawl through a giant water pipe, cook in a fast food restaurant, pilot a plane above the clouds. Closed Mondays (except January and February, summer hours).
Also in the Abasto Shopping Center, kiddie rides for little ones at the Neverland Park.
Opera House - The Teatro Colon is one of the world's great opera houses. Argentines are mad about opera, most of the theater's 3,500 seats are held by season ticket holders. Skip "Cosi Fan Tutti" and take a guided tour for a look behind the scenes of the opera.
Bioparque Temaiken (Rte 25, Escobar) - Temaiken, a combination zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and natural history museum, is a great place to see the wildlife of Argentina, including Patagonia. In addition to habitats for mammals, reptiles and birds, there's a large aquarium with the marine life of the Mar Argentina, interactive exhibits about Patagonia, a 360 degrees theater, playground for toddlers and cafes for casual eats and snacks.
Temaiken is 50 km north of the city, buses from the Plaza Italia will drop you at the park.
Parque de la Costa - Plan a whole day for the largest amusement park in South America, located on the Rio de la Plata, 45 minutes from Buenos Aires (get there by train, "colectivo" or bus). If you're fluent in Spanish, there are a many live shows. If not, most of the park requires no translation - with the several roller coasters, Ferris wheel, the "Legends of Jurupira" adventure ride, paddle wheel boat tours, a "midway", "Neverland" (children's rides), laser and dance shows featuring tango (what else!), tap, jazz, etc. Don't expect to gag down corn-dogs. Instead, there are lovely patio dining areas, and "theme" restaurants celebrating Argentine diversity: German hofbrau, English pub, Argentine parillada.
Boat tours - Cruise the delta (Delta del Parana) for a couple hours and enjoy lunch while you sight-see.
When you want to shop for local crafts, Puerto de Frutas is the place: leather, artisans, etc. The best day to go is Sunday, when the biggest variety of crafts people come to display their wares.

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