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Guide to San Carlos de Bariloche for Families

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Surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, glittering lakes and rugged forests, Bariloche is a natural playground and there are enough attractions and activities to fill the entire holiday with fun. Whether you've got hard-to-please teenagers to entertain or young kids to keep amused – here are some of the best family things to do in Bariloche.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Catedral Alta Patagonis

Ski & Snowboard Areas

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

Observation Decks & Towers, Forests, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water

Centro Civico

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cerro Otto

Mountains, Lookouts

Fenoglio Museo del Chocolate

Speciality Museums

Playa Bonita

Beaches

Canopy

Other Outdoor Activities

Chez Philippe

Restaurants

Parque Nahuelito

Parks

Cavernas del Viejo Volcan Parque Cerro Leones

Caverns & Caves

Zoe S's City Tips

  • Bariloche's pubs and parrillas (grill houses) are the best spots for families to eat, many of which offer a selection of kid-friendly dishes.
  • It's worth always carrying some cash – not all restaurants and attractions accept cards, especially in the mountains.
  • The best way to get around the lakeland is by car and there are a number of rental offices both at the airport and in downtown Bariloche.
  • Pack warm clothes and plenty of layers for traveling into the mountains around Bariloche – it can get chilly at night even in the summer months.
  • Catedral Alta Patagonis
    Ski & Snowboard Areas
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    Zoe S Says:

    As Argentina's top ski resort, Cerro Catedral is the ultimate winter destination and there are 50 ski runs for all levels, plus ample cross-country trails and 38 ski lifts. Don't worry if you've never skied before – there's a ski school that offers beginner lessons, as well as a special Kids Club for over 3s – and there are plenty of other things to do too. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain, try sledding or snow tubing or book a trilling snowmobiling excursion.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Argentina's ski season runs from June to October.
    • Need a break from skiing? Head to the Las Terrazas shopping mall located in the resort village.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • End of season 2018 15/10/2018
    • The Best Ski Complex in South America 04/09/2018
    • Catedral Alta Patagonis
    Phone:
    +54 294 440-9000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
    Observation Decks & Towers, Forests, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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    Zoe S Says:

    Bariloche is located at the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and there's a plethora of ways to soak up the scenery. Book a horse or pony ride through the valley, hire mountain bikes to pedal along the waterfront, take a family hike, or try kayaking or paddle boarding on the lakes.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a picnic lunch, plenty of water and suncream if you're heading off the beaten track.
    • There are several lakeside beaches dotted around the park where it's possible to swim, so pack your swimsuit.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thanks, Teddy Roosevelt 14/10/2018
    • Amazing 24/08/2018
    • Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
    Phone:
    +54 294 442-3111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Centro Civico
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Zoe S Says:

    Bariloche's central landmark is unmissable and while the kids might not be impressed by the historic architecture, they'll definitely want to cuddle up to the St Bernard puppies that roam the square.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The onsite Museum of Patagonia is also well worth a visit.
    • Make sure you have cash handy if you want to pay for a photo with the dogs.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bariloche Icon 14/10/2018
    • Be careful with your car 04/09/2018
    • Centro Civico
    Address:
    Mitre & Reconquista
    San Carlos de Bariloche
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 294 442-2412
    Other:
  • Cerro Otto
    Mountains, Lookouts
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    Zoe S Says:

    The closest peak to Bariloche, Cerro Otto offers great views over the town and its lakes, but the biggest thrill is riding the cable car to the top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For an extra treat, stop for hot chocolate at the mountaintop revolving restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • CLOSED FOR SEASON 20/09/2018
    • Different view of the National Park 04/09/2018
    • Cerro Otto
    Address:
    Avenida de Los Pioneros Km 5
    Circuito Chico
    San Carlos de Bariloche R8400BIA
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54-294-444-10-31-444-10-35
    Other:
  • Fenoglio Museo del Chocolate
    Speciality Museums
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    Zoe S Says:

    Bariloche's many chocolate shops are sure to be hit with the whole family, but make it a learning experience with a trip to the Fenoglio Chocolate Museum, a fun way to discover the history of chocolate and chocolate production, as well as sample some delicious homemade chocolates.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tours might be best suited to children of 7 years and up, as there's a lot of listening to information.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    • Very good museum, not good quality chocolates 30/12/2012
    • Good option if you have time to kill 17/07/2012
    • Fenoglio Museo del Chocolate
    Address:
    Avenida Exequiel Bustillo 1200
    San Carlos de Bariloche R8400AER
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 294 443-9204
    Other:
  • Playa Bonita
    Beaches
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    Zoe S Says:

    Playa Bonita is the closest beach to Bariloche, set on the banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake and it's an ideal spot to cool off on a sunny summer day. As well as swimming, it's possible to practice a number of water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are toilets, a restaurant and bar right by the beach.
    • This is a pebble beach, so bring a towel, beach mat or deckchair to sit on.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place 27/08/2017
    • Rocky sometimes crowded Beach 20/07/2016
    • Playa Bonita
    Address:
    Calle Lago Lacar Bustillo Km 15400 7
    San Carlos de Bariloche R8401DKA
    Argentina
  • Canopy
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Zoe S Says:

    The closest you'll get to being Tarzan, Bariloche's Canopy is a thrilling way to take in the scenery of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, with a network of zip lines and treetop walk ways built around a natural forest.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Children over 4 years can take part.
    • Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and closed shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 136 Outdoor Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun! 10/02/2017
    • Up in the treetops 02/01/2016
    • Canopy
    Address:
    Colonia Suiza, Cerro Lopez
    San Carlos de Bariloche 8400
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 9 294 445-8585
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Chez Philippe
    Restaurants (French, Swiss, European)
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    Zoe S Says:

    A good spot for a family dinner, Chez Philippe is elegant enough to impress the adults in your party, yet cozy and relaxed enough for younger kids to feel included. Plus, there's a delicious range of desserts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Order the cheese fondue – always a hit with kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 332 restaurants in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Cozy Ambient, friendly service and good Fondue! 02/10/2018
    • Coozy place and delicious food 09/07/2018
    • Chez Philippe
    Address:
    Calle Primera Junta 1080
    San Carlos de Bariloche R8400FCH
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 294 428-4754
    Price range:
    US$ 25 - US$ 50
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Parque Nahuelito
    Parks
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    Zoe S Says:

    Both educational and entertaining, Parque Nahuelito is one of Bariloche's most unique sights and a must for young (and old) dinosaur fans. Around 30 life-sized dinosaur models are dotted around the park and while they're not the most realistic, they make an imposing sight and hunting them down amidst the trees is a fun activity for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Bus no 10 runs from Bariloche to Parque Nahuelito.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place 15/08/2018
    • Great 27/07/2018
    • Parque Nahuelito
    Address:
    Ruta 77 km.24,500
    Circuito Chico - Barrio Las Cartas
    San Carlos de Bariloche 8400
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 9 294 459-8818
    Other:
  • Cavernas del Viejo Volcan Parque Cerro Leones
    Caverns & Caves
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    Zoe S Says:

    Get off the beaten track with a tour of these ancient lava caves, carved into the cliff side of Cerro Leones – kids will love scrambling through the underground tunnels and pretending to be Indiana Jones.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes and old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
    • Not recommended for children under 4.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 81 things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very interesting 04/01/2018
    • Delightful guide, exciting visit to 8000+ yr old caves 26/12/2015
    • Cavernas del Viejo Volcan Parque Cerro Leones
    Address:
    Ruta 23 Km 603 - Dina Huapi a 1km. Del Centro
    San Carlos de Bariloche
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 294 446-8200
    Other:
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