With the temperature climbing, what better place to take the kids than one of Budapest's many baths and spas? Some are more child-friendly than others, so we've picked out our five favourites. Each offers significant discounts for younger ones and special family tickets for four. Note that the Dagály is closed for most of June, then reopens on the 28th.
While the prices listed here are accurate at the time of publication, always check online as there are almost always discounts.
Aquaworld Resort Budapest
This enormous water complex evoking
the tropics and the ruin temples of Angkor Wat is a children’s wonderland as
well, with all kinds of pools and slides of varying depths and degrees of difficulty. There are also two outdoor
paddling pools open in summer, one for the smallest ones with fun
water features including a mini slide, and one for those who can play and splash around freely. A water playground, the Aqua Spray Park, can also be found, but what you're after is the slide-filled waterpark, where the Mountain Creek, the Onion Slide, the UFO, the Kamikaze and the Whirlwind can be used according to strict height restrictions, some by those over 130cm or 140cm.
Adults: 7,900/5,500 forints
Children (3-10 years old): 4,000/2,800 forints
Families (2 adults, 2 children): 20,900 forints
Csillaghegy Árpád Thermal Baths
As well as being a lido, the Árpád Thermal Baths at Csillaghegy in Óbuda encompasses a water playhouse for kids, the Gyerekparadicsom, the Children’s Paradise. A whole floor is dedicated to the little ones, colourfully designed and equipped with a nappy change. The pool selection here is quite varied, including an extra shallow baby paddling pool, as well as a larger one for school kids, with two slides and a slow moving whirlpool. Everyone heads for the enormous slides, open for those over the age of eight. Taking off from the top of the building, the longest one is the Red UFO, but there are plenty of other colourful lower slides twisting around for the less intrepid.
Adults: 4,100/4,400 forints (all areas including sauna) or 3,000/3,300 forints (no sauna)
Children (3-14 years old): 2,200/2,500 forints
Families (2 adults, 2 children): 8,200/9,100 forints
The Dagály was remodelled and expanded in 2018, with a playground added for the little ones, as well as sport facilities like basketball and beach volleyball, football pitches and an outdoor fitness park. Among the pools are shallow training pools for children, overseen by mosaic-covered sea serpents shooting water onto those playing below. Closed for most of June when the FINA swimming championships take place here at the Duna Aréna, it reopens on the 28th.
Adults: 2,500/2,900 forints
Children (3-14 years old): 2,000/2,500 forints
Families (2 adults, 2 children): 7,000/8,000 forints
Palatinus Open-Air Baths
The Palatinus is the oldest open-air beach/baths in Budapest, located on popular Margaret Island. Opened in 1921, it quickly gained popularity and in recent years underwent renovation and expansion. Children will delight in its huge water park, with attraction names like the Magic Tunnel, Anaconda, Kamikaze and Turbo. Even the very young can play, with a great pirate-themed outdoor pool and paddling pad which is safe from an early age. Out of the water, there’s also a classic playground with climbing walls, a play castle, slides and games testing skill and patience.
Adults: 3,600/4,000 forints
Children (3-14 years old): 2,900/3,400 forints
Families (2 adults, 2 children): 10,100/11,300 forints
Paskál Open-Air Baths
The youngest spa in the city, the Paskál has an exciting children’s section with creatures to play on, water toys and mini slides placed around the pool. Sun shades provide relief from the heat for the little ones. Once they’ve worn themselves out splashing in the water, playgrounds can keep them occupied for a while longer.
Adults: 3,200/3,500 forints
Children (3-14 years old): 2,800/3,100 forints
Families (2 adults, 2 children): 9,200/10,100 forints