If you are visiting Budapest and like to socialise/party, and even tour, with other drinkers you might be interested in All Night Crash as a possible alternative night out and tour guide.
If you are young, like a pub crawl, flea markets and artwork then visit the Ruin Pub website, which is packed full of reviews and so on about the top places to visit as a young drinker and nightcluber. They also do Alternative City Tours.
A Ruin Pub in Budapest is an old, almost derelict, property whose rooms have been converted into pubs, restaurants and clubs; with the Szimpla, Instant and Fogasház ruin pubs currently being the best.
This web page has been created primarily with the sporty, leisure active, adventurous person in mind while mentioning relaxing recreations too. It highlights certain, free and pay-for, OUTDOOR leisure activities you can try/enjoy in and around Budapest such as Swimming, Running, Cycling, Canoeing, Roller Skating and Walking.
Some activities have their own web page with more information and photographs that can be seen when you click on their respective "Read More / View The Photos" link.
If you need somewhere to take the kids/family for the whole day and love swimming, water slides, heated pools and saunas you need to visit Aquarena water slides park. It has plenty of outdoor water slides and swimming areas for all age groups, food areas, massage/sauna areas and special/seasonal offers.
The outdoor water slides can send you spinning and around the twist!
Budapest does not have an indoor ice skating rink (stadium). This outdoor ice skating rink located in the city park, at the lake in front of Vajdahunyad Castle, is Budapest's official ice skating rink and Europe's largest outdoor ice skating rink. An adult ticket currently costs 1,500 HUF with a 5,000 HUF disposit for skates rental (if you do not provide your personal ID details, which will be photocopied).
Ice skating in the city centre park is cheaper than you may think
One of the good sides about the operators of this ice skating rink is that they offer skating lessons (600 HUF per lessons) to children over 5 and adults. They also have two workshops where you can get your blades sharpened (1,500 HUF per pair of skates).
DIRECTIONS: Take the M1 underground to Hősök Tere (Heroes Square) and then walk about 2 minutes along Műcsarnok (Art Gallery). Alternatively, take the No. 75 and 79 trolley buses. Both stop right in front of the main entrance.
If you are looking for somewhere to take the children, have a picnic, fly kites, run, walk, jog, skate, sledge, walk the dogs and/or take in the fresh air and panoramic hillside views of Budapest, you should visit the Buda hills - Normafa (Beach Tree) area. Big open spaces, walking tracks, childrens play areas, hiking areas, sledge areas, eating areas and much more.
If you like nature, dog walking, jogging or just fresh air, this place is worth a visit.
As part of Buda hills: You can also visit Jánoshegy (János hill / John hill), which is the highest point in Budapest, and the Libegő (Chair lift) as well as Normafa Cafe Ski House and the Children’s Railway.
If you are near the parliament building whereby you need to give your young children a break from all the walking and sightseeing, there is a nice playground just after the parliament building (going towards Margit Híd / Margaret's Bridge) that has new equipment. Better still, it overlooks the river.
A nice playground to give your children a break from walking and sightseeing
This playground has swings, climbing apparatus, plenty of slides and a lot of space for children to run around. The flooring is also cushioned.
You will find there are playgrounds dotted all around the city as most neighbourhoods have them within their housing estates and open green areas for example. There is a nice sandpit in the Liberty Square (szabadság Tér) playground and the massive city park has a nice water fountain area that your children would enjoy (under supervision of course). In the city park they could also play football, cricket, volleyball and racket games for instance, provided you bring the equipment.
If you are looking for a place to hire a boat or just want to join a kayak river tour for example, Béke Csónakház (Peace Boat House) have affordable options for you. You can join a kayak tour whereby you can hire a kayak for 1,700 HUF per day (1 person kayak) or 2,800 HUF per day (a two person kayak). Other options are available for up to 8 people per tour.
Kayak Hire and Boat Hire services for touring the banks of the river Danube, Budapest.
DIRECTIONS: You can reach Béke Csónakház via the D12 Boat (Stop: Rómaifürdő) or Buses 34 and 934 (Get off at stop Nimród Utca, walk down Námási Út and then down Kalászi Utca).