You might wonder what are the best things to do with kids in Tenerife? Tenerife is famed as ‘the island of eternal spring’, so it is unlikely to rain on your holidays, but if you do get a cloudy morning, what indoor activities are there for families?
You may also simply want a break from the midday heat of the sun, especially if travelling with young kids. The largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is famed for its year round warm temperatures, enticing many Brits to flock to its beaches for sun, sea and relaxation.
The south of the island is most family friendly, where all inclusive resorts line the shores. But if you want a taste of the ‘real’ Tenerife, head to the less developed north where you can explore beautiful towns like San Cristobal la Laguna and La Orotova.
So without any more delay, let’s look at the best things to do in Tenerife with kids. Vamos!
1. Museum of Science and the Cosmos
This family friendly museum and planetarium delves into the world of science and astronomy. Expect some interactive exhibitions, exciting demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. Guaranteed to keep the kids engaged and get them excited about the world around them.
The museum is located in San Cristóbal de La Laguna- one of the prettiest towns on the island where colourful. You can also find 16th century houses, shops and cafes line the cobbled streets. If the weather clears up, climb the tower of Our Lady of the Concepcion Church for amazing views.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 8pm / Sunday, Monday and holidays 10am – 5pm
2. Cueva del Viento
This set of caves which were created by lava from the eruption of the Pico Viejo volcano are a fascinating insight into the geology of this unique island. There are also 18km of lava tunnels which you will explore with a knowledgeable guide, discovering fossils, stalactites and lava lakes.
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary according to seasons, check the website for further info.
3. Megabowl Tenerife, Costa Adeje
You can’t beat bowling for a fab family activity that will please all ages. If the skies are looking cloudy and you need some entertainment, head to the shopping centre in Costa Adeje, where you’ll find Megabowl Tenerife.
In addition, the neon lit lanes and American themed diner are open from 2pm til midnight. So you could even make this a fun post-dinner activity one evening.
Opening Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun 2pm – midnight. Weds & Sat 2pm – 2am
4. Submarine Safari
This attraction is not suitable for children under 2
See the underwater world from a unique perspective on this unique ‘safari’. The kids will love the novelty of going on a submarine, and you can hope to see some amazing marine life from tropical fish to rays, octopus and even dolphins and whales.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday & Sundays 9am -7pm (No dives on Saturdays)
Finally, this soft play centre has four locations on the island, so you’re never far from entertaining a toddler on a cloudy day. They offer row upon row of ball pits, climbing frames, slides and tunnels to explore, and for the parents there is coffee, wifi and refreshments. In conclusion, tire them out then head back to the hotel for a siesta!
6. Tiede National Park
You may have come to Tenerife for a beach holiday, but don’t miss out a trip inland. Certainly one of the island’s star attractions, the lunar landscape of Mount Teide National Park will impress kids and adults alike. So if you like a challenge (and you have a baby who can travel on your back) you can hike to the summit for incredible views of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palm. However, you will need a permit.
Alternatively, take a cable car to the base of the final summit. On the other hand, you could even book a hot air balloon trip over the park – an amazing experience in Tenerife with kids.
Lastly, budding astronomers shouldn’t miss the Teide Observatory which is located on Mount Teide- a prime location for stargazing.
7. Siam Water Park
This huge Thai themed water park in Costa Adeje is sure be be a highlight of your holiday in Tenerife with kids. Consideredone of the best in Europe, visitors can enjoy a huge array of water slides and rides. For example there’s a Lost City, a children’s play area, an artificial beach and a wave pool where you can learn to surf. After all that activity you can refuel at one of several Thai or International restaurants.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am–5 /6pm (winter / summer)
HOT TIP on Excursions in Tenerife with Kids
One of the benefits of spending a holiday in Tenerife is to explore what nature has given to the island such as pine forests at Teide National Park or subtropical humid forest at Anaga Rural Park.
But walking and trailing with young children means you need to bring a child carrier to make the experience smoother and easier for them. So why not hiring a quality shoulder carrier that can be delivered directly at your hotel before you check in. You can rent the carrier from 7€ per day.
How many times have I wished I had one of these baby carriers especially when we spent the day out in the mountain or in the woods?
And if you need a strong and robust stroller to wander around the cities in Tenerife like Santa Cruz or Los Cristianos, there are two types to choose from such as a stroller from Joie perfect for children weighting up to 15kg or an easy foldable pushchair from Hauck for kids weighting up to 25kg. Hiring price starts at 7€ per day with free delivery to your hotel in South of Tenerife.
By the way, use the code BABYBREAKSTENERIFE to receive an extra 10% discount on your rental price at the time of your booking.
I bet there won’t be any good valid reasons to stop exploring the cities or heading to the beach from your hotel with this stroller in hands!
8. Loro Parque
One of the most visited attractions in the Canary Islands, this large animal park has a diverse range of animals, from chimpanzees to alligators. There is also an aquarium and a children’s play area. You can save money by buying a combined ticket for Siam Water Park and Loro Parque so you can enjoy both attractions. So that’s sure to give the kids lots to look forward to!
Opening Hours: Open daily 8:30am – 6:45pm
9. Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour
If your prefer to see animals in the wild, why not consider a boat trip where you can see whale and dolphins in their natural habitat? Or perhaps you fancy snorkelling with turtles and kayaking with dolphins? There are numerous options for boat trips around this beautiful island. Certainly a great way for kids to get outside and connect with nature.
10. Day at the Beach
With over 400km of coastline, Tenerife offers a fantastic variety of beaches. There are sheltered manmade bays, dramatic black sand strips or secluded natural coves. We have listed our Top 3 below:
Las Teresitas: 10 minutes drive from capital Santa Cruz, this beach is popular with locals, which is always a good sign! It is made with imported Saharan sand, lined with palm trees, and therefore one of the best looking (and most photographed) beaches on the island. The calm, shallow waters are teeming with tropical fish – perfect for snorkelling . After a morning spent on the beach, head to nearby San Andrés for its excellent selection of seafood restaurants.
El Camisón: This palm tree lined beach is one of the best on Tenerife’s south coast. It is popular with families as it’s breakwaters shelter the sea, making it ideal for paddling and swimming. It feels a little more intimate and natural than some of other beaches in the area.
Playa Jardín: Designed by César Manrique, this ‘Garden Beach’ is surrounded by colourful botanic gardens, and has swaying palm trees lining the black volcanic sand. There are shallow waters for paddling, and plenty of amenities such as shops and restaurants in nearby Puerto de la Cruz.
11. Monkey Park
Situated close to the resort of Los Cristianos, Monkey Park is a lovely little zoo, which welcomes endangered primates species as well as other animals such as parrots or reptiles.
You wouldn’t necessarily spend the whole day at this park but it if very easy to access to with also an opportunity to feed certain animals like guinea pigs or monkeys.
Overall, Monkey Park is a great activity to do with the family in Tenerife for a small entry fee.
12. Jungle Park
Here is another great wildlife park that will please you and your children during your visit in Tenerife. The Jungle Park feels like entering a jungle where you are surrounded by tropical plants and plenty of animals including a lots of birds flying above your head.
You will also participate in great shows that involve prey birds like hawks or falcons. If you dare, you can even visit a cave full of bats: chills are guaranteed. And last but not least, you can walk among lemurs in almost total freedom.
Jungle Park has been praised positively by many families visiting the park on their last holiday in Tenerife: a perfect day out with the kids in Tenerife for sure.
13. Cho Pancho
If you feel organising a barbecue or a picnic with the family during your visit in Tenerife, you can’t go wrong by spending a day out in Cho Pancho. The pine wood park has plenty to entertain the kids with different trails and lots of space to go wild.
The place has drinking running water and even bathrooms with toilets. However, come equipped with toilet papers…just in case. And don’t forget to clean after your visit to keep the area as pristine as possible.
14. Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico)
Need a place to relax and chill while admiring the best of what gardens can bring to you, why not visiting the Botanical Garden in Puerto de la Cruz. This amazing garden is full of tropical plants, flowers and gigantic trees that would probably make a nice education trip for your children.
The gardens are particularly appreciated in the Summer to beat the heat and hide underneath the palm trees.
If you have children that need to run everywhere and shout, this place is probably not the most appropriate one. But if you have kids that can behave for a nice walk in the gardens, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to the Botanical Garden. And why not bringing a sketchpad with some pencils to draw the different plants they will like.
15. Aqualand Costa Adeje
If you are on holiday in Tenerife with young children, you might prefer to spend a day out at Aqualand Costa Adeje. This fun water park is suitable for families with young kids with more of a chilled out atmosphere than Siam Water Park.
You will find plenty things to do like mini slides, several pools for little ones and even a unique dolphin show. Make sure to bring your own lunch if you feel spending the day at the park. If not you can eat at different restaurant available on site such as The Treasure Tavern or the Food Truck.
16. La Giganta
Located not too far from Puerto de la Cruz in the North of the Island, you can find a charming park to wander around with the kids. What ‘s so special with this green urban area is the gigantic statue covered with plants and flowers.
The place is definitely one of those cherished spots to make a great photo to feed your Insta or take home some great visual souvenirs.
You don’t need to go there just to see La Giganta but if you are nearby, it is worth stopping by to take a few photos.
17. La Gomera Island Tour
If you are looking to spend a great day out with the kids outside Tenerife, have a look at La Gomera Island Tour.
You will depart from the South of Tenerife with a ferry going to San Sebastián de La Gomera. Then you will be travelling on a shared coach for a brilliant tour of the island with a local guide.
There are several attractions and view points you will be able to see such as Garajonay National Park, the forest ‘El Cedro’ or the church of Asunción.
The tour includes a 3-courses lunch with drinks that you will take mid way through your day before continuing the exploration of the island.
18. Light Park Tenerife
If you are staying nearby Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you might be interested to drop by Light Park Tenerife one evening with the kids.
With over 800-lighted sculptures, this attraction is a feast for your eyes with lots of opportunities to take great pictures during your visit.
Children will certainly love exploring this unique park and show to you all the different animals they can spot such as flamingo, dragons or turtles.
Make sure to plan your visit when the evening is pitch black to guarantee a mesmerising experience at night.
19. Kids Park Land
Kids Park Land is located in Los Christianos and is a great outdoor playground for young children.
Your kids will enjoy having fun with their peers and try different attractions like slides, inflatable castle or climbing frames.
Bear in mind that this play area is not entirely covered so aim to visit the attraction only on a dry day (even though it doesn’t rain much in Tenerife).
20. San Miguel Castle
San Miguel Castle, or Castillo de San Miguel, is a historic gem perched in the heart of Tenerife.
This beautifully restored 18th-century fortress serves as a captivating living history museum, where visitors can step back in time to experience the island’s rich heritage.
The castle’s impressive architecture, complete with turrets and stone walls, creates a medieval ambiance.
Inside, costumed actors bring the past to life, re-enacting scenes from different eras and providing insights into Tenerife’s cultural evolution.
The castle also hosts entertaining events, including jousting tournaments and banquets, offering a delightful blend of education and entertainment, making it a must-visit attraction for history enthusiasts.
20. Drago Park
Drago Park, located in Icod de los Vinos on the picturesque island of Tenerife, is a botanical wonderland and home to one of the world’s most ancient living beings: the celebrated Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco).
The park showcases this iconic Drago Milenario, a colossal dragon tree estimated to be over 1,000 years old, with its massive, gnarled trunk and umbrella-like canopy.
Surrounding the Drago are beautifully landscaped gardens, exotic plant species, and serene pathways, making it a tranquil haven for visitors.
Drago Park is not only a natural marvel but also a symbol of Tenerife’s rich ecological and cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and history buffs.
21. ARTlandya – Doll Museum
Another great indoor museum to stop by in Tenerife is ARTlandya dedicated to the world of dolls.
In this little museum, you can find all sorts of dolls made of papier maché, porcelain or plastic.
The attraction is managed by a lovely couple who is very knowledgeable about the art of making dolls. You can sense how deeply passionate these people are about this little world of dolls.
Recent reviews have praised how this museum is so much worth to visit with the kids during your holiday in Tenerife.
22. Sitio Litre Garden – Orchid Garden
The Sitio Litre Garden is a historic botanical garden located in Puerto de la Cruz. It is one of the oldest and most renowned gardens in the Canary Islands and is known for its lush greenery and exotic plant collections.
The garden was established in the 18th century by Archibald Little, a Scottish merchant who settled in Tenerife. He created the garden as a private estate, and over the years, it has been expanded and developed by subsequent owners.
The green area is known for its diverse collection of tropical and subtropical plants. You can find a wide variety of species, including palms, orchids, ferns, cacti, and other exotic flora. The favourable climate of Tenerife allows for the cultivation of many different plant species.
One of the main features is a dragon tree (Dracaena draco) that is believed to be more than 200 years old. There is also a historic house on the property, which can be explored as part of a visit.
The Sitio Litre Garden is a serene and picturesque place, perfect for a leisurely stroll or for anyone interested in botany and horticulture.
If you’re in Puerto de la Cruz, it’s definitely worth a visit to experience the lush greenery and exotic plants found in this lovely garden.
24. Anaga Rural Park
Anaga Rural Park is located in the North East corner of Tenerife and is a pristine natural haven renowned for its rugged beauty and lush biodiversity.
This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve boasts a dramatic landscape of ancient laurel forests, towering peaks, and deep ravines, creating a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts.
The park’s misty woodlands are home to unique flora and fauna, including endemic species.
Numerous well-marked trails crisscross the terrain, offering breathtaking views of the coastline and the chance to explore deep ravines and quaint villages.
Anaga Rural Park is an unspoiled treasure, where tranquillity and the wonders of the natural world converge, making it a must-visit for any Tenerife family travellers seeking an authentic outdoor adventure.
25. César Manrique Maritime Park
The Parque Marítimo César Manrique is a notable maritime park located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital city of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The park is dedicated to the memory and artistic influence of César Manrique, a renowned Spanish artist and architect known for his work in integrating art with nature.
The park was designed by the famous architect César Manrique himself. Manrique’s designs often emphasise the harmony between natural elements and architectural features, and this park is a testament to that philosophy.
Parque Marítimo consists of several seawater swimming pools and lagoons of varying sizes. These pools provide a safe and enjoyable place for both locals and tourists to swim, relax, and soak up the sun.
César Manrique’s influence is visible in the park’s artistic features and design. His artistic touch is evident in the use of volcanic rock, glass, and water features that harmoniously blend with the natural surroundings.
The park includes beautifully landscaped gardens with various plants and palm trees. The landscaping adds a lush, tropical feel to the park, enhancing its overall aesthetics.
Parque Marítimo César Manrique offers a restaurant and several cafes where visitors can enjoy local and international cuisine while taking in the panoramic ocean views.
Make sure to purchase your ticket entries in advance during the holiday season to avoid the long queue.
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