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:
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
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.
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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)
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.
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