A holiday in Tenerife is always a popular choice for families, but sometimes you just want to get away from the beach or hotel swimming pool ritual. You may find yourself searching for something different to keep the children amused. The good news is, Tenerife has plenty of activities for children, and here are our top 10.
Water Parks in Tenerife
1. Siam Park
Reportedly one of the best water parks in the world, Siam Park is located in the Costa Adeje area of south Tenerife. A true adrenaline rush for the whole family, this is Europe’s largest themed water park that has been inspired by the architecture of Thailand. All the rides are set in lush tropical gardens.
Climb to the top of the Tower of Power and drop down the 28 metre drop. Meander down the Mai Thai River or simply bask around one of the pools at Siam Beach. You can also learn to surf at the park’s surf school and you can even test your skills on the biggest artificial waves in the world. For the younger children, head to Sawasdee – a play area with 4 slides. You can take a break in one of the restaurants and bars, and even experience one of the many live musical shows.
2. Lago de Martianez
A complex of seawater pools in Puerto de la Cruz. An open air leisure and entertainment zone with huge pools (7 pools in total), gardens, sun terraces, a lake, and bars/restaurants. Excellent facilities for the whole family, the children in particular will enjoy La Jibia (squid) which is a sculpture located in the children’s swimming pool zone of Los Alisios, with bright colours and many different tunnels. In the centre of the park is a water crater that represents a volcano spitting out fire and lava, except the water serves to fill the lake with water. You will also see The Geyser, a 164 feet high water feature.
Located in the south of Tenerife in the Costa Adeje area, Aqualand water park will appeal to people of all ages. There’s a wide variety of water rides as well as a dolphin show with ten bottlenose dolphins, five of which were born in the park. Water rides include the Boomerang, the Kamikaze, Twister, Anaconda, Crazy Race and a Mini Park for the little ones. There’s also rapids, a swimming pool and lazy rive. If you get bored of the water, then there are other features available such a trampolines, a kiddies castle, and a restaurant when you want a bite to eat.
All at Sea in Tenerife
Take the family on a submarine trip and see the marine life in the waters around Tenerife. Once you’re under the water, you will see fish and ship wrecks, all from the comfort of your portholes in front of which you will be seated once you enter the submarine. Before that, you will be mat at the port and given an explanation about the dive. You will get unrestricted views of the underwater world and each viewing port is equipped with its own TV monitor so you can also see alternative views.
5. Dolphin and Whale Watching
It’s best to head out on this activity during the morning. You can get on board the Royal Delfin – a modern catamaran with amazing underwater views. During the trip you will have the opportunity to spot some whales, dolphins and other species that inhabit the waters off Tenerife. You will also be able to watch the dolphins underwater as it is a modern glass bottom catamaran equipped with 10 underwater TV cameras and six screens. Of course, nothing beats seeing them from the deck.
6. Surf School
The beach is always popular with children, so combine that with learning the fundamentals of surfing and you maybe onto a winner with the family. Godzilla surf school will teach you surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing in an easy and fun way – all with the assistance of a qualified instructor. The location is in El Medano which is well known as a destination for world-class windsurfing. Lessons tend to last around 2 hours during which you will learn the theory and basic concepts of the sport and first manoeuvres. With quality equipment provided, you may very soon be catching your first waves.
Parks in Tenerife
7. Loro Parque
A great day out for the whole family in Puerto de la Cruz. The park is both a zoo and tropical gardens with the world’s largest collection of parrots, over 100 aquatic species and over 2,000 palm trees from all over the world. You will also see other animals here such as flamingos, penguins, big cats, and many more. A few of the most popular are the Californian sea lions and the shark tunnel where seven species of shark glide overhead. There’s also Planet Penguin where the largest penguinarium in the world can be found with more then 250 penguins are in an enclosure that recreates their natural habitat.
8. Forestal Park
Get active and spend an unforgettable day at Forestal Park in the pine forests of La Esperanza in the north-eastern corner of Tenerife. You will find lots of challenging games for people of all ages including over 90 activities, platforms amongst the treetops and 11 lengthy zip lines. There are 2 different circuits for varying abilities and ages. The entire park is extremely well planned and safety is paramount so you will receive a fully safety briefing as well as a full set of safety equipment.
9. Camel Park
A great day out for the family just minutes away from Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The Camel Park is actually a camel farm and zoo in rural surroundings where you can go for a ride on a camel (different ride lengths are available), and also meet the different farm animals. The youngest children will enjoy making friends with the goats, donkeys, ducks, chickens, parrots and other animals. Visit the souvenir shop and the kids can bring back a memento of their experience. There is also a camel centre in the north of Tenerife in El Tanque where you will be able to don Bedouin robes and set off on your adventure.
10. Castillo San Miguel
Treat the children to an evening of medieval mayhem when you book your dinner at this medieval castle located in San Miguel de Abona. Enjoy the banquet while watching the knights’ tournaments. Each area of the audience has a designated knight and children delight in cheering the knight representing them. The show doesn’t begin until 19:45 so this is probably only suitable for the older children.
So, if you think Tenerife just has swimming pools or beaches to keep the children amused, then hopefully just one or two of the above ideas will have them talking about their Tenerife holiday long after they return home.
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