11 things to do in Tenerife with kids
My daughter’s first holiday abroad was to the Canary Islands – almost guaranteed sun, a short flight and no time difference is always tempting with a baby.
Since then, she’s visited Lanzarote twice more as well as Gran Canaria. But while I’ve been to Tenerife, it’s one canary she hasn’t discovered (yet). Looking at the recent photos on My Travel Monkey’s Instagram, that’s something I need to sort out!
Because this island is so family-friendly, there’s masses beyond the pool – not least these 11 things to do in Tenerife with kids.
1. Parque Las Águilas-Jungle Park
More than 500 animals live in 75,000 square metres of jungle here, including two rare white lions. Discover Tenerife’s unusual flora and fauna, and watch the bird of prey show, with falcons, vultures and eagles flying free in the park.
2. Monkey Park
Walk among the animals, feeding monkeys, lemurs and parrots at the smallest zoo in the world. No bananas allowed in this breeding centre for endangered primates, but you’ll be the centre of attention if you pack a peach.
3. Loro Parque
Another award-winning spot, including for its protection, conservation and education programmes, there are over 350 species of parrot alone, as well as an aquarium, new lion habitat and shows throughout the day.
4. Submarine Safari
If you’d rather spot marine life in the wild, these submarine tours are suitable for kids aged over two, so you’ll get close to the fish without getting wet as you head 30m down into the Atlantic.
5. Whale spotting
Stay above water and spy some of the whales and dolphins which make their home in these waters. There are shorter catamaran trips for littler whale watchers, as part of the wide choice of certified boats departing from Puerto Colon.
6. Siam Park
Repeatedly voted the world’s best water park, this has something for all ages – a Lazy River and beach-side pool plus adrenaline-thrill slides and rides. Check out my tips for getting the most out of your day there.
The island’s second best-known water park is a good option if you have younger kids. As well as often shorter queues, there’s more choice for little ones who would be under Siam Park’s height restrictions.
8. Black sand beach
Who could imagine not hitting the beach here? But sitting on the natural black sand beaches is even more memorable than everyday gold. Playa de las Arenas on the west coast and Playa Jardin in the north are great for families.
9. Teleferico del Teide
Exploring the peak of the world’s third largest volcano, Mount Teide, is an unmissable experience. Take the cable car for the final stretch to 3,555m for fabulous views out to La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. It’s also fantastic for astronomers of all sizes, with day trips to the observatory plus sunset and stargazing excursions for over-12s.
10. Museum of Science and the Cosmos
Theme park meets museum at this child-friendly spot, where there are exhibitions on the earth, sun and the universe as well as a planetarium and plenty of interactive exhibits to get hands on.
11. Botanical Gardens, Puerto de la Cruz
Founded in 1788 on the orders of Carlos III, this relaxed and shady spot is perfect to explore with kids. Spot lizards, picnic under the shady trees or just wander the lush plant-lined paths.
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