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Tenerife activities with children
Tenerife is perfect for a family holiday with children! There are so many places to discover on the island where young and old will never be bored. The pleasant temperatures all year round are a plus for holidays in Tenerife with children. Your children can let off steam in the many water parks, swimming and outdoor pools or build sandcastles and splash around on the beaches of Tenerife.
Besides sports activities, excursions to zoos and animal parks such as Loro Parque, Monkey Park or Jungle Park are also popular. In a playful way, your children will get to know the flora and fauna of the country in a family holiday on Tenerife. Speaking of learning: With inquisitive children, you should also visit the museums in Tenerife, which are child-friendly in their approach to conveying knowledge about the history of Tenerife, but also about science and technology. Tenerife with children - no problem!
If you are planning excursions for your Tenerife holiday, the following tips for water rats, explorers or animal lovers could be just the thing for your family!
On the way with water rats
Of course a family holiday also includes minimum a day at the beach! For parents this can often be a stressful trip, but in Tenerife there are many child-friendly beaches where your children can splash around and build sandcastles without worrying. The most famous beaches of Tenerife are around the towns of Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz and Fanabé. You will also find child-friendly beaches near the port, as the sandy beach slopes gently into the sea and is often protected by a breakwater, so there is no strong swell. For water lovers, the following excursions are also recommended:
Av. Siam, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Daily 10 am - 5 pm Adults: 34€ Children (up to 11 years): 23€ If you also plan a visit to Loro Parque, you should buy Twin Tickets: Adults: 58€ Children: 39,50€
Thai style water park with the "biggest water attractions in Europe" - including freefall and tyre slides and a wave pool with an artificially created sandy beach. The park also has a sea lion enclosure.
Av. Austria, 15, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Daily 10 am – 5 pm Adults (age 11+): 29€ children (ages 5-10): 21€ children (ages 3-4): 12€ children younger than 3 years have free entry.
Large outdoor water and leisure park with large slides, several children's pools and a dolphinarium
Piscinas naturales el Caletón
Av. Tomé Cano, s/n, 38450 Garachico, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Daily 10 am - 9 pm Entrance free
Picturesque natural swimming pools formed from lava stone, with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean
On the way with animal friends
As well as in the UK, zoos, animal and wildlife parks are a popular destination for the whole family. Of course you can take a trip through nature and explore the local fauna on your own during your family holiday in Tenerife. Here you can discover together many species of birds, butterflies or typical Canarian reptiles like geckos and lizards.
However, it is easier to visit one of the well-known parks on the island. We have compiled the most important information for you:
An adventure and wildlife park in the forest with a bobsleigh run, giant slide, waterfalls, suspension bridges, tunnels, caves and lagoons, where you can find birds, cats of prey, reptiles, penguins and monkeys adapted to their original habitat.
A zoo famous for its free-ranging monkeys, which may be petted and fed. Crocodiles, turtles and native bird species also live here.
On the way with explorers
If you have a particularly inquisitive youngster at hand, you should also visit a museum during your Tenerife holiday with children. Especially when it rains, museums, exhibitions and ... are the perfect destination for the family - if, contrary to all probability, it does rain a little longer in Tenerife.
For explorers the following child-friendly museums and sights in Tenerife are recommended:
Opening hours and entrance fees
What you need to know:
Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
Av. de los Menceyes, 70, 38205 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday and Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Free entrance for children.
Museum of Science and Cosmos with planetarium, which playfully brings knowledge about astronomy, the laws of nature and the functions of the human body within reach
Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología
Calle Fuente Morales, s/n, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday and Monday 10 am - 5 pm
Friday and Saturday from 4 pm free entrance.
The permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum presents the geological, climatic and biological conditions of the Canary Islands and the history of the indigenous peoples. Highlights are the mummies of the Guanches. German guided tours take place every Wednesday at 11 am.
Casa del Carnaval
Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanien
Daily 10 am – 6:30 pm
Presentation about the most important cultural festival on the island: Carnival.
Checklist for family holiday in Tenerife
If you are going to stay in a hotel, you should make sure that there are family and child-friendly facilities such as a children's pool, kids club and childcare
Many families are looking for holiday homes and flats as well as fincas where you have to take care of your own food, but where you have more space and peace and quiet than in large hotels
With a rental car you are more mobile than with public transport. This not only makes it easier to explore the island, but also makes a family holiday in Tenerife much more relaxing!
Maybe you are interested in the following activities and tours: