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Guide to Tenerife for Families

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Tenerife is an ideal holiday destination for families. Apart from the island having a near perfect climate -- which means families can enjoy quality beach time together any month of the year -- the Canarian population dotes on children, so they're welcome pretty much everywhere. Plus, there are loads of fun and fascinating activities to keep everyone happy.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Siam Park

Theme Parks, Water Parks

Safari of dolphins and whales

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Costa Martianez

Water Parks

Loro Parque

Aquariums, Zoos

Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos

Science Museums

PuebloChico

Theme Parks

Submarine Safaris Tenerife

Submarine Tours

Club Nautico Puerto Colon

Other Outdoor Activities

Monkey Park

Zoos

Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife

Restaurants

Jack M's City Tips

  • Public transport is cheap and reliable. Under-4s travel free and the most budget-friendly way of getting around is to buy a Bono card, which entitles holders to discounts.
  • Museums on Tenerife can be fun. The best time to visit them is Sunday when many are free.
  • Don't worry about keeping the children up late on Tenerife - families party together in traditional areas, even at fiestas that go on till the early hours!
  • Canarians love children which means that -- especially in traditional restaurants -- children are welcomed with open arms... and often literally, a hug.
  • When eating out “menú del día” offers can keep expenses low and are excellent value for money.
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    Siam Park
    Theme Parks, Water Parks
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    Jack M Says:

    A visit to Siam Park is a must for anyone who loves messing about in the water. The Thai themed water park is beautiful -- it's bizarre to find a white sand beach in the hills -- and offers hi-octane rides that will test the nerve of even the most macho members of the family. There are rides for smaller children, too, as well as areas for anyone who just wants to chill out in the sun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance and get there early. The prepaid ticket queue is smaller, moves faster and you'll be able to get on the most popular rides without queueing.
    • Don't miss the real white knuckle rides like the Dragon and the Tower of Power.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Adeje
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent, highlight of the holiday! 17/08/2018
    • Great water park- beware the queues!!! 17/08/2018
    • Siam Park
    Phone:
    +34 822 07 00 00
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Safari of dolphins and whales
    Dolphin & Whale Watching
    Jack M Says:

    This is one of the extra special trips you can do on Tenerife. There's nothing quite like seeing dolphins and whales at play in their natural environment. With resident pods of bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, plus over 20 different types of species passing through the waters around Los Gigantes each year, lots of up-close sightings are almost guaranteed. A truly fantastic experience.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If family members get queasy on boats, pick up sea sickness pills from a local pharmacy.
    • Boats with a Barca Azul certificate are accredited by the Canary Islands Government.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 269 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Tenerife
    • you get to see lots of dolphins and a few whales 05/08/2018
    • Great experience 01/02/2018
    Address:
    Puerto de Tazacorte
    Tenerife
    Spain
    Other:
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    Costa Martianez
    Water Parks
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    Jack M Says:

    This César Manrique-designed swimming pool complex offers bathing in stunning, subtropical surroundings. The largest pool is the size of a lake, but there are also fountains and plunge pools to explore, plus shallower pools for younger children. There are plenty of places to eat inside Costa Martianez too, meaning once in, you can simply eat, drink, swim and relax in the sun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The entrance fee includes a sun bed and you can wander in and out throughout the day.
    • The fountains are impressive to look at, but can feel like hailstones raining down on your head if you swim too close.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 69 things to do in Puerto de la Cruz
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cute 14/08/2018
    • Great facility 12/08/2018
    • Costa Martianez
    Address:
    Avenida de Colon n 1
    38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 37 05 72
    Other:
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    Loro Parque
    Aquariums, Zoos
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    Jack M Says:

    Loro Parque is one of the most popular attractions on Tenerife, drawing visitors from all over the island on a daily basis. While the animal shows tend to get most of the publicity, there is a lot more to Loro Parque. The setting is exotic, lush and tropical with some fascinating exhibits such as Planet Penguin, the Aquarium, the Katandra tree tops walk and Animal Embassy -- 2,200 square metres designed to highlight the environmental work carried out by the park.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If planning on visiting Siam Park as well, buying a twin ticket saves money.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Puerto de la Cruz
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit! 17/08/2018
    • Good day out 17/08/2018
    • Loro Parque
    Address:
    Avenida Loro Parque s/n
    38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 37 38 41
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 6:45 PM
    Other:
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    Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
    Science Museums
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    Jack M Says:

    It might sound a bit dry, but the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna is loads of fun. Most of the displays are interactive -- think lifting cars with one finger, a hall of mirrors, and turning each other into skeletons -- making it a case of learning with laughs!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It's located in La Laguna and off the beaten track for most tourists, meaning it doesn't get too busy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 64 things to do in San Cristobal de La Laguna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unexpected Gem 19/07/2018
    • Loved it. 13/06/2018
    • Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
    Address:
    Avenida Menceyes 70
    38205 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 31 52 65
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
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    PuebloChico
    Theme Parks
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    Jack M Says:

    The Canary Islands in miniature, Pueblo Chico is an intricately designed model village which gives visitors an insight into all the Canary Islands with a main focus on Tenerife. The buildings are exact replicas of their full-sized counterparts and look wonderful, but the miniature-sized population are the real stars here! They breathe witty life into the park as they go about their daily business in exactly the same manner as real Canarios do.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for mischievous and amusing little touches in each of the displays, it's great fun trying to spot them!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in La Orotava
    • Like any other shopping Mall only bigger! 07/09/2016
    • Minature world 27/10/2015
    • PuebloChico
    Address:
    Camino Cruz de Las Cebollas 62
    Cerrado Permanentemente
    38300 La Orotava, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 33 40 60
    Other:
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    Submarine Safaris Tenerife
    Submarine Tours
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    Jack M Says:

    The world below the waves around Tenerife is just as stunning as the volcanic landscape above, and populated by a colourful cast of marine characters. Normally the only way to get to meet them in their home environment is by donning a wet suit. However the yellow submarine -- sailing from San Miguel Marina -- makes the undersea world accessible without the need to get wet.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A free bus service operates from resorts around the island. Booking online entitles customers to a discount.
    • The submarine holds 48 passengers and there are big viewing windows so everyone gets a clear view of life below the waves.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in San Miguel de Abona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One time thing 13/08/2018
    • Great experience 12/08/2018
    • Submarine Safaris Tenerife
    Address:
    Marina San Miguel, s/n
    38620, San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 73 66 29
    Other:
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    Club Nautico Puerto Colon
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Jack M Says:

    In addition to being the gateway to many water-based activities and sea trips, Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje boasts an attractive little family beach, Playa la Pinta. The water is calm, the beach shelves gently into the sea and best of all, there's an inflatable green iceberg just offshore that can provide hours of endless wet and wild bouncy fun.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • There is a charge for the inflatable iceberg attraction.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 58 Outdoor Activities in Costa Adeje
    • Great bar with view of the harbour and all the boats 15/02/2018
    • Relaxing visit 16/01/2018
    • Club Nautico Puerto Colon
    Address:
    Puerto Colon s/n
    38660 Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife
    Spain
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    Monkey Park
    Zoos
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    Jack M Says:

    It's not everyone's cup of tea, but children get a real thrill out of being able to mingle with and feed monkeys and lemurs at the Monkey Park near Tenerife's main southern resorts.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • An early morning visit is best for seeing the animals at their liveliest; on the other hand going later in the day means smaller crowds.
    • Don't bring food to feed the monkeys. Specially prepared tubs of food can be purchased at the park.
    • In addition to primates, there are exotic birds and reptiles to say hello to.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 46 things to do in Los Cristianos
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Monkey's galore 15/08/2018
    • Great Value for money Trip 15/08/2018
    • Monkey Park
    Address:
    Llano Azul Arona
    38650 Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 79 07 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife
    Restaurants (American, Bar, European, Central American)
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    Jack M Says:

    Located in the wonderfully over-the-top Piramide de Arona (Roman pillars topped by statues of female archers), the Hard Rock Café is a must for anyone with stars in their eyes. Food and drink isn't cheap, but the place is pure Hollywood, and its atmosphere is more Las Vegas than Tenerife. An interesting place to just wander round and check out the displays.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The dining area can be extremely busy with long waiting times for tables. If you just want to just have a drink, there are three bars - two of them with outside terraces.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #524 of 4,657 restaurants in Tenerife
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • quality bar upstairs 17/08/2018
    • Lack of Hygiene - avoid the fajitas and wash your hands 17/08/2018
    • Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife
    Address:
    urbanizacion Americas S/N
    38660 Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 922 05 50 22
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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