Family Vacation – Fun Things to Do in Tenerife
May 8, 2020
For many years Tenerife has been a favorite holiday destination. The largest island in canary’s archipelago is a perfect place for a vacation with your family and there are a lot of fun things you can do in Tenerife.
Beautiful nature, eternal spring, volcano, sandy beaches, long story short, Tenerife has it all. For a relaxing vacation, you can choose between many tourist resorts. For a more adventurous holiday, there are volcano Teide and Anaga Rural Park to explore. If you need an adrenalin rush, you can visit one of the waterparks on the island.
Best time to visit
The subtropical climate makes Tenerife the perfect holiday destination 365 days in the year. That being said, there is no best time to visit this magnificent place.
Nevertheless, if you want to avoid the crowd or you are looking for a cheap holiday, you should avoid visiting Tenerife from July to August.
With its mild weather, Tenerife is a popular place to visit in the winter. When the temperature in the rest of Europe goes below 0 °C, here you can enjoy sunny days on the beach. In winter, it can also be crowded, especially around holidays or in February, when famous Carnival takes place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
We visited Tenerife in November last year, and the weather was perfect. Of course, on the northern side of the island was a little colder, but in the south, just sun all day long. Even the temperature of the ocean was great. Normally, I am one of those people who need half an hour to get into the sea.
Pack clothes for every weather – eternal spring and sunny beaches may be the first association when you think about Tenerife. But when it comes to packing be sure to bring some clothes for cold weather too. Especially if you want to visit Teide or Anaga Rural Park. Of course, if you are visiting those places bring hiking shoes too, flip-flops are not the appropriate footwear for these places
Rent a car – renting a car in Tenerife can be really cheap, weakly rent a car can go for as little as 50 to 70 Euros and in low-season even lower. It’s a perfect way to explore the island, while public transport is not so reliable. If you are traveling in high-season, check the parking places in the area you want to go to in advance. Finding a parking spot can be a nightmare.
Shopping in Tenerife – if you are planning to go shopping in Tenerife, you should know that most shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays. On Sundays and Bank Holidays only shops in tourist resorts stay open
Check low-cost airlines for a cheap flight – if you buy your tickets in advance and not around holidays there is a good chance to avoid overpaying
Family Vacation – Fun things to do in Tenerife
1. Loro Park
If you want to have fun during your family vacation in Tenerife Loro Park is a must! Loro Park is a zoo located in Puerto de la Cruz. It houses an extensive and diverse reserve of animal and plant species. Loro Park has received many awards, among which are the prestigious “Travelers’ Choice” award and “Animals in Tourism, 100% Criteria Compliance” for animal safety and well-being.
Park’s highlights are Dolphins, Sea Lions, Orcas and Loro shows (with parrots). Shows are really amazing, and you can see how intelligent these animals are. The shows are held several times a day, and you can find the schedule on their website. So, if you plan your visit wisely, you can see all of them.
Opening times: daily from 8:30 to 18:45
2. Siam park
Siam Park is a waterpark in Costa Adeje. This water kingdom is awarded as the number one waterpark in the world by TripAdvisor many years in a row. The Thai theme of the park is implemented in all rides, buildings and restaurants.
The park has attractions for the whole family. Meandering rivers and beautiful beaches for relaxation, a magical water fortress for the little ones, and free-fall slides for adrenalin junkies. It is certainly a perfect place in Tenerife to have fun with your family.
Tip: if you are visiting in low season, I’m advising you not to buy a fast pass. We were there in November and the average waiting time was only a few minutes.
Opening times: May – October: 10:00 – 18:00
November – April: 10:00 – 17:00
3. Monkey Park
Another fun thing to do in Tenerife is to visit Monkey Park, also known as the biggest little zoo in the world. Monkey Park houses a great collection of monkeys, parrots, exotic birds and reptiles.
What differs this zoo from other zoos in the world is a fact that in some parts of the zoo, you can actually walk through the monkey’s cages and feed them. You will quickly notice how smart these little animals are and how they will, without a problem, still some food if you are not careful enough.
If you are lucky enough, you could even take a selfie with the famous Lemurs of Madagascar. But be careful, if you are going to be too annoying like I was, it may bite you. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt at all.
Although this place is not so famous as the Loro Park, you should definitely consider it. It is an amazing experience for both kids and adults.
Opening times: daily from 9:30 to 16:00
4. Aqualand Costa Adeje
Another Waterpark on the island is Aqualand. It was the first waterpark constructed on the island. It has a large selection of slides, tunnels, swimming pools, and kids play areas. The best thing is that a lot of rides are suitable for all ages and heights. Aqualand has an open-air spa whit heated Jacuzzi and hydro-massage showers. So, it is a nice place for those who are not fans of adrenalin rides too.
Aqualand also has a dolphinarium, and dolphin shows are held once a day at 15:30, every day (from 1st July to 28th August 12:45 and 15:30). The dolphin show in Aqualand is labeled as ‘best dolphin show in the world’, by the International Association of Marine Animal Trainers. Here you have a chance to meet and interact with dolphins.
We didn’t have enough time to visit both waterparks, so we decided to go to Siam Park. I think that Siam Park, with its Thai theme, has a particular story to tell. It’s a real pleasure to explore Siam Park. And Aqualand looks like any other waterparks.
Anyway, that is just my opinion. It’s up to you to decide what do you want to visit.
Opening times: September to June: 10:00 – 17:00
July and August: 10:00 -18:00
5. Jungle Park
Jungle Park is a zoological and botanical park located in Arona. The entire park is covered with plants, tunnels, suspension bridges, waterfalls, lagoons and caves what gives the park a real jungle look.
The park offers Birds of Prey show (12:00 and 16:00) in which they demonstrate the hunting skills of eagles, Exotic Birds Show (11:00 and 14:30) in which you can admire all the wonderful colors and forms of this birds and Sea Lions Show (every afternoon) where Sea lions show their natural skills in and out of the water. Also, the whole jungle experience is fulfilled with Bobsleigh track, where you can cover 800 meters through the jungle on a sled.
Opening times: daily from 10:00 to 17:30
I bet you now think, Tenerife is just waterparks and zoos. Well, you are wrong. We are just coming to really good stuff.
6. Anaga Rural Park
For real jungle experience, you should visit Anaga Rural Park. Anaga Rural Park lies on the north-eastern part of the island. Park is protected by UNESCO since 2015. Home of mountains with sharp peaks and more than 800 endangered species of flora and fauna, Anaga is a perfect place to spend a day with family in nature.
There are a lot of hiking trails of distinct difficulties and lengths. But the Sendero de los Sentidos (Path of the Senses) is perfect for families with children.
We spent almost the entire day here, exploring villages on the way and all viewpoints. And I think I could spend another 2 or 3 days there and I wouldn’t be bored.
7. Teide National Park
Mount Teide is the third highest volcano in the World and with its 3,718 m the highest peak in Spain. Park is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007.
Teide National Park offers a lot of options that are suitable for children. You can choose between Teide Tour and cable car ride (ages 3 or above) and ascending Mount Teide (ages 5 or above). For little older children (ages 8 or above), visiting the Teide Observatory and doing the astronomical tour is a great option too.
Of course, you can explore the magnificent landscape of Teide National Park on your own, by driving through the park car or hiking. You just have to choose hiking trails that are suitable for your family.
I am amazed by this place, and I just can’t find the right words to describe it. As you can see, I’m not really an artistic soul. But I’m trying.
Let’s just say you have to visit this place and maybe then you will understand.
Tip: even if you’re visiting the park in the summer, be sure to bring some warm clothes with you. That goes for Anaga Rural Park too.
8. Lago Martianez
Surprise, surprise, another park in Tenerife. But Lago Martianez is not just a waterpark. It is a leisure park, so I got you there!
Kidding aside, if you are planning to visit Puerto de la Cruz, set aside a few hours for exploring the floating islands and tropical gardens of this place.
Lago Martianez is a complex of seven seawater swimming pools of various sizes, shapes and depth. It is also an open-air museum of Contemporary Art. So there is something for everybody, don’t you think?
Opening times: daily from 10:00 to 18:00
9. Submarine safari, whales and dolphins spotting or scuba diving
If you want to explore marine life in the wild, you should visit the south coast of the island. Explore the underwater world of Tenerife on a submarine ride or stay above the water and spot whales and dolphins on a boat trip.
Depending on what you want to do, there are various itineraries from just spotting the whales and dolphins to scuba diving or snorkeling with turtles in the local bay. In any case, it is a perfect way to explore the island from another perspective.
10. Family-friendly Beaches
Your vacation in Tenerife would be incomplete without having fun with your family on beautiful sandy beaches. There are a lot of beaches on the island, but not all of them are suitable for children. Tenerife is in the Atlantic Ocean and strong currents of the ocean can create huge waves perfect for surfers but not for the little ones. If you’re traveling with kids, you should consider finding family-friendly beaches in resorts.
Some perfect beaches for the family are:
- Las Teresitas
- Los Cristianos
- La Pinta
We had a great time. Tenerife is a place where you can spend a couple of weeks and felt like you just got there. There is always something new to explore.
I hope I’ve helped you in deciding what to visit. If you are anything like me, you will just want to visit it all. Unfortunately, sometimes, well actually in most cases, that is not possible.
What would you like to visit? Do you have any other idea?