Vacationing with kids on Tenerife? With endless beaches and perfect weather, you’ve definitely chosen the ideal holiday destination, but even in such a gorgeous setting keeping kids occupied can be a trial. If you could use a little help in picking the right activities for your family — check out our list of things to do with kids on Tenerife.
1. Siam Park (all ages)
Considered the best water park in the world, Siam Park is one place in Tenerife you simply shouldn’t miss — especially if travelling with your family. The park has a host of rides ranging from mild to intense, as well as a kiddy area called the Lost City and an ultra-long beach designed for total relaxation.
Booking online gives you open-date tickets which are valid for a year and allows you to chose from a number of packages — including combo tickets for both Siam and Loro Park or all-inclusive tickets with unlimited food and drink and fast passes to each ride.
2. Surfing (ages 6+)
One of the many blessings of Tenerife’s climate is the island’s unique combination of winds and tides which is perfect for all kinds of surfing — an activity than anyone age 6 an up can enjoy.
If you’ve never surfed, signing the family up for a private group surfing lesson is an awesome way to spend time together and have fun on the water. Alternatively, you could all take a kitesurfing course or give windsurfing a go at the world renowned El Médano beach.
3. Loro Parque & Other Tenerife Zoos (all ages)
Hailed the #1 zoo in Europe, Loro Parque also boasts a world-class aquarium and kids’ park complete with a roller coaster, ideal for younger kids. The park has several shows with orcas, sea lions and dolphins that take place throughout the day (admission included in ticket price) and an incredible collection of diverse land and an ocean animals.
Tenerife’s two other zoos — Jungle Park and Monkey Park — are both located in the south and are also popular choices for families, especially the former which includes a bob track and a jungle trail in the trees for kids 5+.
4. Quad & Buggy Safaris (ages 8+)
Another activity kids 8+ are bound to enjoy are quad or buggy tours of the island. Quads tours allow passengers 8 and up (or approximately 1.4 m tall), while Artic Cat buggy safaries allow passengers 12 and up. Both activities are intensely fun and take you through some of Tenerife’s most scenic routes — namely the slopes of volcanic Mt. Teide.
5. Scuba Diving (ages 8+)
There are many beautiful oceans across the world, but Tenerife’s waters offer a rare combination of year-round warmth, a surreal underwater landscape (courtesy of the island’s volcanic origin) and wonderfully rich wildlife. So if venturing underwater is even remotely appealing to you, you really should do it in Tenerife.
Kids as young as 8 can take an intro lesson, which is enough for a first dip even if they’ve never dived before. Also available are a range of diving courses for ages 10+, as well as specialized training for adults such as rescue diving or wreck diving.
6. Horse Riding (ages 4+)
With activities for ages 4+ and trails spanning mountains, forests, beaches are more, horseback riding in Tenerife truly caters to families with children. Removed from the busy life in resorts and towns, riding offers a nice change of pace along with the opportunity to actively explore Tenerife’s uniquely diverse landscape.
7. Karting (ages 3+)
Sometimes all a family needs is an hour or two of simple, straight-out fun. Like bowling. Or a trip to the cinema. Or — go karting.
Tenerife’s Karting Club has options for all ages, including a separate track for small children as well as high-power vehicles for adults. If you book a trip to the club online, you get a discount and transportation to and from the club.
8. Snorkeling (ages 8+)
As far as family activities go, snorkeling in Tenerife is a total crowd-pleaser: it’s super easy yet let’s you see many of the underwater wonders Tenerife is famous for — and up-close encounters with the iconic green turtles are not that uncommon.
9. Whale & Dolphin Watching (all ages)
With sightings nearly guaranteed due to the sheer number of animals lounging about, whale & dolphin watching in Tenerife is real fun regardless of your age. There are a number of different vessels to choose from, depending on your family’s needs and preferences: sailboats, catamarans, luxury yachts…
The catamaran is a good choice for families with younger children given its underwater viewing deck, but also for anyone with motion sickness, because of the vessel’s stability.
10. Kayaking (all ages)
If your family is into active holidaying, then ocean kayaking in Tenerife is definitely for you. Kids 10 or older can paddle their own kayak, while younger children can ride seated between adults in a double. Popular excursions include trips to the Los Gigantes cliffs, while combos with hiking Masca, snorkeling and whale watching cruises are also available.
11. Banana Boat / Flyfish (ages 10+)
Riding a banana boat is another activity that falls under simple, straight-forward fun. What it entails is mounting a long, inflatable raft, a.k.a. a water sled, and holding on while towed by a speed boat.
The flyfish is a variation of this activity that involves much greater speed and the raft bouncing about like crazy. While parents might not be thrilled with the idea, older teens are quite likely to love it.
Safety equipment and orientation are mandatory and included in both activities.
12. Parascending (ages 6+)
Also known as parakiting or parasailing, parascending is another high-adrenaline activity bound to be adored by the kids: strapped in a harness to a parachute or sail, you’re towed above the water by a speed boat. The minimum age for this activity is 6 years given ideal weather conditions.
13. Jet skiing (ages 10+)
Last but not least among our recommendations for fun with your kids is jet skiing. Kids 10 and older can ride as passengers while those 16+ can drive independently.
Available options include rides of varying duration as well as combos with other intense entertainment such as parascending or the flyfish. If the jetski is your cup of tea, you can count on a view of Tenerife you’ll never forget, along with the thrill of sprinting across open water and possibly meeting a dolphin or two.
Note: If your children are still quite young, take a look at our Tenerife for Toddlers post, which lists fun things to do in Tenerfe with kids aged 1 to 3.