Finding the perfect family holiday might seem daunting, but if you’re looking for sun, fun and plenty of things to do, Tenerife could be the perfect choice. I visited a fair few years ago as a littl’un and it’s still a place that’s full of fond childhood memories. There’s no end of things to do in Tenerife with kids, whether you’re looking for fun at a waterpark, some views from above or activities by the beach.
1) Go wild in the water
Siam Park is the perfect place to splash around with the little ones on a hot day. There’s something there for all ages, whether you’ve got tots who’ll enjoy paddling in the shallows of the wave pool or older kids who’d want to whizz down the wild water rapids of Singha. Calling all adrenaline junkies: fancy more thrills and spills? Stay at Tenerife’s Playa Olid hotel to enjoy free unlimited access to the park during your holiday. Adults can chill out too, on rides like the relaxing Mai Thai River where you can drift slowly downstream. Fun for all the family, Siam Park is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Tenerife for kids.
2) Explore some nature
An afternoon out exploring in the wild might usually be the stuff which gets kids groaning, but trust me; Teide National Park is an exception. If you’re looking for things to do in Tenerife with kids that are as educational as they are fun, this is the place to be. Here, you’ll discover lava vents, volcanoes and craters across a magical landscape, and the onsite visitor centres are full of interesting exhibits. There are also walking trails around the park for all abilities, so it’s easy to explore for little legs or mums with pushchairs in tow. After an exciting day surrounded by nature, stop by at one of the restaurants in the park to put your feet up with a refreshing drink.
3) Discover from above
Up, up and away! If you’re looking to make your visit to Teide National Park extra special, why not take the cable car to the summit of Mt. Teide itself? Enjoy some amazing views from the top of Spain’s highest peak, picking out the other Canary Islands in the distance and taking in a staggering up-close view of the volcano’s crater. Kids will love the 10-minute journey above the clouds to look down on the ‘ants’ below. Make sure you head up there on a clear day if you can, as when the cloud blanket blows across, it’s hard to spot anything at all! It’s like a little ride in itself, and definitely one of the best things to do in Tenerife with kids.
4) Kayak along the coast
If you’re looking for things to do in Tenerife for kids who are a bit older, release your inner David Attenborough and discover some wildlife on a kayaking expedition along the coast. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see creatures like sea turtles, dolphins and whales, completely undisturbed in their natural habitat. If you’re itching to get up-close and even more personal with these animals, you can always go on a snorkelling trip to discover their underwater world. Here, you’re likely to see hundreds of species of fish and the majestic Butterfly Ray, just beneath the surface of the Deep Blue.
5) Play on the beach
It’s always amazing to explore new things on holiday, but we all know that nothing beats a bit of good, old-fashioned sandcastle-building! Head to Las Vistas, a beautiful beach in Los Cristianos, which is a favourite of families. With soft, golden sands and shallow turquoise waters that are perfect for paddling, this is a great place to splash around and bury your toes in the sand. Mums and dads can also be safe in the knowledge that it’s a Blue Flag beach, meaning it meets some very particular cleanliness standards. This crescent-shaped bay is a great alternative to busier spots like Playa de las Américas and is the perfect place to make some family memories; especially laughing at Dad’s first dropped ice cream!
What’s been your favourite family adventure in Tenerife? Is there anything on this list that you’d love to do? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.