Puerto Rico is full of adventures for children. Hundreds of years of history and culture translate into fun attractions. From any point on the map, you can find lots of different things to enjoy: Disco ver castles, zip lines, woods to explore, interesting museums and water parks.

On the Enchanted Island, the youngest in the family have many things to do. It just depends on your tastes and preferences because the options are at your fingertips. It’s the island of adventure come true!

Outdoor Amusement

Parque Agroturístico El Dorado is a large park with playgrounds equipped with slides, swings and more; a soccer field; and basketball and volleyball courts. Want your kids to experience what it’s like to be on a farm? Now you can thanks to El Dorado’s on-site animal farm. Science lovers will feel at home at the newly remodeled Luis A. Ferré Science Park in Bayamón. This is a popular attraction thanks to its museums, simulators, 4-XD theater, Aerospace Pavilion, robotic recreations (animatronics), and planetarium. Then there’s Villa Campestre, the place to have fun with animals and enjoy rides and a pool. Interesting spots within the Caguas Botanical Garden include the Casa Jíbara (Country Home) with its family garden, which will allow children to go back in time to our grandparents’ era. Furthermore, at the Río Piedras Botanical Garden you’ll see more than 30,000 plants and there are lakes, sculptures, and trails to explore. An encounter with nature that will allow kids to let their adventurous spirit run free!

A place that your kids will love is Old San Juan. Its castles, parks, museums and picturesque structures are waiting for them to have a good time while learning about our history and culture.

Fun Museums

In Children’s Museum, in Carolina, kids will be entertained and have fun as they learn. For more information go to Museums page. Those who are sports fans will find an impressive collection dedicated to Puerto Rican and Caribbean athletes at the Sports Museum of Puerto Rico in Guaynabo. Meanwhile, at the Sports Museum of Caguas they’ll learn about the feats of Caguas’ athletes and teams in various disciplines. And since 2016 is a world Olympics year, a visit to the Puerto Rico Olympic Museum in Salinas allows you to learn more about the 30 sports supported by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee.

If your children love animals and nature, the Wildlife Museum should be a must on your list. Located in San Juan, there you’ll see some 200 mammals in their respective habitats. Educational tours offered by expert biologists are available.

Specialized Camps

If your children have an affinity for environmental care and protection-related issues, the Cuidadores del Planeta Camp is aimed at educating kids on the values of peace and saving the planet. Similarly, the Sierra Club’s Sprog Program in Jayuya, within Puerto Rico’s central mountain range, focuses on environmental training and leadership for youngsters who want to learn the necessary tools to make real changes on behalf of the environment.

Sports-oriented children, particularly those who prefer waterbased sports and fun, will enjoy the paddleboard clinics/camp in Aguadilla that teach basic skills, in addition to development and skills at competitive, recreational, and technical levels. Puerto Rico’s northwestern coast is ideal for this sport.

In the Metro Area, Scuba Dogs offers swimming and diving camps for kids from 8 years old. All of them include basic and advanced classes with navigation, underwater photography, rescue, environmentalism and night and more training. Also, Club Nautico’s Sailing Academy sponsors a program for kids as young as 6 who learn to sail aboard in a sailboat.

Water fun

Who enjoys Puerto Rico’s warm climate the most? Kids, of course. So it’s no surprise that water attractions are among their favorite choices for having fun while visiting the island with their families. Also, you can visit one of our water parks. Many have slides, crazy rivers, and other attractions that the whole family will enjoy. Some of them are:

• Aquasol, Carolina (787-633-3457)
• Las Cascadas, Aguadilla (787-819-5555, x 221)
• Albergue Olímpico, Salinas (787-824-2200)
• Surf N’ Fun Water Park, San Germán (787-659-7440)
• Arecibo Water Park, Arecibo (787-597-5257)
• Parque Acuático Infantil, Humacao (787-622-5200)

Puerto Rico has beautiful beaches that your children will enjoy to the fullest. Many are certified Blue Flag.

Remember to protect your kids’ skin —as well as your own— with plenty of sunscreen. Also, wear light and comfortable clothing.

Quick Reference

Forest and Parks

• Parque Agroturístico El Dorado, Dorado, 787-517-2258
• Luis A. Ferré Science Park, Bayamón, 787-740-6868

Gardens

• Caguas Botanical Garden, 787-653- 8990 www.jardinbotanicoycultural.org
• Río Piedras Botanical Garden, San Juan, 787-758-9957 www.upr.edu/jardin-botanico

Museums

• Children’s Museum, Carolina, 787-257-0216
• Sport Museum of Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, 787-731-4923
• Sport Museum of Caguas, 787-746-2404 (Facebook: Museo del Deporte de Caguas)
• Puerto Rico Olimpic Museum, Salinas, 787-824-2200 www.albergueolimpico.com/servicios/museo-olimpico
• Wildlife Museum, San Juan,787-480-5440

Camps

• Cuidadores del Planeta Camp, Trujillo Alto, 787-307- 9894 cuidadoresdelplaneta@yahoo.com
• Sierra Club’s Sprog Program, Jayuya, 787-688-6214 www.sierraclub.org/youth/summersprog-training
• Paddleboard Clinics / Camp, Aguadilla, 787-546-1114 • www.facebook.com/westparadisepr
• Scuba Dogs, Guaynabo & Parque Marino del Escambrón, 787-783-6377 dive@scubadogs.net
• Club Náutico’s Sailing Academy, San Juan, 787-722-0177 www.nauticodesanjuan.com

By Robert Colberg Orengo

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Children love discovering the wonders of the Island of Enchantment so parents have almost endless possibilities when it comes to keeping them entertained.

An excellent idea to entertain children is to create a themed road trip. For example, take a map of Puerto Rico, identify all the lighthouses found throughout the island, and set off on a driving expedition. You can also choose to visit local children’s museums. Old San Juan and Carolina have specialized museums most kids will love. There they will be entertained and have fun as they learn.

Get Creative

Use your imagination, take your children’s tastes and preferences into account, and create a fun journey together. Your morning can start with a stop at a historical place brimming with tales and anecdotes. The streets of Old San Juan offer a perfect setting as its colorful houses and colonial buildings are full of history.

wyndham-gran-rio-mar-beach-resort-and-spa_marianella-godoyHow about letting your little ones venture into the fascinating world of photography? Visit the town squares near your hotel and allow your kids to take pictures. At the end of your stay you can print the photos and make a scrapbook, allowing your children to share the experience with their classmates. Photographs can also be posted on social media for other family members and friends to enjoy.


Additional Options

At Museo del Mar (Maritime Museum), located in Old San Juan, you’ll find a collection of sea- and merchant marine-related objects. The Bayamón Science Park is an educational and recreational attraction that allows visitors to learn more about different branches of science in an interactive manner. Also, Luis Muñoz Marín Park, located in the heart of the San Juan metro area, is brimming with vegetation and possibilities for children to have a great time.

Check with your hotel or goto www.seepuertorico.com/familyandkids for suggestions on suitable venues for children who prefer more dynamic activities. There you will find everything from walking tours along the coast or up in the mountains to paddleboard classes and more.


Water-Based Fun

Who enjoys Puerto Rico’s warm climate the most? Kids, of course. So it’s no surprise that water attractions are among their favoriteparque-de-las-ciencias choices for having fun while visiting the island with their families.Many of our water parks have slides, crazy rivers, and other attractions that the whole family will enjoy. Some of them are:

  • Aquasol, Carolina (787-633-3457)
  • Las Cascadas, Aguadilla (787-819-5555, ext. 221)
  • Albergue Olímpico, Salinas (787-824-2200)
  • Surf N’ Fun Water Park, San Germán (787-659-7440)
  • Monte Frío, Bayamón (787-740-4005)
  • Arecibo Water Park, Arecibo (787-597-5257)
  • Parque Acuático Infantil, Humacao (787-622-5200)

In addition, some hotels feature swimming pools with extra attractions that their guests can enjoy:

  • Courtyard Marriott, Aguadilla (787-658-8000)
  • Coquí Water Park, El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo (787-863-1000)
  • Coco’s Park, Fajardo Inn (787-860-6000)
  • Mayagüez Resort & Casino (787-832-3030)

The following places combine water attractions with other fun activities:

  • Skateboard and Splash Park, Aguadilla (787-891-1460)
  • Parque Julia de Burgos, Carolina (787-710-9300)
  • Parque Familiar, Jayuya (787-232-1731)