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Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Roger W / Flickr
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The Best Things to do With Kids in Puerto Rico

Picture of Kris Pethick
Updated: 12 April 2018
When taking kids on vacation to Puerto Rico, you’ll never hear the words “I’m bored!” Mum and Dad can enjoy a tropical paradise while the kids not only have fun, but learn much about history, geography, zoology, botany and so much more. Keep the kids entertained and yourselves stress-free by visiting these great, family-friendly attractions.

Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park

Aquarium, History Museum, Maritime Museum, Architecture Museum, Park
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Arecibo Lighthouse, Puerto Rico | © Darwininan / WikiCommons
The kids will have a good time climbing up to the top of the lighthouse and seeing the ocean for miles and miles, but they will probably have more fun in the aquarium and museum, and on the mock-ups of the ships outside. Immediately inside the gate is a model of a Taíno village, so you can get some history lessons in right away. They also have pens with different reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, and you will probably see iguanas wandering the grounds. There is also a small water park for younger kids, and both the main park and the water park have small food stands for snacks, like hot-dogs and hamburgers. The park is large, so it gives children a chance to run around, swim and learn—and it wears them out a bit so they sleep well at night!
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Gift Shop, Picnic Tables, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Indoors, Historical Landmark, Scenic, Photo Opportunity, Architectural Landmark

Las Cascadas Water Park

Park
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Beat the heat at the water park
Beat the heat at the water park | © Ian D. Keating / Flickr
Recent renovations at Las Cascadas have made it the biggest water park in the Caribbean. It has a Crazy River, wave pools, Speed Slide, the Bomb and the Water Tunnel, while there are also shallow pool areas with toys for infants and toddlers. This is a great place in Aguadilla to take the whole family. They also have food stands that have very reasonably priced food, so you can keep the family happy and healthy.
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Mon - Fri:
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Lifeguard, Outdoor Showers, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Cueva Ventana

Park
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Many silhouette photos take at Cueva Ventana | © J. Carr / Flickr
Cueva Ventana will bring you to an opening that provides one of the most epic views of the island. It’s a strenuous hike, so wear proper clothing and shoes, and consider any health issues beforehand, but the whole family will love exploring these caves. You will encounter many photo opportunities along the way, particularly when you get to the ventanan, or window. If you’re the romantic type, ask about the legend of Salomé and Aruaca. Reservations are not required but recommended, as it will ensure you won’t have to wait too long.
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Sun - Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Rentals, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Forest, Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
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The top of the lighthouse at Las Cabezas de San Juan
The top of the lighthouse at Las Cabezas de San Juan | © Jack Boucher / WikiCommons
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is made up of 10 islands, which are best accessed by boat from Las Croabas. When visitors reach the reserve they can see the island’s natural wonders on land as well as in the water. Each of the islands is surrounded by coral reefs that carry a variety of marine life, including turtles that return to the reserve’s sandy beaches every year to lay their eggs. The historic Faro de Las Cabezas de San Juan lighthouse is also located in the reserve.
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Tue - Wed:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Peaceful, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark, Photo Opportunity, Scenic

El Yunque National Rainforest

Forest
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View the majesty of El Yunque
View the majesty of El Yunque | © Ricardo Mangual / Flickr
Hike along the trails of El Yunque on Puerto Rico’s east side and enjoy the US National Forest Service’s only rainforest, which is known for its rare trees and birds. Look for the threatened species of Puerto Rican parrot, and listen for the coqui frog, the symbol of Puerto Rico. It is one of the smallest rainforests, but has a diverse habitat. As of March 2018, El Yunque is closed as it recovers from the massive damage sustained during Hurricane Maria, but you can continue to check their website and plan a trip as soon as it reopens.
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Sun - Sat:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee, No Smoking

Atmosphere:

Outdoors

Altitude Trampoline Park

Park
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Trampolines and dodgeball are sure fun for kids | © ActiveSteve / Flickr
Let the kids jump around and burn off energy at Altitude Trampoline Park. They not only have tramps for jumping, they also have trampolines designated for dodgeball, basketball, dunking, and they offer fitness classes and training in competitive jumping. They have locations in Caguas, Bayamon and Gurabo.
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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun - None:
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Services & Activities:

Fitness classes, Entrance Fee, No Smoking

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Loud

Heladeria Lares

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Try the exotic flavors at Heladeria Lares - green banana, corn, pumpkin, casserole, sweet plantain and coquito with cinnamon
Try the exotic flavors at Heladeria Lares - green banana, corn, pumpkin, casserole, sweet plantain and coquito with cinnamon | © iferneinez / Flickr
Take a drive through the mountains to see breathtaking views and head to Lares. On your drive you will see waterfalls and rivers, and the lush green foliage of this humid region of the island. In the plaza of Lares you will find Heladeria Lares, where you will find some rather unusual flavors of ice cream. Try a taste of the rice and beans, or garlic ice cream. They allow you two free samples to help make your decision and you only live once, so be daring and try something out of the ordinary. Fool the kids into eating their vegetables by getting them a scoop of corn and a scoop of sweet potato.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Dessert, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Relaxed

Old San Juan

Cathedral
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Fort Cristobal, Old San Juan | © Heather/Flickr
Fort Cristobal, Old San Juan | © Heather / Flickr
Old San Juan is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico and an incredible educational experience for the whole family. Once surrounded by a wall, of which remnants can still be seen, you must visit the two old forts, Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. You can tour them at your own pace, or take a guided tour that will provide much information about these grand structures. If possible, take a couple days to do walking tours of the city, where you can see Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, the beautiful memorial of La Rogativa, the original main gate to the City, theaters, museums and so much more. Spend some time in the plazas and reflect on the events that happened here that shaped this island. There are many restaurants and shops, and there is also a free trolley service that you can take to many different sites.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly, Dog Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Footwear, Luxury, Boutique, Vintage, Free

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Indoors, Photo Opportunity, Scenic, Instagrammable, Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark, Touristy