When traveling to Puerto Rico you may wonder if it’s going to be hard to find places that kids will enjoy, but great news, there are lots of things to do in Puerto Rico. Down in Puerto Rico, you can find a variety of excellent choices to have a great vacation experience with your family.
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13 Things to do in Puerto Rico with Kids
Here are 13 things to do in Puerto Rico that would be fun for anyone, including families traveling with or without kids. And if you would like even more check out this 4-Day Puerto Rico Itinerary.
El Morro and the San Cristobal Castle
Located in the Old San Juan these two historical structures are both educational and filled with lots of fun and adventure for small kids. The passages, old cannons and labyrinths will make them feel like they are in the pirates of the Caribbean movie. Bring your kite and have fun in one of the biggest green yards you can find.
- Castillo San Cristóbal, also known as Fort San Cristóbal, is a fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by Spain to protect against land-based attacks on the city of San Juan.
- Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro or Castillo del Morro, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The town of Aguadilla has a great skating facility that is open year-round. There is a solid surface rink and two food courts. This is a very fun activity for kids but make sure they wear gloves; they can cut their hands if they fall down. Having fun never stops in Puerto Rico this is only the beginning.
Let your kids splash their way to Ponce, Puerto Rico were is one of the Island’s best water parks. You are guaranteed to have a very happy family after a day of splashing and having fun together. You can also find great water parks in Aguadilla, Bayamon, and a small one in Salinas.
Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park
Arecibo offers two great options for the family. The Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park and the Arecibo Radio Telescope. The Lighthouse offers great attractions for the kids like, an aquarium, pirate ships, five cultural representations of Puerto Rico, a playground, and a mini zoo. If you are interested in science visit the Radio Telescope first and then get to the Lighthouse to have some fun.
Enjoy the charm of a day in a lineal park. You can go to the Luis Munos Marin Park, Parque Central, this is Central Park in English, or the Luis Munos Rivera Park all located in San Juan. At these parks, you can have a great picnic and play basketball, bike riding, and other interesting activities for your children.
Enjoy the Animals
Enjoy a full day surrounded by animals at Villa Campestre in the town of Guaynabo, where kids can be close to horses, pigs, cows, bunnies, and many other adorable creatures. You can also visit the Mayaguez Zoo if you just want to go for a wild experience.
Go for a horse ride with your family in Hacienda Carabali located in the town of Luquillo. Or you can go to the north and enjoy the great facilities of the Tropical Trail Rides in Isabela. Both offer a very fun experience and a very pleasant ride.
Get your family to experience the beach of Liquillo and Isla Verde beach with a variety of water sports that can be lots of fun for your older kids. Punta Salinas beach in Toa Baja is also a great option for the facilities. Look for the blue flag certification beach this certifies that the facility is a family friendly beach among other benefits.
Puerto Rico offers the best facilities in the Caribbean to go shopping. You can start going to Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, this may be your last stop because is a huge shopping center. Don’t forget to get your souvenir. If you want to travel to the south you can go to Plaza del Caribe in Ponce. If you want to go west stop by the Mayaguez mall.
If you want to have an Olympic experience and practice several sports the same day you have to go to the Albergue Olimpico in Salinas located in the south of Puerto Rico. This is an all-in-one place, it has facilities for almost every sport, an aquatic park, botanical gardens, a small zoo, mountain bike trails, rock climbing, playgrounds, museums, fast food restaurants, and many more facilities.
The caverns are part of a large network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy. There are over 10 miles of caverns with 220 caves and 17 entrances.
Carolina Children’s Museum
Located in San Juan, the Carolina Children’s Museum is Puerto Rico’s only dedicated children’s museum and has over 100 hands-on interactive exhibitions ranging from music and art to transportation and physics. In the museum’s outdoor grounds, visitors will find a go-kart track, a plane donated by American Airlines, a mini zoo, and a small ferry making “Jungle Trips” through Blasina Lake. The exhibitions are designed to teach emotional intelligence concepts, such as impulse control, cu
Eat Great Food
- El Quenepo, Vieques – Located on the beach in Esperanza, Vieques, El Quenepo is known for elegant plates of seafood caught by local fishermen and delicious craft cocktails, including seasonal passion fruit caipirinhas made with fresh local passion fruit or Zaca-Coco made with Ron Zacapa Centenario XO. The vibe of the restaurant is elevated and chic, with vegan and vegetarian options available.
- Santaella, San Juan – Santaella is a sexy, chef-driven cornerstone of the San Juan dining scene. Helmed by José Santaella (who trained with Eric Ripert), the chic, tropical space — sleek, modern, with a beautiful interior garden — wowed diners when it opened in La Placita in 2011. The staff here incorporate the freshest ingredients into its daily menu, which consists of creative spins on classic dishes, including items such as goat cheese quesadillas, sweet plantains, and basil ice cream.
- Lola Eclectic Cuisine, Ponce – Ideal for diners looking for eclectic dishes in a cozy and private atmosphere, Lola offers excellent service and a menu that will suit everyone from carnivores to vegans. Some of the most popular dishes here include mahi mahi in lobster sauce, filet mignon, pistachio-crusted lamb rack, and duck a l’orange.
- Lechonera los Amigos, Cayey – Lechoneras are restaurants that serve lechón (whole roasted pig). Lechonera los Amigos is the first stop along the famous Guavate lechon route, which is a highway dotted with Puerto Rico’s famous pork stands. Los Amigos has more seating than most, often hosts live music, and serves some of the most delicious lechón on the Island.
- The English Rose, Rincón – Unquestionably the most popular breakfast restaurant in Rincón, The English Rose is located on top of a mountain featuring spectacular views of the coast. The menu includes local cuisine as well as English and American dishes, with vegan and vegetarian alternatives available. Our favorites include homemade jams and natural juices, the fruit bowls, eggs ruby, the house Bloody Mary, and their breads are homemade, too.
Puerto Rico is a great option for a family vacation and there are more locations to visit. This tropical Island offers different places that every member of the family can enjoy. A good trip planning will get you a better experience, especially for the kids that get bored easily and need lots of action to have fun.
Puerto Rico a 5 Star Vacation Destination
Thanks for this great list of ideas. It’s good to know there’s so much more to do than just beaches – I have to say I get bored after half a day on a beach! Do you know if there’s any opportunity for hiring kids bicycles in Puerto Rico?