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7 Things To Do With Kids In Gran Canaria

  • August 21, 2017

Since returning from our holiday to Gran Canaria I’ve written a bit about what we got up to and where we stayed. There’s so much to do there and we definitely only scratched the surface. With another week or two (and more money!) we could have found plenty more to do.

If you’re planning a holiday to Gran Canaria, or just looking for some travel inspiration for your next family trip, here are 7 things to do with kids in Gran Canaria.

Palmitos Park

Our favourite day out was definitely Palmitos Park, an outdoor zoo and dolphinarium. From Maspalomas, Palmitos Park is about 20 minutes drive up into the hills. There’s plenty of buses heading in that direction if you don’t have a car.

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Palmitos Park is surrounded by palm trees with amazing views in all directions. There are various shows to watch including parrots, birds of prey and a fantastic dolphin show. You can also have your photo taken with parrots and dolphins, though these, of course, cost extra. Other animals include exotic birds, monkeys, reptiles, kangaroos and an aquarium.

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There’s also an orchid house, cactus garden and of course plenty of places to get something to eat.

We bought the tickets through the reps at our hotel but you can buy online or at the gate. If you buy online or from a rep you can bypass the long queues on the day. It was around 80 Euros for our family of 3.

Glass Bottom Boat Trip

There are lots of different boat trips on offer, the one we chose was a trip from Puerto Rico to Puerto de Mogan. We booked through the reps at the hotel and got a coach from Maspalomas to Puerto Rico. It was a good opportunity to see some of the scenery and other parts of Gran Canaria on the way.

At the port in Puerto Rico we boarded a glass-bottom catamaran. We sat downstairs for the first part of the trip to have a look at the fish. All the kids loved it though once the boat got going you couldn’t see much. We then sat on the top deck and enjoyed the views. The captain even let the kids (and adults!) have a go at sailing the boat.

On the way back the crew fed the fish so there was lots to see and it definitely kept the children entertained.

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If you book a boat trip I would recommend just getting a bus to Puerto Rico and booking the boat yourselves – this would be much cheaper than booking through the hotel like we did.

Maspalomas Sand Dunes

If you’re near Maspalomas, a good way to spend a few hours is visiting the Maspalomas Sand Dunes. We just walked through the dunes, but you can also take a jeep or even a camel ride.

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You can walk for miles and kids will have fun pretending they’re exploring the desert. Just make sure you take some water!

Moonlight Cinema

If you want something to do in the evening with the kids then the Moonlight Cinema in Maspalomas is a great way to spend a few hours.

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The first film of an evening is usually a kids’ film and starts at around 8:30pm – or whatever time sunset is, you kind of just have to turn up as it starts getting dark!

At the Moonlight Cinema, you get to sit on very comfy sofas under the stars. They even provide blankets in case you get a bit chilly. Each sofa has a light to call the waitress and you can order pizzas, nachos, popcorn, and drinks to be brought directly to you.

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We’d recommend getting your tickets in advance to avoid having to queue. You will also get to pick your seats if you book in advance which is handy if you have kids.


We didn’t go to Aqualand as we were advised Little H was a bit too young, but we drove past on our way to Palmitos Park and it looked good. You can get a discount if you buy tickets for both Aqualand and Palmitos together.

As well as the usual water slides, Aqualand also has a kids’ area, an artifical beach with a wave machine, and the chance to swim with sea lions.

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Angry Birds Park

One that will likely be at the top of many kids’ list is the Angry Birds Activity Park in Puerto Rico. There’s loads to do here including ziplines, super trampolines, soft play, mini golf and more.

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I couldn’t find anywhere to book tickets on the website but you’ll be able to buy through your rep if you didn’t want to wait until you get there.

Pirate Cruise

We didn’t find out about this one until we were actually on our boat trip, but it looked like a lot of fun! The Pirate boat sails from Puerto Rico and you can spend 4 hours eating, drinking and playing games with pirates.

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If you’re heading to Gran Canaria, enjoy your holiday! If you’ve been before, did you do any of these things?



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  • Jonathan Gutteridge

    Great post this – aqualand looks like just my sort of thing, nothing better than a water park when you are somewhere hot!

  • Becki Svare

    Love this article! Loads of great ideas to do with kids of all ages! That water park looks like a lot of fun

  • Kara

    I remember when we used to visit the dolphinarium in Brighton (years and years ago), I used to love it. Gran Canaria looks full of fun stuff for the kids to do

  • Emma

    I’m not a fan of captive dolphins and whales, but the rest looks amazing. The glass bottom boat would be such an experience.

  • Bekah

    That looks like so much fun! It nice that there are plenty of family friendly options available.

  • five little doves

    Oh wow a pirate cruise sounds amazing! So many things to do for families, I would so love to go!

  • Ana De- Jesus

    Aw I would love to visit Gran Canaria and the glass bottom boat sounds like a fun idea. I have always wanted to try a camel ride as well x

  • Leta

    Great ideas for family trips, this looks like a really fun place to visit.

  • Charlotte

    ooo looks like there are tons of fab options! I love the idea of a glass bottom boat, we would love to try that

  • Nazrin

    Awww this looks awesome! I hope the little’uns had an aaamazing time & came back with a bagful of memories!

  • Karen

    This sounds amazing and with bookmark this to my holiday folder to look back at as we’re looking round for places to go on holiday next year but need to think of the girls as well

  • Katrina

    Beautiful place although I will not be braving abroad with a holiday with a toddler just yet

  • Newcastle Family Life

    It sounds like you had a great time. I went to Gran Caneria years ago and we went to the waterpark too, we also went on camel rides and a jeep safari around the island x

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Such great ideas for the whole family, I especially love the pirate ship trip!

  • London Mumma

    I was just looking at gran canaria for our holidays for next year. So this is great to go alongside that if we do go.

  • mummascribbles

    This looks like such a fab place to go on holiday. Will remember if we are every looking to go that way! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  • Sonia

    I never imagined there would be so much to do in Gran Canaria! It looks amazing, my kids would love that Angry Birds place! How awesome! Thanks for linking up to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky xx

  • tinmccarthy

    This place looks amazing! #familyfun

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    We love Gran Canaria, such a great place and everyone is always so friendly. I didn’t know about the Angry Birds Park though so that’s something to bear in mind next time. On our last trip the pirate boat was at anchor for a couple of hours just off the beach we were staying at and we took a pedallo out to have a closer look and watch the passengers walk the plank, it looked good fun x

  • twotinyhands

    We went to grab canaria pre kids a few years ago. I must admit to not doing half of this!! No kids means relaxing though hey!? We went to aqualand and explored the dunes though! We caught a bus up Into the mountains too and walked back down, completely different scenery to the coast!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  • Annabel Kirk

    Looks like there’s lots to do there. My kids would love the pirate ship!


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