There are many activities which will appeal to the whole family in Lanzarote. Spending time on the sandy beaches is one of the most fun things you will be able to do with your child but there is so much more on offer.
Spend Time on the Beaches
When travelling to Lanzarote with babies and younger children, the chances are you will spend the bulk of your time by the pool or on the beach. Some of the best beaches for younger kids include Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca and Playa Bastian in Costa Teguise, where children can run around and make castles without getting bored.
Timanfaya National Park
You can tour Timanfaya National Park with its futuristic landscape and eat lunch at the El Diablo restaurant at the summit of the mountain where they cook food using the heat of the volcano below. As you probably will not want to take a camel ride with a baby, bus tours are available around the park. If you are travelling with older kids there are short camel safaris around the volcano park and craters of the Timanfaya National Park.
The Rancho Texas Park, Puerto del Carmen
The Rancho Texas Park is also worth a visit with young kids who can explore the Native American, Western movie styled village. Older kids can get involved in the gold rush and there are also rides for kids. Rancho Texas is also the biggest zoo on Lanzarote – with an impressive array of animals. There are small and cuddly creatures in Lilliput Farm, such as the miniature ponies – through to bigger and wilder species such as buffalo, antelope, puma and even some rare white tigers.
Take a Ride in a Yellow Submarine, Puerto Calero
There’s not many places in the world you can dive to 30m in a submarine, Lanzarote’s one of them. The submarine is fully pressurised and safe and there are two very large viewing ports at either end, another 22 portals throughout the comfortable and spacious cabin and TV screens which ensure you can view all of the action outside from every angle. The trip takes and hour and tickets cost €48 per adult and €28 per child (Over 2’s only).
The Pirate Museum, Costa Teguise
Kids love pirates, and the pirate museum is situated in a castle perched on the hill above Teguise.
The Aquarium, Costa Teguise
The aquarium is a worthwhile visit for a few hours – they even have a sea horse tank there!
There are also water parks on the island and these will have smaller, safer pools suitable for babies and toddlers. Aqua Lava is a great water park in Playa Blanca, with plenty of slides and rapid pools to enjoy. There are also toddler friendly pools and rides to enjoy. Aquapark Costa Teguise is the biggest and most established water park in Lanzarote and has slides, pools, crazy rivers, chill out zones, toddler pools; something for everyone.
Visit the 6D Cinema
The 6D Cinema is in the new Marina, Arrecife next to Burger King. Its only €5 for a film. There are 10 amazing films to choose from for families with both younger and older kids.
The Catlanza Catamaran Ride
This boat trip combines excitement for the kids and relaxation for the grown ups – all in a safe and secure environment. Catlanza’s giant catamaran has a twin hull, which ensures smooth sailing. So even children in pushchairs are welcome on board. Kids can help the crew sail the boat and raise the giant sails. Once anchored off the beautiful beaches at Papagayo, older kids can enjoy a free jet-ski ride (with an instructor) and learn to snorkel.
The Cactus Garden, North of Costa Teguise
The Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus) is located on the outskirts of Guatiza, on the north of Costa Teguise. The garden is a popular tourist attraction in Lanzarote and it is also the last landscape monument of Cesar Manrique. There are more than 1,000 species of cactus are on show at the garden.
The Cesar Manrique Foundation
The Cesar Manrique Foundation is set in the famous architect’s home and houses art by Picasso and Miro.