We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Guide to Gran Canaria for Families

Exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

90%
Found this guide helpful

Want to know the top 10 places to visit on a family trip to Gran Canaria? Here they are.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

10 Places

5 City Tips

Print
Map

10 Places

Aqualand Maspalomas

Water Parks

Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria

Playgrounds, Mini Golf

Roque Nublo

Mountains, Scenic Railroads

Parque Acuatico Oasis Lago Taurito

Other Fun & Games

Palmitos Park

Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Zoos

Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada

Speciality Museums

Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia

Speciality Museums

Sioux City Park

Theme Parks, Horseback Riding Tours, Performances

Gran Karting Club Gran Canaria

Game & Entertainment Centres

Casa de Colon

History Museums

Matthew H's City Tips

  • For transportation around the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, buy a bono (bus pass) to ride the distinctive yellow buses. This will cut your travel costs by close to half.
  • The “LPA card” is a tourist pass that includes entry to over 20 attractions, as well as discounts on shopping and dining.
  • Though you may spend most of your vacation on Gran Canaria in beachwear and flip-flops, wear smart clothes and shoes to dine at nice restaurants.
  • On the LPA website, you can buy the LPA card and a tourist bus ticket together for an extra discount. The tourist bus stops at historic attractions as well as shopping centres.
  • Eating out is considerably more expensive in the resorts and tourist-trap plazas in the capital. Head out to small-town and countryside Gran Canaria to eat more for less.
  • Aqualand Maspalomas
    Water Parks
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    With thrills and spills for all ages, Aqualand Maspalomas offers fun for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Bring your own food – onsite offerings are limited and expensive.
    • Buy a two-park ticket to experience Aqualand as well as Palmitos Park, a nearby botanical garden and aviary, for a reduced admission fee.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 38 things to do in Maspalomas
    • Great waterpark 29/11/2018
    • Dirty water 23/11/2018
    • Aqualand Maspalomas
    Address:
    Ctra. Palmitos Park, Km 3
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 14 05 25
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    10:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria
    Playgrounds, Mini Golf
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    This adventure park, a giant playground themed after the popular video game Angry Birds, is sure to tire your little ones out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Consider buying the seven-day ticket, which allows you unlimited visits to the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 7 Fun & Games in Puerto Rico
    • Brilliant visit 12/11/2018
    • Full day out for all the family 04/11/2018
    • Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria
    Address:
    Avenida Cornisa 2
    35130 Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 15 39 76
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Roque Nublo
    Mountains, Scenic Railroads
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    Gran Canaria is a great island to hike. This trek - from the car park at La Goleta to the iconic rock Roque Nublo - is one of the less taxing on the island, making it great for families of all ages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make like an onion: Dress in thin layers that you can peel off if it gets too hot and put back on if the mountain air turns chilly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 396 things to do in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place for nature lovers 13/12/2018
    • amazing place to go to 12/12/2018
    • Roque Nublo
    Address:
    Gc150
    35368, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +212 649-758841
    Other:
  • Parque Acuatico Oasis Lago Taurito
    Other Fun & Games
    Matthew H Says:

    Smaller than Aqualand, this saltwater waterpark is still definitely worth a visit. What it lacks in attractions it also lacks in queue length, so you can take many turns on the rides.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you want to have a post-waterpark swim, head to the beach less than a five-minute walk away.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Taurito
    • Parque aqua. lago Taurito 26/10/2018
    • Great day out 25/10/2018
    • Parque Acuatico Oasis Lago Taurito
    Address:
    Calle Alhambra, s/n
    Taurito, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 56 54 26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Palmitos Park
    Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Zoos
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    This botanical garden and aviary allows kids to get up close and personal with animals, especially those of the feathered variety.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy a two-park ticket which will allow you to experience Palmitos Park as well as Aqualand, a waterpark nearby, for a reduced admission fee.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great day for the kids 14/12/2018
    • Nice park 12/12/2018
    • Palmitos Park
    Address:
    Barranco de Los Palmitos s/n
    35109, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 79 70 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    'Edutainment' at its finest, the Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) presents Gran Canaria's pre-Spanish history in a fun way.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book in advance for a tour with an English-speaking guide.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Galdar
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting - the cultured bit of our trip 05/12/2018
    • A fascinating place and a very good tour. 26/11/2018
    • Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
    Address:
    Calle Audiencia 2
    35460 Galdar, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 89 54 89
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:30 - 19:30
    Other:
  • Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    The sun doesn't shine as brightly in the north of the island, so this museum in the capital is a great rainy-day escape for kids frustrated that the beach has become a no-go zone.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum is located in Parque Santa Catalina, which is a major tourist-bus stop and has its own bus station. Making a visit to the park is a good start or end to a day out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 91 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We spent a whole rainy day 11/12/2018
    • Surprisingly good and well worth a visit 11/12/2018
    • Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia
    Address:
    ML Muelle Santa Catalina s/n
    35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 828 01 18 28
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Sioux City Park
    Theme Parks, Horseback Riding Tours, Performances
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    The Wild West is closer than you think! Some of the most famous Spaghetti Westerns were filmed on Gran Canaria, and the film sets have been turned into a theme park that the whole family can enjoy.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit at night for an even more memorable experience. The shows look spectacular after the sun goes down.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Concerts & Shows in San Bartolome de Tirajana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A bit unsure at first.........but a brilliant day. Thanks 13/12/2018
    • amazing a must see!! 07/12/2018
    • Sioux City Park
    Address:
    Barranco del Aguila S/N
    35100 San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 12 96 84
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 - 15:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Gran Karting Club Gran Canaria
    Game & Entertainment Centres
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    Go-karting tracks for all ages means that you're never too young or too old to dream of breaking circuit records.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The bar provides an excellent vantage point for watching your family members in action.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 18 Fun & Games in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dodgy go kart 10/11/2018
    • Brilliant family trip 01/11/2018
    • Gran Karting Club Gran Canaria
    Address:
    Ctra General de sur, Km 46
    Tarajalillo
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 15 71 90
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Casa de Colon
    History Museums
    See more photos
    Matthew H Says:

    Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus at Casa de Colon in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The great explorer visited this property, now a major cultural center, on his way to discovering America in 1492.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit Casa de Colon as part of a tour with the LPA Card.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 91 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Attacive set of buildings/ architecture but poor as museum 14/12/2018
    • Interesting museum 12/12/2018
    • Casa de Colon
    Address:
    Calle Colon 1
    35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 31 23 73
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
top
×
Was this guide helpful?
YesNo