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Guide to Gran Canaria for Families

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

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  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover

10 Places

5 City Tips

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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

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.
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    Aqualand Maspalomas
    Water Parks
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    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 #55 of 90 things to do in Maspalomas
    • Potentially expensive water park experience! 24/09/2018
    • Good day out!! 23/09/2018
    • 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:
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    Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria
    Playgrounds, Mini Golf
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    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
    • Angry Birds 14/09/2018
    • Closed. Wasted trip. 10/09/2018
    • 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:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Roque Nublo
    Mountains, Scenic Railroads
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    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 #6 of 460 things to do in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING 23/09/2018
    • Wonderful views 13/09/2018
    • Roque Nublo
    Address:
    Gc150
    35368, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +212 649-758841
    Other:
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    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
    • Great slides pity about the salt water 20/09/2018
    • Great day out 26/08/2018
    • 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:
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    Palmitos Park
    Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Zoos
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    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 #9 of 90 things to do in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice morning out 21/09/2018
    • Great clean park 21/09/2018
    • 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:
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    Museo & Parque Arqueologico Cueva Pintada
    Speciality Museums
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    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
    • Existing museum and friendly staff 20/09/2018
    • Overrated and very poor presentation and organisation 15/08/2018
    • 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:
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    Museo Elder de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia
    Speciality Museums
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    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 #3 of 147 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Morning out the heat 07/09/2018
    • As good as everyone aays 04/08/2018
    • 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:
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    Sioux City Park
    Theme Parks
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    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 #2 of 52 things to do in San Bartolome de Tirajana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant day out 22/09/2018
    • Wow 21/09/2018
    • Sioux City Park
    Address:
    Barranco del Aguila S/N
    35100 San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 76 72 01
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Gran Karting Club Gran Canaria
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    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 17 Fun & Games in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyable hour or so 27/08/2018
    • Amazing day!!!! 19/08/2018
    • 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:
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    Casa de Colon
    History Museums
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    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 #5 of 147 things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the time and money 15/09/2018
    • Pretty good 12/09/2018
    • 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:
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