Tenerife: The Ultimate List of Things to do for Active Families

I’m guessing that if you have come here to find out about things to do in Tenerife, you have already booked your family holiday, but just incase you need some ideas I also have a great article on the top all inclusive hotels on this beautiful island that you might like to check out too.  If you are still deciding whether you should visit Tenerife, I hope reading this post will convince you that you will have a varied and interesting sunshine holiday here.

Tenerife is such great destination for cheap holidays from the UK.  The flight time is only 4 hours, which is really manageable when you are travelling with kids, and flights are pretty inexpensive as well.  The all inclusive resorts and hotels are affordable and if you look around there is lots of cheap car hire available to help you visit the local parks and attractions on the island.

If you are a family who looks for a variety of things to do on holiday, this ultimate list of things to do in Tenerife is going to help you out no end.

Things to do in Tenerife, Spain

Siam Park Tenerife

Siam Park in Tenerife has been voted the number 1 water park in the world on Tripadvisor four years in a row, so I can guarantee that you are going to have lots of active family fun here.  To make the most of this water park, allow a whole day, as there are 14 different attractions to explore.  There is something for everyone from babies and toddlers, to thrill seeking adults who want to take on the more daring flumes and water slides.

Siam Park can be found on the south coast of Tenerife near to Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos which are popular holiday locations on the island.  If you are planning a visit here, I really recommend reading Mummy Travel’s tips for visiting Siam Park for making the most of your day.

Take a Boat Trip

Tenerife is probably one of the most ideal locations to take a boat trip.  It’s such a great way to see the island and there are plenty of whale and dolphin tours available too.  If you want to go a little further a field, you can also take a boat trip to explore more of the Canary Islands. This is a really popular activity with families visiting Tenerife so make sure you book your boat trip in advance.

Teide National Park

If it’s looking like a cloudy day for visiting the beach in Tenerife, then I strongly recommend getting in the car and going to explore Teide National Park as it will give you a chance to get above the clouds.  The unique landscape is shaped by volcanoes, craters and  lava flows and is must see destination in Tenerife. You can enjoy the exciting and colourful landscape by taking the Mount Teide Cable Car for a particularly memorable experience.

Visit Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife and is well worth a visit if you are interested in adding a little culture to your family holiday.  Santa Cruz will not only give you the opportunity to visit Tenerife’s best museums, theatres and restaurants but it will also give you a chance to see a part of the island that many tourists fail to explore.

Enjoy The Water Activities

If you and your family enjoy spending time in the water on holiday, then Tenerife is brimming with surf schools, scuba diving and lots of other water sports and activities.  It’s an ideal destination to learn new skills or brush up on old ones during your holiday.

Anaga Mountains

If you think you will enjoy a visit to Teide National Park, then I can also guarantee you will love exploring the Anaga Mountains found in the North East of Tenerife.  The lush green landscape boast winding roads, stunning valleys and even rainforests.  It’s a popular location for visitors who enjoy walking and hiking, and there are trails for all abilities to be able to explore the mountains and surrounding area.

Explore The Villages of Masca and Garachico

If you are keen to go deeper into the culture and beauty of Tenerife, then taking the family to explore the villages and mountains of Masca and Garachio definitely need to make your holiday itinerary.  The route is winding but worth it with some of the oldest villages in Tenerife en route, plenty of picturesque locations and the lots of cheap local restaurants to chose from for a stop along the way.  You can end your route at Garachico on the coast to explore the lava created rock pools and beautiful coastal views.

Enjoy The Beach

Last, but by no means least, spend some times enjoying Tenerife’s beautiful beaches with the kids.  Some families spend the entire holiday on the beach, and some like to mix things up with a variety of activities like those listed above.  Whichever category you fall into, you will all enjoy relaxing on the white sand beaches and watching the crystal clear waters that surround the island.  For some ideas of which beaches to visit in Tenerife with kids, I really love this article from Family Travel Times.

If you thought that Tenerife was just about the beach and all inclusive resorts I hope I’ve inspired you to think again.  There are plenty of opportunities to step outside of your hotel and learn more about this beautiful and captivating island.

Tenerife is a great destination for active families all year round.  In the summer temperatures reach around 28°C, which is perfect for families who enjoy water parks and being on the beach.  If you prefer the temperature a little cooler Tenerife a good destination for a little winter sun too.  Obviously the weather isn’t always predictable, but it can still make for a lovely family holiday all year round.

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Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids and UK travel blogger who is keen to pursue her passion for exploring despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. April 24, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I loved going up Teide – it always amazes me how much there is to see beyond the beach in the Canary Islands. I’ve never managed to take a dolphin and whale spotting trip though, so that needs to be on my list. Thanks for including my tips!

  2. April 26, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Tenerife is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to go to and somehow never got round to visiting! Really want to go now though!!

  3. April 28, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    This is a great post Zena! I have never been, but would love to go, and now I have lots of inspiration. Thank you! 🙂 x

  4. April 30, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Thanks so much for including my post here – and how timely, I’m going next week!

  5. April 30, 2018 / 9:48 am

    Believe it or not …. never been to Tenerife! I must visit soon as we love Spain!

  6. April 30, 2018 / 11:24 am

    The water park and beaches sound perfect! Love the idea of a bit of winter sun, I bet it is a little quieter then too.

  7. April 30, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I went when I was pregnant with L, would love to go back and do the active stuff I missed!

  8. April 30, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I’ve never been to Tenerife but my husband visited before we got together and is desperate to go back. I’ve heard of Siam Park but had no idea there was so much other stuff to do.
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  9. May 8, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Looks fantastic we’ve never been to Tenerife there is so much to do! Found via BritMums

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