BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN ARUBA: MORE THAN JUST THE BEACH.
Best Family-Friendly Activities in Aruba: More than just the beach.
Surrounded by water and beautiful beaches, Aruba is also packed with loads of kid-friendly activities for families who love discovery! From feeding wild donkeys, and having amazing fish pedicures to snorkeling with the fishes in Aruba’s best treasure, you and your family will for sure enjoy all that Aruba has to offer.
If you’re looking for the top kid-friendly activities to fill your itinerary, look no further, we’ve got a list for you!
Feed the Donkeys at Aruba Donkey Sanctuary
Your kids will go wild, for these wild Donkeys! The Donkey Sanctuary is a non-profit organization here on the island that is devoted to saving and taking care of the donkeys on the island. This donkey paradise is a great place to spend a couple of hours feeding, hugging, and petting the donkeys that need some extra love!
The Donkey Sanctuary is located in Santa Cruz but can be reached by tours touring the island. Our Baby Beach Off-Road Safari can take you here for a couple of hours of donkey-filled fun!
De Palm Island – an island oasis
De Palm Island has something for everyone and is great for both those with families and kids or for those wanting to take a sweet escape for a while.
This island oasis is just a 10-minute drive from Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, and is accessed by a 5-minute boat ride. Once you arrive, you’ll understand why you won’t want to leave!
De Palm Island offers an extensive lunch buffet, an open bar, snack corner, snorkel equipment, snorkel adventures, salsa lessons, and our favorite, the Chilean Flamingos! But there’s more, De Palm island has your fun covered with tons of kids activities including exciting new kids aqua play, huge body drop slides, and unlimited banana boat rides that will keep your kids entertained all day.
For adults looking to spend some time resting and recharging, De Palm Island offers Private Cabanas with stairs that lead right into the ocean, Beach Cabanas with an amazing beach view, or get yourself a lounge chair in our Premium Seating area that offers tranquility and flamingo views!
Almost all activities on the island are included, aside from upgraded experiences such as Snuba, Seatrek, and Spa. What’s not to like about this island?
Fish Pedicure. Yes, it’s real!
Free pamper session? You can count us in! The fish pond is located near Fontein Cave in Arikok National Park. A small trail outside the Cave, which is also a great visit site, will take you to this natural spa, where you’ll find a stream full of fishes swimming freely eager to nibble on your feet, giving you a one-of-a-kind pedicure.
This pedicure is pain-free, but we must warn you, it is slightly ticklish but all-around great family fun.
It’s recommended to visit the fish pedicure by tours, as the guides can provide you information and facts of more sights within the park. Here’s a recommended tour for you: the Caves and Snorkel Off-Road Safari
Explore the underwater world with Atlantis Submarine
You’ll be happy to be a part of the 1% of the world that has been in a real submarine, seeking REAL adventure.
The Atlantis Submarines is located in the center of the island, close to several restaurants for those wanting to grab a bite after this adventure. Once arrived, you’ll check in at the Atlantis Submarines store and get your boarding pass and ticket to join the adventure.
To get to the submarine, you’ll first take a boat ride that will pass by cool sights which the guides will tell you about. Once arrived, you will be transferred to the submarine and your adventure will begin.
You’ll visit the Barcadera reef for a memorable underwater voyage to the depths of 130 feet below the surface with amazing views of coral reefs, ships and if you’re lucky, sea turtles.
This submarine is U.S. Coast Guard Approved, environmentally friendly, and air-conditioned.