Details on how taking a family vacation to Curacao is easy, as well as tons of fun.
Sun, fun, sand, and sea – if this is what you think of when you envision Curacao, you’re not alone. In spite of the stunning beaches, there is so much more for families to do on Curacao. Besides hitting the beach, families can spend time on all sorts of activities here, from feeding an ostrich to touring ancient caves, and even swimming with the dolphins! Didn’t know all of these things were available in the Curacao? Read on for details on how taking a family vacation to Curacao is easy, as well as tons of fun.
1. Find Out What Happened In The Ancient Caves
Do you like a break from the beach routine? Kids love to visit the Hato Caves. The caves are a part of the history of the island, and therefore, you should see them. The tour is only approx. 30 minutes long, but interesting.
The tour guides are all very nice and will try to make the tour fun. It can get hot and a little crowded in the caves, so be there early to get in the first tour group.
There's also a little Indian trail that takes about 15 minutes you can do on your own before or after the cave tour. They give you a paper and you just follow the markers. Climb up all the way to the top, and you and your kids will have an awesome view!
Opening Hours: daily 9 am - 5 pm
Multi-lingual tours are given on the hour from 9 am to 4 pm.
Address: Rooseveltweg z/n
Website: Hato Caves
Tel: +5999 8680 379
2. Swim With Dolphins
Swimming in deep water with dolphins, shaking hands/fins, being kissed by the great creatures, giving them commands and watching them do as you asked, how cool is that for kids?
The setting of the Dolphin Academy is lovely, and the emphasis on conservation and the environment is much appreciated. The dolphins are very well cared of and are always eager to play. If you can only splurge on one activity while you visit Curacao, bring your kids to the Academy, it is worth every penny!
There are several levels of participation, all for different costs. Check out their website for the best info.
Opening Hours: daily 8 am - 5 pm
Daily Dolphin Shows at 10.30 am, 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
Call for Reservations: +5999 465 8900 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Website: Dolphin Academy
Dolphin Academy is located at Sea Aquarium
Photo Credit: Royal Sea Aquarium
3. Feed The Largest Birds In The World
Curacao's Ostrich Farm is a fascinating place for visitors of all ages including kids, located about 30 minutes drive from downtown Willemstad. Did you know that an ostrich has brains smaller than his eyes? You'll learn about this and all their strange habits during the open bus tour, which lasts about 40 minutes and departs on the hour.
The guide will demonstrate how aggressively territorial adults become. You can touch and feed fully grown birds. If you are foolhardy you can even ride them. There are huge eggs you can stand on and young chicks that have hatched.
The tour lasts about 40 minutes.
While you are waiting for the truck, there are interesting iguanas and other animals near the bar. There is also a wonderful restaurant to enjoy either Ostrich eggs or meat. For more information, check out our blog post Having fun at the Ostrich Farm in Curacao
Opening Hours: daily 9 am - 5 pm, weekend 9 am - 10 pm
Multi-lingual tours are given on the hour from 9 am to 4 pm
Website: Curacao Ostrich Farm
Address: Groot St. Joris West z/n
Tel.: +5999 7472 777
Video by: Picture This! Curacao
4. Ride A Choo-Choo
Take the Trolley Tour if you like to tour Willemstad with your family without spending a lot of energy on a hot day. You will get some historical insight on buildings in Punda, Scharloo, and the harbor area, that you will not get to know if you do a walking tour on your own.
Kids will love the fact that you will be riding 1.5 hours on a big pink choo-choo!
There is an opportunity to get off the trolley and visit the old Pietermaai Cathedral.
Opening Hours: The Trolley Tour doesn't run every day. It is operated by Atlantis Adventures. Call to make reservations.
Website: Trolley Train
Address: Fort Amsterdam, Punda
Tel.: +5999 4610 011
Photo Credit: Atlantis Adventures
5. Enjoy an 18 holes mini golf course at an 18th century plantation house
Brakkeput Mei Mei is the name of the restaurant that is located in a beautiful 18th century plantation house.
Since 2012, the restaurant has an 18 holes mini golf course, where young and old can enjoy themselves.
A fully equipped kids playground including swings, wooden playhouses & slides, and two jeu de boules (bocce ball) tracks are also available.
After playing, you can have a very nice family dinner at the restaurant. Don't forget to make a reservation!
Opening Hours: daily 6 pm - 11 pm
Website: Brakkeput Mei Mei
Address: Jan Sofat, Spaanse Water
Tel.: +5999 7671 500
Photo credit: Brakkeput Mei Mei
We could not possibly describe all the family fun and activities in one blog post. Check out our next blog posts for more family fun!
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