Without a doubt, one of the best activities to do with children in the Algarve is to spend a day in one of the water parks in the region. With fantastic water parks like Aquashow, Slide & Splash or Aqualand, your kids will love the many attractions and slides that exist. With green spaces and specific areas for picnics, the Algarve’s water parks are among the most popular activities for children.
Zoomarine is a fun theme park that combines various animal shows, theatre shows and water attractions such as slides or roller coasters. In this park you will also have the opportunity to swim with dolfins, an activity that is supervised by trained professionals to ensure the safety of dolphins as well as yours.
Are your children speed lovers and are they constantly asking you to let them drive? If that’s the case this is the perfect activity for them! The Algarve has some of the best karting tracks in the country, such as the international karting circuit of Portimão, which hosts some of the most important motorcycle races of the world circuit. You can also opt for karting in Almacil or the karting course at Marina de Albufeira, where the tight corners will test your nerves and reflexes.
The Algarve is full of perfect beaches surfing. The best ones are placed at the western tip, near Sagres and Costa Vicentina, but beaches all over the region also have some great waves. There are several surf schools around the Algarve where you can take your first class or just rent equipment if you have some experience.
Centro de Ciência Viva
Take your children to one of the three Life Science Museums (Centro de Ciência Viva) in the Algarve – Tavira, Faro and Lagos – and enjoy an afternoon spent amidst solar system models, crazy experiences and interactive exhibitions on the depths of the oceans.