- Lagos Zoo
- Adventure Golf Alvor
- Aqualand Algarve
- Santa Bernarda Boat Trips
- Dolphin Emotions
- Algarve Footgolf
- Family Golf Park
- Condor de Vilamoura Boat Trips
- Alvor Boat Trips
- Hot Wheels Raceway Indoor Karting
- Hot Shot Bowling
- Karting Almancil Family Park
- Buggy Safari
Top 5 Things Your Kids will Love in Algarve
Algarve · 14 Items · Fiona Butler
Handpicked by a Algarve Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top 5 Things Your Kids will Love in Algarve'.
Here's our pick of fun activities and things to do that the kids will love to do while in the Algarve. Waterparks, adventure golf, boat trips and more....If the kids are happy, the parents are happy!
How to keep the kids happy in the Algarve – 5 things your kids will love.
Check out the links below for details on each suggestion.
Water Parks and Theme Parks
For pure waterpark fun, a visit to Aqualand is in order. There are slides for thrill seekers and relaxation as well as a great water playground for junior visitors. Check their online ticket shop for offers and promotions.
Lagos Zoo is an excellent spot to spend a few hours and children of all ages enjoy it. Home to a wide range of animals, pelicans, peacocks and even wallabies wander the pathways. There is a fabulous pool where humans and penguins can swim side by side, separated only by a glass wall.
A holiday essential! Zoomarine, the Algarve’s biggest attraction, is a marine theme park where you can learn about the ocean world, see the amazing dolphins and seals in action, as well as enjoy time on the slides and rides and Zoomarine’s urban beach. Visit the aquarium, feed the rays and watch out for the pirates….
So you’ve heard the Algarve has superb golf courses? That’s true of the mini golf courses too. There are two Roman themed courses in Vilamoura at the Family Golf Park and Dinosaur inspired fun at Adventure Golf Alvor. While the kids will love the courses, they are perfect for adults too, as the golf is more challenging than you might think. And for something different, why not try Algarve Footgolf? This is exactly what is says – a game of golf played with your feet and a football on a mini course. Great fun for groups.
There are boat trips to suit all tastes on offer. Relaxing trips aboard a graceful sailing boat such as the Condor, or speedy trips in a RIB that heads out to sea to search for dolphins in the wild. Board a pirate boat like the Santa Bernarda for a sea-adventure and visit the amazing caves along the coast or take a family fun trip with Alvor Boat Trips.
Fun on Wheels
Kids love to move! Junior, teen and adult drivers can test their skills at karting tracks. Hot Wheels is an indoor karting track at Albufeira marina (bonus fun – Hot Shots Bowling is next door) or you can drive in the sun at Karting Almancil Family Park. There are karts to suit a range of ages, including two-seater karts so that under 8’s can drive with an adult. If you prefer off-road fun, you can take a Buggy Safari into the hills for some dusty fun.
Always a crowd-pleaser, kids of any age love time on the beach. Go in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid peak sunshine hours. There are family friendly beaches with rock pools to explore, beaches with waves to ride, particularly on the Costa Vicentina (west coast). Towards the East, the Ria Formosa is where the waters are calmer and warmer. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella for naps in the shade. If ice-cream is required (and maybe a cold beer for Mum and Dad) most beaches have great beach bars and restaurants where you can recharge.
Check these links for more details.
Lagos Zoo (Zoo de Lagos) is a wonderful zoo located just outside Lagos in Portugal. Home to over 140 different species of animals and hundreds of botanical species, the zoo is all about the animals – their well-being, conservation and protection. It's a great option if you're looking for things to do in the Algarve and it's suitable for all ages - for kids and teens, as well as adults. A More info
Adventure Golf Alvor brings some fun, adventure golf to Alvor, Portugal. Watch out for the huge dinosaurs! 18 holes of adventure golf that are challenging and fun - great entertainment for adults and children, perfect for groups and great venue for kids' parties. Adventure Golf Alvor has a 'Lost World - Jurassic Park' theme and there are plenty of dinosaurs about. They are huge, colourful and l More info
Nothing says summer like a visit to a waterpark. Aqualand Algarve is a guaranteed day of fun and laughter, one of the best fun things to do in the Algarve. A well established water park, Aqualand has been renovated and rejuvenated over the years, offers a huge array of water slides and rides and is centrally located near Albufeira. At Aqualand the focus is purely on waterslide fu More info
Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship – sail to the Benagil sea caves, explore secret beaches and delight in the unique experience of sail boat cruising along the Algarve coast. Santa Bernarda is quite a unique boat. Like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean, the Santa Bernarda is a graceful ship with two masts and seven sails, cutting a majestic swathe through the Atlantic waters, as it cruises by More info
Zoomarine is the Algarve’s top attraction. A fabulous family marine theme park with dolphins and seals, pirate shows, water slides, wave pool, even a beach! One of the very best things to do in Algarve and the only place in Europe where you can interact with the dolphins in the pool. Zoomarine is all about the natural world and the richness of marine life and oceans. There is More info
The chance to interact with dolphins in the Algarve is a dream for many people. Dolphin Emotions - Life Changing Experiences at Zoomarine makes that dream a reality. The Dolphin Emotions programme, unique in Portugal, gives you the opportunity to experience truly memorable moments with these amazing creatures. Set within the grounds of Zoomarine theme park, one of the Algarve's biggest att More info
Enjoy at round of Footgolf at the brand new course at Desert Pines Footgolf, located at the Algarve Tennis and Fitness Club, Vale do Lobo. A fun activity, that's great for all ages. The Desert Pines Footgolf course opened in Spring 2017. A purpose build course, there are 9 holes, which can be played back to front, giving you 18 holes to test your skills. The course is set between trees and bush More info
The Family Golf Park in Vilamoura is a fantastic family day out. Two super, Roman themed, mini-golf courses, a kids play area, games room and more guaranteed fun for all ages. Open early to late, this is a great kids' party venue in Vilamoura. And you get 15% discount when you book your tickets online. Vilamoura is already famous as a golf destination. It's also home to the Family Golf Par More info
The Condor de Vilamoura is a unique boat - a 34 metre schooner with twin masts - perfect for relaxing boat trips along the Algarve coastline. Explore the caves including the Benagil cave, enjoy BBQ on the beach and sail the seas powered by the wind. A beautiful experience. Full and half day boat trips available. The Condor de Vilamoura was built in 1987 inspired by American fishing schoone More info
Alvor Boat Trips, proud owners of Portugal's 1st solar powered boat, offering top class, great value coastal cruises, Benagil cave trips, dolphin watching and river adventures from Alvor, Algarve. Private charter, sunset tours, river cruises and more. Proud owners of Portugal's 1st solar powered boat, Alvor Boat Trips is a family run company offering top class, great value Sea Trips and River a More info
Hot Wheels Raceway Indoor KartingTop 5 Things Your Kids will Love in Algarve Albufeira, Central Algarve
Hot Wheels Raceway Indoor Karting is the Algarve's fastest karting track. It is 400m of track, wicked corners and stretches for fun and fast karting. If you're looking for things to do in the Algarve to keep your teens and kids entertained then Hot Wheels Raceway is just the thing. Located at Albufeira marina, the Indoor karting track is perfect for some family fun, with a group of friends, for s More info
Hot Shot Bowling in Albufeira is a fun indoor, ten pin bowling alley and leisure centre, right on Albufeira marina. Great for fun with the kids, for Hen and Stag parties, or just for a break from the beach. Hot Shot Bowling is a pretty cool place to spend some time. Set right on Albufeira marina by the main promenade, you have a view of the fancy yachts from the bowling lanes - quite possibly t More info
Karting Almancil Family Park – karting for adults and children, trampolines, mini boats and activities. Perfect for all ages, ideal for groups, parties and team-building. Karting Almancil Family Park is the longest running karting track in the Algarve, inaugurated by racing legend Ayrton Senna in 1992. With a focus firmly on karting and motor spots, the action takes place on a 760m repli More info
Buggy Safari – off-road, all terrain buggy safari. Combine the thrill of motorsports with adventurous exploring of the Algarve countryside. Join a Buggy Safari and discover the off-road Algarve. A Buggy Safari is a super way to explore a different side of the Algarve. Not only do you get to travel the off-road trails that dot the hills of the countryside, you have all the fun of an energetic More info
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