Algarve Family Moments suggest things to do with children in the Algarve. They are specially designed activities for all the family to enjoy. Spending time together as a family takes planning and effort, is a great investment. You will grow closer together as a family and build a deep, healthy relationship. Research shows that when children feel close to their parents, they try harder to please them and make them proud, which then unites and makes whole the family stronger. A few ideas below to help create your unforgettable family moments.
Zoomarine is a water theme park, featuring many animals. Experience the dolphins and seals in live shows conducted throughout the day. This park also has many other amusements to entertain the family, including a sandy beach, pool and slides. The park is continually reinvesting, with new rides and experiences being added all the time. Zoomarine is closed during the winter. More information...
Experience the dolphins up close with Dolphin Emotions at Zoomarine. There are three different packages available. Interact with the dolphins in a small group, on your own or learn to scuba dive and meet the dolphins underwater. More information...
Aquashow lies in the centre of the Algarve, close to Almancil and Vilamoura. It features a lot of water themed attractions, some with age and height restrictions. In addition, the park, also has its own hotel. The park is open from the 1st of May until the 30th September.
Slide and Splash
Located in Lagoa on the western side of the region, Slide and Splash is primarily a waterpark (one of the largest in Europe), but it also has shows featuring reptiles, birds of prey and very colourful parrots and macaws. Suitable for the whole family. Slide and Splash is closed during the winter.
Located in Alcantarilha in the central Algarve, Aqualand is a smaller waterpark than the others we have mentioned above. It opens in June and is only open for the summer months.
Zoomarine is not just a water park, it is full of animals to look at, and to interact with. As well as the famous dolphin and seal shows, you can see sea lions, tropical birds and many reptiles. The park also has a conservation and rehabilitation centre for marine and aquatic animals. More information...
In the western Algarve, in Lagos, is probably the largest Zoo in the region. Open all year round, this is a fantastic zoo for the children to get up close to the animals. The zoo is not large enough to house the very large species, but the collection includes primates and reptiles and is a great day out.
Krazy World Zoo
Krazy World is a mix of a zoo and somewhere fun for all the family to relax. The zoo has plenty of animals, a number of which the children can feed. The zoo primarily has farm animals, birds and reptiles. After the animals, you can relax at the outdoor pool, whilst the children can go on the zip line, take in a pony ride, play mini golf, or go karting. There is plenty to do here.
Family Golf Park
Located in Vilamoura in the central Algarve, the Family Golf Park has 2 x 18 hole mini golf courses for all of the family. The Park also has a train (on wheels!) that will take you to the beach and the marina. Also at the park you will find a kids club and a café/bar.
The Kangaroo Club is part of the Dona Filipa Hotel in Vale do Lobo. It's an excellent outdoor facility. You do not need to be staying at the hotel to use the facility. You can also leave your children in the care of the staff and enjoy some time alone. It is open all year round. Normally closing at 6/7pm, in the high season it stays open until 11pm.
Family Friendly Activities
Here we are referring to ten pin bowling rather than lawn bowling. We know of just two centres at present in the whole region. The largest centre is at the marina in Albufeira with seven lanes. Alvor near Portimao also has a small setup with just four lanes.
Indoor Karting Centre
The Algarve is well served with four Karting tracks spread across the region. Outdoor centres can be found at Almancil, Albufeira (marina) and Portimao (autodromo race track). There is also an indoor track at Olhao on the eastern side. We suggest calling first before visiting to either book or to ensure the track near to you is open.
Rent a Bike
Maybe you want a cycling holiday, we can organise a tour of the entire Algarve. However, if you just want to rent a bike for a day or even a few days to use in the vicinity of where you are staying, we have many partners from east to west who will hire bikes for the entire family.
Go Horse Riding
There are several horse riding centres spread across the region, from horse rides along the beaches on the wild west coast, all the way along to the east. All of the riding centres cater for most age groups including young children. If you'd like a Horse Riding holiday, then let us put a package together for you.
Sailboats can generally be rented from any of the marinas along the Algarve coast such as Lagos, Portimao, Vilamoura, Faro, Olhao and Tavira. Many options are available. You can also learn to sail at an approved RYA centre or sit back and let someone else do all the work.
Family Friendly Jeep Safari
Take a full day Jeep Safari tour into the Algarve. This is the Algarve you will otherwise never get to see, and the scenery inland is stunning. Children of all ages can be catered for so it's a great family day out.
Pirate Ship Adventure
Even the Algarve can provide you with an adventure aboard a pirate ship. Step aboard either at Portimao or Albufeira. At Portimao is the Santa Bernarda and in Albufeira, the Leãozinho. Both ships will give you a great experience.
Take a Tuk Tuk Ride
Hop on a Tuk Tuk and discover your local area. These vehicles and modern, smart and comfortable. Most town and cities have a tuk tuk operator, and can take you to places when cars cannot access. Let us organise your tuk tuk adventure.
How do you want to enjoy the water? Parasailing, fishing, jet skis, sailing, speedboat, water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaks etc. The list is endless. Tell us where you are and what you would like to do an we can book it for you.
Restaurants with Playground
Koko Lane is a restaurant in Quinta do Lago open from 8am for breakfast until 11pm at night. It's located in a very pleasant location. Alongside the restaurant is a gated and fenced playground. Let your little ones play whilst you relax.
Parilla Natural is a restaurant located halfway between Vale do Lobo and Almancil. It does great steaks, but is also very family friendly. It has a playground and the staff are very family friendly.