There’s a fine selection of Tenerife theme parks centred on waterparks and animal parks. Below we’ve listed some of the most popular ones but there are plenty other things to do away from the beaches at smaller parks around the island.
Aqualand Costa Adeje
Address: Avda. de Austria, San Eugenio Alto (Costa de Adeje)
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Website: Aqualand Tenerife
Located near Playa de las Americas, Aqualand (formerly Octopus Aquapark) is Tenerife’s major waterpark and one of the largest in Europe. There are slides for all ages, a dolphin show and dedicated children’s areas with mini-slides, bouncy castles, etc. A great day out for all the family. There are free shuttle buses from Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos.
Website: Siam Park Tenerife
Siam Park is located near Costa Adeje and is probably the best waterpark in Europe. It has all kinds of slides and other attractions such as a beach where you can try your hand at surfing, scary water rides and more tranquil activities for all the family.
Loro Parque (Parrot Park)
Address: Punta Brava, Puerto de la Cruz.
Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 6.45pm
Website: Loro Parque Tenerife
Loro Park is located in Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife’s north coast and is much more than a parrot park. Amongst its fabulous tropical gardens is the world’s largest collection of parrots as well as a great variety of other wildlife attractions including orcas, dolphins, sea lions and penguins. The underwater tunnel through the aquarium is an additional fascinating sight. This is a full day out with plenty to entertain all the family. There’s a free mini-train every 20 minutes from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz (Playa Martinez).
Address: C/ Chacona, s/n, Güímar.
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 6pm
Website: Guimar Pyramids Tenerife
Just inland from Tenerife’s east coast are the fascinating Pyramids of Guimar. These six pyramids are very Mayan in style which has led to the theory that Tenerife may have had contact with the Americas before Columbus ‘discovered’ them (Thor Heyerdahl certainly believed so). There’s an interesting archaeological and Ethnographical museum at El Escobonal about 12km south with interesting displays relating to Guanche history (the original peoples of the Canary Islands).
Parque las Aguilas (Jungle Park)
Address: Urbanización Las Águilas del Teide s/n
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm all year round.
Website: Jungle Park Tenerife
Eagle Park, or Jungle Park as it’s also known, is home to a fabulous range of birds of prey living amongst lush, tropical gardens just outside Los Cristianos. The eagle show is superb when some of these enormous birds perform for the day’s visitors. You’ll also find numerous wild animals living here in their natural habitat including the extremely rare white lions, tigers, hippos and monkeys. There are free shuttle buses from Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos every day.
Casa del Vino la Baranda (El Sauzal)
Address: Autopista General del Norte, Km.21 (Sauzal – La Baranda)
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm (Tuesday to Saturday); 11am to 6pm (Sundays & Holidays); Closed Mondays.
In the heart of Tenerife’s wine country, on the north coast, is the delightful town of El Sauzal. The nearby Casa del Vino la Baranda is a traditional country manor which now serves as a wine museum and restaurant. It’s a great spot for lunch on the terrace and there are classical music concerts in the evening during the summer months.
Bananera – Jardines del Atlantico
Address: Autopista Salida 26, Buzanada
Opening Hours: Daily guided visits at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm & 4.14pm
Just outside Los Cristianos at Buzanada is a working banana plantation which is open to the public for guided tours. There’s a free shuttle bus running from Los Cristianos and Las Americas.
Bananera – El Guanche
Address: Carretera Botánico, 43. La Orotava.
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm
If you’re staying on the north coast this is another banana plantation where you’ll see not only the traditional banana plants but also a wide selection of tropical vegetation. There are free buses from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz.
Address: Carretera Los Cristianos – Chayofa
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Take the free bus from Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas to the Camel Park just outside where you can have a ride on the native camels of the Canary Islands.
Complejo Costa Martinez
If you’re in Santa Cruz de Tenerife you must visit this redeveloped area consisting of tropical gardens and an enormous artificial lake. It’s not a theme park but is one of Tenerife’s most important attractions and is a great place to escape the afternoon heat.