For the Kids
Children are welcome virtually everywhere in family-friendly Cuba. No matter where you travel, you won’t be far from entertainment options that cater to young people.
Swim with the dolphins or just watch the show at the Delfinarios in Varadero or Cienfuegos, the Acuario Baconao in Santiago, or the fun Parque Natural Bahía de Naranjo, near Guardalavaca in Holguín. You can also see dolphins at Havana’s National Aquarium, which houses saltwater fish and lions, too.
Other Havana highlights include the Parque Zoológico Nacional, where you can watch rhinos, lions and hippos at play; the nightly Cañonazo (cannon ceremony) at the Parque Histórico Militar Morro-Cabaña; puppet shows at the Teatro Guiñol; circus shows at the Carpa Trompoloco; and a train ride around Parque Lenin.
You can hop aboard a steam train for a ride around the historic sugar mills in the Valle de Ingenios just outside of Trinidad; or the rugged Grupo Maniabón mountains in Holguín.
In Pinar del Río, take a thrilling boat tour on an underground river deep inside the Cueva del Indio, where you'll find stalactites, stalagmites and lots of flying bats.
Bats also fly at the baseball park in every provincial capital. Pelota (baseball) is Cuba's national sport, and the games include plenty of music and enthusiastic cheering.
Visit a real crocodile breeding farm, like the one at Boca de Guamá, in Matanzas. Or take in a real rodeo on Isla Turiguanó near Cayo Coco. You can arrange to go horseback riding from hotels and resorts throughout the island.
There are family fun fairs in almost every town, such as the Todo en Uno in Varadero, which has modern rides like bumper cars.
Zoológical de Piedras (Stone Zoo)
This is one zoo where you can safely pat the animals. Over 300 animal sculptures have been carved out of rock at this mountain coffee farm. Located near Baracoa in Guantánamo.
This family-friendly ranch within Sierra del Chorrillo functions as a bird reserve, featuring rare species like the Cuban parakeet and the kingbird. It is also home to exotic animals like zebras, deer and buffalos.
The kids will be intrigued by the remnants of trees that have been petrified for over three million years. This unique collection is spread out across one hectare in Sierra del Chorrillo.
Iguana Recreational Facility
Go bowling, play pool or learn about Cayo Largo’s history at this fun entertainment venue.
Granja de las Tortugas
Take the kids on a fun and educational visit to this small turtle farm in Combinado. During nesting season, from May to September, it offers evening turtle-watching excursions to several of Cayo Largo’s beaches.
This dolphin park located at Rancho Luna features daily dolphin shows, and even offers visitors a chance to swim alongside the friendly marine creatures.
Catch a children’s theatre production at Bayamo’s Sala Teatro José Joaquín Palma.
Take the kids on a fun horse-drawn carriage ride through Bayamo.
Take a trolley ride around Cuba’s national zoo and watch the rhinos, lions and hippos roam around.
See saltwater fish, dolphins and even lions at this conservationist aquarium founded in 1960.
Parque Natural Bahía de Naranjo
The young ones will love this fun island complex near Guardalavaca, which boasts an aquarium featuring live dolphin and sea lion shows.
Steam Train Ride
Take the kids on an antique steam train ride and traverse along the outskirts of the quaint town Rafael Frevre and through the rugged Grupo Maniabón mountains.
Tren Turístico en Cayo Coco
Make a family excursion aboard this train to explore Cayo Coco. The trip includes a tour through Sitio La Güira farm, complete with stories about the local history, animal shows, a drink, a visit to Playa Flamingo, Cayo Coco’s prime flora-and-fauna-spotting site and a ride through the Cueva del Jabalí.
Tren Turístico en Cayo Guillermo
Grab the kids and hop aboard this train for a fun-filled tour through Cayo Guillermo’s hotels and on to Playa Pilar. The adventure is available daily with two departures (9:00 am returning at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm returning at 4:00 pm).
Take the family to the world’s biggest crocodile breeding farm in this peaceful protected area.
Head to Parque 26 de Julio in the city of Las Tunas for the weekend market, where kid-friendly activities and entertainment can include a full-scale rodeo.
Visit the Boca de Guamá, Cuba's largest crocodile breeding farm, where kids can safely get up close and personal with the imposing reptiles.
Cueva del Indio
Explore the inside of a mogote on a boat ride through this huge cavern’s river.
Crocodile Breeding Farm
Get close to some crocs on a guided tour of one of the region’s crocodile breeding farm. Most tours departing from Santa Lucia also include stops at nearby caves and even a violin factory.
Rancho King Tourist Farm
Delight the kids with the Wild West atmosphere at this family-friendly ranch. Don’t miss the rodeo or the regular concerts. Bus tours to the Ranch depart regularly from several Santa Lucia hotels.
Valle de la Prehistoria
The kids can explore the life-sized dinosaur replicas made of steel and concrete at this expansive outdoor park.
Take in a dolphin show or explore the tanks full of marine life like turtles and sharks on display throughout this aquatic park.
Steam Train Rides
Hop aboard one of Cuba’s 100 steam trains, including one that used to haul sugarcane through the Valle de Ingenios just outside of Trinidad.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Book a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Varadero so the whole family can relax while taking in the sights.
Todo en Uno
Have fun on the bumper cars at this Varadero amusement park equipped with modern rides.
Check out the daily dolphin shows at Delfinario, or swim alongside the friendly, trained bottlenose dolphins.
Visit the Boca de Guamà, Cuba's largest crocodile farm, where kids can safely get up close and personal with the imposing reptiles.