Activities in San Juan

Camuy Caves (Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy)

Address Quebrada, 00669, Puerto Rico (Camuy Caves Park) Map, Tel 787/898-3100 Call, Website

Camuy Caves is one of the world's largest cave networks. It's filled with wildlife that kids might enjoy like crabs, tarantulas and bats. You'll travel by tram from the park's entrance to the cave entrance by tram, making this an outing that works well even on hot days. Be aware, however, that heavy rains can close the caves (as they did during our trip to Puerto Rico) so you might want to call ahead before visiting. more

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Address Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan Puerto Rico Map, Website

This huge fort was built in 1533 by the Spanish as a way to protect San Juan. It took over 150 years to build, and today it is both a world heritage site and a U.S. National Park. Kids will enjoy exploring the fort. Try to get them to imagine the huge squares filled with soldiers, cannons peering out to the sea, and what it would be like to wear a full uniform in the intense Puerto Rican heat. There's lots of room to run here, and some incredible views. more

El Museo del Nino (The Children’s Museum)

Address 150 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico Map, Tel 787-722-3791 Call, Website

We didn't have time to visit this Children's Museum on our own trip to San Juan, but the location, the air conditioning, and the variety of kid-focused activities make it seem like a great choice on a rainy or windy day. Be forewarned that the museum's websites and exhibits are all in Spanish. more

Kite Flying Outside Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Address Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan Puerto Rico Map, Website

Pick up a kite at a drugstore and bring it with you when you visit Old San Juan. The huge grass expanse in front of the old Fort San Felipe del Morro is the perfect place to run, jump and fly a kite after a day of sightseeing. You'll see local kids here too! more

Museo Histórico de la Biblia (Bible History Museum)

Address 24 Calle B Urb Industrial Sabana Abajo, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979 Map, Tel (787) 625-5858 Call, Metro Carolina

It isn't what it sounds like. This children's museum includes a nicely done (if small) aquarium, an indoor amusement park, an ice skating rink, miniature golf, a dinosaur exhibit and a pizza parlor. It's designed for local kids, and we (adults) found it tough to be indoors knowing that we were missing out on Puerto Rico's beaches and sunshine. Still, the kids enjoyed a morning of kid-focused activities, and this makes a nice activity on a rainy day. more

Nanny on Call

Tel 787-728-9999 Call, Website

Nanny on Call provides babysitting services in your hotel room or vacation rental. Call in advance to reserve a sitter. This agency also runs the kids clubs at some hotels. more

San Juan Free Trolley System

Address El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico Map, Website

The free trolley system travels between the major tourist destinations in old San Juan, and it's a great way to see the city's architecture and layout with a tired child in tow. more