Puerto Plata Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Puerto Plata Family-friendly activities

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

1. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

2. Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

The Dolphin Encounter offers close contact with a bottlenose dolphin, in waist deep water. During these interactive programs, you will be able to touch and feed these gentle mammals, playing with them in a safe environment. You will even dance with them! This interaction is both fun and educational for all ages, ideal for non swimmers and families with young kids. The Dolphin Encounter program also includes a Day Pass for the Ocean World Adventure Park, with all its attractions, and the round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in our Tropical Reef Aquarium, visit the Pirate's Pool, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and watch the Dolphin Show, Shark Show, Sea Lions Show and Tropical Bird Show. Lunch is included.

27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

3. 27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

Take a 30-minute drive by open safari truck to the top-rated attraction in Puerto Plata of the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. Plunge into the awe-inspiring pools, etched out of the limestone, where stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in 1,000 colors. Hike for about 20-30 minutes uphill. Then, make your way back down by swimming, jumping and sliding through the 12 most beautiful cascades. Head back towards Puerto Plata on a 15-minute journey to Country World Ranch. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch prepared with fire wood on arrival. Next, gear-up for your zip line adventure, and prepare to fly. With a bottle of fresh drinking water attached to your harness to keep you hydrated, feel the adrenaline rush of 8 ACCT certified zip lines. Get a safety briefing before you experience the 7,900 feet of galvanized steel cable. No previous experience is needed and, unlike other zip line parks, you will not be subject to any active braking, such as using gloves to stop. Be free to take photos or videos with your own camera as you ride the network of zip lines. The longest is a staggering 2,460 feet! Determine your own speed: the instructors will move at your pace. Try seasonal fruits fresh from the trees. A natural juice will also be prepared to boost you with natural energy in preparation for your next amazing adventure. Take a relaxing ride through the countryside on horseback and get some breathtaking views. The horses are well-trained and kept in the best condition. Suitable for children and beginners, the ride starts with full basic riding instructions. You will not gallop the horses, unless you request otherwise. Mount the right horse matched to your skill-set before you set off. Before heading back for your drop off, take a walk through the tropical garden.

Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

4. Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at the waterfalls of Damajagua in the Dominican Republic, located at the confluence of emerald waters, deep in a tropical rainforest of the Cordillera Septentrional. 27 refreshing waterfalls have been chiseled by Mother Nature’s celestial mallet. Ideal for visitors who like to commune with nature, while experiencing an adrenaline-fuelled day, you will hop on the back of a safari-style truck, where a team of experienced guides and drivers await. Note that only 12 of the 27 waterfalls will be visited, since doing the 27 waterfalls would take greater physical preparation. After a short safety briefing, glide across the natural water springs, bathing in heavenly caves. Flanked by the whistling of exotic birdlife, and the banks of the Damajagua River, the rustling of the streams arouse a state of stillness. A labyrinth of tunnels and chutes are scattered around the waterfalls, some reaching heights of up to 13 feet. Somersault with the grace of aquatic birds, as your guide keep a watchful eye. Walk an interpretative rainforest trail to come face-to-face with Mother Earth, and wildlife waits to be greeted. Leap headfirst, swimming crossways, and sliding down natural waterslides. Explore unpredictable falls, with teasing names like “La Virgen” and “La Tinajita.” “La Virgen” holds Taino legends, where the aborigines built a statue of pebbles that paid homage to the Virgin of Altagracia, perhaps becoming the first worshippers of the Patron Saint of the Dominican people. After a typical buffet-style lunch, head towards the small town of Imbert and visit a local market where you can purchase artisan products and crafts bearing a distinct Dominican hallmark.

Puerto Plata: Adventure Park Day Pass and Transport

5. Puerto Plata: Adventure Park Day Pass and Transport

Get picked up from your hotel between 7:50-8:45 am and head to the adventure park located in Maimón, just a 20-minute drive from Puerto Plata City. After a meet and greet, get detailed information about the activities for the day before picking and choosing what sounds best to you. Go for an off-road drive in an ATV vehicle and get in touch with the Dominican countryside and local daily life. Try out the 8 different ACCT-certified zip lines with a total of more than 7,900 feet of double, galvanized steel cable. Don't worry if you've never tried it before. Unlike other zip line parks, you won't be required to do an active breaking. Head out on a relaxing horseback ride customized to your riding skills and experience. Beginners and children will receive full basic riding instructions. Take in the breathtaking views of the natural surroundings as you ride. Don't miss out on an extra 9th zip line where the only way to finish is to take the plunge into a swimming pool. Enjoy a well-earned rum 'n coke drink at the pool bar nearby. If adrenaline isn't your thing, go on a tour through the park's lush tropical garden to learn about the plants and fruits growing onsite. Meet some of the rescued animals the park cares for. Also included is a delicious, home-cooked Dominican lunch, consisting of rice, beans, chicken or beef, fried sweet potatoes and yucca, vegetables, tropical fruits, and more. After a full day of adventure, get transported back to your resort around 5:00 pm.

Puerto Plata: Horseback Riding on the Beach

6. Puerto Plata: Horseback Riding on the Beach

Embrace your inner cowboy with this horseriding activity in Puerto Plata. After getting picked up at your hotel, head to the ranch. If you haven't ridden a horse before, a riding lesson will be included. Then embark on a ride with healthy horses, helpful guides, and amazing views.  Awaken your spirit while you ride along an unspoiled, palm tree-lined beach on horseback. With soft sand and crystal-clear waters, this paradise feels a million miles away from the resorts and the bustle of the city.  The ride is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike and is also ideal for families and smaller children who can ride together with a guide.

Ride N Zip Adventure in Puerto Plata

7. Ride N Zip Adventure in Puerto Plata

After hotel pickup, it's just about a 15-minute drive in an air-conditioned van to travel from town to the Country World Ranch. After the meet and greet at the Country House Bar, you will get equipped for the ziplines. Also, a bottle of fresh drinking water will be attached to your harness to make sure you stay well hydrated during this adventure. After the safety briefing, it's time to feel the adrenaline on the 8 ACCT certified zip lines, with a total of more than 7,900 feet of galvanized, steel cable. The longest ride is 2,460 feet. No experience is required. Contrary to many other zip line parks you are not involved in any active braking, like using gloves for stopping. Between the lines, there are some walking distances. You determine your own speed and instructors will move at your pace.  Feel free to try the local fruits in season fresh from the tree. A natural juice will also be prepared to boost you with fresh energy. On a relaxing countryside horseback ride you can enjoy some breathtaking views. The horses are well-trained, fed and in the best of health. The horseback ride included in this package is meant to be for beginners and children as well. Sufficient time will be taken to provide full, basic riding instructions. With beginners and children, you will not gallop with the horses, if not requested otherwise. Depending on riding skills and experience, the right horse will be found for everybody. Now it's time for a delicious home-cooked lunch, before taking a walk through a tropical garden. The group will head back to the hotels or cruise port in the early afternoon.

Sosua: Beach Day and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

8. Sosua: Beach Day and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Sosua Beach in Puerto Plata, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Begin your day with a SUP paddleboarding session. Learn everything you need to know about safety and techniques from your knowledgable guide and put on the necessary gear before heading out onto the water. Then, enjoy a fun and relaxing activity which is suitable for the whole family, starting from 8 years old. After the paddleboarding tour, lie back and relax under a parasol on a sunbed reserved especially for you. Take a dip in the bay's crystal clear waters, sunbathe, or take a stroll along the 1-kilometer stretch of sand to enjoy the area's beautiful scenery. You can also pay a visit to the beach's many shops, bars, and restaurants. 

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata

An incredibly great excursion that you have to have done! The pick-up at our hotel worked great, when we arrived at the ranch we were warmly welcomed by the owner. There were lockers ($2-3) and a briefing on the daily routine. Then the harnesses and the helmet were put on and off we went to the ziplines, which was great fun! Afterwards, peaceful horses were ridden through the countryside and a delicious lunch followed. This was followed by a 15 minute transfer to the falls followed by a 40 minute climb (strenuous but doable). Here you could jump, slide or climb down a ladder in 5 places - the cold water came just right! Just super beautiful!

ZipLine: great, nice, friendly support Riding: The lovely little horses know the way. Very good even for the inexperienced. Lunch: delicious, very good crispy chicken schnitzel and various side dishes. More than enough. Waterfalls: 30 minute walk well worth it. Definitely place to book the photographer! Due to Corona, we had a mega private guided tour for two.

Everything was perfect, the pickup was on time, the shows lived up to our expectations, the lunch was very good, also a very nice day with the family.

Place is lovely. Shows are good. Very family friendly. Shuttle location and time was not clear so we did not get there when it first opened.

Flying the zip lines and jumping down the falls was a great experience