Let’s face it: kids get bored, even on vacation. So, while we adults may long for afternoons filled with poolside cocktails and reading books on the beach, it’s important to spice up your trip to Punta Cana with some high-energy, kid-friendly activities.

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Here’s some fun attractions that not only will keep your kids moving but also expose them to the natural beauty and friendly culture of the Dominican Republic:

 

1. Macao Surf Camp

The kids club at your hotel may have programs that teach arts and crafts, but if you want your children to come home with a new skill they can really brag to their friends about, sign them up for a lesson at the Macao Surf Camp. Two-hour beginner surf lessons get participants standing up on a soft surfboard and riding the waves off Macao Beach. Visit Macao Surf Camp

2. Bavaro Runners Zip Line Adventures

Punta Cana is home to the longest zipline in the Dominican Republic, and the Bavaro Runners half-day tour will get you soaring through the sky from one elevated platform to another — 16 in all. You’ll zip more than 2,600 feet high between two mountain ranges, above a tropical rain forest, and over Anamuya Lake. Visit Bavaro Runners Zip Line Adventures

3. Manati Park Bavaro

Manati Park Bavaro
Manati Park has dozens of zoological exhibits devoted to local wildlife in a tropical garden setting, plus a dolphin-encounter program and horse, parrot, and sea-lion shows. Dancers perform at a recreated Taino village, and there are plenty of (harmless) snakes and other creatures to hold and pet. The little ones will love it. Visit Manati Park Bavaro

4. Marinarium Excursions

Marinarium runs some of the most highly rated ocean excursions in the Punta Cana area. Kids of any age will enjoy their half-day snorkeling cruise, which includes the opportunity to swim with nurse sharks and stingrays, while the Sunny Days catamaran excursion features a stop to play on the world’s largest inflatable water slide. Visit Marinarium Excursions

5. Dolphin Island

A half-day sail from Punta Cana takes you to an open-ocean dolphin habitat where you can get in the water and play with your favorite marine mammals. You may also see sea lions and swim with manta rays and (harmless) nurse sharks. Visit Dolphin Island

6. Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

Part of the PUNTACANA resort — home to Inspirato’s Casa Cana villa — the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park has trails leading to a dozen lagoons dotting the 1,500-acre property. The park provides a sanctuary for the protected Ridgway Hawk and dozens of other bird species, and an interpretive trail leads through thick jungle and includes information on the natural and cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic. An iguana habitat and petting zoo add to the fun. Visit Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

7. Xtreme Dune Buggy

Hop into a dune buggy for a half- or full-day excursion through the Dominican countryside, passing through plantations with stops for local coffee and to drive along the beach. The full-day trip goes all the way to Laguna Limon and includes lunch and a short canoe trip to the beach. Visit Xtreme Dune Buggy

8. Outback Jungle Safari

Swap your dune buggy for a big, open-sided safari truck for this has-it-all guided tour, which features stops to play with exotic animals, boogie-boarding, visiting at an authentic Dominican home, and educational tours of chocolate and fruit plantations. Visit Outback Jungle Safari

9. Monster Truck Safari

This outfit’s zebra-striped tour truck is more than meets the eye: not only does the Monster Truck Safari vehicle look mean enough to crush lesser autos, this baby is a swimmer, too. Your trip will include several plunges into local rivers as well as rumbling through sugar-cane fields, swimming, shopping, and a visit with local schoolchildren whose education is supported, in part, by the tour company. Visit Monster Truck Safari

10. Fun Fun Cave

Fun Fun Cave

Bats, rappelling, and an underwater river are all part of the fun at Fun Fun Cave, which also includes a little hiking and horseback riding for a memorable day spend exploring one of the Dominican Republic’s largest natural caves. Good for older teens. Visit Fun Fun Cave

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