La Fortuna is a popular area to visit with kids. We loved it! Choose
from thrilling activities such as ziplining, horseback riding or
exploring the Venado Caves. Or sit back and relax in one of the natural
hot springs! You can easily book tours in town once you
arrive. Most tours will provide transportation from your hotel if you
don't have a rental car. Many tours have a discounted price for children
Best Zip Lining and Canopy Tours For Kids
Costa Rica is known for its ziplining. It is an excellent family friendly activity where you get to zip through the rainforest and soak up the beauty of the area. La Fortuna has several reputable companies offering safe and fun ziplines for the daredevils and the scaredy cats (that includes the parents!). So grab a helmut strap yourselves in and swing from the treetops!
offers 12 cables up to 500 meters long. This is one of the best zip
lining options for kids as after your thrilling adventure you can enjoy
the day at Los Lagos hotel. There is a butterfly garden, crocodile
ponds, frog farms and ant farms. There are also several water slides and
lots of pools and hot springs. We did the zip lining here and had a
great time. The staff was very friendly and the kids loved the water
slides and pools. I laughed really hard watching my tough teenage son
have a mini freak out when a butterfly landed on him in the butterfly
gardens. Wish I had that on video!
Ecoglide has 15
cables to zip across with lengths up to 430 feet. It is one of the
newest adventure parks and is built with 2 separate cables for safety.
There is a Tarzan swing where you can swing freely through the air.
Ages 4 and up.
Sky Adventures starts with a ride up in the sky tram. Then there are 8 cables to cross with a maximum length of 750 meters. These are some of the longest in Costa Rica. This is a great
canopy tour for teenagers! There is also a night canopy tour where you
maybe able to catch a glimpse of the volcano erupting! Ages 8 and up.
Montana De Fuego
offers a combination ziplining tour, rappel and horseback riding. The
views are amazing of the beautiful countryside and rain forest. There
are 9 cables to zip across. The rappel is down a 45 meter cliff beside a
nearby stream. My family did this tour and had a great time (though we
preferred the ziplining at Los Canones). The rappel was a fun adventure-
a bit nerve racking but we all completed it, including my 9 year old
daughter. The horse back riding was a quick stroll through the forests.
This is a good combo tour if you only have a short time in the Arenal
Mundo Aventura canopy tour starts with a cart
ride or horseback ride. This is followed by a 30 minute nature hike to
the first cable. There are 10 cables ranging from 200 meters to 800
meters. There is a discount for kids.
A visit to one of the hot springs is another one of the fun things to do in La Fortuna with kids. After a long day of hiking there is no better way to relax together.
Baldi hot springs
is a great option for families with kids. It does have a bit of a party
atmosphere and the pools are all man made, but my kids loved this
place! There are three crazy water slides (best for older kids and
teenagers) that land in a hot pool. There are lots of man made hot
springs of various temperatures, some with music, some with swim up
bars, and at the top there are some quiet peaceful springs with mosaic
beds. You can book the hot springs with a meal at the buffet restaurant
as well. We booked with the buffet and it was the typical resort buffet
(not that good-but we didn't starve).
is the smallest of the La Fortuna hot springs. It has four pools of
varying temperatures and one with a waterfall. These are natural pools
and the gardens are beautiful. Entrance is limited to a 100 people at a
time to allow for more privacy. Dinner is available as an add on. These
hot springs are highly recommended.
Tabacon is one of
the pricier hot springs in the area. It offers several natural springs
and waterfalls of varying temperatures. There are hot pools and cool
pools in a beautiful natural setting. There are also natural streams
with hot water to relax in. The kids will enjoy the water slide! This
place is very peaceful and relaxing. You can add a buffet dinner to your
The Springs offers day passes to use their
hot springs. There are 18 different pools of varying temperatures as
well as 2 water slides set in beautiful gardens. Don't miss out on the
infinity pool overlooking the volcano. There is also an animal sanctuary
here. Your children will love seeing the rescued animals.
More Fun La Fortuna Attractions For Families
Trying to catch a glimpse of Arenal Volcano is one of the
interesting things to do in La Fortuna with kids. This is one of the ten
most active volcanoes in the world. If it has been rainy the volcano
may be covered in clouds. Once the sun starts shining you will hopefully
see the top! If you are really lucky you may be able to see the lava
flowing at night. There are tours available where you can hike on the
old lava flow. This is one of the unique things to do in La Fortuna!
are located nearby. Explore the caves and check out the bats, spiders,
frogs, and bugs that live inside. You will get wet and dirty on this
tour as your crawl around the caves.
Hanging Bridges is one of the top Arenal attractions for kids. There are 3 kms of
trails through the rain forest where you can explore the beauty of Costa
Rica. There are several bridges to cross on your visit and you will
have great views of Arenal Volcano and a waterfall. You can walk the
trails independently, hire a guide at the entrance or join a birding
tour in the early mornings.
La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the most beautiful sights in
the Arenal area. There are several souvenir shops (great prices here!)
and stores selling ice cream, drinks and snacks. There are lots of
stairs that lead the way down to the waterfall with a couple of viewing
platforms along the way. The waterfalls are stunning and you can swim at
the bottom (just keep everyone far from the actual falls). The hike
back up the stairs is rather strenuous but worth it! It would be
difficult to climb with toddlers and small children. Older kids and
teenagers will have no problem. You can also do a horseback riding tour
to the falls.
Volunteer at Proyecto Asis with the kids.
This wildlife refuge center offers both short term (for the day) or long
term volunteer opportunities. You can help out with the care and
feeding of the animals that are rescued and brought here such as spider
monkeys, sloths and raccoons. The program is also educational and your
family will learn all about the rain forest and wildlife of Costa Rica.
They also offer a homestay program where you can stay with a local
family. This is great for kids of all ages.
Take a ride on the Sky Tram
up through the rainforest. The ride takes about 20 minutes each way and
is suitable for all ages. You will have great views of the volcano and
lake. At the top there are some nature trails. There is also a butterfly
Go on a night hike in the rain forest in El
Silencio nature reserve. Learn all about the night life in the jungle.
Plenty of the wildlife is nocturnal so your kids will love seeing the
glowing eyes coming from the forest and hearing the noisy critters.
Horseback riding is one of the fun things to do in La Fortuna
with kids. You can ride the horses to La Fortuna waterfalls. We did this
tour and it was lots of fun. We rode for an hour through the
countryside, through small creeks, in the rainforest and through some
local neighborhoods. We then spent an hour cooling off in the pools from
the waterfalls. After we rode back to the stables. It took about an
hour each way. My kids loved it so much we arranged to horseback ride
the next day too. We booked through a tour operator in town.
is a biological reserve near La Fortuna. This is one of the best ways
to see wildlife in this area. You might see the two or three toed
sloths, red eyed frogs, Jesus Christ lizards and alligators. There are
lots of colorful birds to see here too. There is a butterfly farm where
the kids can learn about their life cycle. One of the best things to do
in La Fortuna with toddlers and children of all ages.
Head to the town of La Fortuna
for great souvenir shopping and for a meal. There are lots of great
restaurants to choose from including local Costa Rican food, steaks,
pizza and there is a Burger King. There is a bakery selling fresh baked
goods near the National Bank. Across from the bakery is an open air
restaurant (very cheap) serving delicious fried chicken, fajitas, nachos
and burgers. There is also a pretty park you can stroll through in the
center of town with park benches, flowers and paths.
Teenage girls (and their moms!) will love a visit to one of the local spas
in town. There are several to choose from and they are quite cheap. You
can get massages, pedicures, manicures, facials and even volcanic mud
Head to the Toro river or Sarapiqui river for a thrilling whitewater rafting
tour. The Toro rapids are class III-IV and are best for teenagers (13
and up). The rafting on the Sarapiqui River is Class II-III and is
available for ages 9 and up. We did the rafting on the Sarapiqui river
and loved it! Great fun for the kids.
Enjoy a boat ride
with the kids at the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve. You will have a great
time spotting the sloths, monkeys, toucans, iguanas and more! This
relaxing boat ride is a great way to see the wildlife. Stop at Las
Iguanas restaurant on the way and see the hundreds of iguanas hanging
out on the tree.
Don't miss out on tasting the delicious
Costa Rican food.
Gallo Pinto is a delicious rice and bean dish served for breakfast.
Fried plantain are sure to be a hit with the kids. Fresh fruit such as
pineapple, melon and papaya are a sweet treat.
Rappeling or canyoneering is one of the adventurous La Fortuna activities for
teenagers. You can rappel down a series of waterfalls in the area. Your
guides will train you on how to descend and on the use of the safety
equipment. Recommended for ages 13 and up. This is one of the most
adventurous things to do in La Fortuna.
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