Curacao is a fun-filled island in the Dutch Caribbean with attractions that the whole family can enjoy whether you're looking for theme parks, beaches, or museums. The island is a tropical paradise for everyone who visits, and that includes families with children.

    Quite a few beaches along the island's shores are friendly and have waters calm enough for kids to swim in, but you'll also find speciality attractions created just for children. Take a look at the 10 best family things to do in Curacao.

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    Children’s Museum Curacao

    Visit a museum where kids can play and learn

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    Children's Museum Curacao is home to a variety of exhibits designed for kids ages 1 to 10 that not only foster learning but children's creativity as well. Inside the museum, your little ones can build structures and create art amongst the more hands-on activities.

    When you visit this museum with your family, you'll find quite a few adult attractions as well that can help you have fun alongside your kids and support your inner child. You can find this museum in Rooi Catochi on the west side of Willemstad.

    Location: Rooi Catootje 1, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm (closed Monday–Tuesday)

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    Christoffel National Park

    Explore the local nature

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    Christoffel National Park is a stunning area that's home to hundreds of plant species and native animals you can see while traversing well-kept trails amongst vibrant greenery. Around 450 different species of plants can be found here along with the rare Curacao white-tailed deer.

    Traversing this park is easy. With so much space to explore, you and the family can take the trip on foot or drive along the scenic roads. Biking is also quite popular in this park. You can explore it all on the northern side of the island marked by the towering peak.

    Location: Plantation House Savonet, Weg Naar Westpunt, Curaçao

    Phone: +599 9 864 0363

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    Hakuna Matata Curacao Boat Trips

    Go for a cruise

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    Hakuna Matata Curacao Boat Trips are a great way for you and your kids to explore the waters with a friendly guide, fresh food, and even a slide onboard. You'll find plenty of room to relax while your kids explore the deck and make use of the small slide.

    Food will be provided, and it often consists of kid-friendly snacks like pizza, burgers, and ice cream. The tour will take you to some of the best beaches on the island with swimming conditions safe enough for kids. Tours set out from southern Willemstad near Spaanse Water.

    Location: Caracasbaaiweg, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +599 9 524 4459

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    Curacao Sea Aquarium

    Visit an open-water aquarium

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    Curacao Sea Aquarium is an open-water aquarium where you and your family can see a variety of marine life and embark on a guided snorkel experience. The open-water system used here means that water is continuously pumped into the aquarium to create a unique environment suitable for keeping the local coral reef healthy.

    A wide variety of animals make their home here including flamingos and lobsters, both of which can be fed by the kids. You'll also find dolphin and sea lion presentations. The snorkel experience lets you and your family get even closer. This aquarium is located southeast of Mambo Beach in southern Willemstad.

    Location: Z/N Bapor Kibrá, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +599 9 461 6666

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    Tugboat Beach

    Go snorkelling around a shipwreck

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    Tugboat Beach is best known for its snorkelling opportunities where you'll find a shipwreck along with tropical fish to explore under the water's surface. The shipwreck is of an old tugboat, hence the name of the beach, and access to snorkelling is easy because the beach doesn't have much to offer in terms of sand and surf.

    While you and your family look under the waves, you'll find a variety of colourful tropical fish alongside the shipwreck as well as some impressive corals. It's easily accessible near Caracas Bay south of Willemstad.

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    Curacao Maritime Museum

    See seafaring artefacts

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    The Curacao Maritime Museum is home to a massive collection of old seafaring artefacts from the area with a focus on the island's maritime history. When you and your family visit, you'll find some artefacts dating back up to 5 centuries when European invaders first arrived.

    Amongst the collection here, you'll find models of old vessels along with documents, charts, and photos from times long past. Keep in mind that much of the history here involves the Caribbean slave trade, so it may not be appropriate for particularly young kids. You'll find this museum in southern Willemstad across the river from Otrobanda.

    Location: 1 N. van Den Brandhofstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Wednesday and Saturday from 9.30 am to 4 pm (closed Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday)

    Phone: +599 9 465 2327

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    Curacao Ostrich Farm

    Meet massive birds

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    The Curacao Ostrich Farm is home to a friendly population of ostriches and emus that you and your family can interact with directly while learning about them in the process. You can take a ride on a safari lorry around the farm to check out these birds up close and even get the opportunity to touch and feed them.

    You'll find that these birds are notably friendly, so you can let your kids pet and feed them with peace of mind. A guide will be with you throughout the experience, so all you have to do is follow their instructions. The farm is located west of Sint Joris Bay, which is a few miles east of Willemstad.

    Location: Weg Naar groot St. Joris z/n Willemstad, Curacao, Curaçao

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +599 9 747 2777

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    Kidi’s Park Curacao

    Let your kids play at an indoor theme park

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    Kidi's Park Curacao is a miniature theme park designed for kids where they'll find all sorts of play equipment including slides, climbing obstacles, and ball pits. With nearly 6,500 square feet of space, this facility has room for every kid in your family to run around and enjoy the indoor playground.

    Keep in mind that this play place is designed specifically for younger kids from toddlers up to age 8, so if your kids are older, this may not be the best destination. You can get here by heading north from Wishi on the west side of Willemstad.

    Location: Veeris 27, Unit L-67 - L-69 , Sambil Curacao, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +599 9 735 0050

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    Amazonia Curacao

    Immerse yourself in a jungle experience

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    Amazonia Curacao is a theme park based around a man-made rainforest garden that offers fun for the whole family including tours showcasing exotic animals and history. Some of the animals here include pythons, monkeys, iguanas, and boas. Two different tours are available, with one tour letting you get close to the animals.

    The architecture at this theme park is designed to make you feel as if you've travelled to a faraway world. While seemingly fantastical, it showcases ancient Amazonian history in a fascinating and immersive way. See it for yourself in Santa Catharina in eastern Willemstad.

    Location: 66 Weg Naar Santa Catharina, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Phone: +599 9 528 0494

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    Substation Curacao

    Discover the depths

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    Substation Curacao is a deepwater submarine adventure that lets you and your family venture underwater to view the Caribbean from an entirely new perspective. The sub is designed for 5 people, so that may just be enough for your family.

    Each sub comes equipped with the latest technology and safety protocols, so you can embark on your journey with peace of mind. On the tour, you'll be able to see a variety of marine life with guides telling you fascinating information about the creatures you see. You can set off on this adventure near Mambo Beach on Willemstad's southern coast.

    Location: z/n Bapor Kibrá, Willemstad, Curaçao

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 8 am to 3.30 pm (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +599 9 465 2051

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