The majority of family holidays are quite naturally focused around the beach and associated water activities, however, family excursions are always favoured to add interest and fun to the family holiday. The Murcia area has an extensive choice to offer all families, accommodating the different interests of different ages. Here you will find a list of the most popular activities offered in the area:
Terra Natura is a great choice as it is an animal park, water park, and pony riding centre all rolled into one. The animal park has more than 50 different species of animals, housed in an assimilation of their natural habitat; here you can study lions and leopards, bears and buffaloes, giraffes and antelopes, monkeys and apes, hippos and rhinos, amongst other examples that you may have not seen before. Areas have been set aside for snakes, amphibians and birds, including a falconry display. Also guided tours, ‘night safaris’ and sea lion shows are offered.
The water park has slides, toboggans, river rides, a black hole, a kamikaze, and a selection of pools to suit all ages. Sunbeds are provided. Around the different zones of the park you will find an ample amount of bars, cafés and restaurants, making Terra Natura a great day out for all the family.
- Where: Espinardo, 10 minutes north of Murcia city.
- When: April to September, 10am to 7pm.
For prices, online tickets, directions and more information go to the Terra Natura
Tentegorra Aventura, Parque Rafael de la Cerda
Tentegorra Aventura is set amongst the natural beauty of the Rafael de la Cerda Nature Park, and has been a favourite of locals and tourist alike for the last 60 years.
The adventure park has various areas hosting different activities that cater for the whole family.
Here you will find 2 kilometres of suspended multi-adventure networks of varying difficulties, some up to 11 meters high in the treetops, with a myriad of challenges to overcome, such as the giant zip line.
In another area, a 300 square meter ice rink has been installed that will hold over 60 people, and is suitable for all ages. The rink is made of an artificial material that has the look and feel of ice, allowing it to remain open all year.
A state of the art laser paint-ball course has been set up where opposing forces are firing harmless lasers instead of hard paint-balls, that can cause injury and require bulky safety masks. The trained monitors will read-off the results of the ‘battle’ that is recorded on each individuals equipment.
Tentegorra also boasts one of the largest natural labyrinths in Europe, where you can choose one of the 12 entrances that will determine the difficulty to finding the exit.
Also on offer are:
- 5 swimming pools, rated for different ages.
- Water slides.
- A bar area.
- Sports tracks.
- Children’s activities area.
- Changing rooms.
Where: Tentegorra, 15 minutes drive to the west of Cartagena.
When: All year, every day from 11am. Closed 24th & 25th December.
For more information telephone: 0034 689 250 179
Website: Tentegorra Aventura
Museo de la Ciencia y el Agua, Murcia
The museum of science and water, in Murcia, has developed a popular, interactive and fun approach to learning, that will appeal to adults and children alike. The museum is divided into four halls, each with its own theme.
This hall is for displaying contemporary scientific subjects and is regularly updated with new exhibits that could be on new technologies or new advances on existing sciences, as well as different ways of explaining or demonstrating a subject.
Water is one of the chemicals that we all know and use in our daily lives, as well as being essential for sustaining all life forms.
The water hall allows us to investigate the importance of water, as applied in scientific practices, but in a fun and engaging way.
There are over 40 interactive components, including aquariums and terrariums to demonstrate the capabilities of water in four categories:
- Water and Science
- Water and Life
- Water and Geography
- Water and its Uses
Discover and Imagine Hall
This hall aims to engage the younger members of the family, targeting the 3 to 7 age group, encouraging the children to discover, using the senses to learn in an enjoyable interaction with the displays.
Monitors are at hand to assist the youngsters to observe and learn about the living world and its characteristics.
The Planetarium has a multimedia system with a full dome digital projector. Some educational videos are projected, as well as a simulated realistic night sky, as seen from the Earth and other planets.
The sessions are always guided by a qualified monitor and you are invited to participate. The sessions are adapted to the characteristics and interests of the public, with real-time projection of different videos and animations, to help illustrate various astronomical phenomena.
Where: Plaza de la Ciencia, Murcia city.
1st September until 15th June, Tuesday to Saturday:
10 am to 2 pm and 4.30 pm to 7 pm.
16th June until 31st August -10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.
Sundays and fiestas closed.
Tel: 0034 968 211 998.
Website: Ciencia y Agua
CIMAR Aquarium, Águilas
Located on the shores of the Costa Cálida, in Águilas, the CIMAR Aquarium offers visitors an opportunity to understand and enjoy the natural and cultural marine heritage of Águilas
The objective of this centre is to offer a panoramic overview of the important maritime heritage of this part of Murcia, promoting commitment to protect its future with regards to landscapes, biodiversity, trades, traditions, all requiring greater knowledge and respect on the part of society.
The CIMAR Aquarium building is not difficult to locate as it is a modern building, painted an intense blue colour, and is crowned by an actual fishing trawler, the Jose and Josefa, that was donated to this ‘museum of the sea’ by a family of fishermen, the “Gómez León” family.
The Interpretation Centre consists of 3 spaces:
- The museum area
The museum covers an area of 400 m2, that includes the interior of the “José y Josefa”, which was once a working fishing trawler of more than 20 meters in length. Here we find displays that relate the histories of the maritime heritage.
- The aquarium building
The aquarium contains a large tank filled with 30,000 litres of sea water, which houses many species, 3 tanks of 3,000 litres each, also contain Mediterranean species, as well as other 9 other aquariums of just over 500 litres with species of animals and plants from the rest of the world’s seas and oceans.
- La Casa del Pescador
The ‘home of the fisherman’ is an area that, with a marked ethnological character, recreates a typical fishermen’s home, set in the 1950’s, in which the visitor will not be only able to see the homes of the fishermen of the time, but also the way of life and the utensils used by these families in their daily lives.
- Winter, 16th September and 14th June
Tuesdays-Sundays and public holidays 10.00 to 13.00 and 17.00 to 19.00.
Closed on Mondays except for public holidays and long weekends.
- Summer, 15th June to 15th September:
Closed on Mondays during April, May, June and September
From Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays; 11.00 to 14.00 and 18.00 to 20.00.
Where: Águiles, Murcia
Guided visits for groups:
Reservations on 968 493647 and 670 307818.
Admission free of charge.