Fun for Kids
Take a look under the sea at life in an octopus garden. Children from six years old can learn how to snorkel and enjoy one of the many snorkeling spots on the island. Children ten and above can do PADI junior open water diver course and become certified SCUBA divers. The children need a swimming certificate and a parent who’s joining them.
Rhino Safari Excursions
A wonderful guided trip across the calm waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, out through the French bridge, past calm bays and on to Creole Rock in the St. Martin Nature Reserve for a super snorkeling experience. Rhino Safari Excursions provides a fun family outing on inflatable boats. Children from around three upwards, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy the trip. There is a minimum age of 18 to be able to drive your own boat. No babies please.
Settled in a blooming garden of hibiscus and palm trees on the water front, Carousel is a living art form, a sixteen-sided architecture with cerulean blue ceramic tiles.
And yet, it is a wonderland for kids: First, because of the carousel, that has a special passage for the handicapped, so they may also enjoy it.
Then of course, comes the ice cream: A rainbow of creamy Italian gelatos and sorbets, beautiful to see and taste, made daily with all fresh fruits and natural ingredients: It’s irresistible, not only for kids!
And their latest addition is a great indoor playground fully furnished with soft floors, including a bouncy castle, a trampoline and a lot of toys.
On the island is one cinema. It’s perfect for in the evening or on a bad weather day. There are special children tickets for children 2-10 years old.
Baby beach is Galion Beach on the French Side. The reason that Galion is so great for little kids and babies is that it is super shallow and calm. You could walk out about 400 feet and still be only chest deep in water. The water is warm and clear and the chairs are super close to the water. There is a restaurant on the beach called Tropical Wave and they have chairs and umbrellas for rent. They also have kayaks to rent, a pedal boat, and more. Outside of the reef, tough, it is surfer turf with the Windy Reef and Quicksilver Surf School teaching kids and adults alike the art of hanging ten and windsurfing.
The St. Maarten Zoo is located on Arch Road, a short drive by car or taxi from Philipsburg.
The zoo currently exhibits a wide variety of animals, including monkeys and other species of mammal and many types of birds including macaws, parrots and toucans.
The zoo has a reptile house and a bat house, as well as a petting zoo area and a large aviary that guests may enter.
There is also a playground for children and there are special prices for children.
Swim with Dolphins
Just 20 minutes crossing by ferry from St. Maarten.
Whether you choose our Dolphin Swim or our Dolphin Encounter program; you will be moved by these incredible marine animals.
Dolphins are sweet and intelligent and they know how to share their joy and charisma with our visitors; they will show you how to have fun in the water!
Dolphin Discovery St. Maarten is an experience that captivates our visitors and creates friendships and memories that last forever.
Enjoy the unforgettable experience of playing with a lovely dolphin and kissing and hugging. It’s a program for all ages.
Tri-Sport introduces the wonders of sport (kayaking, hiking, biking, swimming, running and cycling). On the tour side, we run ecologically-friendly tours that get people out and moving – kayaking, bicycling, hiking, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. All of our tours start with a brief introduction to the sport, so even a complete newbie can come and have fun.
From youngsters to adults and beginners to experts, you can get the thrill of motor sports in a safe and friendly environment.
Sea Side Nature (Cay Bay)
Seaside Nature Park is a unique place on the small island of St. Maarten. 30 acres of unspoiled nature awaits you, a stone’s throw away from the high density development that characterizes St. Maarten. Surrounded on one side by the storage facilities for oil and water and a development project on the other side, the rustique facilities of the park will make you forget it all! Part of the children’s attraction is the small playground. Seesaw, glide, playhouse, monkey-ropes, sandbox and balance walker are there at your child’s disposal.
Wheels are a necessity on St. Maarten since it's such a large island, but worrying about anything more than the vehicle in front of you and the scenery around you lessens the experience. So here, with our cool jeep safari, you will have a chance to enjoy yourself while your lead jeep makes all the decisions of where, what and when. You make great stops at the highlights on the island.
Sunset beach is the beach you see on all those YouTube videos is . A smallish but busy beach at the end of the Princess Juliana International Airport runway, where people can relax and photograph the planes coming in to land right overhead. It’s very cool to see the airplanes landing so close. With children it’s wisely to take a little bit of a distance, for example you can sit by sunset and drink or eat something while watching the airplanes.
Towering high over the quaint town of Marigot, Fort Louis offers a spectacular view of Marigot Bay and Anguilla Island. The climb to the fort is steep, up a small paved road, as well as about 100 steps. Bring water and take it easy in the heat. Built in 1789, the fort’s main purpose was to protect the port of Marigot. Not much remains of the original fort; you’ll find a couple of old cannons and a small stone structure proudly flying the French flag. The ruins’ nooks and crannies are fun for children to explore, and to perhaps play a rousing game of pirates and soldiers.
Feed the Donkeys
It isn’t probably the first time you see donkeys, but it really never gets boring for little one and these donkeys are super friendly. They are located in Cul de Sac. So, you drive as if you are going to Cul de Sac to get the ferry to Pinel, except you take a left as if going to Anse Marcel and then an immediate right, after the school. This takes you down a bendy road and at the top of the hill there are all these donkeys and often horses too. There is something about the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea that makes it super special.