The 19 best Punta Cana family activities in 2023 – things to do in Punta Cana with kids and teens | Punta Cana Travel Blog


Punta Cana is perfect for a family vacation, thanks to its various all-inclusive resorts, amazing water parks and a short flight time from most destinations. But what are the things to do in Punta Cana with kids when traveling? The selection of Punta Canas’ family activities might be overwhelming, especially when looking for some affordable and sustainable excursions. That’s why I have created a comprehensive and hand-selected list of the best things to do in Punta Cana with your family. Besides including both types of family activities – guided excursions and DIY adventures – and adding recommended ages for kids and teens activities, I have also taken into consideration some sustainable criteria and therefore have excluded family excursions where animals are kept in captivity. Therefore, this list marks the most updated and comprehensive summary of the best things to do with kids in Punta Cana 2023. 

This article is about the best things to do in Punta Cana with kids.
If you’d like to get more inspiration on what to explore in Punta Cana, check out the most exciting things to do in Punta Cana and the best day-trips from Punta Cana.
Are you interested in further Punta Cana tours? If so, check out our comprehensive Punta Cana Excursion Guide with the most exciting 40+ activities for your vacation.
If you are still looking for a place to stay in Punta Cana, have a look at the best family all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

COMPLETELY UPDATED: January 2023

General information about Punta Cana activities for families

The 10 best family excursions in Punta Cana with kids

This article is – as you can see from the title – particularly focused on the best things to do in Punta Cana with a family. In this post, we focus on all the kid-friendly activities, things to do in the Dominican Republic with kids and family excursions in Punta Cana. Among those, we chose tours you can simply just book and go, we include easy activities you can do at the beach or in the surrounding (for free) and we also have some great ideas for unique family adventures, DIY-style or with a guide.

Of course, there are also many other tours in Punta Cana that you can do with your kids. In case you don’t find the right thing among the upcoming ideas and proposals, you can also check out the following articles:
the most exciting and best excursions in Punta Cana (for everyone!)
the best things to do in Punta Cana (tours and DIY adventures)
the best free things to do in Punta Cana (for those traveling to Punta Cana on a budget)
the coolest day trips in Punta Cana (particularly if you rent a car in Punta Cana)

In case you don’t want to read so much, you can also check the following tours, which are some of the best Punta Cana excursions for families and guarantee great adventures for your kids and teens.

Is a Punta Cana Family Vacation the right choice?

 Are you wondering if it is the right choice to plan a Punta Cana family vacation? It probably is! While I am planning to publish a full Punta Cana Family Vacation guide soon, here are a few reasons why Punta Cana is the perfect destination when planning a family holiday:

  • it is just a short 3-4 hour flight away from most US east coast destinations
  • there are direct flights to Punta Cana from more than 40 cities in Canada and the US
  • time for airport transfers to all the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana is short (15 to 35 minutes)
  • the Dominican Republic offers the best price-value ratio in the Caribbean
  • a trip to Punta Cana is safe for families
  • there are so many unique things to do in Punta Cana for families (which you will see in this article 😉 )
  • most beaches in Punta Cana (particularly Cap Cana, Cabeza de Toro and Bavaro Beach) are perfect for families as they are wide with perfect sand and shallow ocean
  • there is a huge number of family resorts in Punta Cana
  • Punta Canas’ resorts have some of the largest water parks in the entire Caribbean
  • Punta Cana family vacations are famous among other travelers as well, hence you will meet many likeminded travelers with other kids and teens

Best family resorts in Punta Cana

 Are you planning your Punta Cana family vacation and don’t know where to stay? Don’t worry, Punta Cana has an amazing array of family resorts with so many amenities which make your kids happy, among them a dedicated kids and teens club, playgrounds, water parks, beach cinemas, kids parties, family suites, kids menus and much more.

 You can check out the best family all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana here. For some further information, check out the following hotels for your family trip to Punta Cana:

Animal family activities in Punta Cana

 Covid-19 has also shown us that our world sometimes needs a little break. While I don’t want to proclaim a completely sustainable blog post about Punta Cana excursions for families, I’d like to continue what I am already following for many years: protect our nature and especially our animals.

 That’s why this list of the best things to do in Punta Cana with a family doesn’t include any excursions, where animals live in captivity, are forced to participate in non-typal animal shows or are simply tortured by the number of tourists visiting and touching them every day.

 Therefore, you won’t find the typical animal activities in this list, which are usually featured when talking about what to do when traveling to Punta Cana with your family. All the dolphin shows incl. swimming with a dolphin, the manati park, the stingray and shark Marinarium and the Monkeyland are among these activities. 

 I won’t judge anyone booking these tours, but please think twice before supporting these non-typal animal activities.

Punta Cana things to do for kids and teens

 It is much better to stick with family activities and excursions which show you the real beauty of Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic. Why visiting imported and captured animals if there are so many other things to do in Punta Cana which will make your kids happy (including watching animals in national parks and protected habitats)?

 To give you a better guideline among these Punta Cana activities for families, I have added the recommended age for each excursion in Punta Cana. Most of them are for kids of all ages, which is why I have not separated this post into kids and teen activities in Punta Cana, rather than in land-based and water-based family activities.

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The post-Covid-19 situation in Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic was one of the countries surpassing the Covid-19 pandemic pretty early. Already at the end of 2021, the Dominican Republic lifted ALL restrictions, after traveling already has been possible since 2020.

Therefore, Covid-19 in Punta Cana is not an issue anymore. At the time of writing (January 2023), only 1% of all Covid-19 beds in the country were occupied and only 0.2% of all ventilators were needed by patients. Infections are neglectable low.

However, in case you still want to be super safe from Covid-19, you can check out the following articles:
Traveling to Punta Cana in times of coronavirus – What to expect during the period of Covid-19?
The 10 best Punta Cana excursions with social distancing during Covid-19

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Is Punta Cana safe for families?

 Yes, absolutely. In general, Punta Cana is the safest part of the Dominican Republic. The resorts are super-safe for families and also wandering around on your own outside of Punta Canas’ resorts is no problem if you avoid a few shady areas (such as “El Hoyo” in Bavaro) and the night hours between, let’s say, 11 pm and 5 am. But considering you’re traveling as a family to Punta Cana and are sleeping at night, this won’t be a problem.

 Furthermore, all the things to do with kids in Punta Cana presented in this article are very safe. You’re either with experienced guides or venturing in safe areas where most likely nothing is going to happen. Also for the DIY family activities presented here, you don’t have to worry as long as you practice common precautions (leaving valuables at home, don’t flash jewelry and other expensive things, being cautious when contacted by strangers, etc.).

The best water-based Punta Cana things to do with family

Relax and play at family-friendly Bavaro Beach

 So let’s start with the water-based family activities in Punta Cana because kids simply love the water! Even better, we’ll start with one thing to do in Punta Cana which is absolutely for free: the amazing beach!

 Chances are high that your hotel – especially when booking a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana – is right at the beach. Among all those amazing Punta Cana beaches, Bavaro Beach is one of the most family-friendly options in Punta Cana. Playa Bavaro, as it is called in Spanish, is extremely wide, does only have occasional waves and is pretty gently sloping, which makes Bavaro Beach one of the best beaches for a Punta Cana family vacation. There are tons of sand to build sandcastles, it’s easy to splash around in the ocean and if your kids would like to play soccer or any other sport which requires some space, there is more than enough as the beach is never corwded.

 For further information and the most family-friendly resort at Playa Bavaro, check out this comprehensive article about Bavaro Beach.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: kids will love the beaches in Punta Cana, Bavaro Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches
What is the recommended age for the kids: suitable for all ages, even though kids from 0 to 12 usually enjoy the beach most
Approximate price for this family activity: for free
Further information:
Bavaro Beach – resorts, best spots, activities and public access to Punta Cana’s main beach
The 10 best beaches in Punta Cana

The beautiful Bavaro Beach at TOC Beach Club

Try different water activities at the beach

 Once at the beach, you can also spice up your Punta Cana family vacation a little bit. Several beach activities, suitable for the entire family, are waiting for you.

 If you prefer non-motorized watersports, you shall check with your all-inclusive resort, as most hotels include water activities in Punta Cana with kids, such as kayaks, Hobie-cats or some snorkeling

 If you want a little bit more action, you can have a ride on the banana boat or go parasailing to see Punta Cana up from the air*. Your kids will love the combination of action and water! Those motorized water activities are usually not included, but you can prebook them easily or check out the nearest water sports centers for details.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: when spending time at the beach as a family, those craving for some action will get pleased
What is the recommended age for the kids: non-motorized water activities are recommendable for kids of 3 and older, motorized water sports for 6 and older
Approximate price for this family activity: some activities might be included in your all-inclusive resort
Further information: 16 amazing things to do for free in Punta Cana

The beautiful Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Go diving in Punta Cana

 Diving is not the typical Punta Cana excursion for families, but if you have some water-loving and adventure-focused teens (+ if you are a diver on your own), you might sign up for a test dive in Punta Cana, which could be the beginning of a new love relationship for your kids (as long as they are old enough).

 Even Punta Cana is for sure not a mecca for divers in the Caribbean, there are some interesting spots, especially some wrecks and reefs around Punta Cana and the beautiful underwater world of Isla Catalina and Isla Saona. Particularly the (for most of the dives) easy diving conditions with clear water and non-existent currents make it an ideal area to start diving, in case your kids are interested to learn a new hobby. Furthermore, compared to the animal activities mentioned at the beginning of the article, diving is an excellent thing to do in Punta Cana to see the beautiful underwater world in its natural habitat.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: young people who start diving will love diving for the rest of their life
What is the recommended age for the kids: 12 and older
Approximate price for this family activity: a single dive starts at 60-70 USD per person plus equipment

Take a surf lesson in Macao

 Talking about new activities especially teens will love – if diving doesn’t call their immediate attention, how about surfing? 

 A little town called Macao just a quick ride north of Punta Cana is what can be considered the most popular surfing location in the east of the Dominican Republic. The area is perfect for beginners, as waves are usually always present, but not monstrously high. The ground is always covered with sand, so there are no reefs where you can graze your leg when falling from the board. In other words, Macao Beach is a perfect surfing beach for beginners and would be an ideal terrain to convince your teens of the love of surfing.

Playa Macao is also part of Punta Canas’ most beautiful beaches, so even if you are not surfing, it is worth a trip.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: especially for teens who are quickly getting bored, it is a perfect option to discover a potential new passion during their Punta Cana family vacation
What is the recommended age for the kids: kids are surfing starting from the age of 6-8, but it is most recommended for teens older than 12
Approximate price for this family activity: board rentals start at 10 USD per hour, full surfing lessons incl. equipment and transfers usually start at 99 USD (check out the prices here*)

Beautiful Macao Beach in the northern part of Punta Cana

Book the best-rated family excursion in Punta Cana for snorkeling 

 As mentioned above in this article, we don’t support Punta Cana excursions for families with animals in captivity, such as swimming with the dolphins (or other activities we don’t want to mention here). However, we understand, that your kids love animals and want to see some of them during your Punta Cana family vacation. So how about seeing colorful fishes in their natural habitat while snorkeling?

 There aren’t many reefs in Punta Cana accessible right from the beach, but luckily one of the best-rated family excursions in Punta Cana is this super cool snorkeling trip offered by one of the most trusted tour companies*. It is even a completely kid-friendly thing to do in Punta Cana, as this excursion is particularly focused on families. No booze cruise, no wild music, no excess of alcohol – you and your kids will love this tour. For years this snorkeling excursion gets some of the best ratings in the industry and has a satisfaction rate of more than 97%.

 During this snorkeling excursion, you will head to a reef far away from all the party boats in Punta Cana. The reef is part of a restoration project and has one of the highest fish populations in Punta Cana. They naturally live here and don’t have to be enticed with bread or other techniques like at other snorkeling spots. Usually, there are only very modest waves and currents here, so it is also very safe for your kids to swim here. Obviously, life jackets and the entire snorkeling equipment is provided.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: cruising with a catamaran through the turquoise ocean while exploring the underwater world of Punta Cana is a great adventure for your kids
What is the recommended age for the kids: 3 and older
Approximate price for this family activity: approx. 100 USD (you can see the prices here*)
Further information:
Snorkeling in Punta Cana – the best spots and reefs (+ a secret to tell)
The best Punta Cana catamaran tours – booze cruises, private catamarans, party boats & more

Catamaran tours in Punta Cana to the Natural Swimming Pool

Marvel at Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Cap Cana

 Ok, let’s assume your kids don’t like saltwater that much, they rather prefer sweet water. No problem at all! With Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Punta Cana, we have a must-see place here in Punta Cana, which is fed by the cleanest and clearest underground water you ever can imagine.

 Hoyo Azul is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Punta Cana with kids. It is also called blue lagoon because the water has an incredible turquoise color. It is the perfect setting for stunning family photos. Your kids will love the Hoyo Azul as they can jump into the water, splash around and enjoy the beautiful nature.

 Hoyo Azul is part of Scape Park Punta Cana, which comes with further family activities, such as an adventurous ziplining circuit, several swimming pools and a large cave system to explore. It is one of the tropical theme parks in Punta Cana and is one of the best things to do in Punta Cana with family if you are looking for a day full of fun, diversity, action and entertainment.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: Hoyo Azul is unique and can be combined with the many other things to do for kids Scape Park Punta Cana is offering
What is the recommended age for the kids: possible for all ages, but due to the separate zipline, one of the main attractions at Scape Park, the minimum age is 6 years to fully enjoy the entire theme park
Approximate price for this family activity: 130 USD per adult with discounts for children (check the current promotions here*)
Further information:
Scape Park Cap Cana – a tropical theme park with a zipline and blue lagoon in Punta Cana
Hoyo Azul Punta Cana – the famous blue lagoon

The Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Cap Cana, a crystal-clear freshwater lagoon

Visit a waterfall in the Punta Cana area

 Another Punta Cana activity for families with freshwater is to visit a waterfall in the area. Even there is no waterfall in the immediate area of the all-inclusive resorts, there are plenty of waterfalls you can visit from Punta Cana in under three hours – on an exciting day-trip or a road trip through the Dominican Republic

 If visiting a waterfall is something you consider during your Punta Cana family vacation, I’d recommend you the following options:
– Saltos de Anamuya if you don’t want to hike a lot, just relax in the natural waterfall swimming pools (not recommended on the weekend)
– the waterfall Salto Socoa for a short hike (15 minutes) and plenty of space to splash around in the natural swimming pool (it is a bit more than a two-hour drive though)
Salto de la Jalda for a full-day adventure with older teens who love to hike (6-hour hike)

 If you are interested in visiting a waterfall, check out further information in my Punta Cana waterfall guide.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: explore the beautiful nature Punta Cana has to offer. Kids will love to swim and play in the natural swimming pools.
What is the recommended age for the kids: the recommended age depends on the type of waterfall you visit
Approximate price for this family activity: most waterfalls can be visited for free or for a minimal entrance fee
Further information:
All waterfalls reachable from Punta Cana in under 3 hours
Salto de la Jalda – the highest waterfall in the Caribbean

The waterfall Salto Alto de Bayaguana south of Los Haitises National Park

Choose a family all-inclusive resort with a water park

 Ok, this is not an activity by itself, but considering this will make your kids happy for the entire Punta Cana family vacation, it is a big deal: choosing an all-inclusive resort with a (huge) water park

 It is without question that most kids of all ages love water parks. The water slides are perfect for some action, the water playgrounds make younger kids happier and in general, most children love to romp for the entire day. 

 Even the water parks in Punta Cana might not compete with the biggest Florida theme parks, they are quite impressive. Royalton Punta Cana, Hyatt Ziva, Grand Sirenis, RIU Resort and Now Onyx are some of the hotels with the biggest waterparks in Punta CanaHard Rock Punta Cana also added a water park recently to its property.

 Please note that most all-inclusive resorts don’t allow outside guests, so it is usually not possible to visit the water park just for a day when staying in another hotel.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: kids simply love water parks
What is the recommended age for the kids: from 0 to 18
Approximate price for this family activity: if you stay in a resort with an on-site water park, it is for free
Further information: the best resorts with water parks in Punta Cana

The water park Splash Water World at RIU resorts Punta Cana

Visit Punta Cana’s newest water attraction for families

 One of the newest things to do in Punta Cana with kids and particularly with teens is the Caribbean Lake Park. It is located in Downtown Bavaro and was just inaugurated in 2022. It is a compilation of various attractions which can either be booked separately or as a full-day ticket – similar to other theme parks in Punta Cana. Compared to other parks like Bavaro Adventure Park or La Hacienda Park, Caribbean Lake Park is completely water-based and therefore a perfect addition to this section of the best things to do with a family in the water.

 A Tibetan bridge, a floating circuit, zip lines, a doughnut ride and wakeboarding are just some of the attractions. The biggest draw for sure is the wakeboarding circuit, which is unique in Punta Cana and a great option for teens. There is also a newly-opened restaurant next door with well-elaborated drinks and dishes, which offers perfect views of the Caribbean Lake Park.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: wakeboarding is a unique thing to do for older kids in Punta Cana
What is the recommended age for the kids: 6 and older
Approximate price for this family activity: starting at 20 USD per activity (check prices here*)

The Caribbean Lake Park in Downtown Punta Cana

The best land-based family activities in Punta Cana

Have a blast with a Family Buggy Adventure

 Dune buggy tours in Punta Cana are one of the most popular excursions in Bavaro, thanks to their combination of entertainment and action. While some of these tours are not suitable for children, a family buggy adventure is a perfect option if you are looking for things to do in Punta Cana with kids. 

 This family excursion is operated in adjusted family buggies for up to 5 passengers and takes you to the backcountry of Punta Cana. You’ll pass a lot of farms, ride along dirt roads without any traffic and visit a local village where you can get some impressions from the local life. During the ride, you will get muddy and wet, which keeps the kids entertained.

 The tour operator of this family buggy adventure* pays special attention to buggy maintenance, so it is a perfectly safe Punta Cana family activity. However, please stick to the safety rules of the tour and watch to your left and right when driving.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: action and fun for the entire family while exploring the backcountry of Punta Cana
What is the recommended age for the kids: the minimum age is 3, but I would recommend booking only with children of 6 years and older
Approximate price for this family activity: starting from 45 USD per person (see full prices here*)
Further information: The best dune buggy adventure tours in Punta Cana (tested and hand-picked)

Polaris excursion in Punta Cana - buggy-style

Fly high at a canopy adventure in Punta Cana

 Another fun- and action-filled family activity is ziplining in Punta Cana. Your children will love it when they are flying through the air, see everything from above and feel the adrenaline in their body.

 Punta Cana has several zipline excursions. You have to decide between two options when looking for the perfect Punta Cana excursion for families: a canopy adventure through the tropical jungle of the Dominican Republic or a zipline circuit in a theme park with a unique water splash, where you end your zipline adventure right in the water. Both options are available, you can find the details in my detailed post about ziplining in Punta Cana.

 Ziplining is definitely one of the most exciting things to do in Punta Cana with your family, so make sure you don’t miss it. 

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: ziplining is great fun for kids and adults
What is the recommended age for the kids: kids and teens will love it, but most zipline excursions require a minimum age of 6
Approximate price for this family activity: tours are starting at 70 USD per person (you can compare different prices here*)
Further information: The best ziplines in Punta Cana – your canopy adventure in paradise!

Ziplining at Scape Park Cap Cana, an adventure park in the south of Punta Cana

Learn more at a countryside tour and outback safari

 In case you want to explore Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic in a more relaxed way than ziplining or dune buggy adventures, you can sign up for an educational tour through the countryside. What first sounds like a boring ride with an elderly guide is in reality a pleasant Punta Cana tour with a lot of interesting activities. 

 During this tour suitable for every Punta Cana vacation with kids, you will visit a typical house, see the traditions of the Dominican people and can admire the beautiful countryside of Punta Cana. Furthermore, you can taste a lot of local products you might even not find in your all-inclusive resort: local chocolate, exotic fruits, freshly ground coffee and famous Dominican rum are just some of the delicacies the Dominican Republic has to offer. 

 The tour is usually done in a safari truck, so it is much more than just a tour around the area. That’s why it is also called outback safari or safari adventure. You can smell the different flavors of the Dominican Republic and enjoy the Caribbean breeze the entire day. Especially with younger kids, this thing to do in Punta Cana with kids is a perfect option to see more from the Dominican Republic than just your family all-inclusive resort.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: if you don’t like action and adventure, this is one of the best tours to get to know the Dominican Republic
What is the recommended age for the kids: while teens might get a bit bored, this is a perfect excursion for kids with no minimum age restriction
Approximate price for this family activity: usually ranging between 60 and 90 USD per person with discounts for children available (check prices here*)

Original Dominican coffee

Visit a theme park in the Anamuya Mountains

 Let’s say, you like ziplining, buggy adventures and a countryside safari, but don’t have time to do them all on 3 different days. Here is your solution: La Hacienda Park!

 La Hacienda Park is a Punta Cana theme park in the Anamuya Mountains, approximately 1 hour away from most all-inclusive resorts in the Bavaro area. It features 6 adventures at one, among them the three aforementioned family activities as well as a chair lift, a free fall and a horseback ride. There is also a beautiful river with fresh spring water where you can relax. 

 Even the individual activities are not as extensive as if booking a single excursion (for example, La Hacienda Park counts with 5 cables instead of 12 when booking a full zipline adventure), it offers an unbeatable price-value ratio and guarantees a perfect day in Punta Cana with your kids. 

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: La Hacienda Park combines different family adventures into an affordable package.
What is the recommended age for the kids: It is perfect for older kids and teens. Most activities require a minimum age of 6. 
Approximate price for this family activity: around 100 USD (check the family price here*)

View of the Anamuya Mountains close to Punta Cana

Have a full day of entertainment at Bavaro Adventure Park

 Talking about theme parks, I shouldn’t forget to mention Bavaro Adventure Park. Currently, Bavaro Adventure Park is offering ziplining, a buggy tour, the waterfall pool and a horseback ride through the park. Additional activities might be added in 2023 or 2024. Particularly interesting is the buggy tour as it includes a race track in an abandoned mine and the zipline, which consists of a hanging bridge and 6 cables, where the last one sends you full-speed right into the water – a highlight your kids will never forget.

 Bavaro Adventure Park is located very close to the hotel zone in Punta Cana and Bavaro, so if you are looking for family-friendly things to do in Punta Cana with very short transfer times, this is your tour to book. You can either book individual activities or a full-day access pass.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: Bavaro Adventure Park offers something for every type of traveler (and child)
What is the recommended age for the kids: 6-18, younger kids might be limited at some of the activities
Approximate price for this family activity: individual activities starting at 70 USD, a full-day pass is around 170 USD (see the prices of Bavaro Adventure Park here*)

Zipline Excursion in Punta Cana at Bavaro Adventure Park

Go whale watching in the Bay of Samaná

 Do you remember why I don’t want to support tourist attractions in Punta Cana focusing on animals in captivity? Well, I have explained the reasons in the introduction of this Punta Cana family activity guide. But there is something much better anyway: watching animals from a respectful distance in their natural habitat.

 Exactly that’s what you can do when you are deciding on a whale-watching excursion in Punta Cana as your favorite thing to do with kids in Punta Cana. These huge mammals will definitely impress your kids and create long-lasting memories, making it one of the must things to do on a Punta Cana family vacation.

 The humpback whales are coming to the bay of Samaná (which is around a 1.5-hour drive away from Punta Cana, where you’ll board the whale watching vessel) every year between January and March. In the sheltered waters of the bay, they are giving birth to their babies and feeding them for the first weeks before heading back to the Atlantic Ocean.

  During the Punta Cana whale watching excursion, you will have plenty of opportunities to see the whales, it is more than common that you have at least a dozen sightings or more. If you are lucky, the whales are even going to swim right beside your boat. 

 Whale watching in the Dominican Republic is organized very strictly so that the boats don’t interfere in the natural habitat of the whales. Each boat does need a whale-watching license, needs to keep a minimum distance and a maximum of 3 boats is allowed at each group of whales.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: whale watching is an excursion every child is dreaming about
What is the recommended age for the kids: no age restrictions, even I would recommend it only for all kids and teens from 3 years and up due to occasional bumpy waves and long bus rides
Approximate price for this family activity: for a full-day excursion from Punta Cana, prices start at 180 USD per person (see prices here*). There are even whale watching tours by plane available (book them here)*.
Further information:
Whale watching in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana/Samaná)
The best Punta Cana helicopter tours (incl. air tours and excursions by plane)

Whalewatching in Samaná, one of the top highlights in the Dominican Republic

Explore wildlife at Los Haitises National Park

 Talking about watching animals in their natural habitat, Los Haitises National Park is another Punta Cana family excursion where you can admire the stunning beauty of the Dominican Republic. Los Haitises is still widely inaccessible due to the dense vegetation and is dominated by its dozens of islands and countless gentle hills.

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 When exploring the national park on a Los Haitises excursion, you will embark on a boat that will lead you through the mangroves of the park. You’ll see the enormous Bay of San Lorenzo and visit caves, where you still can find paintings from the native inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, the Taínos. Concerning wildlife, you are usually able to see frigate birds and pelicans as well as various crabs in the mangroves. 

 The national park is a 2.5-hour drive away from Punta Cana which is a little bit far for a day trip. I’d recommend you to either take a couple of (electronic) games into the bus when doing this trip with your children to keep them entertained or visiting Los Haitises National Park as a 2-day trip so that you also have more time to enjoy the unique waterfall swimming pools in the park.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: for a nature-interested family, Los Haitises is one of the highlights in the east of the Dominican Republic
What is the recommended age for the kids: this tour can be done with kids of all ages
Approximate price for this family activity: usually starting at 150 USD per person (see current tour prices here*)
Further information: Los Haitises National Park – a wonderful excursion or road trip from Punta Cana

The beautiful Los Haitises national park, the most popular national park in the Dominican Republic

Take unique photos at Montaña Redonda

 If you don’t want to travel as far as Los Haitises National Park, Montaña Redonda is a unique thing-to-do in Punta Cana with the family not too far away from most family-friendly all-inclusive resorts.

 Montaña Redonda is a mountain with a spectacular 360-degree panorama surrounded by lush vegetation and untouched nature. What your kids will love at Montaña Redonda are the giant swings and cozy hammocks, both being set up right at the edge of the mountain, which allows for fantastic photo opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. This is a very affordable option to allow your kids some unique photos they later can share with their friends.

 You can visit Montaña Redonda either on a guided tour or a road trip. If you decide to go there on your own, you can either walk up (entrance fee approx. 2 USD) on a short but steep path (allow between 30 and 60 minutes to get to the top depending on your fitness level) or take one of the safari trucks (approximately 10 USD) which are waiting at the bottom of Montaña Redonda.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: Montaña Redonda is unique and your kids can use the biggest swings they have ever seen in their life
What is the recommended age for the kids: this is suitable for kids and teens of all ages
Approximate price for this family activity: a guided excursion incl. pick-up in your resort is between 80 and 120 USD (get the current price here*)
Further information: Montaña Redonda in Miches – the instagrammable mountain with spectacular views

Spectacular Montana Redonda between Miches and Punta Cana

Have a family photoshoot

 Alright, this guide includes so many of the best Punta Cana family activities, which will already bring you tons of memories and unique experiences. But why not adding a professional photoshoot to your list of things to do in Punta Cana with the family, as this will offer you a totally different perspective.

 Just imagine those family photos you usually put into your living room, well set with a beautiful frame and in an important position. Instead of doing a shooting in a photo studio at home, why not using the stunning setting of Punta Canas’ most beautiful beaches for a family photoshoot.

 There are a lot of talented photographers in Punta Cana, which will create a unique story for each family and use the tropical backdrop for impressive results.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: it is something different than the typical Punta Cana family excursions, but the results might last forever
What is the recommended age for the kids: possible for all ages
Approximate price for this family activity: usually, private photoshoots start at around 300 USD per session (you can see a list of options here*)

Playa Arena Gorda in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Head to Punta Cana’s newest theme park

Punta Cana’s newest family attraction is Kathmandu Park. It is one of those things to do in Punta Cana for families with a completely new concept, as they have transformed an old shopping mall (which was once the biggest in Punta Cana) into a theme park with a lot of fantasy-based attractions. The center of the story at Kathmandu Parks are different realms, which are part of every attraction.

 Kathmandu Park is great for older kids and teens who love fantasy games and interactive activities. Attractions include EtherQuest, Legend of the Desirata, Expedition Golf, Challenge of the Mad Mage, Voyage of the Fathom Wanderer, Wheel of Infinite Wonder, Quadagon and High Point Adventure. At least half of these attractions are indoors which makes it a great thing to do in Punta Cana for a family if it rains.

 Kathmandu Park is not open yet, hence I can’t talk about this Punta Cana activity for families from my own experience. However, it is supposed to open around February 2023 and I hope to be able to visit during the remainder of the year.

Why is it the best Punta Cana family activity: a newly opened theme park in Punta Cana which is a great option for kids and teens likewise
What is the recommended age for the kids: 4 and older
Approximate price for this family activity: soon to be published

The best Punta Cana things to do with family – what else to consider?

 What is your favorite among these things to do in Punta Cana with kids? 

 As you can see, there are so many things to do during a family vacation in Punta Cana, you definitely won’t get bored. And the most important thing, your kids will have a blast, it doesn’t matter if they love action, nature or if they prefer the more easy-going Punta Cana excursions.

 This list of the best excursions in Punta Cana with kids is not complete, but it shows the most suitable options in Punta Cana which are possible in 2023.

If you need further ideas on what to do in Punta Cana during your family holiday, you can check out the following posts:
Exciting things to do in Punta Cana in 2023 (Dominican Republic)
The best Punta Cana excursions with social distancing during Covid-19
The best day trips from Punta Cana
– 16 amazing things to do for free in Punta Cana
– The most recommendable tours and activities in Punta Cana

 As you can see, it won’t get boring during a Punta Cana family vacation. There are tons of stuff to do for every type of traveler. This being said, there is not THE best family activity in Punta Cana, so it is hard to recommend a special one. Therefore, feel free to pick from your favorite one(s) from the list above and don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any further questions. 

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The face behind Punta Cana Travel Blog: Chris

CHRIS

Author, Travel Coach & Punta Cana based digital nomad

Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.



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