What to do in Old San Juan with Toddlers

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Old San Juan is a great place to explore when visiting Puerto Rico. There are so many things to see and do with kids throughout the city. The colorful buildings were a highlight with our toddlers as well as the variety of foods. 

We spent half a day exploring Old San Juan with our two kids. They both had a great time and half a day was a perfect amount of time with two toddlers. We were able to see the highlights of the city and enjoy some delicious food along the way. 

Even though we only spent a half a day in this city, these are some of my top recommendations of things to do in Old San Juan with toddlers. 

 

Thing to Know Before You Go:

– Old San Juan is mostly cobblestone roads and uneven sidewalks. Make sure your kids have good footwear to walk around with. 

– If you have young kids, I would recommend bringing a stroller. I would also recommend bringing a compact stroller as the sidewalks in the city are narrow. 

– It can be very hot walking around the city. Make sure to bring lots of water for yourself and kids. 

– Parts of the city can be steep so make sure you know how much walking your kids can handle. 

– There are lots of benches and shaded areas to stop at throughout the city. Be sure to take lots of breaks and enjoy the views. 

 

Things to do in Old San Juan with Kids:

There are so many thing to see and do in Old San Juan. I will first share what we did on our day in Old San Juan and some suggestions of other things to do as well. 

Walk the City Streets:

The streets thoughout Old San Juan are beautiful and full of colorful buildings. You could easily spend hours walking around and admiring the beauty of the city. Our kids loved looking at all the different colored buildings and my three year old wanted to find all the pink ones. 

There is a great area near the San Juan Harbor that is pedestrian access only. The famous La Casa Estrecha (aka Narrow House) is located in this area. This house is a super small, two story house that is really fun to see. This area has great views and is fun to walk around. 

 

Visit Pigeon Park:

Pigeon Park is an area in the city where tons of pigeons gather and live. If your kids love birds, this is a must see place. The birds were not aggressive and our kids loved watching them. 

The area is enclosed which makes this place a perfect spot for your kids to walk around. This was a great spot for our youngest to get out of his stroller and walk around looking at birds.

Another thing to note is that the birds are not aggressive. I know some places we have visited have bird areas where birds are always looking for food. This place is very relaxed and the birds are very calm. This makes it perfect for young kids.   

 

Visit Senor Paleta:

This place is a must visit when in Old San Juan with children. This place is famous for its paletas which are a frozen treats made with fresh, natural fruit. This is a perfect stop halfway through your day for a nice, refreshing treat. This was a definite hit for our kids as it was very hot the day we went to Old San Juan.

Another tip would be to grab your paleta and head to a nearby seating area in the shade. There is a perfect spot with a beautiful view of the harbor very close to Senor Paletas. This area also has enough room for kids to walk around and not be too close to the streets.

 

Eat at Pirilo Pizza Rustica

If you are looking for a great place for lunch with the kids, look no further than Pirilo Pizza Rustica. Pizza is always a win with kids and this place is delicious. They are very welcoming towards kids and it’s a great place to escape the heat as well. The place is located in an upstairs building so it has great views of the busy streets below. 

Other Things to do With Kids:

Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro:

Castillo San Felipe del Morro is one of two forts located in Old San Juan. It is open seven days a week from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The fee is $10 per adult and children under 15 are free. 

One important thing to know is that the entire fort is very exposed. I would recommend bringing lots of water and make sure everyone is dressed appropriately.This area can be very windy so dresses and skirts may not be the best choice for visiting this fort. Also, hats and sunglasses are very helpful as well. 

The highlight of visiting this particular fort with kids is that you can fly kites in the large grassy area in front of the fort. There are plenty of vendors selling kites or you can bring your own. This is a great place for the kids to run around and look at all the kites.  

Visit Castillo San Cristobal:

Castillo San Cristobal is another fort located in Old San Juan. This is the largest fortress in the Americas. This fort is also something fun that you can do with kids. This fort is open seven day a week from 9:00am til 6:00pm. Another thing to note is that if you pay for admission to one fort the other fort is included as well. 

The inside of this fort is another great place for kids to run around and explore all the tunnels. This one is closer to the things that I mentioned above so if you are short on time, this may be an easier fort to visit.  

 

Old San Juan is a perfect day trip to take with toddlers. There are lots of fun things to do and it is easy to walk to everything. We enjoyed being able to park once and then walk to all of things we wanted to do. If you are visiting Puerto Rico, you should make sure to take a day trip to Old San Juan. 

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