Friday, August 1, 2014

Puerto Rico 2014 (Part 3): Children's Museum & Rainforest

 (Read the first and second part of our Puerto Rico trip here and here

After discovering much of the island on the first half of our trip, we decided to do something fun just for Arianna. We heard that in Carolina there was a great Children’s Museum. Now, having gone to some great children’s museums here in the States I thought the locals might be blowing it up, but boy was I wrong! It's really a fantastic museum. In fact, we thought we might spend an hour, maybe two in there. But there are so many things to see we ended up spending around 3 ½ hours and didn’t even get to finish the entire museum!

There are play stations where kids can dress up as news reporters, firemen, dentist, you name it! They also have neat science, music, and building sections where kids can let their imaginations run wild. The facility has and indoor and outdoor café, a gigantic volcano that randomly erupts (and doubles as a slide for the kids), an amazing toy replica display, a winding art gallery, an outdoor playground, an outdoor race track with go-karts, and so much more!

The tickets are very reasonably priced as well. The cost of admission for adults (anyone over 14) is $10, kids 1 to 14 are $6, and infants (under 1) are free. The only downside to the museum is the parking and airplane tour. The parking is $2 which is no big deal, but is also a block away so you will have to walk through a major intersection to get there. Also the American Airlines airplane which was donated and sits in the front yard, looks extremely cool, but the “tour” lacks something to be desired. You basically go in the aircraft and watch a video and then leave. Overall though, we had a pretty fantastic time in the museum, and can’t recommend it enough for anyone looking for something to do with your kids.


Since we were already in Carolina we decided to travel a little further East and head to El Yunque National Rainforest. Although I love traveling I wouldn’t say I’m very “adventurous” so you won’t see me zip-lining or kayaking anytime soon. We settled on hiking to the waterfalls and observation decks instead. And I must say it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. The views were amazing of course, but the way they framed out the rainforest was pretty ingenious. You basically have one (narrow, winding, and often scary) road that takes you to all the destinations. Then you stop and park in the designated areas if you see something you want to explore.

I’m sure there are adventure tours that take you deeper into the rainforest and offer all kinds of activities, but I was fine with the way we did it. We still got to experience the natural beauty of the rainforest and not have a near-death experience in the process. (Haha) I told you I’m not a thrill seeker. I would recommend that you take plenty of water, bug spray, and good walking shoes though as some of the trails will lead you though some pretty dense areas with slippery rocks.

That pretty much closed out our week-long trip to Puerto Rico. We had so much fun and really enjoyed our time there. I love that you get to experience a little bit of everything there. The beach, the city, the culture, the rainforest - everything is right at your fingertips. Can’t wait till our next trip back. Hasta luego, Puerto Rico!

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