If you and your family are headed to beautiful Tenerife this summer, there’s one attraction you certainly won’t want to miss – Siam Park is TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Waterpark in the World’ beating the likes of Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and Universal’s Volcano Bay. This firm family favourite has got plenty to entertain all ages, but what should you be aware of before you go? Well, find out below…
Travelling to the park
If you haven’t hired a car for your family holiday in Tenerife, you might want to consider making use of the free shuttle service from many of Tenerife’s resorts straight to the park, available roughly every 30 minutes. Just remember to check the timetables before you go so you don’t miss the last bus, and keep in mind that they can get pretty busy during peak season. Look out for the blue bus with ‘Siam Park’ written on the side. If you’re keen to beat the crowds, taxis are also both widely available and affordable. If you are travelling to the park in a hire car, there are parking places available for about 4 Euro/day, but get there early as the spaces fill up fast!
The park itself opens at 10am every day, and it’s definitely worth getting there early to avoid the queues. It’s also worth considering buying Fast Track entry during peak times like the summer holidays, so can get your day off to a good start with minimum stress.If you’ve only got a day to spend in Siam Park, upgrade your ticket to include queue jumping. This will save you heaps of time, meaning you can really make the most of all the park has to offer! This is also particularly useful if you have multiple children who all want to do different things…
If you’d like to skip the massive entry queues without directly paying any extra, consider getting a twin ticket for Siam Park and Loro Park Zoo (this is at the other end of the island so you won’t be able to do both in one day). If you visit the zoo first during your holiday, you can then simply stroll through the special entry queue when you visit Siam Park at a later date.
Probably the best month to visit the park is May time – the weather is still GLORIOUS but it’s quiet season, so there are hardly any queues to endure. Perfect for eager little explorers who don’t want to hang around!
The park itself has plenty for all ages, including very young babies, but to really make the most of it, it might be worth waiting until your tots are a little bit older so they can really enjoy all the slides and water fun to be had!
What to bring
- A really handy feature of the park are the lockers– avoid dragging all of your family kit and caboodle around with you all day by storing it in these affordable facilities. Lockers cost between 3-5 Euros depending on the size and you can access these as often as you like.
- One thing to remember is that you can’t go on any ride with anything loose upon your person – think sunglasses, goggles, phones and jewellery. Some rides will allow you to wear a mounted go-pro, but check the rules before you queue! If in doubt, leave anything you don’t need behind in the lockers.
- If you’d like to take photos during the day, definitely consider bringing a waterproof pouch for your phone. There’s a lot of splashing and water around, so it’ll really give you peace of mind!
- Forgotten your towel? No problem! The park rents towels out to visitors for a small cost/deposit. Don’t bother dragging these around with you however, as you won’t really need to dry off between rides – leave towels in your locker until you actually need them.
- The park does prefer guests not to bring in food and drink – if you do bring some with you, you must pay to store it in the park’s facilities and then eat it in the designated picnic area. However, it is worth remembering that this area is quite small, so do consider getting lunch at one of the many snack bars/restaurants, or at the Floating Market (although keep in mind that large lunches, lots of sunshine and whizzing down slides isn’t necessarily a good combination!). Prices are reasonably affordable, so you won’t be saving much by bringing food with you. You can bring in as much water as you like though, so definitely bring a big bottle to leave in your locker.
- Some tickets like the deluxe ticket include free food and vouchers in the price, so do your research in advance to bag the best deal.
- Although the park is designed so that guests are mostly queuing in the shade, don’t forget your suncream! You’ll be spending a lot of time outside in the sunshine, especially whilst in the water, so keep topping your sun protection up regularly. Check out our top family sun safety tips here.
- Keep in mind that the park is HUGE so you’ll be doing a lot of walking, especially as some of the slides are uphill. Remember that you can’t wear sandals or flipflops on the slides themselves, but you can leave them at the bottom of the ride or purchase a pair of Siam Park water shoes which you CAN wear on the slides (this can really save a lot of time and hassle, as you won’t need to be constantly taking shoes on and off or having to go back to collect them after every ride). The ground does get very hot, so don’t be tempted to simply ditch your shoes in the locker.
- If you’re a thrill seeking mum and you’re intending to go on some of the bigger rides then be warned – Siam Park is NOT the place for teeny bikinis! Save yourself a lot of hassle and embarrassment by opting for a secure one piece that’ll keep everything in place. Trust me.
- Also consider getting some good quality SPF protection sunsuits for your kids, as you will be spending a lot of time out in the sun, so the more protected your tot’s delicate skin is, the better. Life jackets are also available on-site for young children, free of charge, which they can leave on all day to help give you peace of mind.
- The use of changing rooms, showers, sun loungers, tubes, life jackets and sun umbrellas are all included in the entrance price, as is connecting to the park’s free WiFi service.
When the fun begins
There are lots of different rides to enjoy at the park, including gentle rides and a special children’s area, but also plenty of exciting rides for any members of the party who’d prefer to get their heart racing! If you or your partner are thrill-seekers and want to give Siam Park’s famous ‘Tower of Power’ ride a go, we recommend that you check this one out as early as possible. The ride has a no-skip policy, even with a deluxe wristband, and the queues can get pretty hefty so if you’re feeling brave, leave the gentler water sides for later and take the plunge ASAP.
Keep in mind that there are safety restrictions such as height restrictions in place, so manage your children’s expectations and don’t waste time queuing for rides that your tot might not be able to get on. Height restrictions are listed around the park, or you can check the website for more information.
If you’d prefer to kick back and relax rather than head to the water slides, then check out the Wave Palace pool. Here you’ll find 42 different types of wave, the relaxing Siam Beach with its heated open air pool, nearby restaurants and shaded areas, and the Lazy River ride, perfect for simply drifting along! Little ones can enjoy paddling at the edge of wave pool too, but don’t let them go in too far as the waves can get very big. For the ultimate family luxury base, consider booking one of the VIP Cabanas which includes perks such as floats, all inclusive food, admission for four and more.
Little ones will love visiting ‘The Lost City’ area of the park, which has shallower pools and wooden walkways. There’s also a cool water-filled monkey head that splashes water, helping to keep everyone cool! However keep in mind that this area is for children only, so you won’t be able to go on the slides with your tots, although you can keep an eye on them from the nearby sunbeds. There’s also a little play area right next to the main Lost City zone, perfect for really tiny tots. If you’ve got a little wild child, then definitely head to the Sawasdee water jungle, which has lots of slides and racers which have been adapted specifically for young children.
Not sure how scary a ride is going to be? Check the colour code! This is actually quite useful, as you can’t see a lot of the actual rides, only people shooting out of the bottom, so it’s difficult to judge just how ‘exciting’ they might be. Green rides are tame, amber rides are a bit more wild and red rides are for brave explorers only!
If you fancy a bit of a break, you’ll find plenty of sunbeds and chairs dotted about to relax on. People do often ‘reserve’ these with towels, but generally you should be able to find some free ones when you need them.