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Altitude Trampoline Park @Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Had a great time yesterday at the Altitude Trampoline Park in Gurabo. This place is relatively new and my son was begging me to take him so we took some time to go and it was 100% worth it! Gurabo is about 20 – 30 minutes from San Juan depending on traffic (right next to Caguas). If it’s a weekday I recommend you go early to avoid the big 5 – 6pm traffic jams, because those are just horrible and you don’t want to be in one… trust me.

So anyway, the trampoline park is precisely that. A place full of trampolines where you get to jump and bounce to your heart’s content (as long as you follow the rules). Prices are reasonable: About $15 (with TAX) for 1 hour per person if you’re paying full price and buying the socks (socks are $2.00 – they have anti-slipping elements, but you can take them home and reuse them whenever you come back). They have special prices for families of 4 people and larger groups. Kids younger than 7 also pay less. Be prepared to pay about $40 – $45 for 1 hour of 4 people (they have better offers for longer times). One hour was enough for me, but the kids wanted more!

The park also has a dodgeball section, a basketball hoop area, a battle zone where you do an “american gladiator” sort of battle trying to throw the other person off, a little kid area, and a foam pool for jumping in. All the sections are available to you with the 1 hour pay or whatever you choose. Of course, nothing speaks better than a picture, so here I leave you with some so you can see for yourself.

Recommendation: Great for a rainy day when being outside is pointless or when it’s so hot you instantly melt on contact with the asphalt (like today).

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Parque de las Palomas @ Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Parque de las Palomas is a pigeon park. At the end of Calle del Cristo and right beside La Capilla del Cristo, the pigeon park is a classic kid spot. Located right above one of the old city walls, the breeze from the bay wanders in. It’s a good place for a rest. You will notice holes in the big wall on the side of the park. Those are pigeon holes. It’s like a giant bird apartment building!

Pigeon anyone?
Pigeon anyone?

Why would anybody build a giant pigeon apartment complex? Well… the pigeons were kept for food. Yup! Back in medieval times pigeons were part of the regular diet.  It was practically a free food enterprise.

So, do you eat the pigeons? No, no… worry not. At the pigeon park you now feed the pigeons. They sell corn and petit-pois as food. Forget the corn! Go for green petit-pois. They love them! The birds stand right on your hand to feed.

NOTE: Not for the finicky! These are pigeons. They are dirty. They stand on you and scratch a bit with their claws. They peck at your fingers and they also swarm around you, so if any of that would bother you, don’t take the food. If you don’t have food in your hand they won’t bother you.

ANOTHER NOTE: If there should happen to be no petit-pois, go to the grocery shop in Plaza de Armas and get a bag. 😉 The pigeons at Plaza de Armas are the same ones from the park so go ahead and feed those too.

La Marquesa Forest Park @ Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

For kids and nature lovers! Only a short distance from San Juan, La Marquesa Forest Park is a great spot for families and nature lovers. The park itself is a beautiful forest with added extras.

Kids pay $3.00 and adults $6.00. They have limited parking space, however, there is extra parking below the mountain accessible via trolley car.

Park Map
Park Map

As you go in the park you can either walk up the mountain, take a train (car that looks like a train) ride or ride the cable cars. I recommend the cable cars. The view is spectacular, and frankly, the mountain is pretty steep so it’s a break from hiking. You can go down on the cable cars as well. They also have a train that takes you up the mountain. Either route, you end up in the aviary and restaurant area.

We ate and skipped the birds. The kids wanted to see the Dinosaurs! It’s really a trail with commemorative trees and dinosaur sculptures; a very steep hike, but alas, there was T-Rex.

They have small playgrounds with gazebos scattered beyond the dinosaur trail. There’s a watchtower. The view must be amazing. Frankly we didn’t go up. All of us were tired from the dinosaur hike!

We walked back down the mountain through the back trail. Nobody was there! A beautiful forest path, just for us. There were gazebos all along the path where people can get together for a picnic or simply rest from the hike… The path continued beyond the park entrance, but as our car was parked near the entrance, we went up the stairs and ended our hike there.

The park also has a zip line adventure for an additional cost. We could see the cables from the funicular lift. My oldest son was very interested. I promised we would go, so that will probably be a future blog post. Here are the pics: