Saint Martin (Sint Maarten in the south) offers a world of fun for adults and children alike, from tropical animal viewing to a historic fort, water parks, and shopping. You can spend entire days navigating obstacle courses on the water or go underwater to snorkel amongst brilliantly coloured sea life from tiny fish to squid. You can wander amongst bright flying creatures from butterflies to birds.

    After days of adventure outdoors, you can walk along a pedestrian-friendly shopping thoroughfare to find souvenirs, arts, and crafts. Check out some of the best family things to do in Saint Martin and Sint Maarten for fun with your kids to make memories of your holiday that will last a lifetime.

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    Tiki Hut Snorkel Park

    Get underwater with colourful ocean life

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    Tiki Hut Snorkel Park lets you navigate a series of floating platforms with the opportunity to get underwater and see the brilliant Sint Maarten sea life. Full lessons and guided experiences are available. You also get a deck chair and floating lounges to enjoy between snorkelling excursions. Food is available at the Tiki Bar and Grill, and consists of classic burgers and dogs with beer, rum punch, and nonalcoholic drinks for the kids.

    This tour experience in Sint Maarten can be accessed by a shuttle that runs hourly. They have contracts with several cruise lines to get you to and from your ship. Enjoy lunch and cold drinks, and go swimming with hundreds of colourful fish.

    Phone: +1 721-520 2346

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    Parotte Ville Bird Park

    Explore a hidden gem of brilliant beaks and feathers

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    • Adventure

    Parotte Ville Bird Park is a hidden gem amongst this tropical island paradise where you'll see many tropical bird species from parakeets to conures, caiques, and others. The tour takes only 30 minutes to go through, and along the way you'll see such fun, colourful, and playful birds as the brown-throated conure, sun conure, rick-necked parakeet, and black-headed caique. You can even feed the birds with a cup of seeds provided by the park.

    In addition, you can explore a medicinal garden and learn about the health properties of the plants there. This park in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, is a fun and educational experience for all.

    Location: 3X36+28C, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 721-580-8516

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    Yoda Guy Film Exhibit

    Stroll around a film special effects museum

    • Families
    • Photo
    • Adventure
    • Unusual

    The Yoda Guy Film Exhibit is a nonprofit "Star Wars"-themed museum run by one of the puppeteers who created Yoda and offers a look at real film props and effects. Though it's focused on "Star Wars," here you can see props, exhibits, costumes, makeup, and ephemera from films like "Highlander," "The Terminator," "Alien," "Superman," "Men in Black," and many others. It specialises in original relics used in productions, many autographed by the stars of the films.

    Proprietor Nick Maley is an internationally renowned film effects designer. This museum in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, is sure to be an exciting experience for kids of every age from 1 to 100.

    Location: 19A Front Street, (p.o.box 866), Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 721-542-4009

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    Butterfly Farm

    Get lost in a fairy tale land of bright wings

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    • Adventure

    The Butterfly Farm is a small attraction, but one you're sure not to forget at this open-air netted park with waterfalls, colourful flora, and thousands of fluttering butterflies. You'll get a guided tour through the park to learn about how plants attract these beautiful flying insects and about the lifecycle of a butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. If you're lucky during the tour, you might even have a butterfly land on you to say hello.

    This tour only takes about 25 minutes to go through and is located on the St. Martin side of the island's east coast. It's like taking your kids through a fairy tale wonderland, where they'll learn while getting lost amongst the colourful butterflies.

    Location: 97150 Rue du Coconut Grove, Guadeloupe 97150, Sint Maarten

    Phone: +5 (0)90 590 87 31 21

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    Rhino Safari Excursion

    See the island from inflatable boats

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Rhino Safari excursions offer a guided trip across the Simpson Bay Lagoon from inflatable boats, allowing you to see a range of sites on the island in a unique way. You'll move through protected waters to Creole Rock in the National Nature Reserve of St. Martin. Here you will get the chance to go on a guided snorkelling experience to witness the varied and colourful sea life of the St. Martin waters up close and personal.

    This tour is fantastic for anyone with kids ages 3 and up, but to drive your own boat, you have to be at least 18 years old. You'll have an unforgettable experience on the bright blue waters seeing stunning natural vistas.

    Location: 58 Welfare Rd, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 721-544-3150

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    Aqua Mania Adventures

    Tackle an inflatable obstacle course on the water

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    • Adventure

    Aqua Mania Adventures offers a fun excursion with everything from boat rides and shipwrecks to ice cream, carousels, and obstacle courses to keep your family entertained all day. You'll start with an exciting boat ride out onto Simpson Bay where you'll get to waterbomb a shipwreck. Then you'll head back to shore where you can enjoy a ride on a classic merry-go-round with carved horses, and handmade ice cream at an old-fashioned parlour.

    Next, head for the Playstation, a floating playground with obstacles, slides, jungle gyms, and swings all on the water. It's all part of the Simpson Bay Resort in Sint Maarten, but it's open to the public and great for kids of all ages.

    Location: Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 721-544-2640

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    Loterie Farm

    Hike, zip-line, and swing at a sugar plantation

    • Couples
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    • Adventure

    Loterie Farm is a former sugar plantation and private nature reserve where you can fly, jump, swing, and hike your way through a historic location filled with wildlife. This treetop adventure park offers one of the fastest and steepest zip lines on the island and has several options for kids, teens, and adults. You can also go hiking through the natural tropical rainforest where you might see monkeys, lizards, and colourful butterflies through tropical mahogany groves.

    Finally, you can navigate an obstacle course with suspension bridges, cables, swinging ropes, and other adventures where you can swing and climb like Tarzan himself. It's all located on a former historic sugar plantation in the heart of Saint Martin.

    Location: Rue du Pic Paradis, St Martin 97150, Sint Maarten

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +5 (0)90 690 28 84 66

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    Seaside Nature Park

    Explore the island on horseback

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Seaside Nature Park offers the chance to explore the island's Sint Maarten side along the seashores and on the back of a horse with no experience necessary. Every kid fantasizes about riding on horseback, and this is their chance to experience not only the thrill of riding, but also of doing so along scenic shoreline vistas with several riding trail options available. At the end of the trail, you can even ride out into the surf and take a little horseback swim.

    Each riding experience is guided by an expert rider who will educate you about the island and coach you on riding if you need it. You'll find this nature park along Cole Bay in southern Sint Maarten.

    Location: 64 Cay Bay Rd., Koolbaai, Sint Maarten

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 721-544-5255

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    Fort Amsterdam

    Explore a historic fort with astounding views

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History
    • Photo

    Fort Amsterdam offers the chance to explore the ruins of a Dutch stone fort dating to the 17th century with stone walls and ramparts, and astounding harbour views. The fort is in a state of disrepair but is still one of the more popular attractions in Sint Maarten for the incredible harbour views. You can still see several real cannons dating to the 19th century as well as informational plaques about the history of the fort.

    The fort is a registered historical site and is an important breeding ground for brown pelicans. It's a great place for kids to run and play while adults capture photographs of fantastic Caribbean vistas. The fort is located just outside of Philipsburg.

    Location: 2W7R+V47, Fort Amsterdam, Sint Maarten

    Open: 24/7

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    Front Street

    Shop till you drop along a lively pedestrian way

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    • Shoppers

    Front Street in Philipsburg is where to go if you're looking to get some shopping done, with several shops even offering duty-free options where you don't have to pay tax. Front Street is the main shopping thoroughfare in the city and is a pedestrian-friendly stretch of independent shops, cafés, and restaurants. Stop off to grab some island-made liquor to take home, find the perfect souvenir of your trip, grab some new clothes, or just window shop your way along the road.

    Here you'll find bargains on everything from electronics and housewares to jewellery and china patterns. You can spend all day here checking out the wide range of goods available.

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