Travel with Children

Family-friendly attractions abound in the Central Valley. Here are a few spots guaranteed to please kids and adults alike.

Parque Francisco Alvarado In Zarcero, kids will love zigzagging through rows of bushes sculpted into stegosauruses and other fantastic shapes in these topiary gardens.

Río Pejibaye Turrialba outfitters lead rafting trips on this Class I–II river that’s plenty scenic but not too rough.

Zoo Ave In La Garita, stroll the grounds alongside peacocks and giant lizards, visit with monkeys or take the canopy tour at this zoo and animal-rescue center.

Parque Nacional Tapantí-Macizo Cerro de la Muerte Easy hiking trails lead down to sandy beaches where kids can splash in a boulder-strewn river.