Turks and Caicos is a place people come for luxurious relaxation, offering serene beaches, low crowds, and a gorgeous environment, as well as family-friendly activities for all. Here you can see rare and beautiful wildlife, visit historic sites linked to early explorers, and see genuine coral reefs. You can even visit a weekly fish fry that's an unforgettable family-friendly party.

    If you're bringing your family to this group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find plenty of fun and adventure for kids and adults alike. Check out some of the best fun family things to do in Turks and Caicos with your kids.

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    Sapodilla Bay

    See graceful sea turtles in the bay

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    Sapodilla Bay is a shallow bay that's ideal for wading, swimming, and sunbathing, even for small children due to its low depth and calm surf. This bay is the ideal setting for your family fun in the sun along Providenciales' southern shores, with scenic views and sheltered alcoves. Your kids can go snorkeling, see sea turtles, and catch sight of private yachts on the bay. You can head for oceanside shops where fishermen sell freshly caught fish, and you can visit outstanding seafood restaurants.

    If you have teens, they will love engaging in watersports with equipment rentals nearby. This is a beach that offers everything from kayaking to surfing, sunbathing to swimming, and more.

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    Thursday Fish Fry

    Catch the family-friendly party of the week

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    The Thursday Fish Fry at the Bight Settlement offers a fun weekly event with delicious food, dancing, entertainment, and local live acts that are sure to entertain adults and kids alike. It takes place every Thursday from 5.30 to 9.30 pm, and tons of food vendors show up to offer specialties and local delicacies like fried conch, grilled fish, jerk chicken, and sides like mac and cheese.

    You can browse arts and crafts vendors selling handmade jewelry, dolls, baskets, drums, and other souvenirs. For the grown-ups, grab rum punch, local craft beer, or a coconut cup cocktail. In the evening, a band takes the stage for live music accompanied by the Maskanoo dancers.

    Location: The Bight Settlement TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

    Open: Thursday from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm (closed Friday – Wednesday)

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    The Turks and Caicos National Museum

    See real artifacts from a famed shipwreck

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    The Turks and Caicos National Museum offers remains, artifacts, letters, documents, and ephemera from early settlers along with the oldest European shipwreck in the Western Hemisphere. This is a must-visit site on any family vacation where besides artifacts from the Molasses Reef Wreck, you can see treasures from the Lucayans, Spanish coins that are hundreds of years old, and other interesting and exciting exhibits relating to the island chain's history.

    You can also visit the museum's gift shop, which is full of fun books, souvenirs, and items to commemorate your visit while supporting the museum's efforts. The museum is located in Grace Bay and is a place where kids will have fun while learning about history.

    Location: Grace Bay TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 1 pm (closed Saturday–Sunday)

    Phone: +1 649-941-5358

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    Little Water Cay (Iguana island)

    Walk among endangered lizards

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    Little Water Cay, also called Iguana Island, is among the only places in the world where you can see the rare Turks and Caicos iguana in its natural habitat. This pristine island, framed by limestone cliffs, is the home of this endangered iguana species. You'll need to catch a boat or rent a kayak or paddleboard to get to the island, but when you're there, you'll see hundreds of these big lizards skittering around. You can walk along two looping boardwalk paths or kick back on the beach.

    If you paddle over yourself, you can explore tons of tiny islets on the way. You can also book a guided tour to learn about the lizards that live here.

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    Mangrove Cay

    Enjoy watersports and a world of nature adventure

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    Mangrove Cay is a serene and untouched island where you can go to see turtles, birdlife, and exotic flora as well as enjoy snorkeling adventures to see tropical fish. This small uninhabited island encompassing just 286 acres is just off the shores of the northeastern end of Providenciales. It's part of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve, and almost the entirety of the island's interior is forested by red mangroves, with small, narrow dunes lining the coasts.

    The island is great for paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and other water sports with shallow waters and scenic channels. You can even explore a shipwreck and see the tropical sea life that makes their home within.

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    Cockburn Town

    See the place where Columbus first landed

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    Cockburn Town offers 200-year-old British Bermudan architecture and the opportunity to see historic sites dating back to the early days of the island's settlement. Here, on Grand Turk Island, legend has it, is the place where Columbus first landed upon arrival in the Americas. You can head for the Salt Museum to learn about the salt trade, the original core of the local economy, and walk streets that are lined with historic buildings and architecture.

    If you are interested in history, particularly colonial history, you'll find a lot to excite and thrill you here. The kids will love the colorful and unique architecture and they'll have a lot of fun learning without even realizing they're getting an education.

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    Flamingo Pond wetland on North Caicos

    Photograph a flamboyance of flamingos

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    The Flamingo Pond wetland on North Caicos is the place to go to see the rare, beautiful, and brightly colored West Indian Flamingo relaxing in its natural habitat. While you look at entire flamboyances of flamingos, don't forget to check out the overlook where you'll see peaceful tidal flats and endless views of the bright blue Caribbean waters. The lookout is about 300 feet from the pond, so it's a good idea to grab a set of binoculars to catch close-up views of the birds.

    This island is reachable only by ferry from Providenciales. You can catch it from one of three docks there, and then rent a car to explore the rest of the North Caicos island.

    Location: Whitby TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

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    Crossing place trail in Middle Caicos

    Hike a 3-mile trail of rugged coastal shoreline

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    The Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos is a hiking trail that offers fantastic views of the Mudjin Harbour, Norbellis Coves coastline, and other natural scenery. This hike through the 3-mile long harbor showcases gigantic sweeping cliffs and crashing waves as you get a view of the glory and power of nature along the ocean shores.

    While this area is wonderful for hiking and scenic adventures as well as photo ops, it's not recommended for swimming as there are groups of grey reef sharks in the area as well as rough surf. Still, it's a main attraction for families looking to light up their social media feeds with gorgeous photos.

    Location: TKCA 1ZZ, Turks & Caicos Islands

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    Cheshire Hall Plantation

    See the ruins of an 18th-century cotton farm

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    The Cheshire Hall Plantation allows you to visit the ruins of an important historic cotton plantation and learn about the importance of cotton in the island's history. This site on Provo is easily accessible by rental car. It dates to the late 18th century and is among the largest historic sites in the archipelago. It's also among the best preserved. You can let the kids run around this old, abandoned, and interesting property while engaging in some bird and wildlife watching.

    The plantation ruins are accessible via guided tours where you'll learn all about the ruins. After the tour, you can visit a small gift shop that offers locally handcrafted souvenirs, jewelry, and woven baskets.

    Location: Providenciales, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 649-941-5710

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    Grand Turk Lighthouse

    Pet a donkey, have a picnic, and catch fantastic photos

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    The Grand Turk Lighthouse offers the opportunity to capture photographs of stunning and spectacular views of the Caribbean and Atlantic at a vital historic landmark of the region. Even more enchanting to kids, however, are the free-roaming donkeys that can be seen all over the area. Kids can even pet them when you visit. While you can't go in the lighthouse, it's located on a scenic bluff where you can capture views and even bring snacks or a picnic.

    Access to this historic site on Grand Turk Island carries only a nominal fee that makes it a great budget-friendly experience. Keep an eye on the younger kiddos, though, because some of the cliffs can be very steep.

    Location: Lighthouse Rd, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands

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