If you have been to Loro Park in Tenerife, you will understand why Rancho Texas doesn't compete however, Rancho Texas is probably the best attraction for children in Lanzarote. I compare it to Loro Park as that is the kind of place Rancho Texas is, - a mini Zoo, specialising in mainly birds. It is not as big as you think when you look at the park map and actually walk around but with their decent sized swimming pool and 2 relevantly 'thrilling' (for children at least) water slides, it is very easy to spend the whole day there, as we did. The Park grounds are nice and are well maintained. Sadly the only downside to our visit was that the additional children's splash area and reptile enclosures were closed for refurbishment and we had no idea they were closed until we paid full price to enter the park. Although disappointing at first, it didn't actually detract from the enjoyment of our children's day. The park is wheel and push chair friendly.
If you have never seen a bird or Sealion show before, you will be wowed. The bird of pray show was particularly educational and interesting. Seeing the largest bird of pray in the world, (the Black Vulture?); swoop in to the park from a distance and then fly over your head just inches away was truly breath taking! The best seats for the Eagle show are in the middle and especially in the middle on the right hand side of the arena. If however, you cannot handle birds of pray swooping inches from your head then sit on the front or back rows.
My daughter and wife paid to do the Sealion encounter and although it was an extra 50 euros each, they report the experience was worth it. You have to be 7 or older to do this and there are only two slots available per day - one at 1030 and one at 1530. You go in with a group of around 10 people. You stroke, touch, kiss, swim, learn and then get taken for a ride by the Sealions.
You are not allowed your own food or drink in the park but bags are not searched or anything. We ate at the 'fast food' bar at the park and actually it was quite reasonable and tasted ok. There is also a couple of restaurants on site.
In the end it turned out to be one of our best days out on the Island and we had tears of sadness when it was time to leave the park!
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