Things to Do in San Jose with Kids

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Things to Do in San Jose with Kids

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  • BLN74
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little museum with excellent displays and solid interactive extras. Educational and fun. Highly recommended.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Nonny
    York, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering around the museum & butterfly garden learning about the history & development of Costa Rica. The building itself is historically interesting & there is plenty of seating in the shady courtyard area. Well worth the visit.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Nonny
    York, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but excellent free exhibition in a beautiful historical (former airport) building with outside sculptures. Well worth the short trip out of the city centre.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • LenH0647
    Garrison, NY15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was excellent with 2 qualifiers. It is really for younger kids (8 or under) and most of the exhibitions are in Spainish although many of the guides speak English
    Written August 13, 2023
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  • Nadina P
    New York City, NY353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was definitely the most authentic jungle experience I ever had--I don't know if there's a way to get one quite like it. It's hard to really describe the drive up; I wouldn't call it a dirt road. it's more like rock with dried dirt from the rainy season. If you come in the dry season, I recommend an SUV, though 4WD is still better. This is the only place we went in Costa Rica where we used 4WD in the dry season. In the wet season, I don't see how you could come here without it.

    The park itself is incredible; you hear all kinds of sounds, though I didn't see much wildlife. Something did growl at me, though!

    The plant life is incredible. The hike is not as hard as I thought it would be, and Copey was completely worth it. That said, the return hike from Copey was a bit rough for maybe a Kilometer, so keep that in mind.

    We got there right at 8am and didn't see another soul again until we were nearing the entrance; even so, there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. Everyone I did see appeared to be a local.

    There are bathrooms at the entrance, but only at the entrance, so be prepared for that.

    The staff is very hospitable; the person we encountered did not speak any English, but he spoke very slowly and used the map to tell us a bit about the trail. Between my French and Italian, I understood enough--he was a very helpful person.

    Overall, if you are in good enough health and willing to brave the drive, DO NOT skip this! And if you are worried about your ability to do a proper hike, at least go up to Barva; I thought the trail was reasonably easy up to that point.

    Be warned, the weather in the area is really unpredictable; we were just barely able to see the laguna, and we got no views at all from Barva. It was still worth it, but mentally prepare yourself for that.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Ian C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful oasis of tranquility in San Jose with the optional walk down to the river an unexpected bonus. Well worth a visit and highly recommended.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Iris K
    Warrington, UK31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were saddeened that there was no lake but this was made up for by the fabulous Museum of Costa Rican Art
    Written February 23, 2023
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  • Ashley P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carlos was a fantastic Driver. He made our trip to the airport enjoyable when we were bummed to be leaving. We said we were learning Spanish so he was teaching us how to say some of our favourite things. Slowed it down so we could understand easier. Great service!
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Shawn M.
    99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This park offers some greenery, statues and art.

    The main attraction is a famous statue of Costa Ricans driving out an American imperialist.
    Written March 18, 2023
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  • Stefano B
    Cartago, Costa Rica890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful place to have a great time with family, friends or business colleagues. We had a great time in a dinner activity organized by the company for which I work for. Live entertainment, good typical food and a beautiful scenario at Pueblo Antiguo.
    Written June 3, 2018
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  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,688 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the main square of San José with some huge shops and the national theatre. There is not that much to do, but it is good to see and I recommend a tour in the theatre.
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • vmv205
    San Jose, Costa Rica38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an adventure park with a purpose. The park's motto is "healthy children help sick children". Costa Rica´s Children´s Hospital is financed by the profits of this park. So if you visit, you enjoy and leave a bit of your money for this excellent institution.
    Written March 4, 2019
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  • Amir G
    Thornhill, Canada321 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to see the women's U20 World Cup and especially to cheer on Canada. We were able to purchase touchline tickets for only $10 (USD) and had an amazing view of the game. Only problem was that this stadium has a capacity of about 35,000 and there were only about a thousand people in the stands, mostly families of the players. I'm sure that with the right crowd, the atmosphere would have been stellar.
    Written July 7, 2023
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  • kelly053
    Valparaiso, FL244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We allowed a couple of hours to visit the museum, and were probably there more than that. It's a huge, rambling place, and every time you turn a corner there is more to see. By the time we got to the final part--touching on how Costa Rica has modernized-- we were quite tired. We loved entering through the butterfly garden. The museum doesn't offer a place to eat; but only a couple of blocks away on Calle 17 (walk thru Parque Nacional) there are a couple of little cafes and I highly recommend Cafeteria Nomos. The museum itself has wonderful exhibits from natural history to pre-columbian sculptures to coffee growing. Well-lighted, with signs in English and Spanish.
    Written March 16, 2024
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  • Jess H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family of 3 travelling to Costa Rica for 2 weeks, and used CRS x4, airport to Flamingo Beach, to Arenal, to Manuel Antonio, and back to airport. Super easy booking, excellent communication, and the drivers were top class: all early, safe, friendly and hospitable. Special kudos to JD (Juan Dios) for giving us the scenic tours, side trips, and narration throughout the country. We will be back, and we highly recommend CRS!
    Written April 12, 2024
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