Kids and parents alike make happy memories on St. Maarten/St. Martin.
A vacation on St. Maarten/St. Martin is all about fun — for grown-ups and kids alike. With a variety of fun activities and attractions, this multifaceted island has attracted families for generations. Most resorts offer activities to keep children busy on property, but it’s well worth the effort to head out and explore. Here are few top-notch things to do that will please the kids — and every other family member.
Sea Trek
Walking on water may be tricky, but how about walking underwater? Sounds too much like Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea? At Sea Trek, the air pressure inside your helmet keeps water at around shoulder height. You can wear prescription glasses, and your hair stays dry. Suit up and go below the waves to explore the Dutch side’s marine park and peek into some “fish condos,” sunken materials now inhabited by sea creatures. There are cannons, a submarine, helicopter, plane and more. 
Rainforest Adventures
Did you know this island is home to the steepest zip line in the world? The Flying Dutchman zip line is the ultimate challenge for adventurers. Also, take the Sky Explorer chairlift to the highest point on the Dutch side, Sentry Hill, for excellent views of the island. For even more of a rush, tuck into The Schooner, a fast tube ride, down the hillside. Don’t forget to check out the on-site museum.  
This retired tanker has been converted to a water park and party boat, and all ages are welcome. It’s moored between Kim Sha Beach and Simpson Bay Beach and offers waterslides, a trampoline, rope swing, dive platforms and more. Soak up the sun and enjoy lunch while gazing at mega-yachts moored in the lagoon and planes landing at Princess Juliana International Airport. 
Carousel Gelateria
Chat about your adventures and plan for new ones while savoring delicious handcrafted ice cream. Gelatos are bursting with flavors giving you the taste of the island in every lick. Why not add a little “horseback riding” on the antique carousel that overlooks Simpson Bay Lagoon? It makes for one sweet treat!
Buccaneer Beach Bar
This family-friendly eatery has a fun and diverse atmosphere. Every day is excellent to take your clan to Buccaneer Beach Bar, but for even more, head there on Friday nights for blazing fireballs on the beach. There are children’s movies on a big screen, and a host DJ who plays a collection of lively music. You’re just steps from the water, so be swim-ready! 
Tri-Sport Bike Tour
Get on a bike from Tri-Sport to see the island from a different angle. Biking is great for sightseeing, exploring and a bit of exercise. This option also lends itself to some healthy competition. Why not see who is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) of your family? Book a tour package or go off-road to conquer hills and coastlines. 
Seaside Nature Park
The early adventurers took to horseback, and so can you to conquer the hillside trails of the island. End a great and exhilarating ride by taking the horses for a swim to cool them and you off in the ocean. There are also kayaks, a playground and a petting zoo here in Cay Bay. The park covers 30 acres of a former plantation. Nature-loving children will find a lot to discover here.
Sand Dollar Adventure
Ahoy, mateys! Become the commander of the waves on this tour boat. Fun-filled half-day trips to Creole Rock on the French side are designed for snorkeling and sightseeing. Your captain is well versed in the best snorkeling spots and will happily sail you there. The coastline of the island is also spectacular to behold from a boat.
Learn the fundamentals of recycling, reducing and reusing items that would otherwise be trash at WasteFactory. Turn a back-issued magazine into a stylish purse. Transform a soda can into earrings and create flowers out of plastic bottles. The goal is to teach everyone how they can make the planet less burdened by waste.
Loterie Farm/Fly Zone
Fly through and above the trees on the Fly Zone for a heady rush. Hike up to the highest point on the island — Pic Paradis (Paradise Peak) — and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Marigot and Anguilla. 
Seagrape Tours
Go off the beaten track and delve into the island’s nature, history and art. Guided tours can be customized to suit your group and interests. What’s your interest? Bird-watching? Forts? You can learn more on one of Seagrape’s adventures. 
Le Galion Beach
Popularly called “baby beach” for its shallow wading and calmness, this is the perfect stretch of shore for a family picnic. Pack a basket and blanket and head out for hours of fun in the sun. Feeling sporty? Indulge in water sports, such as kitesurfing.