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Located on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen, Rancho Texas is the biggest theme park on Lanzarote and a tonne of fun for the entire family.
The name Rancho Texas is in recognition of Lanzarote’s ties with the state of Texas in the United States after a group of 10 families were given permission by King Philip V to colonise the then Spanish province of Texas in 1731.
These new immigrants formed the first civilian government in the Spanish fort of Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, which later became the town of San Antonio.
Decedents of the Lanzarote settlers took part in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo fighting alongside Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett when Mexican general Santa Anna and his army killed the defending Texans.
Rancho Texas has taken the glory of the Alamo and the glamour of the old west to heart building a theme park complete with everything you would expect to see in and old cowboy film, even going so far as to add a gold mine and an Indian reservation.
Set in beautiful landscaped gardens with lakes and waterfalls, the park is also a mini-zoo complete with, Komodo dragons, crocodiles, lions, tigers and an exotic bird collection that includes several Raptors.
Throughout the day shows take place that allows you to interact with the animals or be entertained by the antics of cheeky parrots and cockatoos as they perform their act. The birds of prey demonstrations are one not to be missed either, where you will encounter these amazing creatures flying just feet above your head.
Take a swim with the Sea lions
A firm park favourite is swimming with the Sea Lions in their special pool. Children 8 years of age and older are welcome to join in the fun, but anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. With limited places available make sure to book your water adventure well in advance.
For young children, a trip to “Lilliput” is a must as it gives them the opportunity to pet and learn about some of our domesticated animals in a safe and secure environment. Kids will also love to go for a canoe ride out on the lake or just mess around in the “Splash Zone Water Corral “area.
The water zone at Rancho Texas has all you need for an enjoyable day in the pool, including lifeguards on duty in the pool area and on the two amazing water-slides.
When it comes time to take a break or grab a bite to eat the park has three venues serving up American and Tex-Mex inspired food along with cold drinks that will please even the fussiest of eaters.
For barrels of fun and a great night out, be sure to catch the Rancho Texas wild west inspired country music, dinners , where from start to finish you will be entertained by all the cowboys, Indians and saloon girls while enjoying a Texan BBQ buffet dinner.