23 Lanzarote Attractions - Rancho Texas, Western Theme Park
By John Plumb
All Beached out ?
Need to entertain the children ?
Looking for a great family day out ?
Do you fancy a country & western night out in Lanzarote ?
Then read on…..
Rancho Texas is located on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen and on one of our many trips recently, we decided to spend a day out their with the children. Rancho Texas features amongst its attractions, an Indian amphitheatre where we witnessed a stunning display in falconry, a Nature Park where our children watched and even played with some of the animals, a Goldmine Where the big water-wheel runs water to gold-bearing sands and where the children can try to find hidden treasure and an Indian Village where they took a ride in an Indian canoes and visited the Tepees.
If you're looking for somewhere for the adults, then why return when they host one of the now legendary Rancho Texas Country and Western Nights.
We started our visit in the Nature Park, host to a wide variety of Animals and Birds. This area includes 'The Opera'- A round enclosure with a great variety of singing birds where you can experience amazing sounds, 'The Promenade of colour' – with its sensational variety of birds and colours, 'Liliput Farm', where the children held the worlds smallest farm animals and saw much larger ones in the form of Turtles, Iguanas, Armadillos and Prairie dogs.
Before we could finish, we were attracted to crowd gathering in the Indian Amphitheatre (one of three live shows we would witness on the day). Once we settled down, the guide entertained us with a fantastic falconry demonstration, part of which involves the falcons flapping people on the head with thweir huge wings as they swoop from high gantries to the central 'stage'.
After this, we took the children to the Indian Village to calm them down a bit. Our youngest (4 at the time) played in the Tepees, paddled a Canoes and found 'Treasure' having followed the water from the big water-wheel to the gold-bearing sands. Our eldest (9 at the time) thought it was too young for him but agreed to 'look after his brother' and clearly enjoyed himself, although he denied it at the time.
Next we were attracted to the restaurant area as we were informed that a second show would start in 15 minutes time. Like everyone else, we decided this would be a good time to have something to eat and drink and were surprised to see our Falconry 'expert' helping out behind the food counter (we assumed he had washed his hands !). This would not be our last meeting, as he hosted the Parrot show whilst we had lunch. Another good show and some great pictures for the family.
Our two boys wanted to let off some steam, so we let them play for a short while in the adventure play area, before going back to complete out tour of the animals.
Our third show of the day, was to be the best. Our 'expert' returned (clearly multi-talented) and decided he'd jump into a pit with the Alligators. He then crept up behind one of them and played with it (in case you're wondering, he has very quick reflexes). Toward the end of the show he decided to jump on the Alligator and sis finale involved holding the Alligators mouth closed between his chin and his chest – some show !
The children were as amazed as we were and it just about rounded off a great day out and fantastic value at 14 Euros per adult and 9 Euros for the children (under twos are free).
One of the most modern of Lanzarote's attractions, Rancho Texas, still has an element of the Manrique influence, with 60,000 m˛ of theme park, designed with the utmost respect to the ambience and everything built with natural materials such as stones and wood.
At night the place comes alive with the Rancho Texas Country and Western Night, legendary in these parts. A party night for the whole family and the entertainments team (yes… he was back), kept everyone entertained with Live Music and Line Dancing and special entertainment for the Kids. You can eat as much of the American Food, BBQ and Desserts as you like and enjoy free-flowing Beer, Sangria and Soft Drinks.
Adults: 44,00 € Children 2-12 years : half price Children to 2 years: free
and… finally, if you want to Discover Lanzarote on horseback, Rancho Texas also has riding stables. Why not plan your day to include a trek on this wonderful island (three hour trek to the beach, for experienced riders only @ 54€ or a One hour trek, no experience needed @ 21€).
About the Author
John Plumb, frequent visitor to Lanzarote, a place that is now my 'home from home' having taken the plunge into villa ownership on the island - See http://www.villa-rochelle.co.uk
John is also the administrator of the "Lanzarote Villa Owners Club" @ http://www.lanzvillaowners.com
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