Castillo San Felipe Fortress
Cra. 17, Cartagena, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Experience Cartagena from a whole new vantage point when you visit the Castillo San Felipe Fortress with kids! This preserved piece of colonial history is located on a strategic location on the hill of San Lazaro, overlooking a beautiful city below. In fact, even though many tourists aren't aware of its history, many choose to visit just for the view! Still, Cartagena has a ton of educational value to offer families, especially when you visit the Castillo San Felipe Fortress with kids. Built-in 1536 and named after Philip IV of Spain, this structure has withstood numerous battles with French and British armies in the 1700s. Yet it still remains standing today, providing visitors with an all-access pass to its grounds. Remember that while visiting the actual area itself is free, you'll have to pay a small fee to tour inside.
It'll totally be worth it though! This stands true for any time of the day, but particularly if you stop by during sunset. Linger a few minutes to enjoy the amazing panorama -- a Cartagena sunset is unlike anything you've seen before! As you wander through the rest of the fortress, you'll be even more amazed by the picturesque landscape unfolding before you! No matter which order you choose to explore, however, we guarantee children will be fascinated by the complex history here. (Especially teens interested in social studies!) Roaming the secret underground tunnels and trenches will be a treat for everyone! Plaques will help clarify how they functioned as the first line of defense for Spanish soldiers. Then, traverse ancient fortifications and replica cannons while kids pretend they’re part of the action!