Philip’s Animal Garden (https://www.philipsanimalgarden.com/) might be the best place to visit on the island. It is an amazing nonprofit rescue environment for exotic animals that have been abandoned or abused. Our whole family visited and were entranced with the animals and hand-built enclosures. Philip builds all of the shelters and some are very ingenious. We all got to feed most of the animals, and my son LOVED it.
Feeding the baby goats
Philip gave us a personal tour (we didn’t know him, just what he does) and gave us info & answered our questions about each animal. The animals are always changing depending on who needs rescuing and who has been released. I definitely wouldn’t miss this. I don’t know what his education on animals is, but this man has a natural gift.
Tip: It’s super hot there, not a lot of shade, so bring water & sunscreen! Also bring some cash, you are going to want to donate – trust me.
If you never venture off the calm strip of beaches on the southwest side of the island, you will still have a wonderful time, but if you’re looking for a different landscape, check out the Northeast coastline. Cactus filled land, lined on one side by rocky shores with crashing waves make for a beautiful view. You can drive right up to the coast, it’s bumpy, but our rental car made it just fine.
This post is specifically about why you should stay in a timeshare to travel Aruba with kids. I focus on the Marriott Aruba Surf Club because that’s what I have the most experience with, but I think most of it can be extrapolated to timeshare traveling in general.