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Things to do in Aruba

Aruba's ancient indigenous cultural and colonial heritage has been beautifully captured in many fine museums, from the Indian artefacts at the Archaeological Museum of Aruba to the Dutch-built Fort Zoutman. Discover exotic cacti, aloe plants and rare tropical blooms in the leafy hiking trails at Arikok National Park. Fine sunset views can be enjoyed from the California Lighthouse on the island's Westpunt, or with a climb up to Mount Hooiberg, a conical hill cloaked in magnetic rock.

California Lighthouse, Aruba. Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority - fotoseeker.com

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Archaeological Museum of Aruba - Museums and Galleries

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    Archaeological Museum of Aruba, Aruba. Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

    This permanent collection of artefacts from Aruba's Indian history includes the island's earliest historic era. Items at the Archaeological Museum of Aruba in Oranjestad include ceramic pots and stone tools from the Sero Muskita and Arikok tribes, weapons and religious offerings.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

    Address

    42, Schelp Straat, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 582 8979

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 2. Fort Zoutman - Museums and Galleries

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    Fort Zoutman, Aruba. Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

    The 1796 Fort Zoutman in Oranjestad features the Willem III Tower and Aruba Museum and is Aruba's oldest example of Dutch architecture, named after a Dutch Rear Admiral. The Willem III Tower was added in 1868. Colonial era objects are displayed.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$6

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-6pm

    Address

    1, Zoutmanstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 582 6099

    Transport

    Bus to Zoutmanstraat

  3. 3. Museo di Deporte - Museums & Galleries

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    Scrapbooks, photos, trophies and plenty more of Aruba's sporting elite are displayed at the Museo di Deporte. The museum is dedicated to the achievements of Aruban and international athletes and covers over 29 different sports with a wealth of memorabilla.

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    Opening hours

    Mon- Sat 9am-12pm & 5pm-7pm; Sun 9am-12.30pm

    Address

    67 Alto Vista, , Aruba

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 4. Mount Hooiberg - Attractions

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    Mount Hooiberg, Aruba. © David M Singer, vodkafish.com

    Mount Hooiberg, a 168-metre cone-shaped hill clad in magnetic rock between Oranjestad and Santa Cruz, offers stunning views. Meaning 'Haystack', and depicted on Aruba's Coat of Arms, glimpse Venezuela in clear weather, a reward for a 600-step climb.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Road from Oranjestad (Caya G.F. Croes) to Santa Cruz, Aruba

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 5. Arikok National Park - Attractions

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    Arikok National Park, Aruba. Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

    The 870-acre ecological Arikok National Park in Paradera boasts semi-arid rocky outcrops and exotic flora and fauna. Follow well-signed leafy paths to Arawak petroglyphs and ancient ruins and take a tour of Yamanota, Aruba's highest peak.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    71, San Fuego, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 585 1234

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Arikok National Park Website

  3. 6. Aruba Butterfly Farm - Attractions

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    Aruba Butterfly Farm, Aruba. Courtesy of the Aruba Butterfly Farm, © Oscar Gutierrez

    Several hundred species of butterfly are housed at Aruba Butterfly Farm near Oranjestad, set amid colourful blooms and palms. Spend a morning walking through gardens with accomplished lepidoperists on a tour that covers biology, conservation and trivia.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$15; 4-16s US$8; under-3s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-4.30pm

    Address

    J Irausquin Boulevard Z/N, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 586 3656

    Transport

    Bus to J Irausquin Boulevard

    Website

    Aruba Butterfly Farm Website

Special things to do

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  1. 7. California Lighthouse - Special things to do

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    California Lighthouse, Aruba. Courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority - fotoseeker.com

    Striking sunset views abound from Aruba's Hudishibana plateau when alabaster sands take on a heavenly glow. The abandoned California Lighthouse dates back to 1914 and was named after a ship that failed to respond to the Titanic's SOS distress signals.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Hudishibana, Northwest Aruba, Aruba

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 8. Kini Kini ATV Tours - Special Things to Do

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    Known as the "Shake and Bake", the guided Kini Kini ATV tour is an adventurous journey around Aruba's rugged north coast in an All Terrain Vehicle. Enjoy numerous attractions along the four-hour journey including the Bushiribana Ruins.

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    Cost

    US$80 + Tax (Single Rider); US$100 + Tax (Double Rider)

    Opening hours

    9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm

    Address

    33 Flacciusstraat, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 588 3333

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Kini Kini Tours Website

  3. 9. Atlantis Adventures - Special things to do

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    Atlantis Adventures, Aruba. © Jonathan Kalmes

    At depths of 46m, Atlantis Adventures' Atlantis VI submarine departs from Oranjestad and journeys through pastel-coloured coral gardens on the Barcadera Reef. It passes sunken planes, sponges and multi-coloured tropical fish on the wreck of a 70-year-old Danish fishing trawler.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$89; 12-16s US$79

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-1.50pm

    Address

    162, Fatum Building, 2nd Floor, L G Smith Boulevard, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 588 6881/+297 58 37077

    Transport

    Bus to L.G Smith Boulevard

    Website

    Atlantis Adventures Website

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