Family vacations often build the kind of memories that last a lifetime and traveling with children is more popular than ever. Mexico has long been prized for its diverse landscapes, friendly people, and ancient architecture.
Whether looking for a beach getaway, a city escape or an opportunity to dive headfirst into the culture and cuisine, this is an ideal location for a family holiday. Here are our top picks for the best things to do with kids in Mexico.
Park It In Mexico City
Even bigger than Central Park in New York City, Chapultepec Park is the largest park in the Americas. Spread over 160 acres in Mexico City, it boasts a forest, a lake, a zoo and several green spaces to keep even the most active children occupied.
Ride ponies, rent a rowboat or go bicycling. There is even an amusement and water park.
Be sure to visit the El Museo del Niño (The Museum of the Child) which has plenty of interactive, educational and engaging activities and exhibitions for kids of all ages.
If you want to get the most “bang for your buck” on your next family-focused holiday, be sure to nail down an all-inclusive Mexican package. These deals often include accommodation, meals, on-site activities and alcoholic beverages all rolled into one price.
Many hotels cater to families such as the Azul Beach Resort: The Fives Playa del Carmen by Karisma All Inclusive. This is a trendy family-style beach apartment hotel that offers a kiddie spa and multiple a la carte restaurants in lieu of the typical buffet.
You will also find three pools and a Nickelodeon Azulito Kids Club with kid-friendly diversions, sandcastle building and face painting.
Xcaret Cultural Immersion
A wonder to behold, Xcaret is the nature park in Playa del Carmen that is tailor-made for families. Showcasing more than 50 natural and cultural attractions, you can spend the day swimming in the underground rivers (cenotes), go bird watching at the Aviary, explore the Coral Reef Aquarium, the Butterfly Pavilion, and the Mayan ruins. The thrills don’t stop after sunset because that’s when you can enjoy the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular. This is a vibrant show featuring 300 entertainers who take you on a musical journey through Mesoamerican history culminating in the breathtaking Flying Birdman performance.
Seaside Ruins In Tulum
Breathtakingly beautiful, Tulum is a series of 13th-century Mayan ruins perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean. Easy to access and small enough to cover in about an hour, it is home to a large population of wild iguanas that tend to thrill and repel kids in equal order.
While in the area visit Aktun-Chen, an eco-park and rainforest inhabited by spider monkeys and wild turkeys that also features impressive walk-through caves studded with rooftop stalactites and stalagmites.
A Taste Of Oaxaca
A bit off the well-traveled tourist path, Oaxaca is an idyllic mountainous location with Spanish colonial architecture. Popular with “foodies” it is famous for its vibrant markets, stringy Oaxacan Queso (cheese) and its seven unique versions of “mole”, a savory chocolate and chili-based sauce used in Mexican cuisine.
Kids should enjoy eating the fresh fruits, vegetables and local street food such as the giant corn Tlayudas and freshly made tamales.
Horsing Around In Puerto Vallarta
Tucked between the rustic mountains of the Sierra Madres and the coastal shores of the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas is the Mexican paradise of Puerto Vallarta.
One of the best ways to discover the region is by horseback and there are literally dozens of kid-friendly options to choose from.
Take a “horseback stroll” along the beach, explore the jungle and mountain trails, or go on a waterfall or river horseback riding tour. There is something for everyone no matter what your age, or your riding skills.
Cancun Dolphin Experience
Dolphin Discovery in Cancun the quintessential family focused activity when visiting Mexico. A delight for both adults and children, touch, feed and interact with the dolphins like nowhere else in the world. The park is located on Isla Mujeres, which is just a short boat ride from the mainland.
Whether the kids choose to swim with the Dolphins or simply get pushed around on a boogie board, it’s the kind of experience that is sure to leave an impression that will last a lifetime.
Teotihuacan Pyramid Challenge
Located about an hour’s drive outside of Mexico City, the Teotihuacan Pyramids are one of the most awe-inspiring things to do with children. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this Mesoamerican Aztec ruin is a holy city built during the 1st and 7th centuries A.D.
Encompassing the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, and the Avenue of the Dead it is a tactile and fascinating destination unlike anywhere else in the world.
You can spend your time exploring the sites from ground level, or let the kids tucker themselves out hiking to the summit of the two imposing pyramids.
Theme Park Madness
Situated in the southern part of Mexico City inside of the Tlalpan forest, Six Flags México is the ultimate theme park in the country.
Boasting rollercoasters, kid-friendly restaurants and exciting shows, you can easily spend a few days visiting the park and still not do everything. Popular attractions include laser tag, bumper cars, Justice League rides and one of the largest piñatas in the world.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”