The Best Family-Friendly Attractions in Guatemala

Bumper cars at Xetulul amusement park, Guatemala
Bumper cars at Xetulul amusement park, Guatemala | © Eduardo Robles Pacheco / Flickr
Jack Guy

Planning a family vacation can be a daunting task, but Guatemala has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. Here are some of the best attractions that will appeal to the younger members of the family.

Museo del Niño

The Children’s Museum is in Zone 13 of Guatemala City, near the international airport. It has over 50 interactive exhibits, as well as a reading room where you can relax for a while. It’s a good spot to kill a few hours before your flight if you have time to spare.

La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala is home to many animals, including this leopard

La Aurora Zoo

Another attraction close to the airport is the zoo of Guatemala City. Founded in 1924, the zoo has separate areas for African, American and Asian animals, as well as birds, marine animals and farm animals.

Cerro El Baul, Quetzaltenango

If you’re in Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela, head up to the viewpoint at Cerro El Baul. There is space to run around and play football, as well as a number of slides to play on.

ChocoMuseo Antigua

Over in Antigua, you can visit the ChocoMuseo and have a go at making your own chocolate. It’s fascinating for both adults and children, plus you get to take whatever you make home with you as a souvenir, if you can resist eating it.

Xocomil water park, Guatemala

Xocomil and Xetulul

These twin amusements parks are found near Retalhuleu in the west of the country. Xocomil is a water park packed with loads of slides and pools, while Xetulul houses recreations of famous world landmarks, a rollercoaster and a host of other rides.

Auto Safari Chapín

This drive-through safari is around an hour and a half from Guatemala City, in a place called Taxisco. The park is home to lions, zebras and parrots, among other animals.

Butterfly house at Reserva Natural Atitlán, Guatemala

Reserva Natural Atitlán

Take the kids to Lake Atitlan and they’re sure to be impressed by the views of the volcanoes. Make the trip to Reserva Natural Atitlán, and they’ll get the chance to watch monkeys and coatis playing along the nature trails, and also see waterfalls. You can also visit a butterfly farm and relax on the beach of the private lake.

Parque Natural Ixpanpajul

When you’re in the Peten region visiting Tikal, stop in at this park to explore the jungle trails and walk along the hanging bridges.

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