If ‘Mexico’ and ‘family-friendly’ are, in your opinion, mutually exclusive, let this guide to the top family-friendly attractions in Mexico prove you wrong. Whether you and the kids like water parks, ziplining through the jungle or even just learning about economics in a fun, accessible way (yes, really) Mexico has something for you to enjoy as a family.
If you’re headed to the opposite coast, to popular tourist destination Puerto Vallarta, then you should head to Splash water park for an afternoon instead. A little on the smaller side, there are a handful of pools for both children and adults, plus a few water slides. Inflatable rubber rings are available to rent and, best of all, beers are super cheap.
Rather than recommending a specific ziplining company—there are several comparable companies to choose from in Puerto Vallarta, especially—let us simply recommend the activity in and of itself. Vallarta’s strategic location between the jungle and the coast allows for some great ziplining spots, where you can whizz in between the tree tops and enjoy some spectacular views. An unmissable family-friendly activity for those who are good with heights.
If you’re planning a small-town vacation, in the quaint San Miguel de Allende, rather than at one of the popular tourist spots or the Mexican capital, don’t fret because the excellent Museo La Esquina has you covered. An introduction to the rich artisanal history and culture of Mexico, there are five permanent exhibitions where you and your family can marvel over handmade toys and other articles. If your children spot something they like, they can pick up their own in the gift shop, or even take part in one of the regular workshops that takes place there.
Just off the Caribbean coast of Mexico lies Isla Mujeres, a tourist favourite easily reached by ferry from Playa del Carmen or Cancun. It’s also home to a top family-friendly attraction in Mexico—the Tortugranja, a.k.a. Turtle Farm. You can peek into the pools where the recently hatched turtles are housed and even take a look at the adults too. They also sell food pellets so you can enjoy seeing them snap up their lunch.
What better way to entertain antsy children of an evening than a gaudy pirate ship show? Off the coast of Cancun, there are a few pirate shows which take place each night, and include a full dinner and drinks depending on the package you choose. We recommend the Pirate Show Jolly Roger for its excellent reviews and immersive experience.
Finally, our last family-friendly attraction in Mexico takes us back to the Caribbean coast with the adventure park Selvatica. As opposed to Xel-Ha and Xcaret which focus more on water activities, Selvatica is all about the ziplines, quad biking and adrenaline-raising options. One for the daredevils amongst you.