Best Cancun Activities for Families with Kids

Family vacations provide experiences that educate our children about the world around them and create memories that last a lifetime. Cancun, once considered the "Spring Break Capital of the World" is now a world class vacation destination that offers tours and activites for all ages.

The whole family will love a daytrip to Isla Mujeres, which includes a ferry ride and if you're smart, a golf cart tour around the island followed by swimming and lunch on North Beach, where the water is calm and bright turquoise blue. A visit to Crococun Zoo is educational, economical and fun. At Dolphin Discovery, kids can get up close and personal with the ocean's friendliest inhabitants.

Cancun is home to two waterparks, Sea Adventure and Wet n' Wild. Sea Adventure is better for younger children while kids of all ages will enjoy Wet n' Wild. The Interactive Aquarium, located in the Hotel Zone in La Isla shopping mall, provides a couple hours of fun after the beach and before dinner.

A day trip to Xcaret or Xel-Ha, two ecoparks located in the Riviera Maya, is an experience that the entire family will enjoy. Parque las Palapas, located in downtown Cancun, is the closest thing the city has to a town square. On weekend evenings there are activities for children and quite often, free performances. This gives kids an idea of what life is like for local children.

There's no shortage of activities for kids of all ages in Cancun.

Sail the high seas on a replica of an 18th century Spanish Galleon for dinner, drinks, and an exciting pirate battle. This tour departs from the Embaradero (right next to the big bridge in the Hotel Zone)every evening at 7 pm. Your pirate hosts...  Read More

You'll feel the excitement building during the boat ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres as you gaze out over the crystal clear aqua blue Caribbean waters while sipping coffee and enjoying a light breakfast. When you arrive at Dolphin Discovery...  Read More

El Parque de las Palapas
Photo courtesy of Susan R. Vincil

Parque las Palapas is the main park in downtown Cancun and is located a short walk from Tulum Avenue For much of Cancun's existence the has been a hub central of activity. The city's oldest Catholic chuch, El Cristo Rey, is located at one edge...  Read More

Interactive Aquarium

Located inside La Isla Shopping Village, the aquarium is very easy to find. It is small and can be seen in less than one hour, but the optional activities (not included in the price of admission) make this place special. Not only can you opt to...  Read More

It's not difficult to have a great day at Sea Adventure. This family friendly water park is actually part of Sea Adventure Resort, but is also open to the public. If you haven't rented a car it would be best to take a taxi as it's a bit...  Read More

Hotel Zone

Formerly Wet 'n Wild, Ventura Park is the only adventure park in the Cancun Hotel Zone. The park has something for every member of the family and is made of of different "worlds", including Dolphinaris, Underworld, Grand Prix, Fun World,...  Read More


This eco-park part of the Experiencias Xcaret family (Xcaret, Xplor, Xenotes). Xel-Ha boasts the "largest, most beautiful natural aquarium in the world". You can swim in grottos & cenotes (natural sinkholes)and see local sea life, explore...  Read More


Crococun is an interactive conservation zoo located just 19 miles from downtown Cancun that began as a crocodile breeding farm. It was destroyed by Hurricane Gilberto in 1988 and as time passed the concept changed from breeding to protecting and...  Read More

Pronounced "Sh-car-ret", this eco-archaeological park is filled with Mexican and Mayan flavor, color, music and culture. Inside the park there is a butterfly pavilion, as well as places where you can view flamingos, manatees, spider monkeys, and...  Read More

Isla Mujeres
Photo courtesy of Kristin Busse

It only takes a 15 minute boat ride to travel to one of the most popular day trip destinations near Cancun; Isla Mujeres. The island's popularity is largely due to its dreamy beaches and laid back island feeling. You can book a tour with one of...  Read More


Meet Kristin Busse

After vacationing in Mexico many times, Kristin decided to move to Cancun "for a year". That was in 2001.

Kristin grew-up in Michigan and studied Communications at Michigan State University....  More About Kristin

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