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 activities for all ages.

The whole family will love a day trip 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, the smaller of the two, and Ventura Park, which also includes zip lines and a small roller coaster. Sea Adventure is better for younger children while the whole family can enjoy Ventura Park. 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, 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.



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, the...  Read More



It's not difficult to have a great day at All Ritmo Water Park. This family friendly water park is actually part of All Ritmo 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



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

Parque 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 park has been a central hub of activity. The city's oldest Catholic chruch, El Cristo Rey, is located at one...  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



Jolly Roger Pirate Show is a 3 1/2 hour family-friendly tour on a pirate ship which includes dinner and all you can drink. Premium or regular menu options are available. Children ages 12 and under can choose between chicken nuggets and hot dogs....  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, nature and culture. Inside the park there is a butterfly pavilion, an aviary, an aquarium, as well as places where you can view...  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