Looking for family-friendly things to do in Cancun, Mexico? You’ll find quite a bit. Cancun is known for its beaches, exciting night life and beautiful resorts. If you are going there, chances are you are staying near its Hotel Zone, the heart of its tourism scene that has its most popular resorts and restaurants.
This portion is a 14-mile-long stretch of land that separates the Caribbean Sea from the Nichupte Lagoon. It’s shaped like a 7, with the Caribbean Sea on the outside and the lagoon on the inside. It attracts couples who want a destination wedding and those who want a tropical place for their honeymoon. And, of course, you’ll find college students on spring break and groups on a girls or boys trip.
But what if you are going there with family? You’ll be glad to know it offers there are just as many family-friendly things to do there as well. From cultural activities and historic sites to adventure activities and everything in between, you’ll find so many reasons to leave your resort and explore. Here are our favorite activities that we love to recommend to our clients.
The best part? They are all close to the Hotel Zone so you won’t have to go far to see the best of Cancun.
Parks, Beaches and other Outdoor Spots
Ventura Park is a water park located in the heart of the Hotel Zone. It features a variety of water slides, pools, and other attractions for all ages. Kids will love the park’s splash pad and lazy river, while adults can relax on the poolside lounge chairs.
Xcaret Eco Park is a world-renowned eco-park that offers a variety of activities for families, including swimming in cenotes (natural sinkholes), exploring Mayan ruins, and watching traditional Mexican performances. Kids will love the park’s interactive exhibits, such as the butterfly garden and the jaguar habitat.
Xenses by Xcaret hasboth 50 exhibits of optical illusions (such as Path of Feeling, where you’ll pass a village that will test your sense of balance). There are also 14 air, land and water activities here so everyone will find something fun to do at this unforgettable park.
Xplore Park has breath-taking rock formation and 14 zip-lines in this adventure park. You can slo drive fun amphibious vehicles through the beautiful Caribbean jungle trails.
Xoximilco Mexican Floating Fiesta will teach you Mexican culture, customs, and traditions through music, dance, games, and food all on board colorful Mexican Gondolas.
Playa Delfines is another popular spot that is also kid-friendly. This public beach is a great place to swim, sunbathe, and build sandcastles. It also has a playground and a concession stand.
Cancun Scenic Tower is 260 feet so you’ll get the best views of Cancun which means pictures you take here are going to be the ones you’ll want to share when you go back home. If you’ve gone to any of the Xcaret parks mentioned above, your bracelet from there will earn you free entry to the tower, too!
Isla Mujeres is accessibly by ferry from the Hotel Zone and it’s the perfect place to go for a day trip with your family. This charming island is a paradise for families. You can rent a golf cart to explore the island, visit the Turtle Farm, or relax on beautiful Playa Norte, known for its calm, shallow waters perfect for young swimmers. Isla Mujeres offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of Cancun’s mainland.
Parque Las Palapas offers a low-key, local experience in downtown Cancun. This vibrant park comes alive in the evenings with food stalls, live music, and a playground for the kids. It’s an excellent place to enjoy authentic Mexican street food while immersing yourself and your family in the local culture.
Museums and Aquariums
Interactive Aquarium Cancun is a great place to learn about the marine life of the Caribbean Sea. Located inside La Isla Shopping Mall, the massive aquarium has thousands of species of fish. The aquarium features a variety of interactive exhibits, including a touch tank where visitors can pet stingrays and starfish. Kids will also love the aquarium’s underwater tunnel, where they can see sharks and other marine life up close.
Cancun Wax Museum is a great place to see life-size wax figures of your favorite celebrities and historical figures. The museum features a variety of exhibits, including a Hollywood exhibit, a sports exhibit, and a music exhibit. Kids will love seeing their favorite celebrities up close and personal and getting photos with them.
Mayan Museum of Cancun (Museo Maya) is a great place to learn about Mayan history and culture. The museum features a variety of exhibits, including artifacts from Mayan archaeological sites and information about Mayan culture. Kids will love learning about the Mayans and seeing their artifacts up close.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the famous interactive museum chain that has funny and interesting exhibits, art, artifacts, and optical illusions that the whole family will enjoy.
Cancun’s Underwater Museum (MUSA) features over 500 life-sized sculptures submerged in the ocean. Snorkeling or diving among these sculptures is not only entertaining but also serves as a unique way to raise awareness about marine conservation. Kids will love discovering the sculptures and the marine life that has made them their home.
Mercado 28 is a traditional Mexican market where you can find souvenirs, handicrafts, and fresh produce. It’s a great place to experience Mexican culture and do some shopping at the same time. Don’t be afraid to haggle to get a great deal!
Plaza Kukulkan is a shopping mall located in the Hotel Zone where you’ll find a good number of stores from international brands as well as excellent restaurants.
La Isla Shopping Village is an upscale shopping mall located in the heart of the Hotel Zone (which houses the Interactive Aquarium Cancun mentioned above). Like Plaza Kukulkan, it features a variety of stores and families can also find kid-friendly restaurants at La Isla, making it a great place to spend a day shopping and dining.
When you stay in Cancun, there’s so much to see and do as a family. Whether you want quiet relaxation or daring adventure, there’s always something here for you. This list proves that venturing beyond your resort will reward you with fun activities that will create unforgettable memories.