11 Exciting Things to Do in Mexico for an Epic Family Vacation


A family vacation in Mexico will treat everyone to an amazing experience. There are tons of family-friendly adventures and things to do in Mexico. Whether you pick an all-inclusive resort or explore the area on your own, this sunny destination is one of the best places for a trip your entire family will love.

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Things to Do in Mexico for an Epic Family Vacation

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Parks and Paradise

Xel-Ha – This is a paradise that is home to the largest natural aquarium in the world. You can find the gem in Riviera May. The location is breathtaking and packed with family-pleasing activities. Think of it as a tropical park where you and your kids can snorkel with fish in a lagoon, or walk, bike, and hike the area to see foliage and animals in their natural homes. Kids will love the zip-lines while parents can enjoy a private grotto. Don’t forget to explore the Mayan Wall in the vestiges of the city.


Isla Mujeres -Just a 15-minute boat ride from Cancun, you’ll find the stunning island that is best for relaxing. If you and your kids are looking to unwind or enjoy a picnic on a beach free of clutter, Isla Mujeres is the place for you. There are guided tours available, but you can always rent a golf cart and discover the area for yourselves. Don’t forget to stop by the downtown market to visit the unique shops and restaurants.


Animal Adventures

Xcaret – The ecological park is abundant with creatures that will delight any animal-lover. Xcaret is packed with exhibits and activities. Explore beaches, relax on the lazy river, spot jaguars, swim with dolphins, or witness the beauty of the butterfly pavilion. The attraction is a hot spot in Mexico, so plan to share the experiences with crowds.


Interactive Aquarium – It’s a small but amazing kid-friendly option inside the La Isla Shopping Village. If you are hunting for a more time-friendly family adventure – this is the place. You can explore the attraction in about an hour, but you and your family will get the opportunity to pet manta rays or sea turtles, swim with dolphins, and feed a shark!

Fun on the Seas

Capitan Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise – Want to enjoy dinner and a show on a replica of an 18th century Spanish Galleon? This tour will be a memory-making experience your entire family will enjoy. Guests board the ship and are immediately treated to games, drinks, and fun. After the dinner, don’t be surprised to run into another pirate ship and witness a pirate battle. Allow yourself at least 3-4 hours for this pirate adventure.

Sail La Princesa – Hop on the catamaran to witness the amazing view of a Sea Lion Colony making a home on the rocks of El Arco.

Explore Nature

Aktun-Chen – Make this park a must-visit on your family’s vacation bucket list. National Geographic rated the experience as one of the Top 10 Underground Walks. The crystal-clear water is complimented by the peaceful and beautiful caves. Explore rock formations, see fossils and stare in wonder at the stunning stalagmites located under a rainforest.

Rancho El Charro – Saddle up and enjoy exploring Puerto Vallarta on a peaceful trail ride. Guests will get a good look at the jungle and enjoy the tranquility of the village while riding a horse, which means two experiences in one adventure.

Free Fun

Bikes – Most resorts offer complimentary bikes for guests to use. Check out your accommodation’s offerings and take advantage of the freebie. Use the bikes to explore your surroundings or save money on transportation.

Playa de Los Muertos – Hit this beach to do people-watching or see musicians treating visitors to a show. You might also come across street dancers and bodybuilders are strutting their stuff.

Los Cabos – One experience your family must make time for is the sunsets and sunrises along the beach. It will be worth getting up early to start the day with the sight of the sun creeping over the horizon for a view like no other.

Your family vacation to Mexico can easily be filled with so many family-friendly adventures. The gorgeous scenery and rich culture will be a treat that children of all ages will appreciate.

Have you ever gone on a family vacation to Mexico? What other fun activities would you include on this list? Tell us in the comments!

27 thoughts on “11 Exciting Things to Do in Mexico for an Epic Family Vacation”

  1. I love all inclusive things. That’s one of the main reason I love cruising. I don’t have to worry about extras unless I chose to. Sounds like me and the kids need to go to Mexico one day!

  2. Mexico is such a lovely place, I didn’t know they had these many beaches! All are so beautiful, I’d love to go there some time soon.

  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Sounds like a fun place, but I am not interested in getting my kids passports at this time so we are sticking to the US :)

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