Interactive Aquarium – La Isla Shopping Plaza
Isla Mujeres/Garrafon Natural Reef Park
Captain Hook Pirate and Dinner Show
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What kid doesn’t want to feel like a real, live pirate onboard an authentic Spanish galleon from the 18th century? (Well, it’s a replica but we can pretend). The Captain Hook Pirate and Dinner show is one of the most popular attractions for kids in Cancun, and the show sails five days a week from the Hotel Zone. Guests will enjoy real live-action pirate battles, the booming sounds of cannons, and a fully narrated adventure. But watch out, there’s another ship on the horizon. Guests shriek in amazement as a darkened ship approaches, and your ship’s pirates take up swords to protect you from the invaders! The Captain Hook Pirate and Dinner show is a night of fun and excitement that both kids and adults will talk about for years to come.
All Ritmo Resort and Waterpark
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Guests of the All Ritmo Resort enjoy free access to the on-site waterpark, one of the largest in Cancun. The waterpark offers hours of soaking fun for kids of all ages. From twisting slides to splash bays and sprayers, there is no better way to beat the heat than at All Ritmo waterpark. The highlight of the park, however, is the giant water bucket which dumps thousands of gallons of water at regular intervals onto guests below. There is even a toddler area geared toward the park’s smallest water-lovers. Guests of other resorts can purchase day passes to enjoy the fun as well.
El Parque de Las Palapas
Families looking for some leisurely outdoor time will love El Parque de las Palapas, a beautiful outdoor space filled with grassy areas, benches, shade trees, and play areas. A destination for live events, El Parque de las Palapas hosts concerts, plays, and bands monthly. Guests of this park will find concession stands serving delicious Mexican delicacies, vendors selling everything from jewelry to souvenirs, and local artists displaying their talents. The best time to go, however, is on Sundays, when local Cancun residents enjoy their days off with their own families, making it a great place to enjoy authentic Mexican culture.
Museo Maya de Cancun
Holding the Yucatan Peninsula’s largest collection of Mayan artifacts, the Museo Maya de Cancun is a must-see on any history-loving kid’s list. This museum features more than 400 pieces found in the region, from jewelry to ceramics and more. The museum is small in size, making it an easy stop in a packed day of sightseeing. Don’t let the size fool you. Museo Maya de Cancun is packed with artifacts that tell the Mayan story, and well worth the trip. For the price of admission, you can also check out the San Miguelito archeological site, which includes some amazing archeological finds, from prehistoric bones to Mayan pyramid artifacts.
XcaretThere is no attraction in the Riviera Maya more thrilling and popular than Xcaret. This huge nature park spans hundreds of acres and combines a theme park with natural wonders for an experience you won’t soon forget. Kids will love diving in cenotes, exploring marine life at the Coral Reef Aquarium, floating along underground rivers, and dazzling in wonder at the butterfly pavilion. Discover Mayan ruins, taste authentic Mexican cuisine, and take a trek through the jungle where you’ll be greeted with sounds of nature.
Children’s World is the exclusive area for the youngest explorers and features water attractions that are safe for them to navigate freely. The bigger kids will love snorkeling, beaches, and lagoons perfect for splashing or just spending a lazy day out in the sun. Swim with turtles and keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, tropical birds, and other wildlife that live in the parks. Xcaret is open year-round and offers shuttle service to the parks from nearby resorts and hotels.
Are there any other kid-friendly things to do in Cancun that we missed? Tell us in the comments below!