5 Best Attractions For Kids On Family Vacation In Cancun

Family vacation in Cancun, Mexico
Family vacation in Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico used to be considered the “Spring Break Capital of the World” but has since grown up into a popular location for a family vacation. This great destination offers plenty of activities and tours for all ages. Yes, Cancun has endless, beautiful sandy beaches, but the city is so much more than that. Read on to find out why Cancun is the ideal location for a family vacation.

1. All Ritmo Water Park

All Ritmo Waterpark is ideal for small kids
All Ritmo Waterpark
Cancun has two waterparks, but All Ritmo is the better option for the smaller kids on a family vacation in Cancun. While the park is located in All Ritmo Resort, it is open to the public. The water park has slides to suit the whole family plus your entrance fee will nab you endless food and drinks, including hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and more.

2. Ventura Park in Cancun

Ventura Park in Cancun on family vacation
Ventura Park [Image @venturaparkcancun/Instagram
Besides being a water park, Ventura Park also features zip lines and a small roller coaster making it fun for the kids. Formerly Wet ‘n Wild, Ventura Park is the only adventure park in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. The park has several “worlds,” including Underworld, Dolphinaris, Grand Prix, Fun World, Aaaahventure and Wet ‘n Wild.

3. Captain Hook Pirate Dinner Cruise

This option is a whole load of fun for the family as you set sail on a replica of an 18th-century Spanish Galleon. The tour leaves at 6:30 pm every evening from the bridge in the Hotel Zone. First of all, the family is greeted by their friendly pirate hosts and treated to drinks, games and pirate silliness. It is then time for dinner before the family heads up to the deck and notice something is going on. It turns out there is another pirate ship about to do battle with yours! The ship heads back to dock at 10:30 pm, all safe and sound.

4. Interactive Aquarium in La Isla Shopping Village

Interactive Aquarium Cancun
Interactive Aquarium
While the aquarium is relatively small, it is packed with optional activities for the whole family. Besides swimming with the dolphins, the family can also feed a shark. But that’s not all, as they can also touch the sea turtles and other marine creatures, or stroke the sleek manta rays on the property. Meanwhile, the aquarium has a gift shop where visitors can buy photos of their swim with the dolphins or the shark feeding experience along with other great souvenirs.

5. Croco Cun Zoo

Croco Cun Zoo, Cancun
Croco Cun Zoo
Another ideal location on a family vacation is the Croco Cun Interactive conservation zoo, located around 20 miles from downtown Cancun. It started out as a crocodile breeding farm, but after it was destroyed in 1988 by Hurricane Gilberto, its mission changed. These days, their aim is to protect and promote crocodiles. On a tour of the zoo, the family can learn about local flora and fauna. Meanwhile, the highlight for the kids is to feed the cute spider monkeys, meet other animals up close and personal, or hold a baby crocodile.

Try out these options and more on a fun family vacation in Cancun, Mexico!

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Anne Sewell

Freelance writer and travel writer who has lived in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, now living happily on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

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