Summer is here and everyone has vacation time on their mind. Are you taking your family to a tropical vacation in Cancun, Mexico? If so, you will fall in love with the white sandy beaches, turquoise Caribbean Sea waters, and delicious cuisine. If you’re bringing the kids along, you should know there are fun activities to enjoy besides just spending a day at the beach or poolside. There is an award winning pirate ship show that is one of the best family activities in Cancun. Also, there is a fun outdoor shopping center to explore called Parque Las Palapas, an Interactive Museum, a water park, and a Mayan inspired archaeological eco-park. Read more to learn about the top 6 family activities in Cancun. Your whole family will thank you!  

Jolly Roger Pirate Ship

Family Activities in Cancun

For starters, the Jolly Roger Pirate ship is one of Cancun’s best tours for families. Both kids and adults alike will have an amazing time aboard the 18th century replica pirate ship. Step aboard and get ready to enjoy a fun filled day of adventure and world class entertainment as you cruise through the Caribbean Sea. The 3 1/2 hour family-friendly tour includes a gourmet dinner and a premium full open bar. For the little ones, there are children’s menu options to keep kids happy, and adults will be impressed by the gourmet dinner and first class service. The live show includes dramatic play fights, acrobatics, singing, dancing, and so much more. There’s even real live cannon fire and a fireworks display to end the evening tours. The Jolly Roger pirate ship departs from Playa Linda’s Pier, located next to the Teatro Cancun in Cancun’s Hotel Zone.

Parque Las Palapas

Best Family Activities in Cancun

Next, another one of the top family activities in Cancun is going to Parque las Palapas in downtown Cancun. Located just a short walk from Tulum Avenue, the park is a popular spot for local families and visitors to hang out. There, El Cristo Rey is located at one end of the part which is the city’s oldest Catholic church. Kids will love running around exploring the large variety of vendors selling food, drinks, toys, handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, and more. Why not grab some ice cream and spend some time with the family sitting under the park’s shady trees? Make sure to take your kids to the local playground where they can burn off some energy and even drive small motorized cars, too. Also, cultural events and festivals are regularly held in the park so check the calendar of events during your stay.   

Croco Cun

Family Activities in Cancun

Thirdly, why not skip the beach for the day and take the kids to a conservation zoo filled with crocodiles known as Croco Cun? The interactive conservation zoo is just 19 miles away from downtown Cancun. It was originally a crocodile breeding farm that was converted into a conservation zoo that is open to the public. Hurricane Gilberto virtually destroyed the crocodile breeding farm in 1988, and it was converted into a conservation concept during the rebuilding of the zoo. If you visit the zoo, you will enjoy a 1 hour long tour that is led by knowledgeable guides that will help educate about the crocodiles and the area’s fauna and flora too. Kids will love getting to see the ancient and mysterious creatures up close. In addition, visitors will also have a chance to hold a baby crocodile and feed spider monkeys.  

Interactive Aquarium Museum

Interactive aquarium in Cancun

Next, an Interactive Museum that kids will love is located inside the La Isla Shopping Village. The aquarium is small and is a great place to spend an hour or two to escape the heat of the day. Kids will be able to touch the sleek manta rays and sea turtles that live in a large tank.There are also optional activities not included in the price of admission such as the chance to swim with dolphins and even feed a shark. If you want to purchase photos of your dolphin swim or shark feeding experience, there are professional photos for sale as well as other souvenirs in the gift shop. There is a nice restaurant located at the aquarium that overlooks the dolphin enclosure and several dolphin shows held throughout the day. Request a table near the window so you can enjoy a dolphin show during your meal.  

All Ritmo Water Park

Al ritmo water park in Cancun

Families always enjoy getting wet and wild at a waterpark. In Cancun, you can head to the All Ritmo Water Park which is part of All Ritmo Resort but tickets are available for the public too. There are tons of water slides of different sizes so everyone in the family can have some fun as well as a lazy river. If you want to sit back and relax, there are also comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas in the park. As an added bonus, the all-inclusive entrance fee includes unlimited food and drinks all day.Food options include hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and more. Adults will even get to enjoy unlimited alcoholic beverages, too. Towels and locker rentals are available as well. 

Xcaret in Playa del Carmen

Xcaret in playa del Carmen

Last but not least, Xcaret is located in nearby Playa del Carmen. The eco-archaeological park is inspired by Mexican and Mayan heritage. Inside the park, visitors will be able to check out a butterfly pavilion, an aviary, and an aquarium. There are even viewing areas to see flamingos, manatees, spider monkeys, jaguars and more. There are also cenotes within the park which are underground swimming holes created when limestone collapses to reveal freshwater.  Kids will enjoy climbing a small Mayan ruin and maybe get spooked out with a visit to a traditional cemetery. Don’t miss the Children’s World which is called Mundo de Niños where kids can learn and have fun at the same time. In addition, there are various live performances held throughout the day. However, the Xcaret’s night show is an unforgettable celebration of Mexican and Mayan history, sport, dance and music so make sure to plan accordingly. 

Are you ready to start planning your vacation to Mexico? We suggest you bring the whole family along and head to sunny Cancun. As you can see, there are tons of great Cancun family activities to enjoy during your getaway in addition to enjoying the Riviera Maya’s beautiful beaches. Let us know where you went and which activity was your favorite.