Cancun For A Family Vacation

Last Updated Oct 18, 2023

Come and enjoy the Riviera Maya with your kids!

Yucatan and the Riviera Maya are among the most po pular tourist destinations in the world.

Its wide array of world-class beaches, top-notch resorts, and state-of-the-art spas, have transformed a once neglected Yucatan Peninsula into the most vibrant region of Mexico.

However, what does this international travel hotspot have to offer families with kids?

Quite a lot! 😍 😍 😍

If you are about to spend your family vacations in the Riviera Maya and you are looking for activities for children in Cancun and the other locations of the Yucatan Peninsula, look no further!

Because here it is… *drum roll* 🥁 🥁 🥁

✨ ✨ ✨ THE ARTICLE ✨ ✨ ✨
(loud music, raving crowd..)

Learn everything about things to do with kids in Cancun.

Follow Odigoo's parrot, it will tell you all the secrets about Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

A fully equipped Hotel Zone to entertain kids

Tourism companies in Cancun and the Riviera Maya have spared no effort to develop an enormous hotel zone that offers all possible and unimaginable services to satisfy all customers and all budgets.

Most of the hotels in Cancun, and especially those in the hotel zone, have services and productos specially focuesed on kids' entertainment.

In most of the resorts in Cancun, you will find swimming pools under constant supervision to guarantee all safety measures. Of course, you will also find them equipped with colorful slides and other water games. All of this to keep the kids entertained and happy, making memories of an amazing family vacation.

Water slides in Cancún

Most hotels in Cancun`s Hotel Zone also offer recreational services with youth entertainers. The ideal service to keep kids busy and safe while their parents can relax and rest!

Beach clubs are a good example of the activities for children offered by many resorts. In these places, children will not only have fun but they will have the chance to meet other children and make new friends.

Odigoo Tip:

If you are staying in an all-inclusive hotel, ask about the activities for children that are planned everyday. Some activities can have an extra cost!

If the idea of spending your entire vacation lying on your sun lounger in front of the sea and enjoying your all-inclusive hotel does not excite you, we have some interesting ideas for your family vacation in Cancun.

Activities in nature: discovering the local fauna

Are you going to explore the Riviera Maya with your family? Here are some ideas of activities to do with children while discovering the ecosystems,the flora and fauna in the Mexican Caribbean.

All children love animals and the Riviera Maya is full of them.

From colorful fishes in the sea to fascinating birds in the jungle, this site has an extraordinary diversity of animals for your children.


An excellent opportunity to have fun while learning about different species, their habitats and the ecosystems in the Yucatan Peninsula.

🐒 Akumal Monkey Sanctuary is a good place to start. Located in the jungle near the beach town of Akumal of international fame as a turtle’s paradise, this monkey sanctuary is a refuge for wild primates that can’t be sent back to the jungle on their own.

Your kids will be able to interact with over 40 rescued animals, while professional guides explain to them the importance of taking care of all species of animals and to protect their habitats.

📍 How to get there? follow these directions.
📫 Address: Camino a Uxuxubi S/N Predio Santa Pilar Lote 16, 77776 Akumal, Q.R
⏰ Monday to Sunday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
💲 : 65 USD adult, 45 USD child, FREE Admission (0-5 years old)

🐊 Crococun is an interactive zoo located on the highway halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

This recreational park is one of the best activities for children in Cancun.

The main attraction of Crococun are, of course, the reptiles. Crocodriles stand out above all, they are the true kings of the place. In company of a guide, your children will learn the characteristics of these reptiles, their natural environment, and also what they eat...

Our advice :

Don't forget to count the fingers and toes of everyone in your group before and after your visit! 😂😆

Jokes aside, the amazing experience in Crococun is about getting so close to the animals that you can even touch them. Your children will have the opportunity to get their hands on baby crocodiles and harmless snakes.

To end the show, you can take a walk above the impressive crocodiles and watch these giants in their natural environment.

An absolutely unforgettable experience.

📍 How to get there? follow these directions.
📫 Address: Km 31, Carr. Cancún - Tulum, 77580 Puerto Morelos, Q.R.
⏰ Monday to Sunday - 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
💲: 33 USDs adult, 23 USDS child, FREE (0-5 years old)

For more information: Crococun Zoo.

👉 Looking for more activities in nature to do with your children in Cancun and Riviera Maya? Discover our bird watching tour.

Theme parks in Riviera Maya: guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Let's continue with another recreational activity for children: the eco-parks in the Riviera Maya.

If you come to spend your family vacations in Cancun, you cannot miss the wonderful theme parks and eco-parks in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Most of these theme parks are located close to Playa del Carmen, about an hour's drive from Cancun.

To get there, you can rent a car or take public transportation (ADO bus).

It is also possible to book a private tour, these usually include round trip travel from your hotel and theme park tickets.

🐬 Xcaret, a theme park you can't miss in the Riviera Maya

Xcaret is the most peculiar and popular of all the theme parks in Cancun. This amazing place escapes all possible classifications.


Xcaret is at the same time:

  • - a mega theme park with a fabulous decoration of lush vegetation.
  • - an ecological park with attractions for the whole family.
  • - a live show about the Mexican culture and history.

There, you and your family can swim in underground rivers, watch horse riding shows, swim with dolphins, feed stingrays, get on zip-lines and practice snorkeling.

All in a typical Mexican atmosphere.

Bars and restaurants complete the park. You can taste delicious dishes of Mexican cuisine.

You can’t leave the park without watching the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Dinner Show that presents an extraordinary show about the richness of Mexico’s culture and history.

📍 How to get there? follow thes directions.
📫 Address: Carr. Chetumal Puerto Juárez Kilometer 282, Solidaridad, 77710 P. del Carmen, Q.R.
⏰ Hours: Monday to Sunday - 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
💲 Price: 2419.78 MXN adult, 1209.78 MXN child (basic ticket price)*

For more information: Xcaret.

🐬 Xel-Ha: the eco-aquatic park of the Riviera Maya

The second most popular theme park in Cancun and the Riviera Maya is Xel-Ha, one of the most incredible ecological parks, also located near Playa del Carmen.

If your children love water activities, you need to add Xel-Ha to the list of things to do in Cancun as a family.

Xel-Ha is a theme park focused on aquatic activities. In this park you can go for walks along the river, snorkeling and many other activities perfectly adapted to children and the rest of the family.

In addition to the activities related to the sea, you will also find several trails to walk through the jungle and watch closely the wildlife of the region. In this park, you will also discover bike paths and a cenote where you can swim.

If your children likes Indiana Jones-type movies, take them to explore the Mayan ruins of Xel-Ha. A sense of adventure and mystery arises there.

The only "problem" with these parks is having enough time to do everything that is available in this true “Mexican Disneyland”.

Did you know that?

These theme parks offer combined tickets and accommodation to enjoy 100% family activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

📍 How to get there? follow these directions.
📫 Address: Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, local 1 and 2, module B, 77780 Q.R.
⏰ Hours: Monday to Sunday - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
💲 Price: 2199 MXN adult, 1099 MXN child (basic ticket price)*

For more information: Xel-Ha

👉 Did these theme parks catch your attention? Then you might like this article.

Go on a submarine tour in the Caribbean Sea

What can be more exciting than getting on board an amazing submarine and exploring the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea 90 feet under the surface?

The Atlantis Submarines take your kids to the true habitat of hundreds of fish species and other marine animals.

Submarine tour in the Caribbean Sea

You can add to your kids experience a sea trek, literally walking at the bottom of the sea, and have lunch and relax at one of Cozumel’s best beaches.

Oh yes, didn’t I mention that Atlantis Submarines are located on an island 40 minutes away by ferry from Playa del Carmen? Cozumel deserves a visit by itself, so your children will appreciate navigating on a ferry and a submarine on the same day.

Family shows in the Riviera Maya

To finish this article on a high note, we've picked the best for the last!

Impossible not to mention this last category of things to do with your children during your vacation in the Riviera Maya: the great family shows.

If Cancun and the Riviera Maya are two of the top destinations for families, it is because they offer to their visitors world-class shows.

Cocobongo, the Jolly Roger pirate ship and Xoximilco park are some of the most famous shows.

👉 More information about the Riviera Maya shows? Click here!

Among these emblematic shows in the Riviera Maya, there's another mythical show: Cirque du Soleil. 🎪 🤩

Cirque du Soleil

This internationally renowned show has set up its tent not far from Cancun, in the Mayakoba area, which is about a 30-minute drive from Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

“Joya” is the name of this whimsical show that draws on Mexico’s heritage and combines culinary and performing arts in an eclectic spectacle that will spark your kids imagination and inspire their creativity.

This is the kind of world-class shows that have put Riviera Maya on par with other top-notch travel destinations such as Las Vegas or Dubai.

📍 How to get there? follow these directions.
📫 Address: Carretera Federal, Cancún - Chetumal Km 48, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.
⏰ Monday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
💲 From 1929 MXN* variable depending on the day and time of the function.

For more information: JOYÀ : Cirque du Soleil

As you can see, there are a lot of things to do and things to see if you come to spend your family vacations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
And the list is far from exhaustive!

Amazing hotels, magnificent beaches to play, excursions to watch exotic animals, theme parks... what more can you ask for to make your children spend the best vacations?

Add to this:

  • 1 spoon of adventure
  • 2 drops of entertainment
  • 4 handful of laughs
  • And a touch of magic...

This is the best cocktail for happy and relaxed families!

Thanks to the wide variety of things to do with children that you will find in Cancun and the Riviera, you will surely be able to create an unforgettable family vacation.

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