Cancun Things to Do

Things To Do as a Family

1.   Stroll Around El Parque De Las Palapas

Cancun is home to a few beautiful parks, such as the El Parque De Las Palapas in the downtown area. It's right next to the oldest Catholic church in the city and is a great place to stroll around with your little ones. The park has a lively vibe, lined with restaurants, bars, and street food stalls selling delectable Mexican cuisines, from tacos to empanadas and huevos rancheros.

El Parque De Las Palapas has been the central hub of activity in the downtown area of Cancun and can get busy on Sundays when locals would gather around after attending mass at the church.

Aside from food stalls, there are also stalls selling arts and crafts, clothing, and more. It's one of the most family-friendly places in the city and strolling around the park is one of the best things to do as a family.

2.   Swim with the Whale Sharks

If your holiday to Cancun falls between July and September, one of the best things to do with the family is to swim with the whale sharks! While there are whale sharks in the waters of Cancun as early as March, you'll have higher chance of seeing them when you visit during the summer months.

You can easily book a tour for swimming with the whale sharks, as it's one of the most popular activities in Cancun. You can book before you arrive or even when you're already in the city. There's a good chance that the hotel you will be staying at in Cancun will be offering this tour, so you can try to book it through them.

The whale shark tours in Cancun will usually leave from Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy, and you'll be taking a ferry or boat for this activity. This activity is one of the best experiences in Cancun, especially for families with kids.

3.   Take a Day Trip to Isla Mujeres

A day trip to Isla Mujeres is one of the top things to do as a family in Cancun. This beautiful island is only a 15-minute ferry ride from Cancun's famous Hotel Zone. Renowned for its powdery white sands and idyllic beaches, Isla Mujeres would be a great place to spend quality time with your kids.

Isla Mujeres has a laidback atmosphere and stunning Caribbean coastline, loved by both tourists and locals. The island is also home to great restaurants serving delectable food and drinks, which you can enjoy under the swaying palm trees.

Isla Mujeres is an ideal destination for families because it offers numerous activities for kids of all ages. Rent a golf cart and drive around the island where you'll discover a variety of wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins, and colourful murals. You can scuba dive in an underwater museum or go on an exhilarating zipline adventure!

4.   Dinner Cruise in a Galleon Ship

Treat the family to a sumptuous dinner cruise in a traditional galleon ship called the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship. While onboard, witness a pirate show featuring incredible theatrical performances, hilarious entertainment, and fun pirate games guaranteed to delight both adults and kids.

The Jolly Roger ship is a replica of the famous galleon ship called the Santa Maria, which Christopher Columbus sailed on during his first voyage to the Americas in the 15th Century. For your comfort, it features modern luxuries and amenities, including an air conditioning system in the dining rooms, elegantly decorated restrooms, and professional sound and lighting effects.

Before the action-packed pirate show, enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner of international and Mexican dishes. The Jolly Roger Pirate Dinner Cruise is suitable for everyone, especially families with little kids. The ship departs from the pier of Playa Linda along the Hotel Zone area.

5.   Check out the Kid's Club at Villa del Palmar Cancun

Villa del Palmar, a family-friendly resort in Cancun, has a Kid's Club where kids of all ages can enjoy various fun activities. Here, they can play, explore, make new friends, or learn new skills, making for a truly unforgettable family holiday in Cancun.

The Kids Club of Villa del Palmar is equipped with modern playground facilities and security cameras for your kids' safety. Here, your kids can take part in fun hand-making activities that could bring out the inner artist in them. They can also participate in some fun games. Best of all, professional nannies are on-site to watch and attend to your kids, so you can leave them there while you go on with your activities.

The Kid’s Club is available for use for all guests staying at Villa del Palmar. Make the most of your stay by booking a 2-bedroom loft to accommodate everyone in the family. The Kid’s Club is a wonderful opportunity for parents to spend quality time without worrying about their little ones.

6.   Visit the Parque Xel-Ha

Parque Xel-Ha is one of Mexico's most beautiful parks, and visiting this park is one of the top things to do as a family in Cancun. Aside from having the most beautiful natural wonders, the park offers the best cultural experiences to delight your little kids.

Parque Xel-Ha is home to an enchanting marine park with crystal clear waters surrounded by beautiful tropical flora and idyllic landscapes. As you snorkel through the waters, you'll discover diverse species of exotic marine life. Xel-Ha is also home to freshwater rivers, mystical cenotes, and a natural cove.

Aside from snorkelling, you can enjoy many other fun water activities at Parque Xel-Ha. You will also find several restaurants within the park that serve the most delectable Mexican dishes that even the pickiest kids will love.

7.   Experience Fun Adventures at Ventura Park

If you're looking for an amusement park to embark on some fun adventures with your little ones in Cancun, Ventura Park is the best place to be. It's one of the most popular amusement parks in Mexico and the best place to go if you're looking for some thrilling water adventures.

Ventura Park offers something for everyone. It has different themes and worlds, such as the Grand Prix, Dolphinaris, Fun World, AahVentura, and more. You will find different kinds of entertainment in each theme - from waterslides to rides and fun games.

There's also an area in Ventura Park dedicated to little kids, such as rides and playgrounds. After all the adventures, head to one of the restaurants and cafes dotted all over the park. These eateries serve delicious foods, including foods that little kids will love.

8.   Play in the Waters of Langosta Beach

Cancun is home to many family-friendly beaches. One of these is Langosta Beach. If you're looking for fun things to do with the family in Cancun, visit this beautiful beach, which is only 5 km from the Hotel Zone.

Langosta Beach is ideal for families because its waters are low and calm with almost non-existent waves, safe enough for your kids to swim. Your little ones can walk deep into the beach without swimming, so it's great for those kids who cannot swim yet. 

While your kids are playing, look for a quiet spot at the beach, lie down, and relax as you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. When your kids are hungry after playing in the waters, take them to one of the beachside stalls selling traditional Mexican delicacies. Langosta is a public beach, and there is no entrance fee to pay to get to the beach. It's open all day long, although it can get crowded on weekends.

9.   Marvel at the Wax Figures at Cancun Wax Museum

Take your kids to the Cancun Wax Museum, where they can marvel at the life-sized wax figures of famous personalities, celebrities, and historical figures. There are more than a hundred wax figures in the museum - such a joy to explore with your curious little kids!

The Cancún Wax Museum is located within La Isla Plaza and has more than 20 exhibition rooms, although you can easily explore the place in an hour or two. Some of the famous personalities you will find in the museum include Madonna, Amy Winehouse, and David Beckham.

After spending some time at the wax museum, visit the nearby La Isla Shopping Village. It's an upmarket shopping mall home to hundreds of retail stores, boutiques, and tourist shops. There are also great cafes in the mall, where you can grab snacks and refreshing drinks.

10. Learn History at the Museo Maya de Cancún

Visiting the Museo Maya de Cancún is one of the best things to do as a family, especially if you and your kids are into history. Surrounded by a lush forest, the museum is a welcome respite from the bustling beaches of Cancun. It features engaging exhibitions about Mayan history and art, including significant collections of Mayan artefacts.

Behind the museum, you will find a jungle path that will take you through the forest and into San Miguelito, a once-thriving Mayan community now home to ruins of stone temples, dwellings, and pyramids.

Both the Museo Maya de Cancún and San Miguelito are a great introduction to the ancient Maya civilization and a reminder of the community that once lived there.

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