8 Fun family-friendly activities in Mexico City

Visiting Mexico City with kids? From parks to archeological sites to responsible animal sanctuaries, there’s no end to great family-friendly activities in this vibrant metropolis.

With a colorful local culture that adores children, Mexico and its capital offer plenty for families with kids large and small. Archeological sites have plenty to explore and bring history to life; museums tell stories to spark the imagination; while water parks offer a way to keep cool in the Central American heat.

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1. Swim or relax in the natural waters of Las Estacas

Las Estacas Natural Park is the ideal playground for both parents and children: kids can frolic in the natural waters, go snorkelling, or take a boat ride — and while they tire themselves out, adults can head to the spa for some well-deserved R&R…

Suitable for:

Suitable for kids of all ages, with supervision.

Address and opening hours:

Isabel La Católica 61, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Tour times vary.

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2. Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled adventure in Sayulita

A zip-lining adventure allows the whole family to see the jungle from ziplines and suspension bridges high above the beaches and jungles of Sayulita. There’s even a tequila tasting (adults-only, of course), and a pool for cooling off.

Suitable for:

This trip is suitable for active families with kids aged at least 5 and no mobility or vertigo issues. You have the option of being picked up from your hotel.

Address and opening hours:

Av. Revolución 14, 63728 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico. Tour times vary.

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3. Learn about Mexico City neighborhoods with a cable car tour

Explore the Mexico City’s diversity with a tour of its neighborhoods via cable car. Impressive views of the places like Santa Fe, Polanco, and Las Lomas will give you a different understanding of one of the world’s largest cities, while a guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Suitable for:

Suitable for all ages.

Address and opening hours:

Meet at Isabel La Católica 61, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Open Monday-Sunday, from 10:00 AM.

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4. Spend the afternoon on a tour of Teotihuacan

See a beautiful sunset and explore the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon on the an afternoon tour to Teotihuacan. Not only will you learn about Mesoamerican architecture and society — which definitely beats the classroom — but you’ll also get to sample traditional Mexican delicacies at a local restaurant.

Suitable for:

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Address and opening hours:

Av. Hidalgo, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Tour times vary.

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5. See the world's largest pyramid at the Cholula archeological site

The Mayans and the Aztecs were some of the world’s most forward-thinking societies when it came to science and architecture. Children can soak up the history around origins of Mexican culture during an educational yet entertaining trip to the nearby archeological areas of Puebla and Cholula.

Suitable for:

Not suitable for baby strollers

Address and opening hours:

Av. de la República 154-Interior Sn, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, 06030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Open Tuesday and Saturday, from 9:00 AM.

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6. Enjoy thrilling rides at the Six Flags Theme Park

If school’s out for summer, take kids on the ride of their life at a legendary Six Flags theme park. The Superman is the fastest rollercoaster in Latin America, and not for the faint of heart, but families with younger members will find plenty to amuse in Uncle Twisty's Cabin, the Junior Rollercoaster and a good jump around on the Turbo Bungy.

Suitable for:

There a rides for almost any age, but height restrictions apply.

Address and opening hours:

Carr. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5, Jardines del Ajusco, Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM.

7. Marvel at over 5,000 creatures at an underground aquarium

Enjoy an underwater adventure, with a trip to the Inbursa Aquarium. Learn the stories of seahorses, turtles, piranhas, and more, as well as understanding the importance of preserving marine life in the Blau Life Conservation Center.

Best time to go:

Suitable for all ages.

Address and opening hours:

Av. de la República 154, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, 06030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Open Monday-Friday, from 10:00 AM.

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8. Learn all about Mexican cacao at the MUCHO Museum of Chocolate

Chocolate is up there when it comes to kids’ favorite treats, but it has a history far longer than the candy bar. Cacao plays a significant part in Mexican culture, and with the visit to the MUCHO Museum of Chocolate, children can learn about it where it comes from, how it’s made, and why it’s important. What’s more, the museum shop will present some extreme temptation, whether you’re a kid or not…

Best time to go:

Suitable for all ages

Address and opening hours:

C. Milan 43, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico. Open Monday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM.

FAQs

What are some of the top family-friendly attractions in Mexico City?

The best kid-friendly attractions in Mexico City are the Six Flags Theme Park and Las Estacas.

What are the best museums for kids in Mexico City?

Kids will enjoy a visit to the MUCHO Museum of Chocolate and the Templo Mayor. Those who like art will enjoy seeing the Frida Kahlo Museum.

What are some fun outdoor activities for kids in Mexico City?

You can take kids to ride the rollercoaster at Six Flags Theme Park. Feeding animals at the Reino Animal Conservation Center and riding a cable car over the city are also fun.

What are some unique and off-the-beaten-path experiences to have in Mexico City with kids?

If you're looking for unique experiences, go to the Torre Latino Observation Deck. This place offers panoramic views of the city. Another option is the Xochimilco, Casa Azul, Coyoacán & UNAM Tour by boat.

What are some fun day trips from Mexico City that are suitable for families with kids?

Families can take trips to Teotihuacan or Cholula. Other day trips include the Las Estacas Natural Park and the Oaxaca: El Tule, Mitla, and Hierve el Agua Tour with Mezcal.