Tourist Attractions for Kids in Cancun, Mexico

Tourist Attractions for Kids in Cancun, Mexico
If you avoid the peak spring break season from mid-February to late-April, Cancun, Mexico, is a great place to vacation with kids. Young children love Cancun's white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and gentle waves that are perfect for playing without being knocked over. If you'd like to take a break from the beaches, Cancun offers many outdoor activities and attractions for children of all ages.

Selvatica Canopy Tour

Not to be missed, Selvatica is a 250-acre ecological park 40 minutes south of Cancun. The Selvatica Canopy Tour is a series of zip-lines, stretching over two miles, that fly you over the top of the Yucatan jungle. Using a secure harness, you'll zip over more than 20 acres of lush rain forest. Guides are posted throughout the treetops to explain the habitat and answer any questions that you may have. The Selvatica Canopy Tour is perfect for children ages 3 to adult. This tour has received many awards, including "Best Cancun Attraction 2009" by TripAdvisor and "One of the 35 Greatest Attractions in the World" by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Selvatica Park Road
Cancun, Mexico 77500
(866) 552-8825

Snorkeling at Xel-Ha

On the Mayan Riviera, Xel-Ha is known as the world's most beautiful "natural aquarium." Due to the concentrations of halocline and thermocline, the water in Xel-Ha produces a visual effect like a mirage, with freshwater floating on top of seawater. This environment, the only one outside of the Arctic Ocean, is a productive habitat for sea life. Xel-Ha is home to more than 70 species of freshwater and seawater fish. The diversity of sea life and the clearness of the water makes snorkeling in Xel-Ha like swimming in an aquarium without glass and walls. For children, there is a snorkeling school that will teach them everything they need to know to explore the calm, crystal clear waters of Xel-Ha. There are six snorkel centers dotted around the inlet for ease of access.

Km. 240 Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez local 1 y 2 módulo B,
Quintana Roo, México.
Phone: [52] + [998] 884 71 65


If you dream of swimming with dolphins, Dolphinaris is the place to visit. For young children, there is a Dolphin Interactive Program. For older kids, Swim with the Dolphin Program is the experience of a lifetime. Dolphins push kids across a private lagoon, give them kisses and teach them a few tricks. For adults, you can be a Dolphin Trainer for the Day. Each program includes information on dolphin physiology, training and habitat as well as acrobatics.

Blvd. Kukulcan km.23 Zona Hotelera,
Cancun, Q.Roo
Phone: (52) (998) 881-3000

Cancun Jeep Jungle Tour

Drive a Jeep Wrangler with your family into the southern jungles outside of Cancun and explore the local habitat. A safari guide will keep in touch with you via two-way radio and teach you about the regional wildlife of this jungle ecosystem. For a break, snorkel in the clear waters of a private cenote in Puerto Morelos. Cenotes, unique to the Yucatan peninsula, are sinkholes that fill with freshwater for clear swimming. Many cenotes contain underwater caves, perfect for exploring. Your jeep holds four passengers and is suitable for children of all ages. After the jeep ride and swim, older children will also enjoy riding zip-lines through the jungle.

Manta Divers Scuba Center
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 13.5 Hacienda Stephania
Cancun Q. Roo., Mexico 77500
Phone: (52) (998) 849-4050

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