Family-Friendly Travel in Cancun

What are your best childhood memories?

Surely many of them are from your family vacations and trips to new places. In the first years of our life, our childhood experiences help us develop essential skills which will determine our personality, therefore these activities become important for the rest of our lives.

In Xel-Ha we know that everything that our children experience during their first years of life depends on the parents, so we have made a list of the ten activities kids should do before the age of ten.


1 –  Feeding animals in their natural habitat.

What child doesn’t love animals? In a normal day,they can interact with dogs, cats, hamsters or even some birds, we believe there is no better gift for a child on a vacation trip than the opportunity of seeing and interacting with other species, especially if they are marine animals, we promise they will never forget it.

Manatees are very peaceful animals that enjoy  human company; that is why we suggest the Manatee Encounter activity in Xel-Ha, where they will learn facts about their behavior and nutrition. In addition, they can pet the manatee, feed them and swim with them. Xcaret also has this kind of activities for the smallest ones of the family. They can interact with stingrays and cat-sharks at Adventure Kids.




2 – Flying a kite.

Who doesn’t get excited while seeing a kite flying in the sky? Flying a kite is a great opportunity to bring the family together, regardless of the age. If you have the chance, dedicate a complete morning to creating a colorful and fun kite with your own materials, find a clear spot and go fly them together, we guarantee you will have a lot of fun.

Now if you are traveling to the Riviera Maya, we recommend you to take advantage of the good winds that reach the Xel-Ha beach and fly one of the funny fish and pirate ship kites that we have. The activity is included in your admission and you can enjoy it every day at 15:30 hours in the lighthouse.


3 – Attend a baby sea turtle release.

Sea turtles are very noble species that are currently endangered. Did you know that a female turtles returns to lay its eggs on the same beach where it was born? Months later the baby turtles hatch and must overcome various obstacles to reach the sea.

There are associations such as Flora, Fauna y Cultura de México that are dedicated to the care and protection of this species, and when in season, baby sea turtle releases are organized for families to witness this beautiful natural process and thus raise awareness about their care.


4 – Build a sandcastle on the beach.

All of us have built a sandcastle on our first visit to the beach, haven’t we? There is no doubt that this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include the all time children’s favorite activity on the beach. If you choose a beach destination for your  holiday with your family, we recommend to spend one whole morning playing with your kids in the sand and building a huge sandcastle, not only because you will stimulate their creativity, but because you will also teach them teamwork in a fun way.




5 – Fly in a zip-line.

Zip-lining is not only extremely funny, but it also helps you overcome the fear of heights. This time, we recommend for beginners a not so high zip-line with water landing, this way they will enjoy the thrill of the zip-line and a funny splash.

Try the hamacuatizaje in Xplor where they will be seated in a safe and comfortable hammock and enjoy a one in a kind zip-line. Also try zip-lining in Xenotes, which is a bit faster but the scenery is unbeatable or try the Salpichanga in Xel-Ha, where they will be able to repeat the activity over and over again while enjoying the beautiful blue waters of the Natural Wonder of the Riviera Maya.


6 – Visit places where they can get in touch with nature.

The power of learning by discovery depends on the direct contact that children have with the environment, that is why we recommend visiting places where children can live and admire the greatness of nature since their first years of life. Zoos are great places to visit with children; however they cannot always approach the species the way we all would like.

If you are a nature lover and want to pass it to your kids, there’s no better place to do it than Xcaret. The activities you cannot miss in the park are: the Butterfly Pavilion, where you will be able to  admire a myriad of butterflies flying among waterfalls and streams, the Aviary where you will interact with colorful birds like macaws, parrots, flamingos, ducks, toucans and others; and finally the most impressive, the great Coral Reef Aquarium.




7 – Learn how to plant a tree.

For children to learn to love nature, take care of it and respect it, they need to be near it, feel it, experience it, enjoy it and smell it. Take them to a nursery where they can plant a tree and witness the magic of nature into their own two hands.


8 – Read a book.

It is very important for your children to have contact with books since babies, especially those that have large, colorful images; they will help stimulate the sense of sight and develop observation skills. Some of the books that besides being very entertaining for children under ten years old, have a very nice message such as: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Adventures of Alice in the Wonderland Charles Lutwidge Dodgson or any title from Dr. Seuss, they will sure enjoy them.


9 – Swim in an underground river.

We chose this activity because we know that the feeling when swimming in an underground river is unique. Imagine swimming with your family between stalactites and stalagmites in a fine stream of fresh water. We highly recommend it as a fun way to learn the importance of the ecosystem and to understand the underground world and how everything is connected.

If you visit Cancun or the Riviera Maya with children under five, you cannot miss the underground rivers of Xplor, here you will enjoy these wonders in rafts where you will be able to carry your baby around in a completely safe environment. If you are traveling with older children, do not miss swimming in the underground rivers in Xcaret, you have three options here: Blue River, Manatee River and Maya River. This activity has the convenience of a life jacket and snorkel, with which you will gently float and observe clearly some ancient Mayan cenotes, rock formations and marine fossils.




10 – Climbing to the top of a pyramid. 

It is important to teach the young ones to value and appreciate the roots of history from an early age. Visiting an archaeological site with your family would not only be a great cultural experience, but also climbing to the top of a pyramid is a unique activity that both children and adults will never forget. We recommend you visit Coba and climb the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan peninsula, the great Nohoch Mul, the view from the top is unique and has a rope that will help you reach it  in an easier way.

As you can see, the list of activities includes many things that you can do on your next trip to Yucatan, Cancun and Riviera Maya.  We want to let you know that we look forward to welcoming you with open arms in any of our sister parks operated by Experiencias Xcaret, always ready to create unforgettable experiences for all ages. If you decide to visit the Mexican Caribbean as your next holiday destination, we recommend you to take advantage and get the Xperience Passport where you can get Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Xplor at the best price.


What other activities would you add to the list?