Adventure activities for children

 And environmental lessons

I was only 6 months old when I first visited Xel-Há. My parents, who took my older sister there just as young, describe the park as the most magical playground they could have ever offered us. If you’re on vacation, take your kids to great adventures and challenge their imagination with picturesque landscapes.

Here are three reasons to take your fearless children to Xel-Há, a hidden wonder:

1.- There’s a place specially designed for them: The Children’s World

Adventure in Xel-Há has no age limit: wading pool, playground, water slides, rope climb, seesaw, crocodile tunnel, hanging games, water lilies and turtles. Children interested in learning more about Xel-Há and its guardians can get creative with fun activities like painting and drawing.

Other amazing activities for children:

  • Fly a kite at the Lighthouse! (every day from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Enjoy the Chuc Kay’s Flight, where you can swing in a rope into the clear water of a cenote


2.- Unique animal encounters at Xel-Há: a great learning experience

Before any encounter, our team will introduce you to the species you’re about the meet…  face-to-face! It is an incredible opportunity to open your child’s mind to the biodiversity our world gifts us. Xel-Há offers the safest (and most exciting) animal interactions:

Stingray Encounter: children from four years old can snorkel with this enigmatic creature (12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

Manatee Encounter: children from five years old can swim along with this noble species (11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)


Children must be accompanied by an adult during these activities—also, you don’t want to miss their reactions!

3.- Loving and caring for the environment

Imagine entering to a place that revolves around preserving mother Earth. Xel-Há’s environmental culture is great to set an example for the youngest of the family.

Things to reflect on with your children on the way home:

  • The role of the biodegradable sunblock in our conservation mission: discuss the ingredients and spread the word.
  • Awareness of the conservation of the species: you can find information in every corner of the park, feel free to ask about the conservation programs that the group has developed.
  • Let them fall in love with crystal clear water and blue skies, so that they can strive to build a home just as pure.
  • Talk about how growth and development can be achieved in harmony with the flora and fauna.

Let’s make a better world, by gifting new adventures and perspectives.

What’s the most valuable lesson about ecology you’ve taught to your children?