10 Fun Things To Do In Cancun For Families

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Dave and I went to Cancun once many years ago. We had a wonderful time. The weather was warm, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, and the water sparkled. Since visiting we’ve always thought about going back. Now that we are parents we’ve often wondered what there is to do in Cancun for families. That’s why I was excited when the following ten suggestions landed in my inbox. It looks like there is a lot to do in Cancun for everone and now I can’t wait to start planning a return trip with Kora & Logan!

1. Visiting Coba and a Mayan Village

Coba and Mayan VillageThe ancient city of Coba is home to the largest Mayan Pyramid in the Yucatan, which guests can still climb for an amazing view of the Mayan jungle. Alltournative offers excursions to the city of Coba and a real life Mayan Village that allows visitors to meet local Mayan people, see how and where they live and taste their homemade foods for a unique lunch.

2. Snorkel in the Cancun Underwater Museum

Cancun Underwater MuseumThe Cancun Underwater Museum is home to over 500 sculptures made from an eco-material that makes it safe for underwater life to make their home there. Due to last hurricanes and the impact they have had on coral reefs, this museum allows visitors to snorkel the museum and give the reefs a break to recuperate and flourish once more.

3. Zipline at Xplor Park

Xplor Park CancunVisitors who love adventure and want to fly across the jungle should definitely try Xplor Park for a great time. Guests can also zipline straight into cenotes for a refreshing part of their excursion.

4. Snorkel the underground rivers at Xcaret

Underground River XcaretCancun and the Yucatan is home to the largest underground river structures in the world, which make for an eerie and awe inspiring attraction.

5. Cancun Interactive Aquarium

Cancun Interactive AquariumGuests can swim with dolphins and even meet sharks face to face at this aquarium. Visitors can also explore the exotic underwater kingdom of the coral reef aquarium in Xcaret.

6. Explore Isla Mujeres

Isla MujeresLocated opposite of the Cancun coast, and only 7.5 km long, Isla Mujeres combines the beauty of the Caribbean, a lush tropical jungle and the wonderful heritage of the Mayan civilization at your fingertips. The island is a 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun and is home to delicious seafood restaurants, beach clubs and great eco activities like snorkeling and visiting the ancient Mayan ruins in the island.

7. Visit the Cancun Maya Museum

Cancun Maya MuseumThe museum is home to 350 archaeological artifacts that took 30 years of research to procure, and includes relics that have never been shown as well as other that were discovered in recent excavations. The San Miguelito archaeological site, inhabited over 800 years ago, is located next to the museum and is also available to the public. With three exhibition halls, the museum offers a glimpse into ancient Mayan life, its people and the cultural influence they had and still have over the Cancun area.

8. Take a ride in Xoximilco

Trajinera Viva NayaritThe newest excursion in Cancun, Xocimilco Cancun offers famous trajineras that represent every state in Mexico, which guests can ride while they enjoy local Mexican food, music and the views of the canals.

9. Visit Crococun Zoo

Crococun ZooCrococun was originally a crocodile farm that was dedicated to the breeding of that species. In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert destroyed the farm, which prompted a new conservation concept. The farm is now part of a sustainable program that protects the conservation of local species. In addition to crocodiles, Crococun is home to a wide variety of spiders, Coatis, butterflies, monkeys, parrots, snakes, Tegus, wild cats, turtles, deers, and the Mexican Hairless Dog (also known as a Xolo).

10. Visit Garrafon Natural Reef Park in Isla Mujeres

Isle Mujeres GarrafonGarrafon Natual Reef Park offers guests a paradise of reefs and cliffs that face the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. This park is known worldwide for its beauty and fun recreational activities like snorkeling, kayaking and hiking.

Don’t those all sound so fun? What about you? Which activity would you like to do if you visited Cancun?

Tips and photos provided. No compensation received. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Julie Wood says:

    I would be thrilled to see the Snorkel in the Cancun Underwater Museum! This sounds like a lot of fun and very exciting. I need to go to Cancun soon!!

  2. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The ZipLine At Xplor Park Looks Super Fun! I’d Love To Try That!

  3. Maralea says:

    I would love to visit Cancun. Looks like such a great time!

  4. Carrie Conley says:

    Would love to visit Cancun….

  5. Sarah L says:

    I’d love to go there some day. Looks so beautiful. I’d try the kayaking.

  6. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’ve never been to Cancun but my brother went there on his honeymoon. It looks like an action packed vacation!

  7. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    That Underwater Museum Is So Cool! I’d Love To See That!

  8. Wow – I had no idea of all these fun family-friendly activities – I had assumed Cancun was reserved for college kids on a mission to act crazy! I want to check this out!

  9. Julie Wood says:

    I would love to go to Cancun and kayak and hike to see all the wonderful things that are there. It is so nice and warm there and I would love to go swimming in the gorgeous water.

  10. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    A Great List Of Activities! I’d Like To Snorkel the underground rivers at Xcaret!

  11. Birdiebee says:

    Your pictures are beautiful and I so want to take a trip to Cancun where there are light blue waters and sandy beaches. This looks so inviting.

  12. I had a chance to take a class trip to see Mayan ruins once but missed out. I’d love to see one of those big temple pyramids someday.

  13. saminder gumer says:

    i didn’t get to all of these things but got a few done when i went to cancun. next time i go i will try to do the ones i missed.

  14. Carolyn Barnett says:

    This looks so amazing. This makes me want to be there.

  15. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Oh my gosh I have never been there but it looks amazing. I was like you I thought what could we do with the kids but there are lot of things mentioned above my kids would love like the Crococun Zoo. The water looks so clear and beautiful!

  16. DEIDRE ADAMS says:

    Ahh, that vacation looks AWESOME and you guys are having fun-in-the-sun! See, that’s what I’m talking about! All around fun. The kids are enjoying theirselves swimming with the Dolphins and eating some amazing food!

  17. Lucy Lopez says:

    This looks beautiful and fun.

  18. shelly sawicki lash neuhouser says:

    Everything looks incredible, would love to visit the Aquarium!

  19. I would love climbing the largest Mayan Pyramid in Coba for an amazing view of the Mayan jungle, and interacting with local Mayan people! That would be an awesome experience as would hiking in the Garrafon Natual Reef Park and swimming with Dolphins at the Cancun Interactive Aquarium! So much to do and enjoy! I would want o stay quite a while!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    Time to make a bucket list. ;)

  21. The ziplining looks fun.

  22. Agnetha Foong says:

    I’m planning a trip to Cancun and this list is so helpful! Gonna try as many of the activities on this list as possible… thanks!

  23. Eva Biggs says:

    Oh so beautiful, would be an awesome vacation.

  24. Snorkeling is on my bucket list! Def got to do it

  25. jeevon kay says:

    so fun and such a serene and beautiful place. alright! time to add this to my bucket list. need a vacation badly. i’m going to share this post with my hubby. give him some hint :)

  26. Sarah L says:

    Some beautiful places there. I’ve never been to Mexico except for a couple of border towns.

  27. Ronie Montgomery says:

    Oh wow! This looks like a awesome time and to enjoy family.

  28. Maria Malaveci says:

    Cancun looks so very beautiful. Have always wanted to go there, but haven’t gotten there yet!

  29. D Gonzalez says:

    Last time I went to Cancun, I was single and childless. After reading this, I might just plan a family vacation in Cancun!

  30. Christina Gould says:

    I had no idea that Cancun offered so much to see and do. I always thought it was just a place for spring breakers. Thanks for the info!

  31. that water looks amazing! :D

  32. Laura J says:

    OH my gosh! That looks so amazing! I have never been to Cancun…I really hope to go some day! Our family would love to do those! The water is so beautiful…love the color and how clear it is!

  33. You have convinced me I need to go. Lots of great things. I have never been and would love to. Great pictures too!

  34. Birdiebee says:

    What an awesome place to go. The water looks so inviting. I would love to take a vacay here.

  35. lisa lo says:

    I like water where you can see the bottom! Not like that in Texas at the gulf coast.

  36. Wow! Cancun is beautiful. I would love lounging on the beach and climbing the Mayan Pyramid in the Yucatan. :o)

  37. Austin Baroudi says:

    I’ve always wanted to go, but the funds have never been there for me. Maybe one day!

  38. Ah, Cancun, another place on my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to see the Mayan ruins. And after reading your post, I want to get there even more.

  39. Sherrie C. says:

    What a gorgeous place and those crystal clear waters look so inviting! I can spot several activities on the list my hubby and I would be interested in doing during a vacation to Cancun.

  40. I didn’t think people were lacking for ideas about what to do in Cancun. Lovely pictures and ideas just the same.

  41. I went to Cancun a few years back, and it was a terrific experience! I can’t wait to go back,a nd take my fiance this time!

  42. I have always wanted to go to Cancun! The Garrafon Natural Reef Park looks gorgeous! True Paradise!

  43. Tammy S says:

    We haven’t been back to Cancun in years. Your pictures make me want to go again. If we went I would make sure we went to Visiting Coba and a Mayan Village and Snorkel in the Cancun Underwater Museum. The under water museum is a must.

  44. Jennifer Marie says:

    Oooh my sons would love the aquarium. How fun!

  45. Susan Smith says:

    I have never been to Cancun. I would love to do snorkeling and the interactive aquarium. I know my kids would enjoy that.

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  47. shelly peterson says:

    What a beautiful place to visit with so much to do. The under water museum was pretty cool.

  48. Janet W. says:

    Wow so much to do!! The scenery is beautiful! I’d love to visit sometime!

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  52. cassandra says:

    I have not visited Cancun in so long! I would love to scuba dive and see the sculptures! That is such a fun activity.

  53. courtney hennagir says:

    I am dying to go! I would love to go to Coba and I know my family would all love the zip line!

  54. Ashleigh Gunter says:

    I so need to visit here! I would love to do snorkeling and the interactive aquarium. That would definitely be a vacation to remember!!

  55. claudia says:

    how fun !! we never been but all these activities look so fun. the Underwater Museum looks amazing !

  56. Priscilla S. says:

    I have never been to Cancun but have always wanted to go. The Cancun Underwater Museum looks so cool!

  57. Robin Wilson says:

    These pictures are spectacular! What a gorgeous place to visit, I would never want to leave. Both the underwater museum and the Maya museum are places I would love to see. You are so blessed to be able to travel…I can’t and never will unless they find a cure for me. But I do enjoy reading your posts!

  58. nicole dz says:

    I would have to do the Underwater Museum for sure, that looks amazing. Great activities and all have a learning experience.

  59. sherry butcher says:

    sounds like so much fun and activies to keep everone busy. Love the photos they would help in planning a trip. Who likes what and can we do it all!

  60. Michael Grammer says:

    Looks like fun. But I still want to see the US first.

  61. Betty B. says:

    I never considered cancun a vacation destination i always thought it was a spring break destination. Beautiful pictures and snorkling in the underground museum sounds amazing!

  62. Julie Wood says:

    I did not know that there were this many places in Cancun to visit. I would love to go here!! An underwater Museum and the Aqauarium are two places that I would love to go to.

  63. Debbie Welchert says:

    I didn’t realize there was so much to do in Cancun. I would love swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling the underground rivers.

  64. I am so excited to find this post – I just booked a family trip to Cancun for next spring. I knew we’d find lots to do, but you’ve just saved me a lot of time. The interactive aquarium looks awesome!

  65. ria clarke says:

    I went to Cancun once many years ago. Looking forward to taking the whole family.

  66. Looks great! I would love to go there

  67. Thanks for the info, would love to go to Cancun on our next trip. We’ve been to Puerto Vallarta, the Dominican and Cuba. Cancun is next!

  68. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love Cancun! I went before and it was gorgeous!

  69. latanya says:

    This place is so beautiful and I like that they are so many educational and fun things to do.

  70. Amy Orvin says:

    Oh my goodness! I’d love to visit Cancun. I would snorkel first, then head to the aquarium and take pictures. That place looks so much fun. The photos are beautiful!

  71. ellen beck says:

    This place looks like a dream come true. I would never want to leave!

  72. Maralea says:

    Such amazing pictures! The Underwater Museum would be a great experience.

  73. livivua says:

    On my bucket list is to have an island getaway….I wish for CANCUN

  74. Wendi S says:

    I have been their twice both times when I was not a mother yet and how wonderful! I have not been to EXPLOR that looks fantastic. I think all of your suggestions for a family would be great.

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