Family things to do in Acapulco can be found just about everywhere, from hitting a world-famous beach to splashing at a waterpark or just having a family movie day. While Acapulco may be famous for its nightlife crowded with spring breakers, it's also a fantastic location for a family vacation. You can visit unique museums dedicated to maritime history, walk pathways lined with well-tended flowers in every color of the rainbow, head for an island in the bay, or any number of other options.

    No matter what kind of family fun you're looking for, from playgrounds to shopping and dining or Hollywood blockbusters, you'll find it here. Learn what you can do for fun with the kids in Acapulco.


    Rollo Acapulco

    Go swimming with dolphins

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    • Adventure

    Rollo Acapulco is a classic theme park and waterpark offering the chance to ride thrilling slides, go swimming, fire water guns, and even visit an aquarium with aqua shows. Your family will have a whole day of fun here, racing down the slides, swimming against the current in the wave pool, having a water battle in boats, or attending a dolphin show. Among the more popular attractions is swimming with dolphins. After a half-hour orientation, you'll get into the water with these intelligent, friendly, playful creatures and enjoy their company for another half hour.

    You can also visit an indoor aquarium, buy souvenirs at the gift shop, or grab a bite to eat. It's 23 minutes north of town.

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán S/n, Fracc Costa Azul, Costa Azul, 39850 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +52 744 484 0505


    Museo Historico Naval de Acapulco

    Learn about local maritime history

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    • History

    Museo Historico Naval de Acapulco, or the Acapulco Naval History Museum, covers 250 years of maritime history when the city was the main Pacific port in Mexico. At one point, this city was the primary point from which trade was conducted with the Far East. You can explore dozens of exhibits featuring photos, documents, artifacts, and other ephemera related to the city's maritime history. The kids will also love the regular workshops where they'll learn how to build their very own model ships.

    Entry into this museum carries a very nominal "donation" and offers hours of fun and educational enjoyment. The experience is well worth the 40-minute drive west of downtown.

    Location: Barrio de Petaquillas, 39300 Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 744 484 0359


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    Manzanillo Park

    Visit a small local town park near the beach

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    • Adventure

    Manzanillo Park is a serene small park along Manzanillo Beach where you can enjoy a playground, shallow pools, and general relaxation to recharge your batteries. The shallow pools here aren't good for swimming but are ideal for wading, and they're great for the little ones to splash around. You can capture stunning views of the bay from here and see sites like a historic lighthouse. Just steps away, you'll find casual dining opportunities, and of course, the kids will enjoy the swing set, slide, and jungle gym at the playground.

    Manzanillo Park is a casual and easygoing place to just kick back for a few hours after seeing the sights. It's 45 minutes west of town.

    Location: Av. Costera Miguel Alemán s/n, Centro, Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico


    Playa Tlacopanocha

    Families, Adventure, Food

    Playa Tlacopanocha is a small beach right on the Acapulco port where you can enjoy plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, and general beach relaxation. The beach is adjacent to a boardwalk with serene waterfront views and is just steps away from many indie shops where you can find souvenirs and gifts. You can also enjoy casual local eateries here serving up seafood and local delicacies, many right off the boats from the nearby port. The surf here is very calm, making it a safe and ideal place for little ones to swim.

    Being small and out of the way makes it less crowded than other beaches as well. It's 45 minutes from central downtown.

    Location: 39370 Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico


    Acapulco Botanical Garden

    Visit a serene natural oasis in the city

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    • Adventure

    Acapulco Botanical Garden is a lovely, tranquil place to take the kids to escape the hustle and bustle, offering endless paths of tended green space and colorful flowers. This garden just 10 minutes from central downtown Acapulco showcases babbling brooks, water features, rock formations, and endangered flora like the Mexican purpleheart tree. You'll see and learn about many species of plant and tree life. The garden also puts you within easy reach of the city's Golden Zone with popular beaches, shopping, and dining.

    If you plan to spend a day here, bring your own refreshments as the garden itself has no restaurant onsite. The garden is open daily from dawn till dusk and carries a minimal admission fee to enter.

    Location: Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar sin numero, Frac, Cumbres de Llano Largo, 39820 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +52 744 461 3200


    Isla de La Roqueta

    Visit an island paradise just offshore

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    • Couples
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    • Adventure

    Isla de La Roqueta is a large island right off of the beachfront area of Acapulco and offers vast green space, hiking, kayaking, dining and endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Here you can explore the stony crag's forested walking paths, relax on a rustic beach, go snorkeling or scuba diving, get out on the bay in a kayak, or take a glass-bottom boat tour to see the unique and colorful tropical sea life beneath you as well as the famed underwater Virgin of Guadalupe statue called Capilla Submarina.

    You can visit a zoo with exotic animals and see a historic lighthouse. You can also dine at palapa-style restaurants. The island requires a boat to reach and is off the western shores.

    Location: 39383 Guerrero, Mexico


    Playa Puerto Marques

    Visit a family-friendly stretch of sand and surf

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    • Adventure

    Playa Puerto Marques is a popular family-friendly beach offering great views, calm surf, and warm, relaxing, clear waters with stretches of soft sand. The beach is dog-friendly, so if you have your furry canine companion along, they can partake in the fun. Activities here include jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, paddleboarding, bodyboarding, or surf fishing to see what you can catch. Free parking is available, and you can rent beach mats, lounge chairs, and umbrellas. There aren't any restaurants on the beach, so pack a snack.

    This beach is ideal for a family looking to just spend a day of fun in the sun and surf. It's about 19 minutes south of downtown.

    Location: Miguel Alemán s/n, Puerto Marqués, Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico


    Parque Papagayo

    Visit an urban park with tons of activities

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Parque Papagayo, or Papagayo Park, is among the largest green spaces in the Acapulco metro area and offers a wealth of ecological, educational, and recreational activities for all. The park offers artificial lakes, ice skating, a library, and a zoo. It's in the heart of the city and covers 22 hectares of space with tropical vegetation and exotic animals to view. You'll find sports fields and take in an occasional show at the open-air theater.

    This natural park is a fun and affordable way to spend a day enjoying a wealth of attractions. Whether you want to visit the zoo, catch great bay views, or just go hiking on the walking paths, it's a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.

    Location: Mexico


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    Cinemex Oceanic 2000

    Catch a Hollywood blockbuster on the bay

    Cinemex Oceanic 2000 is a multiplex movie theater in Acapulco, offering the chance to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters and local movies for a classic movie day out. This chain cinema offers first-rate sound and digital projection and is part of one of the largest theater chains in Mexico. Here you can kick back in comfortable seats, munch on movie theater snacks and drinks, and watch the latest movies for a little taste of home in the heart of Latin America.

    The theater is an easy jaunt from the center of town, just 23 minutes to the west. It's also right along the bay, so you can walk the waterfront before or after your movie.

    Location: Av Costera Miguel Alemán 3111, Fracc Costa Azul, Costa Azul, 39850 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Phone: +52 555 257 6969


    Cinépolis Patio Acapulco

    See new hit flicks in state-of-the-art facilities

    Cinépolis Patio Acapulco is a large multiplex chain cinema that offers you the biggest name blockbuster films as well as snacks and fantastic projection and sound. Among the biggest theater chains in all of Latin America, you can be sure that when you see a flick here, you're getting state-of-the-art sound, projection, and amenities. You may find movies available in 4DX Screen technology, and they'll have all the latest hit films.

    The theater is located just 10 minutes south of the central downtown area. Don't forget to grab your popcorn and snacks before relaxing in the plush seats and catching a movie just like back home.

    Location: Carr. Cayaco - Puerto Marqués 244, El Cayaco, 39905 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

    Phone: +52 800 120 0220


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