Family things to do in Riviera Maya can be found up and down the coast, offering everything from theme parks to animal attractions and circus acrobat shows. You can take an outdoor adventure tour of local parks and ecological reserves. You can hit a waterpark for fun splashing in the sun or head for a theme park with thrill rides. You can witness the stunning acrobatic storytelling of international circus performers or walk a 3D fantasy world formed of sidewalk art. You can even go snorkeling underwater to see a living coral reef.

    Options for fun with the kids in Riviera Maya are endless. Check out some of the best family things to do in this large region of Mexico.


    Xplor Park

    Thrill to the attractions at an outdoor adventure park

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    Xplor Park in Playa del Carmen is an outdoor adventure park offering a wide range of exciting, thrilling, and pulse-pounding adventures for adults and kids of every age. Here you can race along high above the ground on a lightning-fast zipline. You can head for an underground spelunking expedition and go swimming in a cave among the stalactites. You can enjoy a hammock splash water attraction, go on vehicle safaris, and enjoy the ultimate bonding with the family.

    The park has an age limit of 5, so it's good for families with kids older than toddlers. It's located just 7 minutes to the north of central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Carretera Chetumal, Puerto Juarez Km 282, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Ddaily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +52 998 883 3143


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    Xcaret Park

    Go swimming with sharks and rays

    • Families
    • Adventure

    Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen is an outdoor theme park offering a full resort, soft sands, turquoise waters, adventure tour packages, and up-close animal experiences. Here you can go snorkeling or scuba diving, ride a zip line high in the air, explore underground rivers, and parasail 600 feet in the sky. You can also get in the water and go swimming and snorkeling with nurse sharks and pet them. For the kids, they can feed, pet, and interact with stingrays and go snorkeling in a shallow, quiet lagoon.

    Various packages have different age restrictions. In general, kids should be at least 5 years old to attend. It's just about 12 minutes from central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Carretera Chetúmal Puerto Juárez Kilómetro 282, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +52 998 883 3143


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    Tulum Archaeological Zone

    Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization

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    • Adventure

    The Tulum Archaeological Zone is a stunning set of ruins where you can see and explore the remains of the ancient Mayan civilization and learn about their culture. These ruins are some of the most stunning ancient remains globally and among the largest of any Mayan settlement in Mexico. They are also easily accessible outside Tulum, about an hour from central Riviera Maya. You can enjoy biking, hiking, and taking picturesque family photos in front of buildings that are centuries old. Just steps away is a white sand beach with pristine, clear waters.

    These ruins have no specific age limit. That means no matter how old the kids are, they can find something to enjoy.

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    Location: Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +52 984 802 5405


    Punta Venado Bike Park

    Go mountain biking through forests and beaches

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    The Punta Venado Bike Park offers nearly 20 miles of mountain bike tracks that are ideal for some family bonding and exercise in the heart of the Riviera Maya. The trails are well-maintained and offer an "all-terrain biking experience" along beaches, through mangrove forests, and passing cenotes. You'll see sites of importance to the Mayan culture, ancient ruins, independent shops, and all manner of sights, smells, and tastes to experience the full breadth of the diverse culture of the Riviera.

    Mountain biking, even without mountains, are a great activity for the whole family. You can even rent bikes and equipment, or book a guided ride to learn all about the sites you'll visit and pass.

    Location: Km. 278, Carr. Tulum - Cancún, Solidaridad, 77790 Riviera Maya, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 7 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)


    Xel-Há Park

    Explore an exciting waterpark

    • Families
    • Adventure

    Xel-Há Park is a waterpark in Cancun that offers a wide variety of aquatic fun like cenote swimming, snorkeling, waterborne zip-lining, photo ops, and entertainment opportunities. Here you can spend the day soaking up the sun on the beach or get in some pulse-pounding thrills. You can swing on a rope and drop into deep water or go swimming with dolphins, stingrays, and manatees. You can go whitewater tubing or take the kids to Children's World, where they can enjoy a rope climb, wading pool, seesaw, water slides, or even a crocodile tunnel.

    You can also climb a lighthouse or grab a bite in the onsite restaurant. It's only 30 minutes south of central Riviera Maya.

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    Location: Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +52 998 883 3143


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    Cirque du Soleil La JOYÀ

    Experience the acrobatic thrills of the circus

    Cirque du Soleil La Joyá is a family-friendly circus and acrobatics show at the Vidanta Riviera Maya Resort, which tells a story showcasing the ancient local culture. The story concerns a little girl and her grandfather searching for the secrets of life and the journey they take together. You'll see acrobats, trapeze artists, storytellers, tumblers, and many other acts by internationally renowned performers, many of whom have appeared on shows like America's Got Talent. The show also includes a dinner theatre experience where you'll enjoy authentic Mayan cuisine that ties into the story.

    The show has an age limit of 3 years old. It's 30 minutes north of central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 48, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +52 800 247 7837


    Aktun Chen

    Explore a rainforest nature park

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    • Adventure

    Aktun Chen is a scenic nature park tucked deep inside the Yucatan rainforest, offering an outdoor getaway with adventure park options from swimming and kayaking to ziplining. Here you can explore endless, winding underwater rivers that you can swim in and spot stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites in a vast cave complex. You can ride a zipline high above the ground. You can hike through scenic jungle trails. Kids can learn to snorkel in the river. The options for fun and excitement here are near endless.

    One of the most exciting parts is designing a custom package that caters to your family's specific desires. Aktun Chen is only 30 minutes south of central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Carr. Cancún - Tulum Km 107, 77780 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +52 984 806 4962


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    Atlantis Submarines

    Tour a vast coral reef on a real submarine

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    • Adventure
    • Unusual

    Atlantis Submarines is a unique tour agency offering an immersive experience deep beneath the sea that you're sure to remember for many years to come. You'll sit in a real submarine that goes almost 1,000 feet below the sea. It's a kid-friendly expedition where you will get the chance to explore the second largest coral reef in the entire world and see the vast array of colorful sea life while learning about the delicate ecological balance of our oceans. You will be comfortably seated and air-conditioned the whole time.

    To go on this experience, kids must be at least 3 feet tall. The tour is in Cozumel, about an hour and a half from central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Chankanab Km 4 Zona Hotelera, Sur, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 987 872 5672


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    Xenses Park

    Get tall and small, then ride a winding waterslide

    • Families
    • Adventure

    Xenses Park in Playa del Carmen is an outdoor theme park with illusions, sensory activities, over 50 hands-on attractions, and onsite eats as well as live entertainment. This outdoor theme park offers attractions like the Way of Dwarfs and Giants, where you'll pass giant buildings that make you feel tiny. You can also explore an ecological Eden attraction where animals live together in harmony around a waterfall. You can also take a rocketing fast ride down the Slip, a waterslide that gets lighter, darker, and speeds up as you go.

    Xenses Park has something for kids of almost any age. It's just 9 minutes north of central Riviera Maya.

    Location: Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juárez km 282 MZA 021 Lote 062 Colonia Xcaret, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8.30 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +52 998 883 3143


    3D Museum of Wonders

    Climb inside a sidewalk painting

    • Families
    • Adventure
    • Unusual

    3D Museum of Wonders is an interactive museum offering 3D conceptual art that seems to jump right out at you as an astounding optical illusion. Kids will love posing and sinking into the exhibits, which allow you to appear to become a part of a giant cake, a huge shell, a bubble, a surfer riding a curl, or interact with figures like the Mona Lisa or an angel. It's all in tribute to a famed local street artist, and many of the exhibits began as sidewalk art.

    You'll learn all about the wondrous art of optical illusion and 3D art at this place while having a thrill at the same time. It's only 18 minutes north of centra Riviera Maya.

    Location: 10 Avenida Nte., Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 984 879 4733


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