Mexico City is a destination rich in culinary discovery and cultural history, but what most may not immediately know is how incredibly diverse it is for family travelers and it’s so easy to have fun in Mexico with kids. With so much to do and see, there are plenty of options that appeal to adults and kids alike, and with six properties across the city in key locations, Hilton is there to ensure you and your family a memorable stay.
Much like New York’s Central Park or Madrid’s Parque del Retiro, kicking off your family adventure in the city’s largest green space is a great starting point. Located in the heart of Mexico City, did you know that at 1,700 acres,Bosque de Chapultepec is the largest urban park in Latin America with a host of activities and attractions, including a zoo, museums and several restaurants? A not-to-be-missed stop on your day one itinerary.
One of the Bosque’s many delights is the much-loved Papalote Museo del Niño. Definitely geared towards toddlers and preschoolers more so than older kids, this charming children’s museum is the perfect place to spend a few hours for those traveling to Mexico City with children. With nearly 200 interactive exhibits, bold, colorful displays and the Ramon Tree, which kids are able to walk through and learn about various forest ecosystems, there’s plenty of fun to see and do.
For a real hands-on farm experience, the Tío Pepe Granja Didáctica is the perfect stop for your little animal lover. At the farm, children have the opportunity to interact directly with a wide variety of animals, and even have the chance to feed them.
Then there is the well-loved Granja Las Americas, which is a totally unexpected destination for kids in the heart of Mexico City. From learning how to run a farm, learn about animals as well as how to feed them, and a number of special features like a climbing wall, zipline, mini-golf, and much more, it’s no wonder why this always is a must-stop on family trips.
Did someone say a chocolate museum? Yes, that’s correct. The Mucho Museo del Chocolate is a wonderful experience for children as it not only shows the history of cacao in Mexico, but it also features a chocolate lab where kids have the chance to make their own Mexican chocolate as well as create sculptures with chocolate paste.
For those kids looking for a dose of sea life, one of Mexico City’s most beautiful neighborhoods is home to the country’s newest and largest aquarium. Nestled in Polanco, four of Acuario Inbursa’s five floors are located underground, with more than 280 marine species on display, and a little interesting tidbit for parents: the aquarium’s tanks were built to withstand a large-scale temblor.
From the marvels of the sea, take your kids on an adventure to explore all the wonders of the sky. The Planetario Luis Enrique Farro is Latin America’s oldest planetarium and offers countless exhibits, interactive games and educational projects.
With more than 20 locations worldwide and four in Mexico alone, KidZania is a highly recommended respite for kids away from the city’s hustle and bustle. It is described as a kid-sized city with interactive exhibits and activities that allows kids’ imaginations to run wild.
For the daredevil looking for action, there’s nowhere better than K1 Speed Mexico . This is indoor karting venue’s first international location, offering kids the chance to enjoy electric go-karts on a professionally designed indoor race tracks.
For a spike of adrenaline, visit the Six Flags amusement park, where your endurance will be tested. Ride on the Superman or Medusa roller coaster or on any one of its more tamer rides. At the end of the day, don’t forget to grab a bite at one of the restaurants in the area or attend a show.
Don’t forget to catch a soccer game in the Estadio Azteca, where the entire family can enjoy the best of Mexican soccer or take a personalized tour of the stadium for a behind the scenes peek.
If you wish to leave the best for last, may we recommend a hot-air balloon ride? Just a 45-minute drive outside the city to Teotihuacan, what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and what was once a pre-Columbian city, take flight as the sun rises and greet the dawn as you soar high above the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
With so many things to do with your family in Mexico City, you will never run out of exciting and new adventures.