Fun things to do with kids in Riviera Maya

fun things to do in riviera maya

Between coral reefs, mangroves, jungle, and the impressive cenotes linking all the Mayan archaeological sites, Cancún and the Riviera Maya offer attractions for the whole family.

Here is our selection of three fun things to do with kids in Riviera Maya


Located 6 km south of Playa del Carmen, Xcaret Park is the most visited ecotourism park in Mexico. Among the activities and attractions included are tube diving in natural pools and underground rivers, rafting cruise (Paradise River), access to play and relaxation areas with hammocks, the panoramic tower, the coral aquarium with touch pools, protection and reproduction centers for various animal species (sea turtles, macaws, butterflies) and areas for wild animals such as jaguar and spider monkeys. The place also houses an archaeological site, a Mayan village and cemetery, and a beautiful chapel.


Kantun Chi

You will find this ecological park 22 km south of Playa del Carmen, with four cenotes suitable for swimming and an accessible Mayan archeological site, frequently visited by howler monkeys.

The place is peaceful and the infrastructure is simple but very pleasant. There is a rest area with hammocks, a restaurant, as well as chairs and kayaks near the cenotes. Ideal for those looking for peace ("fish pedicure" as a bonus!). Also, they offer a visit to the underground river formed by two cenotes. The cave is equipped with permanent lighting and some sculptures representing the Mayan god of Xibalbá (the underworld). You can walk, swim, snorkel or kayak there.


Spider Monkey Sanctuary

A family experience not to be missed is the interactive tour of Spider Monkey Sanctuary, a shelter, and a protection center for spider monkeys (atèles) located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. With an educational and animal-friendly approach, the center invites visitors to interact and play with the monkeys or feed them. Reservations are essential, as only a few visits per week are organized. Although the entrance fee is high, this is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these endearing animals. The funds raised through the admission fee are entirely invested in the protection and care of the animals. Please note that children under the age of eight are not allowed to touch the animals.


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