I get to travel a lot to Mexico City, specifically because I’m from there. Besides being with my friends and family there are tons of things that I love about Mexico. Traveling with kids can be difficult, and Mexico City, with its massive metropolis and millions of inhabitants can be intimidating. However, there are ton of fun things to keep our little ones entertained as well as cultural things that will make you immerse in the local Mexican culture and feel like a local.
One of my favorite things about this city is food, you can find all the diversity in cultural food you want, but obviously Mexican is the best you will find. All restaurants are kid friendly and quite noisy, so bringing your kids along and having them experiment the food is perfectly acceptable.
So to start with our top 10 things to do with kids in Mexico lets start with my number one:
Established since 1962, they have established the highest standard of authentic Mexican tacos you will ever find. Working with their carbon grill and handmade tortillas, everything you will eat is made in house. They have a diverse menu for everyone, meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and obviously kids.
Parque La Mexicana is a new park in Mexico City, within Santa Fe.
This new park has an area of 30 hectares, collection of rainwater, lighting, surveillance, free WiFi, two lakes, hammocks, various children playgrounds, bike path, running path, skate area, as well as tons of restaurants. It is an excellent place for a family outing.
Address: Lomas de Santafe, Contadero Mexico City
This also one of my favorite spots in Mexico City, Bosque de Chapultepec has a wide range of open green spaces for kids to run around. It has a 2KM lake where you can see and feed the ducks, play with bubbles and balloons and even rent a paddling boat. If your kids get a bit hungry, there is a fruit and juice stand, and you can make a great picnic around the forest. There are also a lot of museums around and the Castillo de Chapultepec at a walking distance.
This Museum is ideal for young children. After 3 years of renovation the content of the museum is now designed full content for kids. It is divided into six areas: The Trip Begins, My Body, Mexico Alive, My Home, My Family, My City and the Idea Laboratory. Each of this areas will support your kid by discovering their senses, learn, design and have a great time. Even though the design is for young kids, as an adult I still have a great time here.
Address: Papalote Museo del Niño, Av Constituyentes 268, Daniel Garza, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5237 1773
This is one of my favorite places to go to with my kid. It’s a theme farm park, where you can safely interact with farm animals; from sheep, chickens, pigs, cows, horses, dogs, ducks. Besides animal interaction, La Granja de las Americas also has various attractions for older kids it has a crazy mirror house, jumping trampolines, climbing wall and a go karts. The other thing that I adore is that not only do kids interact with animals, they also learn how farms provide food for us. They have a milk station where they show kids how cows provide milk, a baking shop where kids get to bake their own bread and they even get to ride a horse.
This aquarium recently opened its doors in Polanco, it’s a tranquil neighborhood with a great vibe. The aquarium is underground and has all manner of saline to marvel even the smallest guy. The aquarium is home of 14,000 animals and 350 species. It is divided into 4 areas where you can learn and interact with the marine diversity. They have 5 species of sharks, living corals, jellyfish, seahorses, stingrays, piranhas, among others.
After visiting the aquarium, you can stroll around the area of Polanco where you’ll find the most exclusive shopping centers, restaurants and main avenues in Mexico city.
This is the second largest amusement park in Mexico City, it is in the heart of Chapultepec, and gives you a genuine experience of a Mexican amusement park. The admission prices is also quite cheep, don’t expect anything fancy though, the park is quiet old and needs upgrading, but I believe that is the charm of it. You can ride the Montana Rusa, old bumper cars, go into the Haunted House, Wheel of Fortune, flying chairs among others.
Visiting Xochimilco is a must once you are in Mexico City. This is one of the most historic sites in you can visit. When the first nomadic settlers arrived in the Valley of Mexico City, they found an enormous lake. As the years went by and their population grew, the land can no longer satisfy their agricultural needs. So they created a system of floating gardens called chinampas. This are floating grades that are filled with reeds, branches and mud, they planted and created this floating market around the lake. Now a days its a labyrinth of small islands and canals you can visit and see diverse vendors carrying flowers and produce around.
The best time to visit Xochimilco would be on a Saturday, where you can also find diverse market stalls. You need to hire a trajinera, a flower painted boat to take you around the chinampas.
The Aztec Pyramids known as Teotihuacan is about one hour and a half from the city. Teotihuacan is known as the City of Gods of the Aztec civilization dating back to 2,400 BC.
It takes about an hour and a half from the city to get there. Make sure to take comfortable shoes and water, since you need to walk a lot and you can even climb the stairs of the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. You will get stunning views out of it.
Paseo de Refroma on a Sunday
Mexico City is well known for its chaos and traffic, however every Sunday the city shuts down one of the biggest streets, Paseo de Reforma, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for locals and tourist to cycle down. This aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for residents. You will see cyclist, joggers, families walking around.