Mexico City is a great destination for family travel. Mexicans are known for being kind and welcoming to children, and Mexico City is no exception. It is a city full of culture, museums and interesting neighborhoods. Even activities that might not at first seem geared toward children are easily turned into activities the whole family will love with a little imagination. For example, the Trotsky house museum may not seem like a typical kid friendly activity, but there is a very nice garden for kids to run around and check out the flowers. Or the anthropology museum might not be a typical choice for toddlers, but there is a great pond in the middle with turtles and fish, that will delight kids. Below are some of the activities in and around Mexico City that your whole family will enjoy.
Chapultepec Park: This huge park is a great place to take your kids. It is a magnet for local families on weekends. A highlight is the free zoo which features pandas, giraffes, a polar bear and lots of monkeys. The Centro de Conviviencia Infantil is a playground with slides, swings, and a petting zoo. You can rent rowboats to ride around the lake. There is also the Papalote Museo de Ninos, a children’s museum with hands-on science and cultural exhibits and an IMAX theater. Finally, La Feria de Chapultepec is an amusement park featuring mechanical rides for kids.
Desierto de los Leones Park in the Western part of the city is home to an old convent with underground tunnels to explore, and a large garden where you can go on a pony ride.
Many of the shopping centers and malls have free children’s play areas. The Santa Fe shopping center has a neat children’s play area called the City of Children where children can act out adult professions like a veterinarian or a grocery store clerk.
Teotihuacan: This archaeological site located right outside the city features some of the country’s most impressive pyramids. It is fun for kids to run around the site, walk through tunnels and climb up the pyramids. Be sure to bring sunscreen and a good sun hat.
Xochimilco: This is a colorful neighborhood south of the center. The main attraction is a boat ride through the canals to visit the floating flower gardens.
There a few nice neighborhoods for walking around. La Condesa has the large Parque Mexico, and lots of cafes that are filled with families on the weekends. Coyoacan has the Viveros, a tree nursery with trails and a nice sized playground.
The subway system and MetroBus make it easy to get around the city without spending much money, so take advantage and explore all the family friendly sites of Mexico City.
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