5. Mexico City has some incredible museums
The Papalote Museo del Niño offers fantastic hands-on experiences for all ages, while The Aztec and Maya exhibits at the Museo Nacional de Antropología bring the region’s pre-Columbian history to life. Older children will enjoy learning how money works at the Museo Interactivo de Economía or exploring the universe at Universum Museo de las Ciencias.
6. Mexico is home to spectacular wildlife
Flamingos, quetzals and parrots are just a few of the colourful bird species to be found in Mexico. Older kids will enjoy whale-watching off Baja California, but if several hours on a boat is likely to prove too much for your little ones, the aquarium in Mexico City is an excellent substitute.
Whale spotting in the Sea of Cortes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico © HTurner/Shutterstock
7. Small seaside villages can be as enjoyable as large family resorts
There are plenty of family-friendly resorts along the Riviera Maya (and they’re a good option if you fancy some downtime while the kids enjoy some organised activities), but if you’re after something that allows for more interaction with the locals, Tulum is a fun place to stay, as is Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast.
8. Lunch is the main meal of the day
Many restaurants serve a comida corrida (known in smarter places as the menu del día or menu turístico), usually consisting of three or four courses for around US$5–8. A typical comida consists of soup followed by a rice dish or perhaps a plate of pasta, beans or guacamole, then a meat or fish main course, followed by fruit, flan (a crème caramel concoction) or rice pudding. In general, restaurants welcome children and are happy to adapt dishes to suit less adventurous tastes.
9. Markets are great places to explore
Markets are a great place to pick up toys and wrestler costumes, try street food and sweets, and experience Mexico’s vibrant culture. The floating gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City will appeal to kids of all ages – take in the carnival atmosphere while being punted around the canals and serenaded by mariachi bands.
Traditional Mexican trajinera boat in Xochimilco channels © Marcelo Rodriguez/Shutterstock
10. Mexicans love kids!
Mexicans dote on children – so prepare them to expect more than the usual amount of hugs and kisses, even from new acquaintances.
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