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Playa del Carmen Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Family-friendly activities

Xcaret Park: Plus Full-Day Admission with Night Show & Lunch

1. Xcaret Park: Plus Full-Day Admission with Night Show & Lunch

Enjoy full-day admission to Xcaret Park, a paradise theme park on the Maya Riviera, where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. Your ticket includes access to all the facilities, including showers, dressing rooms, and snorkeling equipment for your convenience. Once inside the park, choose the activities that suit. Highlights include the Coral Reef Aquarium and Marine Turtles Area. Admire the manatees of the Manatee Lagoon, or be dazzled by colorful butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. See howler monkeys at Spider Monkey Island, or explore how mushrooms are cultivated at the Mushroom Farm. The Living Museum of Orchids displays Mexican orchids in all their glory. Wander a jungle trail to visit the Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm. Ascend the Rotating Scenic Tower for spectacular views, and watch cultural performances of Mayan and Mexican music and dance. You can even visit a Mayan Village! Colonial history is not neglected at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, while folk art is displayed at the Hacienda Henequenera. Watch the sky turn a rainbow of colors at the Stained-Glass Plaza, or discover a pre-Hispanic ball court to learn about the Maya sports events. Between October 30th and November 2nd, you'll be able to enjoy activities that are part of the Life and Death Festival.

Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

2. Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

Discover a paradise for thrill-seekers holidaying in the Riviera Maya. Book your all-inclusive Xplor Park ticket and zoom past impressive rock formations on a zip line. Take part in adrenaline-pumping activities, such as rafting and cave swimming, and enjoy a lunch buffet with unlimited drinks. Step into the heart of the jungle and live out your wildest Riviera Maya dreams. Make use of the latest safety equipment and receive instructions from the professional staff. Have access to 2 zip line circuits, 2 amphibious vehicle circuits, 2 unique river swims, and a river rafting experience. Drive for 10 kilometers aboard amphibious vehicles, admire panoramic views of nature as you glide along the zip lines, and see stunning stalagmite rock formations while swimming through the caves. Be treated to a delicious lunch buffet and unlimited drinks throughout the day.

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

3. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

4. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

5. Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

Discover Xcaret Park, a wonderful paradise where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. Be a special guest at an ancient Mayan ball game, and join the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration during your visit. Enjoy an experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings, life vests and parking. Encounter colorful cultural performances including the nightly Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration. Take part in water activities including underground rivers, the Río del Paraíso journey, as well as time for lazing on the beach, inlet and natural pools. Explore the Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, and Jaguar Island. See howler monkeys at Spider Monkey Island, and explore mushroom cultivation at the Mushroom Farm. Or visit the Living Museum of Orchids to discover Mayan orchids in full glory. Wander through the Tropical Jungle Trail, and visit the Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm. Take in the Rotating Scenic Tower for spectacular views. Experience cultural performances and see archaeological sites. Visit a Mayan Village. Discover colonial history at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel and folk art at the Hacienda Henequenera. Watch the sky turn to a rainbow of colors at the Stained-Glass Plaza, and take nature and culture tours as part of your ticket.

Xenses Park: Entry Ticket

6. Xenses Park: Entry Ticket

Awaken your senses at the amazing Xenses Park in Playa del Carmen. Avail of 15 activities in different scenarios that will reconnect you with your hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste! Explore stunning land, air, water and underground experiences, such as the Way of Dwarfs and Giants that will make you doubt your own size! Learn about different ecosystems at the Xensatorium, where all your senses are required, except your sight. Hike through the caverns of the Labyrinth of Underground Arteries or admire how fish, ducks, macaws and flamingos exist in harmony at The Eden.  Walk under a waterfall into the Town, where your perception of how you feel and look at places will be challenged. Feel like an eagle on the zip line, try to swim in a salt river and be amazed by countless visual puns and optical illusions.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret Plus with Buffet & Transport

Visit a natural park that cradles the best of the traditions and cultures of Mexico. With this special tour package, enjoy a food buffet and take a round trip tour to Xcaret Park, the most popular attraction in Cancun and the Maya Riviera region. There's fun for the whole family at a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the region. Experience more than 40 different exciting activities, from the Underground River Journey to exploring the coral reef aquarium. Try visiting an authentic Mayan Village or remnants of the Spanish colonial past at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel. Or meander down to the water to row past Spider Monkey Island, or simply kick back, put your feet up, and relax on the beach.

Riviera Maya: Aqua Nick Park Admission Ticket

8. Riviera Maya: Aqua Nick Park Admission Ticket

Cool off and enjoy a day of family fun at Aqua Nick, a Nickelodeon theme park in the Riviera Maya. Enjoy access to the park's many attractions, which include thrilling water slides, a lazy river and adventure river, activity pool, multiple swimming areas and a dedicated area perfect for toddlers. Upgrades available for a hassle-free day. Spend the day enjoying the slides, rivers, pools at Aqua Nick, Loungers and snacks provided. Upgrade your ticket to include food Lockers and pick-ups available at many Cancun and Riviera Maya The food at Aqua Nick is just as amazing! Every member of the family will be able to enjoy their favorite dishes at the Aqua Bite stations, where you will find hamburgers, bowls, hot dogs, poke bowls and all kinds of drinks, poke bowls and soft drinks, water, beer and national open bar. The pool for the most daring activities, offers scheduled activities and experiences. programmed experiences. Attractions include: Wave Ball: A colorful ball that creates waves for an ocean-like experience. experience similar to being at sea. Climbing wall: climb to new heights and increase your strength. Water walking system: a play area that helps the little ones to challenge the water through the children to challenge the water by means of floating cushions.

Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

9. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour & Playa Norte Beach

Swim with the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy, on this cruise from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Enjoy up to three snorkel or swim immersions with sharks and even spot manta rays and dolphins. Finish with a visit to Playa Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres. Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Riviera Maya: Dolphin Encounter with Beach Club Access

10. Riviera Maya: Dolphin Encounter with Beach Club Access

Spend some time with some adorable dolphins and learn more about their fascinating behavior. Hug, shake "hands", and high-five your new friend. Suitable for all ages, enjoy a memorable experience as you interact with playful dolphins while standing on an underwater platform. Learn more about these fascinating creatures with marine mammal specialists who will teach you interesting facts. Learn more about the nursery and reproduction programs on-site, as well as special tips to protect our environment. After your encounter, spend the rest of your day at the Maroma Beach Club, where you can access high-quality facilities. Enjoy lunch at the Cocoteros restaurant (not included), and do some sunbathing or swimming on the white beach of Playa Maroma.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Our experience was awesome. My favorite part of the tour was Alondra. She was incredibly knowledgeable about as aspects of Mayan life and ancient history related to that part of the world. She was energetic, funny, and charismatic. Her partner Arturo was also very helpful throughout the trip but honestly Alondra made the day so fun. I would take the tour again just to hang out with her. The tour of the ruins was great but the lazy river was a highlight for my and my lady. Highly recommend this tour. Especially since it wasn't too far away from Tulum beach.

Excellent experience, the are so many zip line , all are 14 …7 more soft and 7 more hard, we did everything ! the most low is 15 mt the higher is 80-90 mt and long as 500 mt …so exacting to do this ….. the kitchen it’s open from 11 to 17 and everything it’s fresh and good …wonderful place ! I hope to came back again one day soon . Enjoy it! thank you from Italy

100% recommended. I took this tour which is mainly the transportation from / to hotel entrance and lunch… perfect to know the park on one day… plenty of time and remember the rodeo show at 5pm right at the entrance and from there walk to the night show , espectacular, goosebumps. Beautiful. It was my parents (79 & 89 years old) and my husband and I ( 54 & 56) .

Amazing day ! Everything was great, the visits, the meal, the lagoon. Special mention for Ursula who was great as a guide!

All excellent! delicious food, the park is a true paradise