Spring Break Activities in Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico for Families

When you think of spring break in Cancun, Mexico, the first thing that comes to mind is not necessarily family-friendly.  However, beyond the nightlife and craziness of the Cancun hotel zone, there are many family-friendly activities that make for fun, kid-friendly vacation – especially if you travel further south into the Riviera Maya.  Take a look at this rundown of kid-friendly activities to do in and around Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula during spring break, or any time of year.


Coba, Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

From Cancun’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Press Release

Visit Coba and a Mayan village

Visiting the archeological site of Coba is a must-do when you go to Cancun.  It is only a 45 minute drive to discover the amazing Nohoch Muul pyramid, the tallest in the Yucatan Peninsula where you will have stunning views of the jungle – yes it is still climbable.  With Alltournative Eco-archeological Expeditions you can also visit a secluded Maya village and enjoy its well preserved natural beauties, lagoons, cenotes, jungle paths and the natural reserve that protects the flora and fauna of the area.  Guests can also enjoy a delicious meal of typical food, soft drinks and hand-made tortillas all cooked by the local Mayan ladies – yes there are still Mayans alive and well living in Cancun.

Snorkel in the Cancun Underwater Museum

The Cancun Underwater Museum is off the coast of Cancun where more than 500 sculptures lie on the ocean floor.  These sculptures were designed by Jason de Caires Taylor and were created to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science forming a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit this area.  Visitors can dive, snorkel or take a glass bottom boat to view the statues.

Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Zipline at Xplor Park

Xplor Park invites visitors to rediscover what it means like to zip line through the Riviera Mayan jungle and really enjoy the nature of the area.  Ziplines at Xplor range from 25 – 150 feet and guests can fly through the air, explore the jungle from the heights of the part and finish the journey by landing in the crystal clear water of a cenote.

Snorkel the Underground Rivers at Xcaret

The underground rivers that run through Xcaret are breathtaking natural wonders that guests can swim and snorkel.  Xcaret’s underground rivers are part of a large cave system that forms deep under the surface of the Yucatan peninsula.  Snorkel in caves and swim along unique rock formations and marine fossils at Xcaret Park Mexico.  You only need a life vest to experience this mysterious underwater world – no need to be a professional cave diver!

Swim in the Cenotes that Make the Yucatan Famous

Xenotes Oasis Maya Tour is a unique tour that takes you to four different kinds of cenotes where you will be able to practice different activities such as Kayaking, zip-lining, inner tubing, rappelling and snorkeling.  Guests receive personalized tours that are led by experts that are not only experts on the surrounding territory but are also instructed on activities, history and legends of the region.

Cenote Ha'

Cenote Ha’ Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Explore Isla Mujeres

This small island is located opposite the Cancun coast.  The island combines the beauty of the Caribbean, a lush tropical jungle and the heritage to the Mayan civilization.  Only a 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun, this charming island is the ideal spot for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the Cancun Hotel Zone.  Guests should visit the ancient Mayan ruins and learn how Isla Mujeres got her name!

Visit the Cancun Maya Museum

Cancun’s Maya Museum celebrates the ancient Mayan civilization.  Next to the Maya Museum, the San Miguelito archeological site recently opened as well.  This location was inhabited over 800 years ago until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Take a Ride at Xoximilco

Xoximilco Cancun is one of Cancun’s newest attractions that feature nearly five miles of canals that cut through 140 acres of spectacular Mayan jungle.  Workers pole the park’s trajineras from 6 pm – 11 pm Monday through Saturdays.  This new excursion offers tourists a fun and unique way to hand out with friends and family, enjoy delicious local food and listen to live Mariachi music for an authentic Mexican fiesta on the water.


Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Crococun Zoo

At the Crococun Zoo, visitors can touch hold and feed species like coatis, spider monkeys, snakes, deer and crocodiles.  Great for kids, especially those that love animals!

Visit Garrafon Natural Reef Park on Isla Mujeres

Located at the south end of Isla Mujeres the Garrafon Natural Reef Park has amazing activities for the whole family including zip-lining, snorkeling, kayaking and more.


Photo Credit Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau


So what are your family plans this spring?  Have you been to Cancun or the Riviera Maya?  If so, please leave your tips and suggestions in the comments below.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.