Wondering what to do in Mexico City with kids? You’re at the right place. 

Here’s the best CDMX travel guide that gives you the top 10 things to do in Mexico City with your family.

From soaring over ancient Mexican pyramids in a hot air balloon to learning all about the history of chocolate at the MUCHO Chocolate Museum and tasting the best churros while running around in large, green parks, Mexico City offers many exciting activities for kids and families.

10 Best Things to Do in Mexico City with Kids

Whether you’re visiting Mexico City with toddlers or teenagers, this family-friendly travel bucket list has something interesting for everyone. 

1. Ride a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan PyramidsBalloon Temple Quetzalcoatl

One of the best things to do in Mexico City with your kids is ride the hot air balloon over the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Teotihuacan is a 2000-year-old pre-Hispanic city and home to three massive pyramids – the pyramids of the Sun, the Moon, and the Feathered Serpent. Soaring above this ancient town in a hot air balloon and seeing these pyramids from above at the crack of dawn is a surreal experience. 

The adventure of flying in a hot air balloon is sure to get the whole family excited. Whether you’re traveling with young kids or older ones, a Mexico City balloon ride will bring smiles to everyone’s face. 

Combine your balloon ride with a guided tour of the pyramids for a more immersive experience. A guided tour gives you in-depth knowledge and allows you learn more about the mysterious Teotihuacan people who built this massive city and disappeared without a trace.

2. Enjoy the views from Torre Latinoamericanatorre-latinoamericana-view

If you want to do something fun with your family in Mexico City, head to Torre Latinoamericana or the Latin American Tower and enjoy panoramic city views from the observation deck at 600 feet. 

Torre Latinoamericana is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Mexico City and has the best views of the city center. It is also one of the rarer structures to have survived the devastating earthquake of 1985. 

Head to the 44th floor of Torre Latinoamericana around sunset for unparalleled views of the city. The tower also has a museum with interesting displays where you can learn about earthquakes and how to deal with them.

Buy your tickets for the Torre Latinoamericana observation deck here.

3. Visit Chapultepec Zoo

Chapultepec ZooDid you know that Mexico City has a zoo that’s free to visit? Visiting the Chapultepec Zoo is a wonderful experience for families with younger kids. 

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The zoo is located inside Chapultepec Park and is home to an extensive collection of animals and birds from around the world, including two chubby pandas, the apparent superstars. There are also panthers, monkeys, lemurs, giraffes, and several other animals. The walkthrough aviary is filled with pelicans, ducks, cranes, and parrots.

Even though the zoo is free to enter, there are two sections that require a small fee. These are reptile and butterfly sections, but they are totally worth the money. The butterfly section is home to thousands of beautiful butterflies, including the Monarch, the Julia, and the Blue Morpho species.

4. Go paddle boating on Chapultepec LakeGo paddle boating on Chapultepec Lake

If you’re visiting Chapultepec Park, you cannot miss a paddle boat ride on Chapultepec Lake, a favorite activity among families in Mexico City. 

Paddle boats in Chapultepec are available in many shapes and sizes, including ones resembling whales and swans. Renting one of these paddle boats for an hour gives you ample time to enjoy with your family as well as see Chapultepec Park from the water. 

There’s usually a long line for Chapultepec Lake rental boats on weekends. So, go on a weekday if you can manage that. 

5. Go on a Trajinera ride in XochimilcoGo on a Trajinera ride in Xochimilco

Got some time for a day trip? Head to the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, just an hour south of Mexico City. 

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco are artificial islands that the Aztecs built more than 700 years ago to grow crops and rear animals in the absence of arable land. Even today, they continue to function as the breadbasket of Mexico City, though they are also a tourist attraction.

You can hire a colorful trajinera (local gondola-like boat) at the floating gardens and explore the canals and gardens with your gondolier. Be sure to try all the local food, such as elotes and tacos, that you can buy from floating vendor carts. Hire a Mariachi band, listen to soulful Mexican music, and dance away to glory. 

Mexican families and groups usually visit Xochimilco in large numbers on Sundays. That’s when the entire place resembles a carnival with lots of food and music on offer. It is a great time to immerse yourself in local Mexican culture.

If you’re looking for something more educational, take a sunrise tour of the floating gardens, eat farm-fresh breakfast on the islands, and learn all about their history. 

6. Visit the National Anthropology MuseumVisit the National Anthropology Museum

The National Anthropology Museum is one of the best museums in Mexico City. It is home to a massive collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts depicting the history and culture of Mexico’s ancient civilizations.

If you’re curious to learn more about the lost civilizations of the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Olmecs, or the Toltecs, the Anthropology Museum is the best place to do that. The galleries at the museum are massive and display everything from the famous Aztec Sun Stone and Mayan ball hoops to long-lost murals and models of ancient cities.

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The museum also has expansive gardens filled with tropical plants and ancient stucco sculptures. The central courtyard is beautiful and massive, with a pool in the middle. 

Taking a guided tour of the Mexico City Anthropology Museum with your child is a fun learning experience.

7. Head to the MUCHO Chocolate Museum

One of the fun things to do in Mexico City with your family is to visit the MUCHO Museo de Chocolate.

Mexico has a long history of chocolate. It was one of the first places to domesticate and produce chocolate for human consumption. 

Housed in a historic 20th-century building, the MUCHO Chocolate Museum is an interesting museum dedicated to the history of chocolate in Mesoamerica. It does an excellent job of explaining how ancient Mesoamerican civilizations used and revered chocolate and the different processes that go into making chocolate in the form that we consume today.

There is a small café and shop where you can taste and buy chocolates at the end of the tour. 

Buy tickets to the MUCHO Chocolate Museum here

8. Read a book at Biblioteca VasconcelosRead a book at Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Looking for something non-touristy to do in Mexico City? Visit Biblioteca Vasconcelos, a gigantic modern library that’s also a hidden gem. 

The sleek and modern architecture of Biblioteca Vasconcelos is sure to attract young people. Another highlight is a massive skeleton that looks like a dinosaur but is actually a gray whale, suspended in the middle of the building. 

The library has many exciting books for both children and adults. Even though many are in Spanish, there are good English ones, too. 

If you have a bibliophile in your family or someone who loves modern, futuristic buildings, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is a great place to visit.

9. Relish a churro at El MoroEl Moro Churreria

Enjoy a dessert night with your kids in Mexico City at Churreria El Moro, the best churro spot in Mexico City. 

Churros are traditional Mexican pastries (originally Spanish) that are long, crispy, golden, and dusted with sugar and cinnamon powder. 

Churreira El Moro, a 90-year-old establishment, is the best place to eat churros in Mexico City. Apart from delicious churros, they also serve eight different varieties of yummy hot chocolate and an ice cream sandwich made from churros called the consuelo. 

Churreira El Moro has several branches across the city, but the most popular ones are in the Historic Center, Roma, and Condesa.

10. Relax in a Mexico City Parkpaddle-boats-chapultepec

Looking for wide open spaces where your kids can run around and let out their energy? Mexico City has a few good ones. 

Bosque de Chapultepec, or the Chapultepec Park, is one of the largest public parks in North America. Can you believe that it is bigger than the Central Park in New York City? 

The best part about Chapultepec Park is that it has several walking and jogging trails, play areas, a zoo, and fascinating museums. You can spend an entire day in Chapultepec Park, seeing its many attractions, and still not be done. 

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If you’re looking for something closer to the historic center, head to Alameda Central, a lovely green park filled with fountains, sculptures, playgrounds, and walking trails. Once an Aztec marketplace, the park now hosts local musicians, standup comedians, and street food vendors in the evenings. 

If you visit Mexico City in spring (April – May), you’ll find the parks full of blooming jacaranda trees and paths strewn with purple flowers. That makes Mexico City parks even more appealing.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Mexico City with Kids

Visiting Mexico City with kids is a fun experience. Mexico City is a large metropolis full of exciting things that attract children of every age. Whether your kids love chocolate, churros, books, skyscrapers, or ancient Mesoamerican history, Mexico City has something for everyone.

Guest Author: Soumya is a history and culture enthusiast who helps her readers plan immersive trips through her travel blog, Stories by Soumya. Her writings about travel and culture have been published in BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Herald, and many more. Mexico City is one of her favorite places in the world.

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