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Discovering the Wonders of Mexico City with Toddlers: A Family Guide

Mexico City is a vibrant and exciting destination that offers a wealth of cultural experiences and attractions for visitors of all ages. But traveling with toddlers can present some unique challenges. In this blog post, we'll share some tips and recommendations for visiting Mexico City with young children.

Getting There

Mexico City is a major transportation hub, with direct flights available from many cities around the world. Once you arrive, it's important to plan your transportation carefully, especially if you're traveling with toddlers. You can take the metro, bus, or Uber, but be aware that they can be crowded and busy. Taxis and ride-sharing services are also available, and many hotels offer airport transfer services.

Where to Stay

When traveling with toddlers, it's important to choose accommodation that is comfortable and convenient. Look for hotels that offer family-friendly amenities like cribs, high chairs, and play areas. You can also choose to stay in an apartment or vacation rental, which will give you more space and flexibility. Consider staying in a neighborhood like Condesa or Roma, which are known for their family-friendly atmosphere and abundance of parks and playgrounds. We like to book an Airbnb to ensure we have a kitchen, air conditioning (most places only have fans), and two bedrooms to help with nap times for both our toddlers. Make sure to book the best and most comfortable space for your family.

Things to Do

Mexico City offers a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, but not all of them are suitable for toddlers. Here are some activities that are sure to be a hit with young children:

1. Visit Chapultepec Park: This expansive park is home to several museums, a zoo, open bookstores, and a lake where you can rent paddle boats. There are plenty of playgrounds and open spaces for kids to run around and explore. If you’re up for a steep walk (bring a stroller for the little ones), you can walk through the beautiful Castillo de Chapultepec (Castle of Chapultepec shown below). And lastly, bring some cash with you to shop some of the delicious snacks from the various puestesitos (vendors) all throughout the park.

2. Explore the National Museum of Anthropology: This museum offers a fascinating look at Mexico's rich cultural history, with exhibits that are both informative and interactive. The museum is massive and has multiple types of exhibits broken down by eras. Take a look at the map and pick out the best ones to visit if you have little ones with short attention spans.

Pro Tip: Food and drinks are now allowed inside and you will have to leave them checked in at the front desk so make sure to be well fed before entering!

3. Take a ride on a trajinera: These colorful boats are a popular attraction in Xochimilco, where you can float along the canals and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal. You can purchase food, drinks, souvenirs and even live music along the river!

Pro Tips: bring an ice chest filled with drinks and food to save money and have enough for the entire ride. Pack a speaker to play music and create the ambiance you want! If you have little ones, bring some toys or activities for them since their attention spans are short and the ride can be long. Lastly, depending on the time of year and day you go, make sure to pack warm clothes or blankets for the chilly temperatures.

4. Visit the Papalote Children's Museum: This museum is designed specifically for children, with hands-on exhibits and activities that will keep them engaged and entertained. Tickets are inexpensive and there are plenty of activities of children of all ages.

5. Enjoy the street food: Mexico City is known for its delicious street food, and there are plenty of options that are suitable for toddlers. Look for stalls selling tacos, quesadillas, and elotes (grilled corn on the cob).

6. Attend a Game in Estadio Azteca: Visiting Estadio Azteca for a game in Mexico City with toddlers can be a thrilling experience for the whole family. The stadium is a landmark in the city, known for hosting some of the most exciting soccer matches in the world. The energy and excitement of the crowd can be contagious, and toddlers will love the festive atmosphere. However, it's important to keep in mind that the stadium can get crowded and noisy, so it's best to take precautions to protect your child's ears. Bringing noise-canceling headphones or earplugs can help make the experience more comfortable for toddlers. Additionally, be sure to pack plenty of snacks and drinks to keep little ones happy throughout the game. With some planning and preparation, visiting Estadio Azteca can be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.Read more about taking toddlers to a game in my post, Surviving Estadio Azteca: Tips for Taking Toddlers to a Soccer Game in Mexico City's Iconic Stadium.

7. Visit Acuario Inbursa: Located in the upscale Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City, the Museo Acuario Inbursa is a must-visit destination for those interested in marine life and conservation. With over 14,000 specimens representing more than 300 different species, the aquarium is home to a wide range of aquatic creatures, from colorful fish and playful sea turtles to majestic sharks and even crocodiles. The museum's state-of-the-art facilities and innovative exhibitions provide visitors with an immersive and educational experience, showcasing the importance of preserving our oceans and their inhabitants. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a family with kids, or simply looking for a fun and informative way to spend an afternoon in Mexico City, the Museo Acuario Inbursa is a definite must-see.

Pro Tip: There are two different types of tickets you can purchase: single one park tickets, or two park access. I highly suggest getting both parks because the second part of the experiences is a hands-on experience for the little ones. The second experience is a few blocks away inside a building behind the Cinepolis across the street new the Museo Soumaya.

8. Walk Through El Zocalo: Walking through El Zocalo in Mexico City is a fascinating experience, filled with history, culture, and vibrancy. This lively square is the heart of Mexico City, surrounded by iconic buildings such as the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Templo Mayor. There are plenty of things to do in El Zocalo with toddlers, including visiting the colorful Balloon Seller stands, trying some tasty street food, and taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around the square. You can also watch some street performers, listen to live music, or simply relax on a bench and soak in the atmosphere. Nearby attractions that are great for toddlers include the Museum of Chocolate and the Palacio de los Juguetes, a toy museum. For a fun and educational experience, take your toddlers to the Museum of the City of Mexico, where they can learn about the city's history and culture through interactive exhibits and games. Whether you're a local or a tourist, walking through El Zocalo with toddlers is a fun and exciting way to explore Mexico City.

9. Visit the Angel de la Independencia: The iconic monument stands tall at the intersection of Reforma Avenue and Florencia Street, offering a stunning view of the city. While the stairs leading up to the monument might be challenging for young ones, the surrounding gardens provide a perfect spot for some outdoor playtime. The park is filled with greenery, fountains, and benches, perfect for a picnic or a break from the busy city. Toddlers will love running around and exploring the area, while parents can take in the beautiful surroundings. There are plenty of food vendors and ice cream stands nearby, providing a treat for the little ones. For an even more special experience, consider visiting El Angel de la Independencia at night when the monument is illuminated, providing a magical atmosphere that toddlers will love. Visiting El Angel de la Independencia is a great way to introduce toddlers to the culture and history of Mexico City, all while enjoying some outdoor fun.

10. Attend a Live Lucha Libre: The colorful masks, the acrobatic moves, and the lively atmosphere are sure to captivate your little ones. It's important to note that Lucha Libre shows can get loud and crowded, so it's best to take precautions to protect your child's ears and keep them close by. Additionally, be sure to bring plenty of snacks and drinks to keep your toddlers happy throughout the show. Many Lucha Libre arenas offer family sections, where you can sit and enjoy the show with other families. Attending a Lucha Libre show is a fun and memorable way to experience Mexican culture with your toddlers.

In Conclusion

Traveling to Mexico City with toddlers can be a fun and rewarding experience, as long as you plan carefully and choose your activities wisely. From exploring the city's parks and museums to enjoying the delicious street food, there are plenty of things to do that will keep young children engaged and entertained. So why not plan a family trip to Mexico City and experience the best of this vibrant and fascinating destination?


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