Things to Do in Mexico City With Kids

From cruises on colourful gondolas to outings in one of the world’s largest city parks, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities in this capital city.

Sep 26, 2014
  • Teotihuacan in Mexico
  • Black and red butterfly in Chapultepec Park
  • Barro Negro flatbread, Mexico City
  • The terrace of Reforma 500 at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
  • Colourful Mexican dolls found in Xochimilco, Mexico City
  • Aztec and Mayan artefacts at Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
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Explore the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, or City of the Gods, a sprawling complex of pyramids, roads and ancients structures whose origins are still shrouded in mystery.
Photography Anyul Rivas
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Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Chapultepec Park, the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere. The kids will love seeing the animals at Chapultepec Zoo, including these colourful creatures flying around the butterfly house.
Photography Ari Helminen
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At Barro Negro, dig into a savoury flatbread, just one of the tempting options on its menu of contemporary Oaxacan cuisine.
Photography Joshua Bousel
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The peaceful courtyard setting of Reforma 500 offers an idyllic location for Sunday brunch.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
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Shop for local souvenirs in Xochimilco after enjoying a trip along the area’s winding canals in a colourful trajinera.
Photography Ruimc77
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Browse famous Aztec and Mayan artefacts at Museo Nacional de Antropología, one of Mexico City’s 170 world-class museums.
Photography LWYang

Once the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City is a lively hub of art and culture, where remnants of a fascinating history blend with a decidedly modern landscape.

With some 300 neighbourhoods, the city overflows with things to do. But Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F., and its many offerings seamlessly guide guests through this exciting metropolis, while also providing an oasis to escape the hustle and bustle. Here are five experiences you shouldn’t miss during your next family vacation in Mexico City.

Tour Teotihuacan

Book a knowledgeable Four Seasons driver who will tailor a once-in-a-lifetime experience at this pre-Hispanic city, located about an hour away from the Hotel. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area dates back to 100 BC. Kids will love climbing the pyramids, which are some of the largest in the pre-Columbian Americas.

Visit Chapultepec Park

The largest city park in the Western hemisphere is home to play areas, Chapultepec Zoo, Chapultepec Castle, nine museums, lakes, fountains and winding walking paths. Colourful vendors also entice visitors with authentic goods and trinkets.

Go on a culinary adventure

Take advantage of about 50 different regional cuisines, some found within walking distance of the Hotel. A short stroll away, Barro Negro serves Oaxacan cuisine in a relaxed, contemporary setting. Choose from a variety of moles, flatbreads and horchatas. Go to Fonda el Refugio for traditional, homestyle Mexican fare. The nearly 50-year-old family-friendly restaurant serves thick mole, and there’s sweet flan for dessert.

Back at the Hotel, Reforma 500 boasts the best Sunday brunch in all of Mexico City (think ceviche, paella and bottomless Taittinger champagne), along with delicious contemporary Latin cuisine. A breakfast buffet at El Bar, featuring zucchini blossom omelettes, chilaquiles and other native dishes, will also delight the little ones. Both restaurants overlook the tranquil courtyard gardens.

Experience the floating gardens of Xochimilco

Ride trajineras, or colourful boats, down this network of winding canals, then enjoy the area with a family-friendly meal and some retail therapy.

Take a history lesson

With more than 170 world-class museums and 10 archaeological zones, the city is a hotbed of cultural adventure. See the famous Aztec and Mayan ruins at Museo Nacional de Antropología. Kids can get hands-on at Papalote Museo del Niño, and the rediscovered sacrificial pyramid of Templo Mayor is also worth a visit.


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