Attractions in Puerto Vallarta are surprisingly kid-friendly, and go far beyond sandy beaches and warm waters. Puerto Vallarta offers a wide variety of things to do and places to see that will attract any family from the laid back to the adventurous. There are plenty of vacation options and ideas to help you plan a family trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
There are plenty of kid-friendly hotels in Puerto Vallarta. Sometimes the best attractions for your kids are the easiest to come by and are included with your hotel! Accommodations near Rancho El Charro, for instance, leave easy access to great activities like horseback riding. For those of you that seek exploration, this could be the answer for you and your family. The rides take you through the jungles on a safe tour and, for experienced riders, there are some wilder routes! A fantastic attraction and a potential hit with your kids is family time at the Zoologico de Vallarta. They will have too much fun looking at the lions, tigers, bears, birds and reptiles to notice the lessons they are learning about wildlife! Guided tours provide details about the plants and animals featured and make it a favorite Puerto Vallarta tourist attraction.
Would you like to visit educational attractions that stimulate your kids' creativity? Try Arte Magico Huichol, which features colorful artwork originating from Huichol Indians and includes bead-works. This is a great way to learn a little local culture, and it's free for you and your family to enjoy. If you are looking for quieter things to do in Puerto Vallarta with kids, consider adding the Vallarta Botanical Gardens to your trip plan. All ages are welcome, with free admission for kids under 11 years old. There are collections of exotics from around the world. They also hold seasonal events, so be sure to check their event calendar before you plan a trip.
Put the Canopy Adventure Park on your list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta with older kids. Children 10 years or older can use some of their energy during this physically challenging experience! Come prepared with a change of clothes and some hiking boots because your kid will most likely get wet. Make a reservation for your family to start your adventure by boat, followed by a mule ride, and then to the canopy experience that includes zip-line riding and rappelling. There are some great activities for your big kids and a good time to build some lasting memories.
A beautiful landmark to visit is Cathedral of Our Lady Guadelupe. This unique cathedral is a cultural landmark and features memorable architecture and is beauty for you and your kids to view. The scenic grounds offer many settings for memorable family photos to commemorate your vacation. Also beautiful is Banderas Bay, a popular beach destination.
If you're looking for a hotel near the adventure park and cathedral, consider the Barcelo Hotel Puerto Vallarta. It's also close to many other kid-friendly attractions, including the beach. You'll be close to the action, so you can accommodate your family's needs for adventure, excitement and fun. In this beautiful tropical destination, you'll find something for every member of your family to enjoy!