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If you plan to bring the kids on your Cancun trip, be sure to add these activities to the itinerary:
1. Visit the Crococun Zoo, which was once a crocodile farm and now bills itself as a conservationist project that protects the area's endangered species. Price of admission includes a guided tour in which kids can interact with spider monkeys and other native creatures. During summer months (May to September), kids can swim with whale sharks — the largest fish in the world, measuring up to 40 feet and weighing up to 15 tons. Tours leave from Punta Sam and last about five hours, or you can take a boat to Isla Holbox and book a whale shark tour while you are there.
2. Kids will enjoy a trip to Garrafon National Reef Park in Isla Mujeres, 20 minutes by boat from Cancun. In the park, children can kayak, snorkel, hike, bike and zip line. The park also has direct access to a cliff area called Punta Sur that includes a sculpture park, lighthouse and Mayan temple.
3. The eco-archaeological Xcaret Park is also worth a stop. Little ones can explore a Mayan jungle to visit a traditional village or search for secret rivers in caves. The theme park also adds some cultural elements; kids can witness a Day of the Dead celebration and the voladores (“flying men”) ritual ceremony where men climb a pole and daringly dance at the top.
4. Children can get a great taste for Mexican cuisine at a cooking class at The Ritz Carlton, Cancun. Check with the hotel for the latest menu and availability.