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Castles, pyramids and volcanoes sound like terrains for fairy tales, but these are just some of the very real, very kid-friendly activities in Mexico. Here’s a look at the five best things to do with children in and around the city:
1. Xochimilco. Appeal to your kids’ adventurous sides with a trip to the Xochimilco canals. Guided vessels allow families to explore the winding waters together. Older children can charter a kayak for solo runs. The boats’ bright colors are matched only by the Xochimilco’s colorful atmosphere, complete with floating musicians, barmen and cooks.
2. Chapultepec Park. Boating is also an option this large, activity-filled park. Rides, carnival food and souvenirs make La Feria at Chapultepec a family favorite. Inhabitants of the park’s zoo, principally the endangered El Tapir, also should elicit a few wide-eyed stares, while the Chapultepec Castle provides privileged views of the surrounding grounds.
3. Teotihuacan. Reaching Teotihuacan takes just a short car or bus ride from Mexico City. Children will delight in scaling the ancient city’s Pyramid of the Sun and walking down the Avenue of Death. Corridors and tombs within the structures reveal murals from the Toltec builders and subsequent occupiers.
4. Estádio Azteca. From pre-Colombian pyramids to a temple of modern sport, Azteca stadium gives off its own spiritual vibe. The country’s largest arena twice hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986, and it is home to one of the nation’s powerhouse teams, Club América. Tours allow visitors to take the field, survey the stands or look around the locker rooms.
5. Volcanoes. A day trip to the Smoking Mountain and Sleeping Woman volcanoes will enchant your children and give them a geological science lesson. You can eat lunch in the park below and hike up the rim of the dormant mounts.