Kid Friendly Attractions in Merida

The temperature in Merida is usually hot and that means kids can get cranky. Keep them entertained by spending at least part of each day on an activity that's focused on them - here's my list of fun things for kids to do.

#1 on is Centenario Park and Zoo. Kids can ride the mini-train or any number of carnival rides like boats and racecars. All of Yucatan's wildest animals live at the zoo, including the ferocious jaguar.

I pick Plaza Grande - the Zócalo - as the #2 choice. It's an ever-changing living entertainment center with food carts, street performers, music, dance, and hundreds of pigeons that toddlers love to chase.

The Natural History Museum is #3 because thousands of Yucatecan school kids go there daily, as good a recommendation as you can get.

#10 is Chichén Itzá, the magnificent Mayan ruins two hours away that no kid (or adult) should miss when visiting Merida.

Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario)

Avenide Itzaes and Calle 59

Parque Zoológico del Centenario is a shady retreat in central Mérida, a zoo, botanic garden, and amusement park perfect for families... read more

Plaza Grande

at the intersection of Calles 60, 61, 62 and 63, Historic Center

Performing and visual artists and vendors of all sorts fill the Zócalo (also known as Plaza Grande or de la Indpendencia) as do families strolling, lovers kissing, and students typing away at laptops using the free Wifi... read more

Museo de Historia Natural

: Calle 59 No. 648, between Calles 84 and 84-A, on the north side of Parque Zoológico de "El Centenario"

The Mezozoic Gallery in Merida's Natural History Museum explains a little known fact: the meteor which crashed into the Gulf of Mexico less than 50 miles from Merida caused the extinction of the dinosaurs... read more

Centro Olimpo

Calles 61 and 62

Centro Cultural Olimpo is a beehive of activities ranging from theater, dance, and visual art to science, workshops and conferences... read more

expert pick

Historic Center Free Walking Tour

Tourism office in the Palacio Municipal (City Hall), Calle 62, between Calles 61 and 63

During your trip to Yucatan state in southeastern Mexico, see Merida's most important landmarks on the free, guided walking tour of the capital city's Historic Center, offered in English and Spanish every morning but Sunday at 9:30 am... read more

Lucas de Galvez Market

Calle 56A, between Calles 67 and 69, Historic Center

The Mercado de Lucas de Galvez in Merida, the capital of Mexico's Yucatan state, is a lively enclosed public market south of the Main Square where all of Merida comes to shop. Visiting the market is one of the top things to do in the Historic Center... read more


Calle 59 no. 507A-4
Between calles 60 and 62

Kids love choosing tiny figurines handmade in Mexico and sold at Miniaturas, an equally tiny store on the Yucatan Peninsula in Merida... read more

Artesania Bazar Garcia Rejon

Corner of Calles 65 and 60, one block south of the Main Square, Historic Center

In Merida at the García Rejón Bazar you will find all of the products made in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula that tourists are looking for: hammocks, Panama hats, guayabera shirts, and embroidered blouses, all at prices lower than Main Square souvenir shops... read more

Parque Miguel Aleman

Miguel Alemán, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico

expert pick

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, YUC, Mexico

Chichén Itzá is spectacular, like no other place in Mexico, or for that matter, in the world... read more
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