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.
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
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
: 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
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
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
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
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
Miguel Alemán, Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
Chichen Itza, YUC, Mexico
Chichén Itzá is spectacular, like no other place in Mexico, or for that matter, in the world... read more