Puerto Vallarta Activities

14 Things to Do In Puerto Vallarta With Kids



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Of course you can't go all the way to Puerto Vallarta and not visit the beach! The kids will love a banana boat ride , snorkeling, hunting for shells and more. Don't forget to pack the sand buckets and sun screen!


Your kids will be thrilled with a Canopy Adventure high above the jungle floor. Explore the treetop pathways and zipline from platform to platform. There is also a crazy ladder to climb and you can also rappel down. Kids must be 8 years old (4 feet tall) to participate.


If you are traveling from December to March don't miss out on a whale watching tour. Don't miss this fun thing to do in Puerto Vallarta. This is fun for all ages as you head out to Banderas Bay to see the whales playing in the waters.


The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens are located up in the Sierra Madre mountains. Your whole family will love the beautiful flowers, exploring the nature paths, seeing the tropical birds and taking a dip in the crystal clear river.


Go horse back riding in the jungles near Puerto Vallarta. with Rancho El Charro. This ranch offers several child friendly tours. The kids will love riding their horses through the paths to the waterfalls where everyone can take a dip in the cool waters.


Head to Malecon and take a stroll on the boardwalk. Sunday is family day where you can enjoy street performers, sand castles sculptures, local Mexican art work, street food and more.


Hop aboard the Marigalante Pirate Ship for an afternoon of fun. Your kids will love watching the pirate show and joining in the games and contests. Lunch is included.


Another one of the fun Puerto Vallarta activites is the interactive Puerto Vallarta Zoo. There is a kids petting zoo and you can buy a bag of feed for the animals and feed the hippos, spider monkeys, camels and more!



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Enjoy the delicious Mexican food for kids. It isn't generally spicy when served. You can add spice to it with condiments. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more. There is lots of fresh fruit available like mangoes, papayas, pineapples and melon.


Aquaventuras water park has 10 water slide, swimming areas and childrens play areas. You can also swim with the dolphins here.


Bring some school supplies, sneakers, school bags etc with you on your trip for the Feed the Children Vallarta organization. They have helped families who were living at a dump to find accommodation. They help to feed and educate the disadvantaged children in the area.


If your family is in Puerto Vallarta from July to November then you can take part in the sea turtle protection program. The eggs from the Banderas Bay beaches are collected and incubated. Once the baby sea turtle is born it is brought back to the beach where you child can interact with a baby turtle. As is local custom your child can name their turtle and then carefully release them in the sand.


Go for a stroll on the Rio Cuale River Walk when you are on your Puerto Vallarta family vacation. Here you can check out the local vendors and restaurants. Your kids will love seeing the iguanas and parrots living in the trees.


Head by catamaran to Las Caletas which is a private beach offering lots of fun in the sun. The kids adventure tour includes a specially designed kids canopy with ziplines, a tarzan swing, climbing net and more. You can also snorkel, kayak, visit with the parrots or even take a Paella cooking class. One of the best family Puerto Vallarta activities.


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