If you are looking for a beautiful and fun family vacation you should check out Guadalajara Mexico! Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city, and the capital of the state of Jalisco. Also home of the mariachi, not only are there gorgeous beaches, and lovely vistas, but tons of family activities that everyone will enjoy. We’ve scoured the net looking for the best Guadalajara family activities, and we’ve put them all together in one place for you so you won’t have to look anywhere else. Also be sure to check out our post on the Best Family Resorts in Guadalajara here.
So you’re sick of the gorgeous beaches? Well, we’ve got your answer…here are some great family activities that are tons of fun for the whole family…check out:
The heart of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, boasts grand pedestrian malls ideal for strolling and shopping. Plaza Tapatia, the largest, is a good place to begin exploring the old city. A visit to the cathedral and the Government Palace, to see the dramatic murals, is a must.
There’s also plenty to see nearby. Guadalajara has sprawled east to merge with San Pedro Tlaquepaque. Though the town is best known for its ceramics and glassblowing, more than 300 shops now sell everything from fine silver jewelry to antiques and leather. A former colonial villa now houses the Ceramic Museum, displaying works from around the state of Jalisco.
Also see these fun family activities:
Selva Magica (Magic Jungle):
A Family Themepark in Guadalajara with Latin America’s largest ferris wheel and tons of fun for the whole gang. With this family activity on the list they might forget all about where they are and just enjoy the fabulous themepark for all the great times and memories it will surely bring.
Fun family train ride to the land of tequila, explaining all about the process, showing you the grounds its made on, and a big party afterwards. A great family activity explaining part of the culture there while having a fun time.
The train chugged along slower than I expected, but that just gave you more time to get lubed up! The train cars were designated by color to assist in the “competition” that came during the fiesta feast. Once we arrived each car disembarked in groups and the tour began. My favorite part was where we entered the ancient fermentation area with the wells in the floors where tequila stewed hundreds of years ago. Amazing. Every aspect of the distillation process was covered as you toured through very well maintained and lush grounds. It was incredible seeing all that agave piled up being loaded into the ovens. The grand finale was the food and party which went on for hours with dancing, entertainment and relaxation. All you can eat and all you can drink! One the way back to Guadalajara you were allowed to drink up from the bottles of tequila you just bought… so buy alot! The train by the way was extremely clean and comfortable. We took our children ages 5 and 8 and they enjoyed themselves as much as us… well, almost! A jumpy house was provided during the fiesta part, so the kids weren’t bored. Prices are MXN770 for adults; MXN400 for children under 12; children under 5 travel for free.
Museo de Cera (Wax Museum)
Here are some reviews from TripAdvisor:
This Wax Museum Melted My Heart
… perfect little getaway from the busy streets. It was a pleasant experience that I would recommend to anyone who is touring the area. However, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way just for th … A TripAdvisor Member, a user of . Reviews from TripAdvisor
- 4.0 Fun!!
- The Wax figures are great and it has a nice verity from presidents to famous singers. Lorena, a user of yahoo.com. Reviews from Yahoo! Travel
- 5.0 Awsome
- … AND MEXICAN HISTORY PERSONALITIES MADE OF WAXTHEY ARE AWSOME THEY SEEM SO REAL. MY DAUGHTER HAD A REPLICA OF HER HAND MADE OF WAX FOR … A Yahoo! Contributor, a user of yahoo.com. Reviews from Yahoo! Travel
- Located at: Morelos 217
Fracc Guadalajara, Jalisco 44100, Mexico
- Ph# +52 33 3614 0187, or +52 33 3614 84
If you haven’t decided on a place to stay there, check out these deals and don’t forget to see our post:
Check out these awesome deals for some of the best family resorts:
- Book before May 31, 2011 and Get 35% Off Guadalajara Plaza Expo Guadalajara Jalisco MX
- Book before May 31, 2011 and get 45% off in all rates Guadalajara Plaza Lopez Mateos Guadalajara Jalisco MX
If you’ve been on a family vacation to Guadalajara Mexico– leave us a comment about your adventures, we’d love to hear about it!