Guadalajara with kids can offer a unique way to experience the sights, sounds, and culture of this old city with modern spirit, from museums to parks and beyond. Your kids can wonder at historic sites with stunning buildings and sculptures. They can wander museums filled with dinosaur skeletons. They can play games, eat park food and ride thrill rides at ultramodern amusement parks. You can even take them for a ride on a classic train ride which has some attractions for the grown-ups, too.

    If you're on a family holiday to Guadalajara, you'll find plenty to do to keep everyone entertained. Check out some of the best things to do for fun in Guadalajara with your kids.

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    Bosque Los Colomos

    Visit a vast, lavish urban park

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Bosque Los Colomos is a lush and lavish park that encompasses 92 hectares and features over 32,000 trees representing dozens of species, with hiking, bicycling, and wildlife watching. The park offers miles of trails that you can hike to go bird watching and see animals in their native habitats. Families can spread blankets and enjoy a picnic under the groves of eucalyptus trees or explore an elegant, colourful, and serene Japanese Garden marked with waterways and walking bridges.

    At the park's centre is a huge lake where you can see wildlife coming to swim and drink. It's only a short half-hour drive to the northwest of city centre.

    Location: C. El Chaco 3200, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 9688 8595

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    Selva Magica

    Spend the day at a classic amusement park

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Selva Magica, or the Magic Jungle, is a classic amusement park offering a world of roller coasters, thrill rides, live entertainment, food, games, and fun for everyone. The little ones will especially love the Sesame Street area where they can meet Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, and all their favourite characters from the TV show up-close and in person. Older kids enjoy the Command Training Centre, an outdoor adventure park with go-karts, zip lines, free-fall rides, and other exciting activities.

    The park is dotted with games and eateries, so when you want to take a break between rides, you can easily find more relaxed attractions. The park is only 30 minutes to the north of city centre.

    Location: C. P.º del Zoológico 600, Huentitán El Bajo, 44390 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 33 1785 8819

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    Calaverandia - Parque Temático

    Visit a theme park dedicated to the Day of the Dead

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Calaverandia – Parque Temático is a full theme park dedicated to the traditions and celebrations of the Day of the Dead, with dozens of rides and attractions. This family-oriented adventure park offers something for everyone, from fun but relaxed rides for the littlest kids to thrilling outdoor adventure rides for teens and grown-ups. You can enjoy live shows like costumed dancers, take in a theatrical performance, grab some traditional local food, and get immersed in local culture.

    Caleveranda is a place to have a blast while learning all about this important Mexican celebration. It's also just 30 minutes to the north of central city centre Guadalajara.

    Location: Av. Manuel Ávila Camacho S/N, Lomas del Country, 44610 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

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    Navidalia - Parque Temático

    Visit a winter holiday-themed park

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Navidalia – Parque Temático is a theme park about 30 minutes north of city centre that offers rides, games, and entertainment all themed around the winter celebrations. This theme park is perhaps best described as a cross between a European winter market and a Mexican mining town. It offers a vibrant range of culture and fun with live musical performances, theatrical productions, and an atmosphere that's nothing short of a fairy tale.

    No matter when you come to visit this park, you'll be lost in a winter holiday world. It's a fantastic experience that enables you to feel the spirit of giving any time of year.

    Location: Jalisco, Mexico

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    Parque Nacional Barranca De Huentitan

    Head for a vast, lush forest park

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Adventure

    Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitan is a vast outdoor park with miles upon miles of hiking trails, picturesque surroundings, wildlife viewing, and lush forested terrain. You can spend days walking the nature trails of this vast park untouched by the crowds, hustle, and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature. You'll see rare local flora and fauna in this unspoiled wilderness and capture photos of thickly forested terrain for miles around from natural viewpoints.

    If outdoor family adventures are attractive to you, a trip to Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitan will allow you to reconnect with each other as a family and with nature. The forest park is just 30 minutes east of city centre.

    Location: Av. Perif. Pte. Manuel Gómez Morin s/n, Tetlán Río Verde, 44720 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3606 8645

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    Museo de Cera

    See lifelike wax statues of your favourite celebrities

    • Couples
    • Families
    • Photo
    • Unusual

    Museo de Cera is a quirky and fun wax museum in the heart of city centre Guadalajara where you and the kids can see your favourite celebrities in wax up close. The museum is run by Ripley's Believe It or Not! and you can get dual tickets to visit both museums at once. Here you can find sculptures of everyone from rock bands to world leaders, film stars, and even children's television shows.

    Museo de Cera is quirky, fun, unforgettable, and unique for kids and adults alike. If you ever wanted to get your picture taken with a celebrity, this is the place to make it happen, and no one will ever know it's just a wax statue.

    Location: C. Morelos 217, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3614 8487

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    Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

    Explore the strange and unusual

    • Families
    • Unusual

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a fun museum with curiosities and oddities, including artefacts like shrunken heads. The museum features several galleries packed with hundreds of wonders that highlight the strange and unusual.

    Along with the exhibits, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! features 3 immersive attractions to test your senses and distort reality, including the dizzying mirror maze and rotating tunnel. Be sure to catch a showing at the 4D cinema for a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience. The oddities museum offers exciting photo opportunities and souvenirs to remember your trip with the kids.

    Location: C. Morelos 217, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

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    Tlaquepaque

    Visit the city's historical heart

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History

    Tlaquepaque was a former city of its own that is just over 5 miles south of central Guadalajara, offering a deep history with gorgeous buildings and a traditional public plaza. Here you can find historic mansions, beautiful classic churches, groves of orange trees, and live mariachi music on the central bandstand. You can explore tonnes of local restaurants serving up regional dishes from family recipes and learn all about the city's artisan tradition. You'll find shops selling pottery, candles, pewter smiths, and local art.

    From its artistic traditions to historical buildings, Tlaquepaque is the historic heart of Guadalajara. If you're here in June, don't forget to attend the San Pedro festival when the streets are decked out with colourful banners.

    Location: Jalisco, Mexico

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    Plaza De Los Mariachis

    Visit a public square vibrant with live music

    • Food
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Nightlife

    Plaza De Los Mariachis in San Juan de Dios is a quaint public square surrounded by great restaurants, takeaway food stands as well as tonnes of upbeat Mariachi music. You can visit any of the local eateries here for delicious local dishes while enmeshed in a vibrant, festive, and merry vibe. Locals and visitors alike love to come here just to spend a few hours hanging out and enjoying the live music and great conversation.

    Plaza de los Mariachis in Guadalajara is a cultural hub of the region and a wonderful place to soak up local colour. It's also easy to get to, just 10 minutes to the north of central city centre.

    Location: C. Álvaro Obregón 23, San Juan de Dios, 44360 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +52 33 3617 4421

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    Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara

    See the bones of prehistoric animals

    • Couples
    • Families
    • History

    Museo de Paleontología de Guadalajara houses an important collection of fossilised remains of animals dating to the Pleistocene era, complete with full skeletons and geological information. One of the main attractions is the complete skeleton found along the Lake Chapala banks in 2000. Still, you can also see bones of animals such as saber-toothed tigers, mammoths, extinct birds and amphibians, and many other animals. You'll see a collection of minerals and rocks from throughout history at the geology pavilion, among the most complete collections around.

    You can take guided tours or self-guided, watch films, take workshops, and view permanent and temporary exhibitions. It's located right in the heart of city centre.

    Location: Av. Dr. Roberto Michel 520, San Carlos, 44460 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Hours may vary

    Phone: +52 33 1201 8330

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