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These Theme Parks Near Cancun Are The Perfect Family Friendly Escape From Sargassum Covered Beaches

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With sargassum seaweed making an unprecedented comeback in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, travelers are scrambling to find fun alternatives to otherwise beautiful white-sand beaches.

Fortunately, Cancun visitors can find plenty of nearby action-packed adventure and amusement parks that are fun for the whole family.

An outdoor view of Xcaret Park with a couple kayaking

Destinations like Cancun, Cozumel, and especially Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been plagued by massive amounts of sargassum seaweed.

With the sargassum forecast painting a bleak picture for the coming weeks, visitors are increasingly opting for seaweed-free activities like cenotes, lagoons – and theme parks. 

Travelers can enjoy a range of attractions in several Mexican Caribbean theme parks; from thrilling rides to ecoadventures, here’s everything travelers need to know about these fun alternatives to sargassum-filled beaches.

An outdoor adventure park in the Mexican Caribbean

Xcaret Park: Best Eco-Adventure Theme Park

Situated just 75 kilometers south of Cancun, Xcaret Park is a legendary attraction full of eco-adventures.

With over 50 different outdoor and indoor experiences, Xcaret is fun for the whole family, although it’s great for a variety of travelers.

The popular park has earned more than 90,000 guest reviews on Google, making it one of the most revered outdoor attractions in the region.

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@artesaniasliliana__ Xcaret Mexico is so beautiful, a must go if you visit Cancun 🏝🌸 #xcaret #cancun #xcaretmexico #cancun #mexicocancun #beautifulmexico #vacay #mx ♬ Paradise – Bazzi

The massive 200-acre park houses ancient Mayan ruins, underground rivers, and plenty of freshwater pools surrounded by lush tropical greenery.

Travelers can easily spend an entire day discovering everything the versatile park has to offer. If outdoor adventures don’t tickle your fancy, opt for indoor options like museums or galleries.

Xcaret Park is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Admission to the park costs $109 per adult and $82 for children. Cancun visitors can also purchase transportation when booking online.  

Mayan ruins at the archaeological site of Oxtankah, Chetumal, Mexico. Palm trees around the ancient steps.

Ventura Park Cancun: Best Waterpark

Venture Park is a massive waterpark featuring colorful slides, pools, and most of all – a fun time for the whole family. 

Located just south of Cancun’s hotel zone, this action-packed waterpark is a true paradise for water lovers, regardless of age. 

@venturapark Este fin de semana largo que no pare la fiesta. Don’t stop the party! 🎶 #cancun #parqueacuatico #weekend ♬ sonido original – Venturapark Cancún

The waterpark has several unique thematic areas, including the W n’ Wild waterslide park with both adrenaline-including slides as well as relaxing whirlpools. More adventurous travelers can opt for zipline circuits and bungee swings. 

Visitors can purchase tickets online at a special discounted rate starting at only $30 per person; if you want to splurge, go for the Platinum tickets (they start at just $43 per person), which includes access to carting as well as unlimited ice cream. 

Ventura Park has seen its popularity skyrocket as an alternative to Cancun’s beaches, especially as sargassum levels continue to rise.

Best Theme Park For Culture: Xoximilco 

Unlike the other theme parks mentioned on this list, Xocimilco is all about experiencing the best of Mexican Caribbean culture.

Fun parties, tasty tacos, and an explosion of color combine for an unforgettable experience for the senses.

@puravidaloshernandez Xochimilco Experience in Cancun is an unforgettable Mexican floating party. We had so much fun! #cancun #xochimilcocancun #cancunparty #cancunfiesta #mexico #mexicotravel #mexicovacation #mexicancaribean ♬ original sound – Los Hernández

Situated several kilometers from Cancun International Airport and just 50 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, Xoximilco is conveniently located close to major resort hotspots.

Travelers can enjoy a range of cultural activities in the theme park, making it a perfect choice for families, solo travelers, and couples. The park’s main attraction is a Trajinera, a special 3-hour water ride that comes with an open bar (and plenty of soft drinks).

Friends toasting, saying cheers holding tropical blended fruit margaritas.  Watermelon and passionfruit drinks.

Each tailor-made experience comes with a host who makes sure the experience matches exactly what you’re looking for. Admissions start at $89 per person for tickets purchased in advance, with a 25% discount for children aged 5 to 11. 

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