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Visiting the state of Oaxaca is a wonderful experience but especially the city of Oaxaca de Juarez. There are so many fun and unique things to do in Oaxaca with Kids that you can easily base yourself in the Oaxaca city center (Centro) for a week or more.
Located a 6-hour drive or one-hour flight from Mexico City, Oaxaca is rich in culture and things to do. It’s often a vacation destination in its own right.
However, travelers like us who are driving the Pan American Highway often use it as a stopping-off point before heading down toward Central America.
- 1 What to Do with Kids in Oaxaca
- 2 Museums in Oaxaca to Visit with Kids
- 3 Oaxaca Day Trips for Families
- 4 Cultural Things to Do in Oaxaca with Kids
- 5 Kid-Focused Activities in Oaxaca
- 6 Where to Eat in Oaxaca with Kids
- 7 Where to Stay in Oaxaca with Kids
- 8 When to Visit Oaxaca with Kids
- 9 Is Oaxaca Safe with Kids?
- 10 Conclusion: Things to Do in Oaxaca with Kids
What to Do with Kids in Oaxaca
From ruins and museums to parks and restaurants, there are so many things to do in Oaxaca with kids. Even just wandering around town is a delight, thanks to the active street mural culture and beautiful architecture in Oaxaca.
1. Monte Alban
☑️ Location: Ignacio Bernal S/N, San Pedro Ixtlahuaca, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 9 am – 2:30 pm daily
☑️ Cost: 85 pesos
Contributed by Vicky of Buddy the Traveling Monkey
One of the best things to do in Oaxaca with kids is to visit Monte Alban. These ruins are just a 25-minute drive southwest of Oaxaca. Now, these ruins might not be as well-known as some other archaeological sites in Mexico, but they are still very impressive.
There are many ways to get there, all depending on how much you want to spend. If you’re on a budget, you can visit Monte Alban without a tour and take a local bus. You can also rent a car.
👉 I recommend this guided tour for a quick visit to Mount Alban.
There are pyramids, plazas, a court for playing the ball game tlachtli, underground passageways, and about 170 tombs. There are also signs throughout the site that explain what each building or area was.
You can climb to the top of many platforms and buildings, but keep in mind that some younger kids might have trouble with the steps.
Pro Tip: Wear sunblock and a hat. Arrive early to avoid the afternoon heat.
Food is not allowed inside Monte Alban, so snacks will have to be eaten before or after you finish touring the grounds. There is also a restaurant on-site if the kids would like some ice cream, sandwiches, or milkshakes.
2. Bike Ride through the City
☑️ Location: Bicibella, Calle Macedonio Alcalá 802, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday; 9 am – 3 pm Sunday
☑️ Cost: 1 hour renta: 35-75 pesos, 5 hour rental: 90-150 pesos
Contributed by Astrid of Mexico Family Travel
With its historic Spanish colonial architecture and vibrant street life, Oaxaca is a wonderful and safe place in Mexico for families to adventure around.
Families looking for an active option for experiencing Oaxaca City should consider renting bicycles through Bicibella.
Located along Calle Macedonio Alcala, Bicibella offers hourly rentals of street bikes or mountain bikes for adults and children. Families can also rent bicycles for 1 day, 3 days, a week, and a month. Bicibella also offers guided bicycle tours.
Another place to rent bicycles in Oaxaca city is Mundo Ceiba, located on Calle de Berriozabal, across from the Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca. This place also has a restaurant on-site.
Riding a bike through the city of Oaxaca allows families to experience the city from a different vantage point. Families can ride along the Alcala, through the streets of the Zocalo, and back up to Parque El Llano.
If you have time during your bike rental, you can ride along Avenida Ferrocarril to the town of Santa Maria del Tule, home to a 2,000-3,000-year-old tree.
The 12 km bike ride goes along a protected bike lane for the majority of the way, so families don’t have to worry too much about riding in street traffic.
3. Barrio Jalatlaco
☑️ Location: Templo San Matias Jalatlaco, Miguel Hidalgo 211, Barrio de Jalatlaco, 68080 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 24 hours
☑️ Cost: Free
Jalatlaco is a beautiful neighborhood in the city of Oaxaca. Its existence goes unnoticed by most tourists. It’s a true hidden gem and one of the really unique things to do in Oaxaca with kids!
Founded in 1524, the neighborhood’s architecture is made of adobe and quarry, and the streets are made of cobblestone.
Due to a dedicated reconstruction effort over many years, many original structures have been restored. In addition, there is a vibrant street art culture in the area dedicated to Day of the Dead murals.
Pro Tip: Keep kiddos engaged on your walk by playing games like “find all the murals” or “count the skeletons”.
Barrio de Jalatlaco is home to the simple, stone Church of San Matías Jalatlaco which dates back to the 18th century. It makes a great spot to start your neighborhood stroll.
Then head south on Aldama street toward Dark Heladeria, an ice cream shop with weird-looking concoctions and cool murals outside.
The area is dotted with shops selling organic produce and chocolate to visitors. Small restaurants serve Oaxacan and Italian cuisine, while local women cook and sell traditional street food outside their homes.
4. EnthoBotanic Gardens
☑️ Location: Reforma Sur n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 8 am – 3: 30 pm daily
☑️ Cost: 100 pesos, including a tour guide
Contributed by Shevaun of Shev Strolls
When visiting the historic downtown of Oaxaca, you will undoubtedly make a pass by the famous Santo Domingo church.
Many people will venture here to light a candle in the iglesia (church). However, fewer are aware of the hidden gardens just behind this Oaxacan landmark!
El Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca is a part garden walk – part educational adventure! It’s a great thing to do in Oaxaca with kids.
You will have the chance to wander through the meticulously maintained gardens and learn about the typical flora and fauna of the state of Oaxaca. Towering and blooming cacti, desert trees, and colorful blossoms abound in this protected area.
The Ethnobotanical Garden is only accessible through guided tours so the gardens can be better protected, and are offered in English or Spanish.
Tour guides are well educated in the types of plants you will see, so it is a great place to learn about the landscape of southern Mexico, and to ask any questions you might have!
Pro Tip: Tours take 1-2 hours, depending on your group and your guide.
A tour of the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca is very affordable. Keep in mind the length of the tour and that you are fairly exposed to the sun.
So you’ll need to be prepared with water, sunscreen, and an umbrella if you have one, or try and go earlier in the morning to beat the heat!
Note: English tours aren’t available daily so check the website in advance.
5. Tree of Tule
☑️ Location: 2 de Abril, 8va Etapa IVO Fracc el Retiro, 68297 Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca
☑️ Cost: 20 pesos
This Montezuma Cypress tree is the widest tree in the world. It is thought to be over 2,000 years old. To put it in perspective, this tree was a sapling when the Roman Empire was first rising to power.
This is something to do in Oaxaca with kids that will really humble you.
While there isn’t much to do in the town of Santa Maria del Tule, it’s worth a stop because it’s so big and so old. Do take time to wander around the town, though. You’ll find some lovely artisan shops selling handicrafts.
Tree of Tule
If you don’t book a day trip tour that includes a visit to the Tree of Tule, you can take a taxi from Oaxaca. The ride from the Zocalo takes about 20 minutes.
Museums in Oaxaca to Visit with Kids
If your kids are like mine, they don’t love museums. We always do a few, though, because even if they whine they still seem to have fun if we visit them in moderation. These museums are some of the most engaging ones in Oaxaca with kids.
6. Textile Museum
☑️ Location: Miguel Hidalgo 917, Centro Histórico, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 11 am – 6 pm daily
☑️ Cost: Free
From the ornately decorated courtyard outside to the vibrant and detailed fabrics inside, the Museo Textil de Oaxaca is a visionary delight. While museums aren’t always the most fun activity when traveling with kids, this one is a lot of fun when done right.
Pro Tip: Most kids hate wandering aimlessly while looking at things. Give them a bit of structure.
My favorite thing to do at museums with kids is to engage them in a seek and find game. Have them count how many animals they see woven into the textiles. Or ask them to find the weirdest pattern.
They get a lot more out of experiences when there’s a purpose to being there.
7. Museo de las Nieves Manolo
☑️ Location: C. Macedonio Alcalá 706, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm daily
☑️ Cost: 2 cups for 75 pesos
Nieves is basically the Mexican equivalent of sorbet or snow cones. Some flavors are water or juice-based, giving them an ice-like quality. Other types are made with milk and are smooth like gelato.
The Museum of Ice Cream is technically an ice cream store. However, it doesn’t just sell traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate. While those are available, there are also exotic flavors like cheese or olive oil.
Fun Fact: Sometimes there are even alcoholic flavors, like beer or margarita!
We’ve tried these kinds of weird flavors elsewhere in Central Mexico, including our visits to San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City.
Family travel is never complete without ice cream. Add this spot to your list and tell the kids you’re hitting up another museum. It’s technically true. But you can guarantee this one will be the favorite museum in Oaxaca with kids!
8. Rufino Tamayo Museum
☑️ Location: Av. José María Morelos 503, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 10 am – 2 pm Wednesday – Monday
☑️ Cost: 90 pesos; students and teachers enter free
Not to be confused with the lesser-known museum in Mexico City of a similar name, the Museo Rufino Tamayo has a lovely collection of pre-historic art.
The museum isn’t large, which makes it a great choice for parents who want to see some culture with smaller kids in tow. Its five exhibition halls are home to over 1,000 archaeological pieces from all known peoples of Mexican history.
Museo Rufino Tamayo is a great place for families to visit because unlike many other museums across Mexico, there are English language printed paper guides provided in each room. These guides describe virtually every item in the museum.
It’s a great opportunity for kids to practice reading on vacation without even realizing it.
9. Museum of Cultures
☑️ Location: 1a. Cerrada de Macedonio Alcala s/n, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 10 am – 3 pm Tuesday to Friday
☑️ Cost: 85 pesos; a guided tour is 600 pesos extra for the group
The Museum of Cultures is located in the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, a 17th-century convent that has a very ornately decorated church. Just walking around inside the structures is a treat for adults and kids alike.
Fun Fact: Tickets are valid all day. So you can leave and return the same day on your same ticket.
As a museum, the building now houses a collection of temporary and permanent exhibits comprised of ancient books as well as archeological finds from the area.
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
If you’ve visited Monte Alban, also plan to visit the Museum of Cultures because some of the more beautiful gold relics have been rehomed here.
Oaxaca Day Trips for Families
On your itinerary of things to do in Oaxaca with kids, make sure to balance a couple of day trips outside the city with exploring the town. There are many wonderful excursions to do with kids from Oaxaca.
👉 If you want one day trip to do ALL the things, then this tour is perfect! It’s a long day but you’ll see almost everything in one go.
10. Hierve el Agua
☑️ Location: 16°51’55.9″N 96°16’33.6″W, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
☑️ Cost: 50 pesos, including parking
Contributed by Julien of Cultures Traveled
Located in the serene mountain town of San Isidro Roaguía, about two hours east of Oaxaca City, are infinity pools of natural spring water that flow into the valley below.
For thousands of years, these mineral-rich waters have created a petrified waterfall that looks as though it’s frozen in time.
Fun Fact: Hierve el Agua is one of only two petrified waterfall sites in the world. The others can be found in Turkey.
As one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Oaxaca, Hierve el Agua is an extraordinary place to explore with kids.
👉 This day trip goes to both Hierve el Agua and Teotitlan de Valle!
Once you arrive, if you aren’t on a guided tour, you can hire a guide on-site to take your family on a hike for a closer view of the waterfall. Then return to the top of Hierve el Agua to swim in the pools and cool off from the heat.
Despite the name, which translates to “boil the water,” the water isn’t hot but rather bubbles up from the ground.
Pro Tip: Take extra pesos. As is common in the area, locals may have an unofficial roadblock and request an additional “road tax.”
There are restrooms on-site as well as food and drinks available for purchase from one of the many stands inside the gate.
Hierve el Agua
👉 I recommend this day trip if you want to see both Hierve el Agua and Monte Alban. You get a full-day trip to each place over two days at the price of a single-day excursion!
11. Visit an Artisan Market
☑️ Location: Mercado de Artesanias Gral. Ignacio Zaragoza, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 12 pm – 7 pm Tuesday to Saturday
☑️ Cost: Free
Contributed by Daria of The Discovery Nut
Visiting artisan markets is one of the best things to do in Mexico and there’s no better place for it than Oaxaca.
Pro Tip: Check each market for its operating hours before you go.
Oaxaca boasts several artisan markets like Mercado Benito Juárez and Mercado De Artesanías where you can buy traditional Oaxaca arts and crafts like embroidery, alebrijes, and handmade jewelry.
Alebrijes, the colorful mythical animals, are native to Oaxaca and make for a perfect present for your friends and family back home.
Pro Tip: Dona Rosa studio in San Bartolo Coyotepec offers black pottery-making demonstrations and even lets kids try their hand at it.
Oaxaca is well-known for its artisans and buying a piece of artwork from a local artisan is almost like a rite of passage for many tourists who visit Oaxaca. You can easily spend a couple of hours here shopping for some handmade goodies.
👉 This private driver knows all the best artisan markets! He’ll even take you to the Tree of Tule or Monte Alban, too, if you wish.
Oaxaca markets are very popular with travelers and if you are traveling with the family, this is one of the best free things to do in Oaxaca. It’s also a wonderful cultural experience as you can talk to local artisans who make the products they sell.
12. Visit San Pablo de Mitla
☑️ Location: Vila de, Cam. Nacional, San Pablo, Centro, 70438 San Pablo Villa de Mitla, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 10 am – 3 pm Tuesday to Saturday; 11 am – 12:30 pm Sundays
☑️ Cost: 85 pesos; video cameras are an extra fee
Contributed by Shelley of Travel to Merida
Though the most famous ruins in Mexico are the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, including Chichen Itza and Coba, Oaxaca has some amazing pre-hispanic ruins as well.
The most popular is Monte Alban, located near Downtown Oaxaca City. However, there are also the ruins of Mitla, located about an hour away. If you’re considering doing any Oaxaca day trips, San Pablo de Mitla deserves a place on your Oaxaca itinerary.
Fun Fact: Mitla is one of the 135 or so Mexico pueblos magicos, which means “magic towns.”
These magical towns are recognized by the Secretary of Tourism as unique places in the country — ones that visitors won’t want to miss.
Besides being a pueblo magico, Mitla is also one of the three Oaxaca UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is officially on the list as “Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca,” and shares the spot on the list with the Caves of Yagul.
👉 This half-day trip to Mitla shows you the highlights there before kiddos get bored.
As Mitla is pretty easy to access, and the caves are not, most tours and visitors will only go to Mitla. If you have a rental car, you can always check out the caves as well, and the kids are sure to find them interesting.
Rather than a pyramid site, Mitla is a whole city with a collection of ancient buildings and structures. There is one temple you can climb to the top of, for great views of the town.
The buildings at Mitla share the same aesthetic, with elaborate geometric patterns carved into stone, and each pattern has a different meaning.
In centuries past, Mitla was used as a holy burial site for the elite class. The word mitla comes from the Aztec word mictlán, meaning “underworld.”
13. Sierra Norte Mountains
☑️ Location: Cuijimoloyas Centro, Avenida Oaxaca, 68785 San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 24 hours
☑️ Cost: Free
Contributed by Laura Hartog of Best Travel Gifts
One of the best things to do in Oaxaca with kids who love nature and adventures is to visit the Sierra Norte Mountains. These mountains are located about 100 km southeast of Oaxaca. Just rent a car to take a great day trip or a multiple-day tour with kids.
👉 I recommend using Discover Cars for renting a car on your trip!
There are eight villages that form the Pueblos Mancomunados in the Siera Norte Mountains, a community-run ecotourism network with ziplines, trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
The eight villages include Amatlán, Benito Juárez, Cuajimoloyas, La Nevería, Lachatao, Latuvi, Llano Grande and Yavesía. Each village has a unique small-town mountain charm that makes them great to visit.
Pro Tip: If you only plan to spend one day, choose the village based on its location and which activity you would like to do.
Cuajimoloyas is one of the easiest towns to get to from Oaxaca and it’s also the place to be for ziplining. A zipline ride costs about 240 pesos.
For multiple-day hikes, Benito Juárez is a popular place to start. From there you can hike to La Neveria, where you’ll spend the night. Then make your way to Latuvi and lastly to Amatlan. From where you can find transport back to Oaxaca.
On the hiking route between Benito Juarez and La Neveria
You can either take a cab, a collectivo, or a local bus to get to Cuajimoloyas, Benito Juárez, and Amatlan. However, the easier way is to organize a tour with a guide from the Expediciones Sierra Norte (ESN) office in Oaxaca.
Cultural Things to Do in Oaxaca with Kids
While museums are a great way to understand cultural history, there’s nothing like experiencing actual local culture first-hand. These are our favorite interactive things to do in Oaxaca with kids to teach them about the culture you’re visiting.
14. Teotitlan del Valle
☑️ Location: Hidalgo SN, Centro, 70420 Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: Museum is open 10 am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday
☑️ Cost: Free
Teotitlán del Valle is a small village known for its handmade textiles. It is 31 kilometers from the city of Oaxaca in the foothills of the Sierra Juárez mountains, and close enough to visit for a few hours on a half-day trip outside Oaxaca.
There is a museum there called Museo Comunitario, which talks about the history of the area, the history of the indigenous people who live there, and the handicrafts they specialize in making.
👉 This day trip includes BOTH Hierve de Agua & Teotitlan de Valle!
The artisans don’t usually mind while you watch them work. Kids will enjoy watching them weave wool and dye it in large vats.
If you visit the town on a Sunday, stop by the Tlacolula Market on your way back to see the biggest variety of handicrafts from the town.
15. Hike Cerro Picacho in Teotitlan del Valle
☑️ Location: Hidalgo SN, Centro, 70420 Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
☑️ Cost: 25 pesos
Submitted by Megs of Packing Up the Pieces
A short ride away from Oaxaca City is the village of Teotitlan del Valle, which is known for its famous woven rugs and textiles. The town also is home to a scenic hiking trail, which is one of the best things to do in Oaxaca with kids in nature.
The hike is three miles round trip. It has a steady incline and no guardrails at the top. With the climb comes some of the best views of the Oaxaca Valley. If hiking in the morning, keep your eyes peeled for animals like dear and rabbits.
If the climb up to the three crosses of El Picacho seems too grueling, there is a path halfway up that leads to a small cave and large rocks. The views are just as nice and the path isn’t as steep.
The hiking trail entrance is out of town a bit but is well marked. The entry ticket can be bought in town at the Museo Comunitario Teotitlan del Valle.
If you have a car you can drive directly to the start of the trailhead. Otherwise, a taxi can also be arranged from Oaxaca. Near the Cerro Picacho trailhead, there is an additional flat walking path that follows the Capulin River, which kids may also enjoy.
16. Attend a Day of the Dead Celebration
Submitted by Shelley of Travel Mexico Solo
Celebrating the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca City is one of the most unique travel experiences in the country. Both adults and kids alike will enjoy what many consider a bucket list experience.
While there are festive Día de Muertos celebrations in states, cities, and pueblos (small towns) throughout Mexico, nothing compares to celebrating the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca City.
Fun Fact: Though a festival centered around death, Mexican families with kids of all ages attend and participate.
Though it has a similar look to Halloween in the U.S., Día de Muertos is not “Mexican Halloween.” Rather, it’s a cultural celebration, with traditions that date back to the Aztecs.
It’s a time to remember our departed loved one, but not a somber event — quite the opposite, in fact.
Day of the Dead Offrenda in Oaxaca
“Day” of the Dead is actually a two-day holiday. Day 1 begins at midnight on November 1, and Day 2 begins at midnight on November 2.
Many visitors actually arrive in Oaxaca City a few days earlier to watch ofrendas (altars) being made, and the decorations going up.
From about October 27-November 3, the holiday takes over the city. Colorful papel picado (confetti paper) lines the streets, skull and skeleton decorations hang from lamp posts, and the scent of marigold flowers fills the air.
At night, comparsas (parades) with marching bands make their way through town, playing traditional music. You can also visit the beautifully-decorated cemeteries, where families gather to remember their loved ones.
Day of the Dead Celebration in the Oaxaca Zocalo
17. Attend a Cultural Center Workshop
☑️ Location: Miguel Hidalgo 907, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 11 am – 5 pm daily
☑️ Cost: Free entrance; activities costs vary
Oaxaca is famous for its handicrafts, including the colorfully painted animal carvings called alebrijes. You may have heard of these thanks to the movie Coco.
These animal creations are hand-carved from copal tree wood and are intricately painted by hand. They come in all different sizes and can be both realistic (a chicken) or mythical (a dragon).
Fun Fact: One of the best places in Oaxaca to experience the art of alebrije-making is in the village of San Martin Tilcajete, located 23 km outside of Oaxaca city.
The Centro Cultural San Pablo (San Pablo Cultural Center) runs art workshops for kids on weekends and during school break periods. One of the most popular workshops is the alebrije painting.
If you miss a workshop or there aren’t any going on during your visit, you can also buy unpainted alebrijes at one of the artisan cooperatives. Mujeres de Artesanas and Casa del Rebozo are great places to shop.
In addition, there are a few hobby shops near the zocalo that sell cheap water-based paints.
Kid-Focused Activities in Oaxaca
Just because an activity or excursion allows kids, doesn’t mean it’s entirely focused on them. When you need something to do in Oaxaca with kids where they can blow off steam and just be themselves, try one of these activities.
18. Go to the Library
☑️ Location: C. José López Alavez 1342, Barrio de Xochimilco, 68040 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 10 am – 7 pm Monday to Saturday; closed on National holidays
☑️ Cost: Free
The Kids Library, or Biblioteca Infantil, has great architecture and an amazing book collection. There are intricate designs on the ceiling and beautiful dark wood accents.
It offers a variety of rooms for kids to explore. There are not only books but also toys, games, movies, and arts & crafts. The library also has a peaceful outdoor area for relaxing.
Fun Fact: The library offers free wifi to all visitors.
The Biblioteca Infantil offers workshops to kids as well. They even offer free movie days on Sundays in their AV for the kiddos. They may be in Spanish though, so confirm details before you show up. The schedule for all of this is on the library bulletin board.
Also, consider attending the Saturday bilingual hour for children held at the Oaxaca Lending Library. It’s a great way to engage with local families and get a feel for real-life in Oaxaca city.
19. El Fortin Park
☑️ Location: Area sin Asignacion de Nombre de Colonia, 68070 Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 24 hours
☑️ Cost: Free
This park is just north of Centro up a hill and offers a lovely view of Oaxaca and the mountains. Unlike some playgrounds we’ve seen in Mexico, this one is in pretty good condition.
Fun Fact: The Park is adjacent to the Oaxaca Planetarium. We didn’t go since it’s reservations-only for groups of 8 but it looks pretty fun!
Most of the equipment is metal, though. And there’s no shade. So it gets pretty hot at midday. It’s best to visit earlier in the morning or in the evenings.
If you plan to visit in the evenings, take note that the park security guards don’t always turn on the lights until sunset when it’s actually dark.
20. Flip Out Trampoline Park
☑️ Location: Inside Hotel del Lago Express; Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 160, Cabecera Municipal San Sebastian Tutla, 71320 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 1 pm – 9 pm Monday to Friday, 11 am – 9 pm Saturday & Sunday
☑️ Cost: 30 minutes-120 pesos; 1 hour-160 pesos; 2 hours-250 pesos; 3 hours-300 pesos; all day-350 pesos
This indoor trampoline park is the perfect way to beat the afternoon heat. With over 800 square meters of wall-to-wall trampolines, there’s plenty of room for kids to jump after a day or two of museums and tours.
Fun Fact: They offer a kid-friendly parkour class for 160 pesos!
If you get hungry or thirsty, you don’t even have to leave. They offer an on-site cafeteria, too! Flip Out also offers party packages.
Where to Eat in Oaxaca with Kids
Food is an essential part of any family trip. From cultural dining experiences to kid-friendly restaurants in Oaxaca, these are our favorite food-related things to do in Oaxaca with kids.
21. Experience Caldo de Piedra
☑️ Location: Carretera internacional Cristobal Colón número 116, 68270 Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily
☑️ Cost: Varies
Contributed by JB of Will Fly for Food
The regional food in Oaxaca is one of the best reasons to visit this city in southern Mexico. You may have heard of mole, tlayuda, and memela, but one lesser-known Oaxacan dish that you need to try is Caldo de Piedra.
Its name literally means “stone soup” and refers to a unique type of seafood soup cooked with a heated river stone.
Caldo de Piedra has existed since pre-Hispanic times and consists of fish (or shrimp), tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, cilantro, and epazote served in a traditional jicara gourd bowl.
What makes this soup unique is that it’s cooked with a molten hot river stone dropped directly into the soup. The stone causes the water to boil and cooks the ingredients instantly.
Fun Fact: Caldo de Piedra is prepared only by the men of the community.
One group of men would go fishing, another would prepare the ingredients, while another group would gather, clean, and heat the river stones for up to three hours.
When ready, the men would bring the cooked bowls of soup to their wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and daughters. It was a way for the men to honor the women of their community.
Unlike tlayuda or memela, Caldo de Piedra isn’t as easy to find. You need to go to the aptly named “Caldo de Piedra” restaurant. Barring traffic, it’ll take you about half an hour to get there from the city center.
At the restaurant, you can watch them heat the stones and prepare the soup. It’s a beautiful tradition that culminates in a delicious bowl of soup, one that was awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by the State of Oaxaca in 2021.
22. Eat Street Food
Contributed by Denise of Chef Denise
For any family visiting Oaxaca, eating street food is a must! Oaxacan street food is not only an affordable way to feed a family on a Mexican vacation, it’s also delicious and very kid-friendly!
The best variety of tasty treats will be found in Centro Historico in Oaxaca City. Spend some time at the organic markets where you’ll find some of the specialties of the region that you probably don’t see at your hometown Mexican restaurant.
Note: Tacos are not as popular in Oaxaca as they are in Mexico City, but you can find them too if that’s your preference.
Try the thick chocolate and corn drink Tejate that Oaxacans call “the drink of the gods.” Kids love Tlayudas, sometimes called Mexican pizzas.
Made with a large tortilla spread with bean paste and the Mexican cheese, quesillo, Tlayudas may also be topped with meat, lettuce, avocado, onions, and tomatoes.
Other family favorites include Esquites (corn in a cup), Plantanos Fritos (fried bananas), Tortas (sandwiches), Memelas (pressed tortillas with toppings), and, of course, Tamales.
23. Oaxaca Cat Cafe
☑️ Location: Calle de Mariano Abasolo 710, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 12 pm – 6 pm Wednesday to Monday
☑️ Cost: Free to enter; drink prices vary
We love cat cafes! So far we’ve been able to visit at least one each in Chicago, Hawaii, Bali, Malaysia, and Mexico City.
La Selva de los Gatos in Oaxaca is a new addition to the Oaxaca dining scene. It opened in early 2022. This is a splendid cafe that gets excellent reviews.
Note: La Selva de los Gatos is a vegan restaurant. While it lacks dairy for your coffee, it doesn’t lack flavor!
While we didn’t get to try it, our friends absolutely loved it there! There are sweet cats to play with, relaxing drinks to sip, and tasty treats on which to snack. What’s not to like?
24. November 20th Market
☑️ Location: 20 de Noviembre 512, OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
☑️ Hours: 7 am – 9 pm daily
☑️ Cost: Varies; lunch for 4 could be 250 pesos ($12.50 USD)
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Mercado 20 de Noviembre is a famous 140-year-old market in Oaxaca. It was renamed after the starting date of the Mexican Revolution: November 20th, 1910.
In addition to being an important historical location, the Mercado 20 de Noviembre is a perfect lunch spot for families of all sizes.
Pro Tip: The market is cash only. Bring pesos.
You can stroll the corridors of the market for treats like Horchata and freshly ground Mexican chocolate, or head straight to the “Meat Hall”.
The Pasillo de Carnes Asadas (Meat Hall) is a unique feature to the Mercado 20 de Noviembre that you won’t find in other Mexican mercados.
Upon entering the Meat Hall you’re greeted by a wall of smoke and dozens of vendors vying for your business. They all sell the same thing, cuts of meat that are grilled to order over an open fire right inside the hall.
Pro Tip: After ordering cuts of meat by the Kilo you’ll be directed to booths in the back. All the different parts of a meal are sold by different vendors.
There are booths in the back where you can order delicious side dishes like Nopales (cactus) salads and different dressings.
A woman will come to your table selling fresh and hot tortillas, and another will come by with Mexican Coca-Cola, which is always served in a recyclable glass bottle.
25. Mexita Restaurant
Even if kids are adventurous eaters, willing to try more than just cheese quesadillas and guacamole, sometimes they need food that’s a bit more familiar. When our family hits that point, pizza is our go-to food.
Fun Fact: This pizza place is also vegan and vegetarian friendly.
Mexita serves the highest-rated pizza in Oaxaca city. It’s also the second-highest-rated restaurant in all of Oaxaca. For good reason! Their traditional-style Neapolitan cuisine includes a variety of pizzas as well as other Italian food.
Pro Tip: Ask to be seated on the Terraza (terrace) to enjoy rooftop dining during your meal!
Where to Stay in Oaxaca with Kids
Oaxaca isn’t a huge city. However, many of the best restaurants and things to do in Oaxaca with kids are in Centro or Reforma. For ease of getting around, stay in or near one of these areas for your trip.
💲💲💲 Luxury Recommendation: Quinta Real Oaxaca
Located just blocks from the Cathedral of Saint Domingo in Centro, the Quinta Real Oaxaca is in a superb location to base yourself for sightseeing. It offers a beautiful outdoor pool, cribs on request, and even on-site babysitting (extra cost) if you want a date night.
💲💲 Boutique Recommendation: Parador del Alcala
This boutique hotel is located in the Reforma neighborhood, near Centro. It offers kid-friendly amenities like a pool and free breakfast. In addition, the hotel provides free wifi to all guests and also gets rave reviews for its customer service.
💲 Budget Recommendation: Hotel La Casona de Llano
This 3-star hotel is located across the street from El Llano park and has an on-site restaurant. It is located in the central Zocalo neighborhood, making it easy to get to many sightseeing destinations Oaxaca. Breakfast is offered daily, but there is a nominal extra cost.
When to Visit Oaxaca with Kids
Oaxaca has pretty good weather year-round. Daily highs tend to range from 80-90 F, and overnight lows can range from the mid-40s to the high 50s. High temperatures rarely exceed 93 and lows rarely fall below 42 F.
Pro Tip: The best times to visit Oaxaca are during the months of April, May, September, and October.
The last few days in October and the first few days in November have Dia de Los Muertos as an added bonus for visiting! Both spring and fall are characterized by moderate temperatures and fewer tourists.
The months between June and August, as well as the holiday season between mid-December and early January, constitute the high season. They’re also a great time to visit but have more tourists around.
Oaxaca Monthly Weather Averages
Photo Credit: Weather Spark
Is Oaxaca Safe with Kids?
Although some of Mexico has a bad reputation with high crime rates, low confidence in the police, and drug cartel threats, Oaxaca is one of the safest states.
Oaxaca City is particularly tourist-friendly. It has local people more than happy to stop and talk, or cheerfully point you in the direction of the best sightseeing locations.
For family travelers, exercising common sense is a simple way to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Plan places to stay and transportation in advance.
Pro Tip: If it is your first time visiting any unknown country or area, you may feel more comfortable booking tours to attractions instead of going it alone.
In addition, keep your belongings secure and out of sight when visiting busy attractions or wandering the streets. And if your regular phone SIM doesn’t work in Mexico, buy a local SIM card for short phone calls and GPS assistance. They’re both affordable and easy to use.
Conclusion: Things to Do in Oaxaca with Kids
Whether you’re visiting the city for a few days or a few weeks, there are plenty of things to do in Oaxaca with kids. Just ensure you don’t over-plan your days.
Kids need a slower pace than adults, so don’t get frustrated if they get moody after your second activity of the day.
We tend to plan mornings for activities. We spend the hottest parts of the afternoon relaxing before heading out to dinner. Little Man also knows that a walk in the Zocalo (or town square) after dinner means marquesitas or churros from a cart vendor!
Never travel without good travel insurance. While we have global health insurance, we also elect travel insurance for short trips.
👉 For travel insurance, we like to use Safety Wing.