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Things to do in Ensenada Cruise with kids

Need Family friendly activities in Ensenada and things to do near cruiseport for kids? There is definitely stuff here and it’s a shame more families don’t feel safe to explore. My local, expat recommendations, in no particular order:

Chocolate making workshop: family friendly and near cruise port

Chocolate making workshop: family friendly and near cruise port

1) Take a chocolate making workshop:

Learn about the Maya history of chocolate, see cacao trees, taste luscious raw cacao beans from colorful pods, help roast and grind nature’s treasure with stone tools and enjoy the distinctive flavor of a healthy dark chocolate drink, enjoyed by only the most elite Mayas when their civilization was young! During the 60 minute workshop guests will not only learn about Maya chocolate and participate in hands-on chocolate making. $35 USD per adult or $17.50 for children (12 yrs. and under). Children under 2 yrs. old are free. http://mayacacao.com/tour/

2) Excursions (Surf, ATV, Horse) can be family friendly things to do:

Most excursions can be family friends, especially if booked privately so you can have a bit more control of the situation and group activity, and more personalized attention.

Private excursions give a bit more time one on one attention.

Private excursions give a bit more time one on one attention.

  • Horse Trail ride: Excursion operators can take kids with adult supervision. For beach and mountain rides, the horses are well trained and if kids are small, they share saddle with parents.

  • For ATV, youngest age recommended is 13 as solo rider, or double up with adult if younger .

  • Surf lessons with a private operator for more one on one time, youngest age is xxx. highly recommended. Blow hole . . . safe and popular. Massage - yes massage.

  • Ensenada massage has huge room where parents can get massage and kids on other side of divider, close enough to keep an eye on but just far enough to relax. Affordable Family 4 packs available with discounts for kids, so you can sneek in a massage for everyone in a safe environment for their first massage.

  • Las Canadas is pretty awesome park with pools, atv, zip lines. About a 40 min ride from cruiseport and best with an organized tour or local driver like Arturo. (Uber won’t come there to pick you up!)

Zip lining at Las Canadas is pretty awesome!

Zip lining at Las Canadas is pretty awesome!

4) Ensenada’s water show near cruise port

Like a mini vegas, Ensenada waterfront now has water show with shooting water, lights, and music. At night is super cool, but still fun during the day. 1pm there is show, sometimes varies based on weather conditions. Rowdy kids can play in water. Right in front of huge flag (or pole if no flag).

Watershow at big flag plaza

Watershow at big flag plaza

5) Waterfront Playground and Train!

In Parque de Bandera, is a pretty decent playground. Built within last two years and on the water front! Weekends after three a kids train is running, leaving from the park on a route around town.

Playground near Ensenada cruiseport

Playground near Ensenada cruiseport

3) Gem stone hunting on first street.

Gems and Fossils on La Primera

Gems and Fossils on La Primera

There are two gem/rock stores near cruiseport. If your kids like gems, huge rocks and fossils, consider a visit to Mar and Tierra on La Primera. I loved the fossils and gems with labels. A chance to learn origins and see cool colors and stones. Just don’t break, or you buy;(. . . .

Shopping Lucha Libre Masks on La Primera fun thing to do?

Shopping Lucha Libre Masks on La Primera fun thing to do?

6) Silly souvenirs on first street:

Vendors on first street have fun stuff including bracelets with your name, get your name on piece of rice, Lucha libre mask, little musical instruments, tiny Mexican cooking utensils . . . like the stores often say: curiosities. Just walk along La Primavera and you will see many places. . .

History Museum Across from Cruiseport $3

History Museum Across from Cruiseport $3

7) Ensenada History Museum.

Just of the boat, directly across street in the Riviera, the museum is a smallish, but nice with focus on regional history and the indigenous people that lived here. Very different the from Aztec or Mayan cultures in the south. Only a couple of bucks, so nice quick stop. 10am-5pm

8) Post dollar bill on wall (come back and visit it next year!). Mexifornia Driver’s license

Additional ideas in above link from other list of things to do near cruise port in another blog.

Jesse is an US expat living in Ensenada with tiny business Ensenada Massage. Although a dog dad, and uncle he really has no idea of the trials of raising little humans. He congratulates those brave souls doing souls, and is open to better ideas - just put them in comments and I will add it!!