Belize isn’t just a paradise for adventure seekers and romantic getaways. It’s also the perfect destination for families looking to create lasting memories together. Whether your clan is filled with little explorers, budding naturalists, or cultural enthusiasts, the country offers a diverse range of kid-friendly activities that will captivate young ones of all ages. From towering Maya sites to underwater wonders, jungle adventures, and cultural experiences, here are six fantastic activities that parents and children can enjoy together in this Central American hideaway.
Zip-Lining Over the Rainforest
Start off the family vacation strong with this exhilarating adventure. Get your hearts pumping and voices echoing all through the jungle as you zip-line over rainforest canopies. In Belize’s western district of Cayo, you’ll find a utopia perfect for zip-lining. With places such as Calico Jack’s, Jaguar Paw, and Mayflower Bocawina National Park, your family will soar and create incredible lasting memories. There are zip lines for all ages, with the children doing the trails safest for their age and the parents accompanying alongside. It’s an exciting combination of natural beauty and outdoor excitement that will keep everyone entertained.
Exploring Ancient Maya Sites
Intertwine the thrill of adventure with a spark of history at Belize’s Maya sites. Take the whole family back in time. At Xuxantunich, your family can walk the path our ancestors carved long ago, and learn how these astounding temples came to be. Not only are you witnessing this indelible mark in our culture, but your children will also learn fun facts about this period! Climb to the top of towering pyramids, marvel at intricate carvings, and immerse yourselves in the fascinating history of this ancient civilization. Kids will love the adventure, and parents will appreciate the educational value.
Snorkeling in the Deep Blue
This might be our most popular family activity yet. While snorkeling may be mainstream, in Belize it’s a must. After all, you get to enjoy sites overflowing with marine life including the world’s second-largest Barrier Reef. The whole family can take part in guided tours to the reef, home to stunning coral formations and colorful fish. Even children as young as eight can try their hand at snorkeling, while older kids and parents can explore deeper waters for an up-close encounter with nurse sharks and rays at Shark Ray Alley. Believe us when we say it, this experience is worth it.
Visiting The Belize Zoo
Belize is a sanctuary to all sorts of species. From birds that migrate down south during the winter, to cunning jaguars and eccentric mammals. The Belize Zoo is home to all. Here, the kids will be getting an educational and exciting experience wrapped in one. You and your young-ins can interact with inquisitive anteaters, colorful scarlet macaws, and even big jungle cats. There’s even a chance to feed these animals yourself! The zoo is a family favorite for all ages and is sure to have you chuckling at the antics of some cute creatures.
Jumping into Waterfall Pools
Let the kids enjoy the majestic beauty of nature with a trip to Belize’s inland waterfalls. With so many to choose from, all you have to pack are snacks, sunscreen, and swimsuits! We know how much kids love swimming and here you’ll have your natural pools to cannonball into. Instead of staying by a hotel pool all day, make this adventure fun when you add jungle exploration to the mix. While the parents turn into Tarzan and Jane, let your tiny monkeys follow you on the trail to the cascades. You can follow this guide to make finding these waterfalls an adventure in itself.
Embracing the Belizean Culture
Belize is a melting pot of different ethnicities, so it makes sense that there are so many different ways to experience its multifaceted culture! Your family can book a cooking class, a chocolate-making class, or learn how to play the drums like the Garinagu. If you’d like, you can do all three! With resorts like Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort,and San Ignacio Resort Hotel, your family can embark on a journey through cultural immersion. If you fall in love with this type of activity, you can also book tours with the San Antonio Women’s Group and AJAW Chocolate and Crafts. There’s nothing like tasting a Belizean meal or dessert crafted by the hands of your family.