Aguaventuas Puerto Vallarta
People have been visiting Puerto Vallarta for centuries. Its warm and friendly community has welcomed travellers from across the globe. The city has evolved over the last half-century to adapt to the growing number of foreigners that have relocated her to live.
Nevertheless, it has kept its charm as a quaint city with whitewashed buildings, red Spanish tile roofs and cobblestone streets. The city today is one of the safest in Mexico and has a number of different places that cater to families with children. There are also many activities that families with children can enjoy.
Three of the best places to take kids while visiting Puerto Vallarta are Aquaventuras Park Vallarta, Rancho el Charro and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.
Aquaventuras Park Vallarta
This is one of Vallarta’s most amazing tourist attractions. The park has ten water slides. A number of pools are located throughout the complex providing plenty of area for guests to swim and cool off from the hot sun. You can take rides along the river in one of many boats that have knowledgeable guides.
There are a number of playgrounds for the kids to use up all their energy while mom and dad rest. You can see a show performed by marine animals and then get a chance to swim with dolphins. The entire day will be fun filled for everyone including the older children and the adults.
Rancho el Charro
Rancho el Charro is one of the best places to enjoy a peaceful slow horse ride through jungle trails along the river to see some of the most picturesque scenery in all of Mexico.
The ranch is located just 15 minutes outside of the urban area of Vallarta. The area around the ranch has not changed in many years. Locals say it has been this way, peaceful and tranquil, since the early 1900s.
The ride starts at the edge of the jungle and heads up river to a swimming area and waterfall. After spending time in the water, the trip continues up a mountain to a lookout point where you can see beautiful views of the town and ocean below. Next, the trail leads back along the river to a restaurant located directly on the riverbank.
Best of all, the guides are experienced horsemen, knowledgeable the village and surrounding jungle loaded with flora and fauna.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Located on the only road heading south from Vallarta the Botanical Gardens are easy to find. The Gardens are just 30 minutes from the city center by car. The setting here is one of mountains full of nature’s bounty.
Getting there is part of the fun. A trek along the highway starts with the palms and the beautiful coastline and ends with the pines in the rugged mountains.
Along the way, you will pass a jungle gorge and a granite half dome filled with wild vanilla, plumeria and hundreds of orchids. Admission is inexpensive and kids under 10 get in free.
The Gardens opened in 2004 on ranch property and today are 20 acres filled with indigenous and imported plants and trees of all shapes, sizes and color. Tours through the Gardens are offered and many of the plants are labelled for the visitor.