Throwback that never got posted last summer. Here it is!
Still loving life here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! Are we still seeking fun stuff to do with our kiddos that isn't crazy expensive and totally touristy....YES! All the time!
Our list "so far"
1. Buy bird seed at Bonanza on Mesones Street and then feed the pigeons in Plaza Civica.
2. Ice cream from the shop on the corner between Plaza Civica and the Cathedral.
3. Watch people/burros/vendors and play in the gazebos in El Jardin.
4. Have a snack and hang out at Geek and Coffee. Thursday afternoons people bring their dogs there to play together in the yard.
5.Millenium Park just outside of the city of Guanajuato.
6. Xote Water Park!
Our family recently visited Xote (pronounced SHOW-tay) Parque Aquatico to have some water fun! The four kids were wide eyed as this was their first visit to a water park. It is about a 20 minute drive from downtown.
Xote was so much fun! The day we were there the 4-run bumpy-slide was closed for end of summer cleaning. The kids were bummed but since this was their first time at a water park they were happy to play with everything else. The park has the aforementioned water slide, 2 tube slides (one open-air and one enclosed), a vertical drop slide that is not for the faint of heart, 3 regular swimming pools, 2 kiddy play areas (think small version of Great Wolf Lodge with dumping bucket, small slides both straight and swirly, mushroom fountains and knee deep water.), a warming pool (think small swimming pool with extra warm water), and a regular playground (without water).
There is a restaurant with tasty food that offers both American and Mexican options, a gift shop of sorts with ice cream and, a plethora of bathrooms, showers and changing rooms.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with a wide variety of vegetation and small streams, waterfalls and ponds alongside the sidewalks.
We arrived at 10 am and the park was empty! We went on the second day of school for most local kids. For the next 2 hours the staff basically turned the water on for whatever ride we wanted to ride. It was awesome! A few other families with teenagers or small kids came just after lunch. Still the park felt deserted.
A beautiful park in a gorgeous mountain setting with fantastic landscaping and really nice temp, clean water with fun rides. What's not to like!!! We hope to go again before the weather gets too much chillier!
What's the best waterpark you have ever been to?
Are you still in San Miguel? I would love to meet up if you are. I am here until Saturday morning.
It’d be awesome to be in San Miguel, and it’s be awesome to have met up with you, but we’re in San Cristobal de las Casas currently for the next 4 or more months.
Sounds so fun! I love how you are basing your activities on the simple joys of life with your family! Such as feeding the birds and watching people with their dogs. I’m all about that! Our family loves to travel (in fact we are heading to Mexico soon!) Glad I found your blog!
Thanks Marieke, we’re loving the simple things in life and we’re also glad you found our blog! Did you know we podcast at nomadtogether.com as well?
Based on the map in the right hand column, you are currently in San Cristobal de las Casas! We have owned a house there since 2005 (we lived there from 2005-2008, we’ve wintered there since 2009). We are in the process of selling our house in Canada and retiring (my husband) and as of December 2017, we hope to spend 1/2 of our time there. If you’re ever in the area again, please send me an email. Mi casa es tu casa. Safe travels.
Hi Sarah, and thanks for commenting! — I’m jealous that your husband is able to retire so soon!
We’re still in San Cristobal de las Casas! We’ll be there until the end of August. It’s beautiful here!