Mexico City: 5 Day Itinerary and the Alameda Central Museums

Planning a trip to Mexico City with a baby? Then you’ve come to the right place. Putting together an itinerary for Mexico City is not too difficult. However, a Mexico City itinerary for travel with a baby is something totally different. Today I wrap up the recaps from our visit to Mexico City, and give you the perfect itinerary for travel with a young toddler or baby. For older kids I would implement some changes, but not much! Discover the museums we loved in our 5 days in Mexico City!

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Mexico City with Baby Itinerary

Before we get going with our final day of recaps, I’m going to lay out a summary of our itinerary. There are so many things to do in Mexico D.F. it is hard to choose!

I found it difficult to find an itinerary for Mexico City in 5 days that we could easily follow with the kiddo. Most trips were either the length of a weekend in Mexico City or were too high paced for us.

There are so many great museums in Mexico City, that other itineraries just didn’t account for baby naps and the like. I was really looking for an itinerary that would take into account a variety of activities and short attention span.

In the end, ours worked out really great! If you like slow paced travel, with a little of everything: museums, archaeology, parks, and city sights, then this is the itinerary for you. So I definitely recommend it for your first time in Mexico City!

5 Days in Mexico City

  1. Coyoacan -Frida Khalo house, Leon Trotsky Museum, etc.
  2. Bosque Chapultepec – Anthropology Museum, Chapultepec Park- Zoo, Castle.
  3. Centro Historico -Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palacio Nacional.
  4. Teotihuacan– day trip out of the city to visit ruins!
  5. Alameda Central– Bellas Artes and museums. (below)

If we had one more day, I would consider a day trip to Xochimilco, to ride a boat in the canals!

Thinking about our itinerary, I wouldn’t change much with older kids, other than perhaps incorporating more park time!

Quick note: if you only have One day in Mexico City – check out our first visit for a good overview!

Easter in Mexico City

Our final full day in Mexico City, we again stayed near the Centro. As it was Passover, we opted to go back to the Indian restaurant, for another excellent bread-less meal.

After getting re-adjusted (read: making up sleep) from the previous late night, we were ready to go. This time we headed towards the Alameda Central. The Alameda Central is a public park we visited last time, that was totally closed under construction.

The park wasn’t actually our destination but rather, we wanted to check out the area and a couple more museums. Before we could get very far, our walk was intercepted by a huge Easter parade heading towards the Zocalo.

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

We ended up having to take quite the trek around the closed park in order to get to the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, housing a huge mural (and a few other pieces). We were thoroughly impressed!

Since it was still early enough, we decided to check out the Museo de Arte Popular. This one was quite amazing- full of handicrafts and folkloric themed pieces from all over Mexico.

Palacio de Bellas Artes

We made one more stop, taking the elevator in the Sears building to see the Palacio de Bellas Artes from above. (Again, we had been inside last time).

We then spent way too long searching for a place to dine in the overwhelming, never-ending crowds. It was time to retire, pack our things and get ready for the long drive back.

Contrary to the drive down, this time we left early and made excellent time. Little N was mostly cooperative, the drive was pretty uneventful, and we were happy to get back to “small town” Guadalajara.

Tips for Travel to Mexico City with a Baby

Here are a few more tips for travel to Mexico City with a baby:

  • As I mentioned in the post about exploring the Templo Mayor, take a baby carrier! This is the most important tip I have.
  • In addition, most places required us to store the stroller (when we had it) along with our bags, so be prepared for that.
  • Other than that, typical travel tips apply to Mexico City. Beware of pickpockets in this very large city.
  • As in all of Mexico, drink only bottled water. And enjoy! There is something so unique about this huge megalopolis.

Have you taken your baby to museums? How did it go? Thoughts on Mexico City?

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