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Malecon Boardwalk
#1 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
It's safe, it's fun, there are families, locals, tourists, entertainers, painters, incredibly cool statues and the Cheeky Monkey is a great place to have a cerveza and watch the crowds.
Lots to do and see the food is great and the night clubs are very fun and people friendly, Nightly shows and entertainment for the whole family must see the sun set lots of shops where you can buy gifts and activi...
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El Centro
#10 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
There are lots of Mexican family style restaurants.
Once mass was over we enjoyed watching all the families leave and snapped a quick photo.
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Los Muertos Pier
#14 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Authentic Mexican food at family owned restaurants, friendly people, mosaic art, live evening entertainment on the beach, and the beauty of Puetro Vallarta all add up to a great experience.
My spot after breakfast just to relax in the sun and read a book and get some tanning in also, and watching the kids dive off the railings, and watching the water taxis come and go , a great time.
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Caballito
#11 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Wonderful place for walking, people watching, ocean views and enjoying the ambience of P.V. Very family friendly with children being allowed to climb up the statues.
The Malecon is fun during the day and very family oriented at night with all the families gathering around to visit with each other and talk with the tourists.
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Plaza de las Armas
#16 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
ALmost every night, but particularly Saturdays and SUNDAYS, this beautiful amphitheatre is buzzing with families, tourists and locals alike, delicious food stands, vendors, and live entertainment.
Usually things for kids and in Spanish but fun and sometimes they get to participate if they want .
Old Town Farmers Market
#17 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Locals and tourists enjoyed pozole and fresh made drinks and children were playing on the new bronze sculpture by artist Jim Demetro depicting a mule and two children with a dog.
Old Town Farmers Market is a fun family friendly activity for the family on Saturdays during high season.
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Playa las Gemelas
#6 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
My family loved this setting and could have stayed here for hours.
kids laughing people playing in the surf,and overall just havin a good time.
The Museo Naval. Puerto Vallarta
#13 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Very kid friendly, especially the mock up boats (behind glass) and a fantastic little 'Sea Monster' show!
There's also interactive learning games for children.
Isla Cuale
#22 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
There are a few bridges made from wood, that you can cross, which is fun for kids or couples.
Walking over the two swinging bridges is always a fun experience and brings the kid out in everyone.
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Galeria Caballito de Mar
#19 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Marina Vallarta
#15 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
... the locals have a stand selling souvenirs, cupcakes, pies from Yelapa, nice exotic flavors of fresh water, silver, clothes, etc... Bands will be playing covers, Mexican children dance traditional Mexican dance.
Melia is wonderful because of the family atmosphere and professional productions on stage every night--incredible.
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Punta De Mita
#21 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
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Plaza Principal
#24 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
In the evening and especially on weekends, whole local families will mix with tourists taking in the cooler evening and listening to musicians and dancing in the grounds of the Kiosk.
Live music, dancing, comedians, & much more entertain local families, teenagers, children & seniors.
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
#5 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Great history and a great spot to sit for a while and be thankful that you are able to take such a great trip with your family/friends!
The church is so full of character, I was there the week of the festival and there was incredible food in the square and it was fun to watch the parade and young children.
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Old Vallarta
#8 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
I love evenings in "Old Vallarta," when the sun goes down, the traffic calms down and families are in the street enjoying "ambulantes" with their various food items, and there is a peaceful ambiance: just perfect...
I especially enjoy walking along the river where, on a Sunday, you’ll find families having picnics on its banks while kids cavort in the rocky stream.
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Playa de los Muertos
#20 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Great beach family oriented area but also some party areas... Ocean is very changing from strong surf, my favorit for bodysurf to very mild surf just 100 meters away
Watch the families, take a water taxi somewhere, go south for the beach clubs, go north for Olas Altas and the Malecon (1 mile of cobbled beach front, a walker's delight).
Las Animas Adventure Park
#31 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Great Family Fun!
Our family visited Las Animas during our snorkel and boat tour of the Islands in PV.
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Zona Romantica
#4 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
... access by bus, great walking area & safe, the wharf is lit up with beautiful lights at night, close to the Malecon, great for families, single or as a couple - straight or gay - this community will welcome you.
There is always a great environment at the board walk, the town gathers and have salsa dance and all sorts of music at their park where the locals dance the night away, couples have dinner and kids have ice cream...
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Boca de Tomates Beach
#33 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Yes its a bit rustic, but its so worth it, the kids love to swim here and its in the direct departure path of PVR so the jets flying overhead are always enjoyable for me.
We have visited it many times with family and friends.
Estero de El Salado
#34 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
I came with my family including a two year old and we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Great for kids too.
Garza Blanca
#23 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
If you go in a family plan apartments are the best option but if you travel with couples ( all adults ) you will love Mouzai Area and it´s beautiful spa.
Beautiful rooms, great for families (we had 2BR suite, 3 bath, panoramic views, hot tub, enough space for 5).
The Church of Our Lady of the Refuge
#27 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Galerias Vallarta Shopping Mall
#32 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Liverpool is fantastic, although a bit pricey, and there are a few fun things for young kids such as the merry go round, the jumping trampoline area and the train.
Then stroll down to the movie theater, passing the train for kids to ride, and many upscale stores, and a stage where often school children will present free programs.
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Mercado Municipal
#36 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Liverpool
#41 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
La Isla
#44 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
H&M store, Apple store, Forever 21, AT &T, Chinese Laundry, Flexi, Ay Guey and many other stores along with some jewelry stores, Bath and Body Works, Tourist souvenir shops, some kiddie rides and a kids salon.
Old Town Market Viejo Vallarta
#47 of 110 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
But if I had small children with me, I'd probably pass this market and head over to the Plaza Malecon, a much more gentile market for parents and kids.