10+ Things to Do in Cancun When it Rains (Popular Indoor Activities)

Cancun is typically known as a beach paradise with endless sun and warmth, but every so often you may catch a rainy day. In the off-chance that this happens during your trip, you might want to have a dreary day backup plan.

If you’re searching for indoor activities in Cancun, check out a few of our favorite suggestions for rainy day trip ideas.

Our favorites include…

  • Interactive Aquarium Cancun
  • Cancun Wax Museum
  • A Meal at Carlos n’ Charlies
  • Shopping Tours
  • Señor Frog
  • Drinks at Fred’s House
  • e mais…

Looking for some fun things to do indoors?

Admission to many of these activities is available on the Go Cancun Card.

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Interactive Aquarium Cancun

Located right in the Isla Vista Shopping Mall, Interactive Aquarium Cancun is the perfect place to take the whole family if the weather isn’t all sunshine and beaches.

You can easily spend the day here, with plenty of touch tanks, fish tanks, and volunteer-led presentations. Watch as dolphins splash around their habitat or get to the know the feeling of a sting ray’s slimey back as they zip around the tanks.

Getting in: Interactive Aquarium Cancun tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Cancun Wax Museum

Elvis at the Cancun Wax Museum

Didn’t think you’d have a chance to meet Elvis in Mexico, did you? But now you can at Cancun Wax Museum!

This museum features more than 100 wax figures of local and international celebrities. You’ll see everyone from your favorite NASCAR driver to The Beatles.

Snap a selfie with soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Then sing a ballad with Amy Winehouse. You can even shake hands with former US President Barack Obama.

Getting in: Cancun Wax Museum tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Meal at Carlos n’ Charlies

Take a break from sightseeing and grab a bite to eat at Carlos N’ Charlies. This popular restaurant in the center of the Hotel Zone offers the perfect combination of Mexican and American cuisine.

Carlos N’ Charlies’ prides itself on cultivating a high-energy environment, complete with mariachi bands and entertainment throughout the day. You’ll have your choice of select burgers, fajitas, tacos, and enchiladas.

Getting in: Meal at Carlos N’ Charlie tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Shopping Tours

Guided shopping tour to Playa del Carmen in Cancun, MEX

While these shopping tours aren’t completely out of the rain, you might find it totally worthwhile to endure a drop or two as you pop in and out of the shops.

Shop the streets of Playa Del Carmen or peruse the booths at Mercado 28 in Cancun (or do both!) on a guided tour of these two city’s shopping districts.

Playa del Carmen

Hop aboard the bus and head down to Playa del Carmen, another popular resort destination just outside of Cancun. Your tour guide will lead you down Fifth Avenue, the longest stretch of shops and goods in the area. You can shop anything from local-owned boutiques to popular international brands like H&M.


On this guided tour, you’ll find there are other places to shop besides La Isla. Your guide will take you to Mercado 28 and Plaza Las Americas – a shopper’s paradise. Mercado 28 is set up just like a flea market, with locally made goods and gifts perfect for friends back home. Plaza Las Americas offers well-known stores like Victoria’s Secret, Sears, and Adidas.

Getting in: Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen tickets and Shopping Tour in Cancun tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Señor Frogs

Now this is an attraction that may be better to visit without the kids in tow. Señor Frog’s is a staple in Cancun, best known for it’s upbeat vibes and a non-stop lineup of performers, DJs, and activities.

Why not hide away from the rain here? Enjoy a two-hour open bar that includes all domestic liquors and beers, dance along to the day’s entertainment, and maybe even grab a bite to eat. It’s definitely a fun way to make the best of a gloomy day.

Getting in: 2 Hour Open Bar at Señor Frog’s tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Fred’s House is another great place you can go to grab a drink. This American-style seafood restaurant offers beautiful views and private cabana seating that keeps you out of the weather’s way.

If you’re just stopping in for a quick drink, grab a seat at the bar and use $20 towards free drinks to sip on a pina colada or beer of your choosing.

Getting in: $20 Towards Drinks at Fred’s House tickets are included with Go Cancun Card.

Museo Maya de Cancun

Check out one of Cancun’s best art and anthropological museums: Museo Maya de Cancun.

This museum holds one of the most important collections of Mayan artifacts, from jewelry to ceramics and sculptures. There are nearly 400 pieces on display, all showcasing the Mayan culture.

Getting in: Museo Maya de Cancun admission is separately ticketed.

Catch a movie

Photo by Peter Sciretta

Movie’s are the perfect rainy day activity!

If you’ve embarked on the Cancun shopping tour or have carved some time out in your itinerary to visit Plaza Las Americas, then make sure you catch a flick a Cinepolis.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie after a day full of shopping.

Getting in: Cinepolis is separately ticketed.

Quick Rainy Day Recap

See? You can stay dry all while having plenty fun indoors in Cancun.

We hope these ideas helped inspire you to create a fun filled indoorsy itinerary for your trip! It’s always good to have a backup plan.

Don’t forget – admission to many of these great rainy day attractions is included with the Go Cancun Card.

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