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There are so many things to do in San Miguel de Allende…with kids or without. In fact, San Miguel de Allende (a.k.a. “SMA” or simply “San Miguel,”) was named the world’s best city by Travel + Leisure in 2017 and 2018. After spending over a year here, I now know why. Perched on the country’s central highlands, San Miguel de Allende Mexico is an exquisite city full of color and culture. There are loads of activities and experiences to discover in both the city and the nearby area. Here are a few of our recommendations for what to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids or on your own.

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Nestled in the geographic center of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a fascinating place to explore. For many travelers (including families), it’s also a great place to live, as we discovered. The city is safe, walkable, culturally rich and full of great food and activities. There are loads of fun things to do in San Miguel de Allende and near the city. In this post, I’ll cover what to do in San Miguel de Allende as well as when to visit, what to eat, where to stay and more.

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Long a tourist attraction for locals, one of the big things to do in San Miguel de Allende is visiting the historical sights. SMA played an important role in the war for Mexican independence from the Spanish, so lots of people from around Mexico come here to explore the roots of the country.

The city has thousands of non-Mexican residents. Most of these are retirees from the United States and Canada, but we’ve met people who settled here from Europe, the UK, Japan, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. The cost of living in San Miguel de Allende is pricier than most of Mexico, but still much more affordable than most of North America and Europe. And they’re building more and more long-term rentals in San Miguel de Allende. There is a thriving arts scene, fascinating festivals, loads of kids activities, and more delicious food than you can eat.

An increasing number of new residents are families with children. And they’re choosing to move to San Miguel de Allende, or at least stay for a while. In addition to wandering the street of this UNESCO World Heritage site, there are lots of other fun things to do in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende Weather / San Miguel de Allende Elevation

One of the great things about travel in San Miguel de Allende Mexico is that the weather is pretty good year-round. This is technically high desert and most afternoons are sunny and between 20ºC/68°F and 26C/78°F. That’s the afternoons. Remember that San Miguel de Allende elevation 1,900 meters/6,233 feet above sea level, which means that the air is dry and the temp drops after the sun goes down. How much it drops depends on the time of year, but you’ll definitely want a light jacket.

The rainy season is in June/July. It usually rains at night, but the rain is cold at this altitude — sometimes it hails! In July! This can cool everything down significantly. Yet even in the coldest time of year, it’s still warm in the afternoons. Aside from the rainy period, San Miguel de Allende weather is extremely dry. It won’t rain for six months, and with the bright sun and string UV, it’s important to stay covered up and hydrated. 

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There really isn’t a bad time to visit San Miguel de Allende, to be honest. The occasional heavy rainstorms in June/July might put some people off but it’s still a good time and possible that the hotel rates will lower. San Miguel de Allende festivals & events (see below) draw large crowds, and so hotel prices can rise during these times. But these are also the best times to visit San Miguel de Allende, so judge for yourself the pros and cons of visiting during an event. Year-round, the crowds are much larger on weekends, as this is a very popular destination for local tourists from Mexico City and elsewhere in the country. 

Traditional San Miguel De Allende Festivals

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After living here for nearly a year and a half, I can honestly say that there seems to be something going on all the time. Seriously. It may be a parade walking the streets, or a wedding party with a brass band. Or a church festival with fireworks. Or live music in the Jardin in front of the Parroquia. And these are just the minor events in San Miguel de Allende! Here are a few of the best traditional festivals in town:

Easter/Semana Santa

People in San Miguel de Allende take Holy Week very seriously, and the processions are quite incredible. Definitely what to do in San Miguel de Allende for practicing Catholics, but you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the time and care that goes into everything they do in town. Our personal favorite: the exploding Judas! 

La Fiesta de Los Locos

This has to be seen to be believed. Thousands of locals dress in elaborate DIY costumes and march through the street, dancing to rolling sound systems and throwing candy to onlookers. There may be a hundred mad-hatters pass, and then a group of bloody-fanged monsters. Then comes a group of cavemen. Or Scotsmen in kilts. Perhaps a hundred Mario Kart drivers. Every year it’s different and insane. Usually takes place mid-June (for example, in 2019 it fell on Father’s Day). 

El Grito de Independencia

Forget Cinco de Mayo (although that’s an important date, too). September 16th is really when Mexicans celebrate independence. El Grito de Independencia happens in towns all over Mexico, but here in San Miguel, you are in the heart of where the independence movement took shape. The Jardin is packed to standing-room-only as the mayor reads his declaration. Then a massive firework display. One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende for history buffs. 

Alborada

Here is when people celebrate St Michael, the patron saint of this fair city. Parades and brass bands snake through the city starting around midnight, where people dance and carry massive paper stars. Then around 4 am (not a typo), one of the biggest firework displays you’ll ever see (or at least be this dangerously close to) commences. One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende for the adventurous…cover yourself so you don’t get burned! Usually happens on October 1st. 

Dia de Los Muertos

This is my favorite traditional festival in San Miguel de Allende or anywhere in Mexico. For those who want the Catrina Skull makeup, there are stations are set up all over town. But we also love the altars and decorated graveyards, as well as the traditional markets selling sugar skulls and more. Easily my top event and what to do in San Miguel de Allende.

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More than a few on the Epic Education Radio Podcast have spent time looking for what to do in San Miguel de Allende or in nearby Guanajuato. Honestly, I didn’t intend to cover SMA so much, but as I met and interviewed more and more families in Mexico, the town kept coming up over and over. After hearing these guests talk about all the things to do in San Miguel de Allende, we decided to find out for ourselves. 

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Hang Out in the Jardin

Out of all the things to do in San Miguel de Allende, the one I would recommend first is simply to hang out in the Jardin Central. This is the heart of the city and a place that you should certainly plan to spend some time. This is where the pink spires of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel touch the sky, and where many of the community parades end. It’s also a place where locals come to sit and chat. It is at its liveliest on weekend evenings.

I love places like this, but if you’re still unsure, here’s what others think about El Jardin in San Miguel de Allende.

Visit San Miguel de Allende Markets

Another of the fun things to do in San Miguel de Allende is visiting the markets. They’re great for groceries and a meal, as well as souvenirs and snapshots. The main spot is the Ignacio Ramirez Market downtown. Expect fresh flowers, beautiful produce and cheap & delicious food stalls. Behind it is the Artisan Market (Mercado de Artisanias) where you’ll find ceramics, jewelry, sun hats, and all manner of handmade crafts and souvenirs.

For a more local experience, head to the San Juan de Dios Market and Mercado Plaza Guadalupe, both just west of downtown. There’s an even larger variety of food and clothing stalls and it’s cheaper too. Finally, I’d recommend the Tuesday Market (Tianguis de Los Martes) on the east side of town. Every Tuesday, hundreds of stall open here.

Dip Into Hot Springs and Water Parks

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Just outside of town there are several relaxing hot springs worth visiting. La Gruta Spa and Escondido Place both offer hot spring baths in a beautiful atmosphere. This is very different from the Japanese hot spring experience, to be sure. That said, lots of visitors consider the spas one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende.

For a more action-packed afternoon, take the kids to Xote Waterpark (Parque Acuatico Xote). One of my daughter’s favorite things to do in San Miguel de Allende is to spend the day here. Here there are several great waterslides and pools that use hot spring water so it’s worth going even when the weather starts to cool. There are lovely grassy hillsides that are perfect for a picnic or a nap in the shade.

Roam Art Galleries in San Miguel de Allende

Fabrica Aurora art galleries in SMA

Anyone who knows me is familiar with my love of the arts. When we lived in Japan, I wrote about the contemporary art scene. I even directed a small contemporary art fair in Tokyo. San Miguel de Allende has a vibrant and thriving arts scene, and one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids is to take them to the myriad of galleries around town. The easiest and most accessible place to take in is Fabrica La Aurora just northeast of the city center. Dozens of galleries occupy a refurbished factory. There is plenty to see, do and (possibly) buy here. Our favorite cafe (Geek & Coffee) is just around the corner, too.

Stroll Through Benito Juárez Park

This beautiful spot of green has walking paths, a basketball court and a great playground for little ones. You’ll also find local painters selling their work near the fountains. Several traveling family groups use Benito Juarez Park as a meeting point, as well.

Climb to El Mirador

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It’s an uphill climb, but the walk is worth it. This view overlooking the city is a great place for a family photo and simply for a spot of exercise. Easily one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende for a shot of the entire city.

Try Indoor Rock Climbing

Our favorite place for rock climbing is in Krabi, Thailand, but if you’re in SMA with kids then this indoor rock climbing studio should be a big hit. We heard good things about 8 Doble from expat families and travelers alike. They often have rock climbing camps for kids, as well.

Do Some Charity Work

For the past year, my daughter and I have worked with a charity called So Others May Eat (aka S.O.M.E.). Every Wednesday, they provide full meals to the region’s poor and elderly, and they welcome helpers. This isn’t a soup kitchen, exactly. I mean, the food we serve looks GOOD. And it’s a full meal: soup, salad, entree, and dessert. They even hire local bands or buskers for entertainment. We greet them as they come in, and then serve them the meal and treat them like patrons of a nice restaurant. It’s a great experience. 

S.O.M.E. works every Wednesday in a courtyard inside the Parroquia. I help set up the tables and chairs around 10:30, but we don’t start greeting and serving for another 90 minutes or so. 

No, I don’t work for them. My daughter and I just like helping out. It’s one of our favorite things to do in San Miguel de Allende. This is just one of dozens of charitable organizations in the area doing good work. They’re always looking for more help, in my experience, so it’s not hard to join for just a day if you’d like. 

Festivals & Weddings in San Miguel de Allende

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Keep visiting the Jardin downtown and you’re likely to come across some celebration or another. Whether it’s costumed revelers or a wedding party, there’s often a party atmosphere in downtown San Miguel de Allende. For example, on the day after we arrived, there was a parade meandering down the street towards the Jardin. Dance music blasted from the back of a truck. Nearly a hundred people in kooky costumes followed the truck dancing like crazy.

What kind of kooky costumes? There were kids and adults dressed as animals and scary clowns. Hairy men dressed like grandmothers. I saw people in football-mascot-sized costumes of animated characters from recent movies such as Trolls and Zootopia. Some looked rented, while others looked homemade. 

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Then there are the wedding parties that walk the streets, complete with a mariachi band and a donkey carrying liquor. There is also a pair of mojigangas: large puppet-like costumed people dressed as a bride and groom.

You’ll know who’s in a wedding party group because they’ll likely be wearing a small ceramic cup around their neck. When we first noticed, we thought it was some clever idea for a specific wedding. Then we kept seeing it every few evenings. They parade as they drink. How convenient! We saw at least a dozen wedding parties in the streets during our three weeks in San Miguel de Allende.

San Miguel de Allende Tours & Classes

One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende is to book a tour or two. There are lots of San Miguel de Allende tours to choose from, in fact. Some of the most popular is the San Miguel de Allende walking tours. These cost between 300 and 450 pesos and all proceeds go to Patronato Pro Niños, a charity that provides medical and dental care to kids and families who live in the countryside surrounding SMA. The guides are all learned and passionate about the city. They are mostly volunteer expats to have retired here but love the city and love sharing it with travelers. One of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende early.

Food Tour with Taste of San Miguel de Allende

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One of the best things to do when traveling is to eat new foods and discover new flavors. San Miguel de Allende tours like this are made for such experiences. With over 300 restaurants in town, San Miguel de Allende is a culinary playground, calling foodies and restaurateurs from around the world. Taste of San Miguel offers a number of tours. We took the Downtown San Miguel Food Tour and it was fantastic. We left full, happy and wishing we had done it earlier.

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Van Doren Metal Arts

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My son likes to work with tools. Whether it’s with wood, with clay, with fruit, or with other materials, we seek out opportunities to manipulate materials. So when we heard about this metal art workshop, I signed up immediately.

Run by a father-and-son team who’ve lived in San Miguel de Allende for decades, this class teaches kids the basics of metalworking tools. Then after a small provided lunch, kids get to use the tools to build their own sculpture. My son was very proud of his final work: a whale shark made of steel. Likely created in hopes of seeing a real one in the Yucatan now that he earned his PADI junior license

Cooking Classes in San Miguel de Allende

Speaking of working with tools, some of the most important tools that kids can learn to use are the knife, the pot, and the pan. Cooking lessons are a fun way to learn about a culture.

Our kids cook a lot at home. It started small, such as making a grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, but now they make honey mustard chicken with a side of broccoli soup, stuffed avocados, quiche lorraine, and jollof rice. I am certain that their interest in cooking comes in part from some of the cooking classes we took over years during our travel. We’ve enjoyed learning to cook in different countries. In fact, you can read about a few of these experiences with cooking lessons in Thailand,  Vietnam, and Japan. We haven’t taken a cooking class in San Miguel de Allende yet, but these three cooking classes come recommended.

Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Gardens

For nature lovers, a visit to Charco del Ingenio is one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende. This nature reserve is a short taxi ride east of the city and well worth a half-day or more to explore. You can wander the grounds for as long as you like, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you take a tour with one of their guides. We gleaned so much more biology, geology cultural history out of our time here thanks to our great and informative guide. Ask for Andrew Goodell if possible, but I think there are many talented and passionate guides here.

Horseback Riding in San Miguel de Allende

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The high plains of Guanajuato have some amazing territory to explore on horseback. We took an incredible horseback riding tour with Coyote Canyon Adventures and would consider it one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids or solo. The guides were fun and professional. The course was safe and photogenic while not losing the thrill of wild spaces. There was also an optional rappelling cliff if you go with Coyote Canyon Adventures.

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Cañada de la Virgen Pyramid & Archaeological Zone

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Less than an hour away from downtown San Miguel de Allende is an archaeological site believed to be part of a holy complex. This was not a city, but rather a holy site, where pilgrims from the ancient world visited at auspicious moments in their calendar. In fact, the pyramids line up with the sun, stars, and planets at specific times of the year!

Our guide Alberto was fascinating and incredibly knowledgeable about the site. He was also good with kids and kept them engaged the entire time. The meal we had afterward was all authentic local cuisine that changes with the star calendar. If you’re into ancient cultures and anthropology then this is one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende.

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Ziplining in San Miguel de Allende

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Anyone interested in soaring over a canyon? Just at the edge of town, there is a series of zip lines where you can do just that. At Parque de Aventura SMA, guides suited us up in harnesses and helmets. Easily one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende for adrenalin junkies.

Within 20 minutes, we were shooting from one side of a gorge to another. With a wire cable holding us from above, at one point there was nothing between our feet and the ground 150 meters below. Our teen and tween squealing with delight. The view was great, but maybe not for the faint heart.

Riding ATVs in San Miguel de Allende

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In San Miguel de Allende, ATV’s are commonly used as personal transportation. It’s easy to understand why locals prefer 4-wheelers over cars. The cobblestone streets are a much smoother, quieter ride on these, and cause less long-term damage than with a car! Several companies in town rent ATVs by the hour (either for 2 passengers or for 4). There are also companies that offer guided ATV tours.

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We opted for a guided tour since we have never done it before, and fortunately, Parque de Aventura offered one. Keiko and I drove through the city center. Then after we rolled out of town during the golden hour, the guides took us to a rural path near the edge of a reservoir. Here they let the kids drive for a bit.

Hot Air Balloons in San Miguel de Allende

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Few views can surpass this one. San Miguel de Allende is such a photogenic city, but seeing it from these heights is easily one of the best things to do in San Miguel de Allende. If your budget allows for such an experience, then it will surely be one of the most memorable things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids.

Day Trips From San Miguel de Allende

In addition to all the great things to do in San Miguel, there are great opportunities for things to do near San Miguel de Allende as well. The towns of Leon, Celaya and Dolores Hidalgo all have interesting historical, photographic and shopping appeal. But here are a few day trips from San Miguel de Allende we’d recommend first.

Guanajuato City

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Possibly the best day trip from San Miguel de Allende is the town of Guanajuato City. Also a UNESCO Heritage Site, Guanajuato City is a beautiful town about an hour from SMA. We’ve now been multiple times — on a fixed tour and on our own — and we’re really charmed by the town.

Sanctuary of Atotonilco

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This church is also part of the San Miguel de Allende UNESCO heritage, and it’s just a little out of town. The 18th-century Mexican baroque frescos on the interior walls are incredible. 

The Chapel of Jimmy Ray

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The home of one of San Miguel’s most resplendent expats, the Chapel of Jimmy Ray is an ongoing art project of Anado McLaughlin and his husband. It seems like every wall and surface is covered in colorful and shiny murals made of ceramics, glass, and mirrors. Really fun, and nice guys, too. Reservation and donation required for a tour of the property. 

Where to Eat in San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende is a food lover’s paradise. There are hundreds of options to choose from: from curries to sushi, with Michelin stars in between. Then there are the taco trucks, ice cream stands, and bakeries for a quick bite.

We didn’t spend time in the fanciest (and priciest) restaurants in San Miguel, but we ate incredibly well, with lots of tastes to recommend. The first thing we’d recommend it taking a food tour with Taste of San Miguel. We wish that we did this soon after we arrived. Why? So we could have then gone back to eat a full meal at every place we sampled on the tour! That said, here are a few places to eat in San Miguel de Allende with kids that we can recommend without reservation.

Sabroso Taqueria

Great tacos and great atmosphere. This place has connections to the states and plays lots of sporting events. Not against that, but preferred it when calmer. Also a great rooftop deck.

Baja Fish Taquito

Another taco restaurant, this one specializing in fish tacos. Good food quality for the price, and also has a great rooftop deck. Try the combo meals, which come with fruit-flavored water.

Cafe Rama & Jardin Rama

Located near the Rosewood and Benito Juarez Park, these two restaurants have a funky vibe and serve great brunches and dinners. Cafe Rama is loaded with contemporary art and mismatched furniture. Across the street, Jardin Rama is more rustic with wooden seating under a corrugated roof next to a garden supply shop. Good fish tacos and desserts.

Andy’s Pastor Taco Cart

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Ok, ok, one last taco place. This is just a streetside cart located a block or two downhill from the library, and it may be my favorite taco in town. There are only a few seats and it can get crowded with locals and tourists alike. Be patient.

La Casa del Diezmo

If you’re interested in the food from the Yucatan Peninsula, then La Case de Diezmo is where you need to be. Yucatecan cuisine like salbutes topped with conchinita pibil are especially tasty.

La Cocina

This place has gone by many names, but with its kitchen open to the street, locals started calling it La Cocina (The Kitchen) and the name stuck. Fajitas and chilaquiles are on the menu, but what you must try are the mole negro enchiladas. Thank me later.

La Parada

This Peruvian-owned establishment specializes in ceviche. We had succulent chunks of sea bass with corn and coconut. The interior of the restaurant has a hip “bus stop” theme, which is worth arriving a few minutes early to take in.

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Los Milagros

Located next to the Jardin downtown, we suggest trying the tortilla soup here. It comes fairly plain, but with lots of condiments on the side. That way you can add what you like: avocado, heavy cream, fresh cheese, peppers, and chicharron (pork cracklings).

San Augustin Churros y Chocolate

Owned by a once-famous soap opera star, this sweet shop often has a line out the door. It’s worth it though. Try one of the churro rellenos stuffed with cajeta, a caramel made from goat’s milk.

La Colmena

Also known as “the beehive,” this local bakery has bees flying around the lights while you pick out your bread and pastries. There are much fancier (and much more expensive) bakeries and patisseries in San Miguel de Allende, but this was our regular.

Cafes in San Miguel de Allende

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If you’re in San Miguel de Allende with kids and in need of caffeine, you’re in luck. San Miguel has loads of coffee purveyors, and some of them have super-fast wifi, as well. The clear winner for traveling families, however, is Geek & Coffee. If you’re in San Miguel with kids, this is our top recommendation, for several reasons.

First and foremost, it has a huge yard and shaded space for kids to run and play. We saw lots of families hanging out here on sunny afternoons, and there seems to be a number of meetups here, as well. Secondly, it’s located a few steps from Fabrica La Aurora, which is the largest group of galleries in the city (mentioned earlier) Last, but not least, they offer some tech support, hence the name “Geek.” If you happened to have any problem with your device, there may be someone there who can help you.

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Best Time to Visit San Miguel de Allende with Kids

The weather in San Miguel de Allende is pretty good year-round. Winters are mild, with very little rainfall between November and April. May through August is the rainy season. In the past, it rained only in the evenings, but in recent years it has started to vary. It usually only rains for a few hours — sometimes a drizzle, and sometimes a torrent. Roads can become rivers, and the rain is cold, so the temperature drops after a storm. Even in “summertime” months like July and August. That said, it warms up once the sun comes out again. If you visit San Miguel de Allende during the rainy season, you’ll see a much greener place. Yet if you decide to go hiking, you’ll also find a muddier place.

Remember the altitude here, this is mountain weather. It’s cool in the mornings and evenings, and hot mid-afternoon all year round. Some describe it at 4 seasons in one day: winter at dawn, spring before noon, summer my lunchtime and fall after the sun goes down. I find myself putting on and taking off a layer or two depending on the season.

Getting to San Miguel de Allende with Kids

Getting to San Miguel de Allende with Kids
At the time of writing, direct flights to San Miguel de Allende are not feasible. There is no San Miguel de Allende airport, and I hope it stays that way. Instead, it’s best to fly into one of the larger cities nearby and then take a bus.

Bus quality ranges from your typical seat to something akin to first-class on an airplane. That includes large reclining seats, overhead storage, personal movie screens, and headsets. It reminded me of bus travel in Malaysia, actually. There are no meals served on these buses, and the movies aren’t available in English, but all in all, it’s a great experience.

Buses to San Miguel de Allende leave from Queretaro (1.5 hrs), Leon (2hrs) and Mexico City (4.5 hrs). People arriving from the USA west coast tend to find more flights to Leon, and often gave a ride waiting for them there. I have flown into Queretaro, which is really close, but in general, we prefer to fly into Mexico City (CDMX) because Mexico City is AWESOME and we want to spend more time there.

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Transportation in San Miguel de Allende with Kids

San Miguel de Allende is an extremely walkable city. One of the things that we loved was how easy and beautiful it was to navigate on foot. This improved the quality of our life in San Miguel de Allende tremendously. That said, there are a few caveats we should mention. For example, San Miguel de Allende is hilly. This town is in the mountains, after all, so many roads are on inclines. Many of the roads are made of cobblestones, as well. Some are relatively flat. Others are basically rocks pressed into cement. This makes them challenging (to put it mildly) for those pushing strollers with small wheels, like an umbrella stroller.

The sidewalks are fairly narrow in San Miguel de Allende, which means that you can’t walk shoulder-to-shoulder or hold two children’s hands comfortably and all three of you stay on the sidewalk. Learn to walk in a single file or with one parent in and out of the road, which is not recommended most of the time as some cars or buses pass by fairly close.

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Taxi, Uber, Public Bus

Taxis are common all over town. There are Uber drivers as well but they are few and far between. In fact, many come from neighboring cities in the weekend to make extra money, which means that they don’t know the city as well. This is a generalization, of course, and if you want to take Uber, go ahead. We do when we can, but hailing a regular taxi is often faster and easier. In Mexico City, hailing a taxi off the street is not recommended. However, it’s different in San Miguel de Allende. We use taxis all the time. For those living/staying in the hills, it’s common to walk down into town or to the supermarket and then get a ride back. You can get around just about anywhere in San Miguel for a few dollars.

Taking public buses are also common with locals, expats and travelers alike. They come fairly regularly and it’s cheap if riding solo (7 pesos per ride). That said, it takes a longer time to reach the destination. For example, Keiko took the bus from Cafe Ozo Azul to Fábrica La Aurora, and it took about 30 min. If she’d walked, it would have probably taken about 20 minutes.

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There is also a tourist trolley that takes you around the city. We haven’t done this, but I know others who said it was a great activity to get to know the city when you first arrive. Bilingual tours are available on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting around 10 am. The tour lasts 90 minutes and tickets are available near the town square.

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We loved our time in SMA. In fact, we liked it so much that we decided to stay for a while. If there are any families traveling in Mexico with kids, this is definitely a place you should see for yourself. Have you been here? What are some things to do in San Miguel de Allende with kids that we missed? Are there other things to do in San Miguel de Allende Mexico that you would recommend?




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  1. Jamie Jenkins says

    After visiting SMA I find your descriptions very accurate and informative. We saw a lot of the town and surrounding area but you correctly point out that there is so much more to see and do. Love the place and hope to return.

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