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9 mexico city parks where you can relax in one of the world's biggest cities.

M exico City is becoming one of the greenest cities in the world. Last year, it claimed first place in the category of “Living Green for Climate Change” in the World Green City Awards 2022, a competition organized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. Sure, the word “green” could be substituted for “sustainable” in that context, but efforts like replanting the countryside and installing vertical gardens in the urban center helped to earn Mexico City the award, which means it’s also literally becoming a greener city.

Parks are one of the most obvious places to look for greenery in Mexico City. And the parks in Mexico City boast some impressive titles of their own, from the oldest and largest park in Latin America to the oldest public park in the Americas at large. You probably won’t have time to see every single park in Mexico City during a single trip, but it’s worth planning to see at least a few. These are nine of the best parks in Mexico City to prioritize when you need a peaceful moment to yourself in the world’s fifth most populated city.

The best parks in Mexico City, mapped

Bosque de Chapultepec


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According to the World Monuments Fund, Bosque de Chapultepec claims two superlatives as Latin America’s largest and oldest urban park. That also makes the pre-Columbian meeting place one of the oldest city parks anywhere in the world. Technically, bosque translates to forest, but the park is a nice mix of green spaces, paved areas, and water features, which cover a total of nearly 1,700 acres. Attractions within the park include Chapultepec Castle, the National History Museum that’s housed within the castle, the Museo Rufino Tamayo contemporary art museum, and a zoo.

Alameda Central


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Where New York City has Central Park, London has Hyde Park, and San Francisco has Golden Gate Park, Mexico City has Alameda Central, which is often cited as the oldest public park in the Americas, dating back to 1592. The park covers roughly 20 acres and is flanked by several important museums and landmarks, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museu Nacional de Arte, and Museo de Arte Popular. Visitors can enjoy a number of relaxing activities in Alameda Central, from strolling along the promenades, to relaxing at kiosks within the park, to attending cultural events like concerts and open-air theater performances.

Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco


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If you’re at all familiar with Mexico City travels, the name Xochimilco probably rings a bell, owing to the Xochimilco canals , a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular outing for float days. But the canals belong to a greater nature reserve in Mexico City called the Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco that spans more than 400 acres. Visitors can explore various ecosystems within the park, such as wetlands, marshes, and forests with trails. Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco is also home to a number of traditional Mexican cultural artifacts, including ancient ruins and chinampas, referring to a Mesoamerican agricultural technique resembling floating gardens.

Parque Hundido


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Parque Hundido’s most recognizable feature is its flower clock, a beautifully landscaped timepiece designed by watchmaker Relojes Centenario. Another unique feature of the park is its audiorama, which is essentially a small amphitheater that’s designed for listening experience such as classical music or jazz concerts, poetry readings, or outdoor film showings or plays. A nice park for families and visitors of all ages, Parque Hundido also has children’s playgrounds and chess areas, as well as designated spaces where pet-owners can keep their dogs off-leash. To get a little movement, find an EcoBici station by the park and enjoy the bike tracks.

Parque Nacional Bosque de Tlalpan

Bosque de Tlalpan is a federally protected park on the southern edge of Mexico City. Spanning more than 600 acres, it makes for a nice day trip for nature lovers. Some 200 species of flora and 130 species of fauna (83 of which are birds) are known to inhabit the park, including tropical ash trees and a type of orchid called bletia urbana . Animals you might encounter within the park include rufous-breasted hawks and crested quetzals. Joggers can loop the park on running tracks, there are also plenty of paved pathways to walk. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a concert or performance at the park’s Casa de la Cultura.

Parque Masayoshi Ohira


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Parque Masayoshi Ohira adds something different to the Mexico City parks landscape: a Japanese-inspired park with a pagoda-esque structure, East Asian-inspired bridge, torii gates, and cherry trees. The park takes its name from Masayoshi Ohira, the first prime minister of Japan to visit Mexico. Originally called Parque de la Pagoda when it was inaugurated in 1942, the park already had an East Asian theme prior to Ohira’s visit, after which it was rehabilitated and renamed in his honor. The park’s nicely maintained current form is the product of multiple reconstructions due to fire damage and general disuse over the years.

Parque La Mexicana


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Parque La Mexicana is a state-of-the-art public park in Santa Fe, a modern and business-centric area of Mexico City. Spanning nearly 75 acres, the park has a wide range of amenities in addition to lawns and gardens, including a jogging track, bike lanes, and a skate park. Water features are another highlight of the eco-minded park, notably rainwater-filled lakes that help with irrigation while the artificial lighting is powered by solar panels. Additions to the park are still in the works to improve the visitor experience, from the number of shops and restaurants visitors can enjoy to facilities for sports like soccer and basketball.

Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones


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The name of this park translates to “desert of the lions” in English though it’s neither arid nor will you see any big safari cats roaming around. It’s referred to as a desert because it occupies a sparsely populated area in the Sierra de las Cruces mountains west of Mexico City — sprawling over 4,500 acres to boot — and the name Leones comes from the original landowner. In addition to hiking trails and a variety of wildlife, the park was once the site of a 17th-century convent and showcases a number of interesting stone structures with which visitors can interact. One of the buildings now houses a museum.

Parque México

Parque México, officially Parque General San Martín, is a historic park in La Condesa, a fashionable neighborhood in Mexico City that’s famous for its tree-lined streets, Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture, and many shops, cafes, bars, clubs, and restaurants. At roughly 22 acres, the park is the beating heart of La Condesa, or perhaps the lungs given the greenery that it adds to the area. You’ll find all the features of a charming city park in Parque México, from the statues and fountains to the duck pond and dog park. Grab a book, claim a bench, and enjoy.

Where to stay near the best parks in Mexico City

Mexico City is a large, dense city located in a highlands plateau, so you always feel like you’re surrounded by nature. That means that in addition to the urban parks scattered around the city, there’s a lot of open space on the outskirts, as well. The parks in Mexico City listed above aren’t concentrated in a single area, but many of them are situated in popular neighborhoods where there are lots of accommodations, from homey Mexico City Airbnbs to trendy Mexico City hotels . Here are a few good options near the best parks in Mexico City.

The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City


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One of Mexico City’s premier hotels, the Ritz-Carlton is located on the northeastern edge of Bosque de Chapultepec in the financial district, which also means it’s about 15 minutes by car to Alameda Central and 25 minutes to Parque México on foot. The sky-high luxury hotel’s proximity to some of the finest parks in Mexico City is a major selling point, but honestly, you’ll get some of the best views of Chapultepec from right inside your room.

Where: Av. Paseo de la Reforma 509, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Price per night: From $644

Casa Jacinto


If you’re looking to stay someplace cool but quiet in Mexico City’s trendy Coyoacán neighborhood, you’ll love the Casa Jacinto guesthouse. The rooms and bright and airy, the decor is cozy yet vibrant, and there’s a lovely garden on the property that would make for the perfect final stop on a tour of Mexico City’s parks. In addition to being walking distance from attractions like the Mercado de Coyoacán and Museo Frida Kahlo, Casa Jacinto is also close to Parque Hundido and Parque Masayoshi Ohira.

Where: Segunda, Cda. Belisario Domínguez 22, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Price per night: $126

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21 Best Things to Do in Chapultepec Park Mexico City [2024]

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Wondering What activities can we do in Chapultepec park?

I live in Mexico, and have visited Chapultepec Park many times — and I’m here to help you discover all the fun things to do in Chapultepec Mexico City.

Bosque de Chapultepec, which means Chapultepec Forest, though it’s more often called Chapultepec Park, is one of the most-visited urban parks on the planet.

It joins the likes of Central Park in NYC, Showa Memorial Park in Tokyo, and Bois de Boulogne in Paris to share this honor.

🚴‍♀️ The best way to cover the most ground in Chapultepec Park is by bike. Join your guide Alberto, a Mexico City cyclist and runner, on this Discover Chapultepec on Bicycle Tour to visit all the must see spots in this huge park.

Like these other parks, Chapultepec Park in Mexico City is massive — as in 1,700 acres massive —and divided into three distinct sections.

You could spend weeks there, exploring the nine museums, two lakes, the Mexico City Zoo, and much more, so you’ll have to be selective with your time in Chapultepec Park.

With so many options, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Chapultepec Park. Rather, you might run out of time to see all the best things to do in Chapultepec Park.

Below, you’re going to discover many of the highlights in this massive urban forest, so you make sure can see everything you want to.

After planning your itinerary, check out all the Chapultepec Park FAQs at the end, with all the general information you need about visiting Chapultepec Mexico City.

Best Things to Do in Chapultepec Park CDMX

1. chapultepec castle (castillo chapultepec ).

Castollo Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City

The Castillo de Chapultepec is the only true castle in North America, as it was only the official residence of royalty!

Formerly the home to Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota, the Chapultepec Castle and adjoining National History Museum, and among the best sites in Mexico City.

It’s a little bit of an uphill climb to get to the castle, but once you get there, you’re rewarded for your efforts.

The Chapultepec Castle has some of the most beautiful views in Mexico City, as its located hight atop a hill overlooking the whole park, Reforma Avenue, Centro Historico , and the rest of the city.

🏰 Chapultepec Castle FAQ

Castillo de chapultepec castle Mexico City

How much does it cost to get into the Chapultepec Castle?

Chapultepec Castle tickets cost $90 MXN pesos (about $5 USD) for adults ages 14-59. Kids 13 and under, and adults 60 and older, get in free.

Mexico City Travel Tip: Admission to Chapultepec Castle is free on Sundays; but arrive early to beat the large crowds.

What is the dress code for Chapultepec Castle?

Neither the castle nor the park has a strict dress code. The only places that might enforce a dress code in Chapultepec Park are the restaurants, like the fancier El Lago Restaurant.

Can you visit the Chapultepec Castle as a tourist?

Yes — Castillo de Chapultepec Castle is open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

Things to Do in Chapultepec Park

2. museo nacional de historia (mexico city national history museum).

artwork in Chapultepec National History Museum Mexico City

Much of the inside of the Chapultepec Castillo is actually a museum — the National History Museum.

As the name says, it chronicles Mexico City and Mexican history through exhibits and fine art pieces from the Colonial Period. As you’re inside of a castle, the interior itself is a work of art as well!

3. National Museum of Anthropology

fountain at National Museum of Anthropology Mexico CIty

This Museo Nacional de Antropología (Mexico City Anthropology Museum) is the most visited of all Mexico City museums.

It is also massive — spanning 23 exhibition halls and 3,225 years of history, from the Olmecs to the Toltecs to the Maya and Aztecs. In short: You could spend hours there and not see it all.

They offer one-hour English tours, but it barely scratches the surface at this Mexico Anthropology Museum.

You’ll really only see the highlights on the free tour, like the Piedra del Sol (Aztec calendar, or Aztec sunstone), Olmec heads, Coatlicue statue, Moctezuma’s headdress and a few more pieces.

🗿 Best Anthropology Museum Tours

man leading a tour at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

If you’re truly fascinated by Mexico’s extensive and profound history, book this Museum of Anthropology Tour with Carlos , a student of Mexican history. The tour has a near perfect 5-Star rating and 500+ reviews.

4. Bike Ride Chapultepec Park

people doing the sunday bike ride in mexico city

One of the most fun ways to see the park is by bicycle. Mexico City has the great EcoBici bike share program available, and you can buy a one week pass for less than $20 USD.

With your EcoBici membership, you can explore Chapultepec Park and other areas of Mexico City.

🚲 Muevete en Bici Sunday Bike Ride in Mexico City

Wondering, What is there to do in Mexico City on a Sunday? For those who will be in Mexico City on Sunday, don’t miss the Muevete en Bici Mexico City bike ride.

The 20-mile route (32 km) goes straight through Chapultepec Park, from the Reforma neighborhood to the Polanco neighborhood.

5. Chapultepec Park Tours by Bike

sunday mexico city bike ride on reforma avenue, heading towards chapultepec park

You can also book this Sights on Bikes: 20+ Must-See Mexico City Attractions Tour with Alberto , a Mexico City local.

As they say, having a local is a travel game changer. Let Alberto show you the most popular places and some of the hidden spots in Chapultepec Park — the ones only locals know about — like the Altar a la Patria.

He’ll also take you to the other top things to see in Mexico City, like Paseo de la Reforma, Monumento a la Revolución and Catedral Metropolitana (Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral) in the Zocalo.

6. Museum of Modern Art at Chapultepec Park

entrance to Museum of Modern Art at Chapultepec Park Mexico City

The Museo de Arte Moderno features contemporary art by both international and Mexican artists.

The big names from their permanent collection include Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo.

While visiting, take a leisurely stroll through the Sculpture Garden outside. It has statues by several prominent artists, including Fernando Botero.

7. Chapultepec Angel Wings Sculpture: Alas de la Ciudad

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Alas de la Ciudad, or Wings of the City, are a pair of giant bronze angel wings, made by famed Mexican sculptor, Jorge Marin.

You can take at photo at this popular Mexico City Instagram spot just outside of the National Museum of Anthropology and Librería Porrúa Bookstore, on Avenida de la Reforma.

8. Paddle Boat Ride on Chapultepec Lake

Paddle Boat Ride on Chapultepec Lake

Rent a paddle boat at Chapultepec to see some of the park from the water. There are also row boats and swan boats for rent, but remember to get there early on weekends to avoid long wait times for a rental.

There are two lakes in this park; the rental boats are at lake in Section 1, near the Chapultepec Zoo and Casa del Lago (Chapultepec Lake House Museum).

9. Casa de Lago Cultural Center

Casa de Lago Cultural Center in chapultepec park mexico city

This is one of the smallest museums in Chapultepec Park, but is worth a quick visit. They have rotating exhibits outside of this charming lake house, and a small but interesting gallery inside.

If you’re boating on the lake or eating at El Lago restaurant, check out the Chapultepec Lake House Museum.

10. Rufino Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum

entrance to tamayo museum mexico city

Founded by Mexican artist, Ruffino Tamayo, his namesake Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo houses a large collection of international contemporary art.

The Tamayo Museum is the second largest Mexico City contemporary arts museum, after the MUAC Museum on the UNAM campus .

💧 Walk the Water Mirror Path: The Tamayo Art Museum and National Anthropology Museum are next to one another. When walking between the two, make sure to take the pretty Water Mirror Path.

11. Niños Heroes Monument

Niños Heroes Monument in chapultepec park Mexico City

The six niños heroes (boy heroes) are part of Mexican patriotic folklore. Debates abound as to the true story of the boys’ death, but these child cadets did die defending Mexico.

The Monumento a los Niños Héroes (Boy Heroes Monument) is one of the nicest sculptures found in any parks in Mexico City.

12. Experience the Audiorama Sound Bath

Audiorama at Chapultepec Park CDMX

When you need a take a break from a long day of exploring the Mexico City Chapultepec Park, head to Audiorama.

In this area, there are colorful benches where you can relax, listen to music coming for speakers all over the area, and tune out the world.

🤐 Note: There is no talking allowed in Audiorama Chapultepec, so many read or just relax.

13. Moctezuma Baths at Chapultepec Park

The Baños de Moctezuma historical monument was built in the 15th Century, during the reign or Aztec king Moctezuma.

It was used a type of perhispanic spa bath, a place for breeding exotic fish, and as a place to store water collected from nearby springs.

14. Eat at the Best Restaurants in Chapultepec Park

CDMX sign in chapultepec park mexico city

Wondering, Where to eat near Chapultepec Park?

Well, you don’t even have to leave the park to get a great meal, as there are some Chapultepec Park restaurants you’ll love. However, if you’re looking for Mexico City tacos, check out these options .

El Lago Restaurante

El Lago, which means The Lake, does in fact overlook one of the lakes in Chapultepec Park. Grab an outdoor table to enjoy the nice views, and enjoy their menu of Mexican classics prepared with a twist.

They also what many call the best brunch in Mexico City; it’s served buffet style and only on weekends.

Bistró Chapultepec

An indoor/outdoor restaurant with lakeside tables and an upscale casual vibe. Bistro Chapultepec Restaurant serves a fusion of European and Mexican cuisines , during breakfast, lunch, dinner services.

▶︎ Check out their menu here .

15. Chapultepec Weekend Street Food Market

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🤔 Wondering, What’s the best time to visit Chapultepec Park? While weekend are certainly more crowded, they are also more fun!

There’s a carnival atmosphere on weekends in Chapultepec Park, with souvenir vendors selling Mexican handicrafts, and food vendors linking the walkways and selling yummy Mexican foods and snacks at this unofficial street fair.

16. Chapultepec Water Garden & Carcamo de Dolores Museum

Carcamo de Dolores fountain in Chapultepec Park

This space is the result of a multidisciplinary vision, combining architecture by Ricardo Rivas, engineering by Eduardo Molina Arevalo, and art by Diego Rivera.

You’ll often see it referred to as just the Water Garden, but it’s really two spaces next to one another, located in Section 2 of the park.

Carcamo de Dolores has murals by Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, and a small hydraulic structure which the outdoor water flows through.

  • Admission to the Carcamo de Dolores Museum $26 MXN pesos ($2 USD).

The Water Garden is a large garden that has fountains built around hidden reservoirs. Its highlight is the large sculpture of the Aztec rain god, Tláloc , made by Diego Rivera, which is partially submerged.

  • Admission to the Water Garden is FREE.

17. Chapultepec Park Botanical Gardens

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The Botanical Garden at Chapultepec Park is said to be the first botanical garden in Mexico, made with exotic plants brought in from other parts of the country.

Today, it has more than 300 varieties of plants, fruit trees, succulents, agaves and cacti, and 14 species of wild dahlias.

Best Things to Do in Chapultepec Park with Kids

18. ride the train around the park.

kid's train in Chapultepec Park Mexico City

Just near the entrance to the Chapultepec Castle, you and the kiddos can board the Chapultepec Trail and take a ride around the park. Note: The train operates on weekends only.

19. Papalote Children’s Museum

Located in Section 2 of the park, kiddos will love the Chapultepec Children’s Museum. In fact, this is one of the best museums in Mexico City for kids.

It has indoor exhibits, an outdoor garden space and a 76-foot (23 m) Digital Dome to explore the Solar System while visiting the premier Mexico City children’s museum. Admission is $199 MXN pesos ($10 USD).

20. Visit the Pandas at Chapultepec Zoo

panda bear eating bamboo at chapultepec zoo mexico city

The Zoológico de Chapultepec boasts more than 200 species of animals, including giraffes, jaguars, lions, tigers, and even two panda bears.

The zoo in Chapultepec Park is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-4:30pm, and admission to Chapultepec Zoo is free .

21. Parque La Hormiga (Ant Park )

kid's playground at Chapultepec Park CDMX

The Ant Park is a 9.5-acre (3.8 hectare) outdoor play space, with areas designed for children of different age groups. The main play area is a climbing structure made of ropes, which resembles a large ant’s nest.

La Tapatía is another great children’s area in Chapultepec Park.

Chapultepec Park Map

Chapultepec Park map

Above is a map of Chapultepec Park Mexico City, and though it’s in Spanish, will give you an idea of the park’s layout.

At nearly 1,700 acres, it has been subdivided into these three sections of Chapultepec Park. For more information on the three sections, head here .

Where is Chapultepec Park located?

It’s located in the center of Mexico City , bordering neighborhoods including Reforma, Polanco, San Miguel Chapultepec and Cuauhtemoc, and near Roma and Condesa .

You can get to Chapultepec Park by walking, taking an Uber or taxi, or from the Chapultepec Metro Station.

🏩 Looking for hotels near Chapultepec Park Mexico City?

You’re in luck as many of the best hotels in Mexico City are within a mile of Chapultepec Park! These include budget options and many of the best luxury hotels in Mexico City , like the Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.

▶︎ Book your hotel near Chapultepec Park now!

Chapultepec Park Frequently Asked Questions

Is chapultepec park safe.

For the majority of travelers, Chapultepec Park is safe .

You will want to stick to designated pathways and remain aware of yourself, your surroundings and your belongings at all times to ensure you stay safe.

The park closes at sundown, so you can’t be there at night.

Chapultepec Castle

What are the Chapultepec Park hours of operation?

Chapultepec Park is open from 5am-6pm during Daylight Savings Time and 5am-7pm for the rest of the year, though some attractions close earlier.

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Are there bathrooms in chapultepec park.

Yes — There are restrooms throughout Chapultepec Park. They cost $5 pesos to use (about $0.25 USD), and you will need peso coins to enter.

bathrooms in chapultepec park mexico city

What is a fun fact about Chapultepec Park?

Here are two: 1) Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park receives an estimated 15 million visitors per year. 2) It is the oldest and largest urban park in all of Latin America, and among the oldest urban parks in the world.

How big is Chapultepec Park?

The Chapultepec Park size is close to 1,700 acres (7 km², or 688 hectares).

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Is Chapultepec the largest park in the world?

While it is one of the largest urban parks in the world , it pales in comparrison to the largest of them all — Chugach State Park in Akchorage, Alaska, at 495,204 acres (2,004 km²).

Is Chapultepec bigger than Central Park?

Yes — The Bosque de Chapultepec is almost double in size of Central Park in New York City. Central Park spans about 845 acres, so Chapultepec wins in the Chapultepec Park vs Central Park size category!

Can you bike Chapultepec park?

Yes — You can even book this Discover Chapultepec on Bicycle Tour , or rent of the Mexico City public bikes via EcoBici.

biking in chapultepec park CDMX

Is it worth going inside the Chapultepec Castle?

Yes — This is the only castle in North America, and has a lot of history as well as beauty. Located high atop a hill, it also has some of the best views of Mexico City.

Can you bring pets to Chapultepec Park?

Wondering, Is Chapultepec Park pet friendly? The answer is no , Chapultepec Park does not allow pets of any kind. This does also include service animals.

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What does Chapultepec mean in English?

In Nahuatl, the Aztec language, the word chapultepec means Hill of the Grasshopper .

What are the three sections in Chapultepec Park?

The massive Bosque de Chapultepec Forrest Park is divided into three sections — Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3 . Of the three, you can only go to Sections 1 and 2, which have the most things to do in Chapultepec Park.

1️⃣ Chapultepec Park First Section

Lake at Chapultepec Park

  • Chapultepec Castle & National History Museum
  • National Anthropology Museum
  • CDMX Modern Art Museum
  • Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum
  • Lago Mayor: The biggest lake in Chapultepec Park
  • Lago Menor: A smaller lake
  • Chapultepec Fountain & Chapultepec Aqueduct

2️⃣ Chapultepec Park second Section

  • Papalote Children’s Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Carcamo de Dolores Museum & Water Garden
  • Chapultepec Botanical Gardens

3️⃣ Chapultepec Park third Section

There’s are no Chapultepec Park attractions in this section; it’s basically just natural forrest areas. Section 3 of Chapultepec Park is not open to the public.

When does Chapultepec Park close?

Wondering, Is Chapultepec Park open right now? That answer depends, as Chapultepec Park hours vary by section.

  • Section 1 is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 5am-8pm during Daylight Saving Time, and 5am-7pm during the rest of the year.
  • Sections 2 and 3 remain open daily, 24 hours a day.

Is Chapultepec Park closed Mondays?

Chapultepec Park Section 1 is closed on Mondays for maintenance. However, Chapultepec Park Section 2 is open on Mondays.

Note that Section 1 of Chapultepec Park contains some of the most popular attractions — Chapultepec Castle, National History Museum, National Anthropology Museum, Modern Art Museum and Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum .

How much does it cost to get into Chapultepec park?

It is FREE to enter the park itself, but the museums in Chapultepec Park have an admission cost. The Chapultepec Castle is free on Sundays, but arrive early because it gets very busy.

trees in Bosque Chapultepec Park mexico city

What is special about Chapultepec park?

Known as the Lungs of Mexico City, this park keeps the city breathing.

Besides that fun fact, there’s so many great things to do in Bosque Chapultepec — like visiting the biggest museum in Mexico, the National Anthropology Museum, and the only castle in North America, Castillo Chapultepec.

Final Thoughts on Chapultepec Park

kids in Chapultepec Park Mexico City

Is Chapultepec Park worth visiting?

Yes — In fact, it’s one of the top things to do in Mexico City . You could spend days there and not see it all, as one of the largest urban parks on Earth.

There’s something for everyone in El Parque Chapultepec — like the Anthropology Museum for history buffs, Tamayo Museum and Museum of Modern Art for art lovers, and miles of walking, running and hiking trails for fitness and nature lovers.

🤑 Besides all that, admission to Chapultepec is FREE , so the park is definitely worth checking out, even if you’re not visiting any museums. For budget travelers, this is one of the best free things to do in Mexico City.

Which parts of Chapultepec Park will you visit?

Mexico City Anthropology Museum

Which places in Chapultepec Park Mexico City caught your eye? Need my help picking places and deciding how to spend one day in Chapultepec Park?

Here are my Top 5 favorite places in Chapultepec Park:

  • Anthropology Museum at Chapultepec Park
  • Chapultepec Park Botanical Gardens
  • Castillo de Chapultepec Castle & Museum
  • Chapultepec Audiorama Sound Baths
  • Lago Mayor Chapultepec Lake

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The Best Mexico City Parks to Enjoy Nature, Wilderness, & Social Distancing

If I’m craving anything during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s nature . Living in southern Mexico City, I’m fortunate to have access to several pretty, quiet neighborhoods and smallish parks for my socially-distanced walks. But while I’m grateful to be away from downtown crowds, I’ve been sorely missing “real” wilderness. You know it when you see it: sprawling parks or forests that provide true respite from the city. Spots to curl up with a good book . Places where you can no longer hear traffic, car horns, and the omnipresent voice blaring “se compran colchones, tambores, refrigeradores…”

As we cautiously navigate the nueva normalidad (new normal), many Mexico City parks are open with precautions. Indoor restaurants and shopping centers are open as well, but frankly, you won’t find this nervous gringa there any time soon. I am, however, delighted at the reopening of larger and more wild green spaces. There, we can enjoy nature while maintaining a safe distance!

Mexico City parks and green spaces

I’ve been wanting to write about the best Mexico City parks for quite some time, and this seemed like the perfect excuse. In the following guide, I’ll be sharing as many large, wild-ish green spaces as I could find. You won’t find small to medium parks (i.e. Parque Mexico), green plazas (Plaza Rio de Janeiro) or quite highly urbanized ones (Parque Hundido, Parque La Mexicana) in this particular guide. This isn’t because they’re not gorgeous —many of them are, and I love visiting them! Rather, I’m focusing on wilderness or semi-wild green spaces where you can take a deep breath of fresh air and socially distance stress-free. After all, we need somewhere to escape our many 2021 anxieties, if only for a day.

Section A: Accessible & Semi-Urban Green Spaces

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First, I’ll go through a number of large Mexico City parks that many of us can access with relative ease. These are spots I normally reach walking or using public transportation, and can currently get to on bike or foot to be extra cautious. In short, these parks are in urban or semi-urban areas you can usually get to without a car, yet their size means you can still enjoy a real escape into nature.

1) Viveros de Coyoacán

The Viveros (nurseries) de Coyoacán are one of Mexico City’s loveliest parks. They provide crucial “lungs” to the south of the city, just as Chapultepec does for the center. At 39 hectares (almost 4.2 million square feet), once you walk into the park, the surrounding noises melt away. As the name suggests, the Viveros include a large tree and plant nursery. Back in 1901, celebrated engineer and researcher Miguel Ángel de Quevedo donated a single hectare of land here to start Mexico’s first forestry nursery.

Mexico City parks and green spaces

Today, the Viveros are so much more. It’s still home to many young trees that will later make their way to other parks and forests around the metro area. It also has a cluster of small, family-owned commercial nurseries on Avenida Mexico. This spot between Entrances 3 and 4 gives you the chance to purchase a dazzling variety of plants and flowers. And as for the rest of the park? The Viveros are divided by types of trees. Elegant, wide paths flow between rows of towering cedars, pines, oaks, sweetgums, and many other tree types.

This most beloved of southern Mexico City parks has become a gathering place for hobbyists, who come on the weekends to practice everything from karate to yoga to theater. Just be conscious that due to its popularity, Viveros de Coyoacán can get a bit busy. Its wide paths, however, make it fairly easy to maintain distance. Go before noon or on weekdays for fewer visitors. It’s easily accessible on bike or foot if you’re heading to the Coyoacán neighborhood, as well as from the Viveros de Coyoacán metro stop.

6 am to 5 pm everyday. Currently, only Puerta 1 is open. (Search “Viveros de Coyoacán Puerta 1” on Google Maps to find it.)

2) Bosque de Chapultepec

Mexico City parks and green spaces

Of course, no respectable list could leave out the Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City’s largest and best known urban park. This multi-section park stretches across the center-west of the city, sprawling over an area twice the size of New York City’s Central Park. It includes everything from perfect picnic spots to multiple (rather green-hued) lakes, a bustling zoo to a castle, Diego Rivera mosaics and murals to truly wild, towering forests.

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I know, I know — I need to do a post only on everything Chapultepec Forest has to offer. And I will, once all of its offerings are safely accessible and up-and-running again post-Covid. Like many Mexico City parks, the Bosque is currently operating at 30% capacity. At the moment, I strongly recommend going on a weekday if possible to avoid the crowds. If this isn’t possible, stay away from the heavily-transited vendor area. I’m also a big proponent of Section II of the Bosque, which is less crowded and has so much to offer!

6 am to 6 pm, closed on Mondays.

3) Reserva Ecológica Pedregal de San Ángel (and UNAM Botanical Garden, once re-opened)

The UNAM (National University) Botanical Garden and adjoining ecological reserve may be my favorite Mexico City parks. (Though they’ve got plenty of stiff competition on and off this list!) I love our many forests, but there’s something special to be said for the Pedregal. This southern part of the city is comprised of volcanic bedrock that formed when the volcano Xitle erupted around 11,000 years ago. (Don’t worry, it’s dormant now.) As a result, this area is home to the Pedregal, a totally unique ecosystem . Here, cooling lava formed undulating waves of porous black rock. Many of the Pedregal’s plants and animals can only live here — this reserve is quite literally keeping them alive.

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In pre-Covid times, I’d take the Insurgentes Metrobus down towards La Joya, getting off at the Centro Cultural Universitario stop. From there, it’s fairly easy to walk up the road to the botanical garden entrance and/or different parts of the large reserve. As of February 2021, however, the botanical garden itself is still closed. You should be able to access the ecological reserve from its external entrances. Please let me know if you have any issues, so I can update this guide ASAP! Even if the main gates are closed, however, you can enjoy parts of the Pedregal environment simply walking near the Centro Cultural Universitario (Campus Cultural Center) and on the tranquil road leading to the botanical garden. Both the garden and reserve are fantastic spots for birdwatching in the city.

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The Reserva, located around different parts of the UNAM campus, doesn’t have hours. You can access some parts via gates, and other simply walking around the campus and cultural center . The Botanical Garden is currently closed and I will update as soon as re-opening plans announced.

4) Bosque de Tlalpan & Parque Nacional Fuentes Brotantes

If you find yourself in the south of the city, the Bosque de Tlalpan and nearby Fuentes Brotantes National Park are sprawling, verdant oases of green. Both areas are beloved by runners and picnickers alike. The Bosque de Tlalpan is a standout for me, as it’s fairly accessible even for a car-less grinxicana such as I.

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These two Mexico City parks are relatively close to one another. While they have entrances near the Insurgentes Sur Metrobus and other public transport, many families also drive to the parks. Tlalpan is my particular favorite because the green space remains remarkably well-maintained. Clean, well-marked paths lead up and around the foothills. Head here even on the weekend, and you’ll find a wide variety of walks and hikes for every skill level, with plenty of places to socially distance and lose yourself in nature. Fuentes Brotantes is a bit closer to the hills of the Ajusco mountain range, and has both highly developed spots (food stands, a small lake) and wilder areas.

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The Bosque de Tlalpan is open from 5 am to 5 pm. The only current access point is the main Camino de Santa Teresa entrance. Fuentes Brotantes National Park is open from 9 am to 6 pm. You can access it via the main entrance on Avenida de las Fuentes. Check out some of the wildlife you can find in Fuentes Brotantes here .

5) Parque Bicentenario

If you’re looking for some green space with a heavy dash of inspiring urban renewal, check out one of Mexico City’s youngest parks, the Parque Bicentenario. The story of the Bicentenario is just as interesting as the park itself. Situated in the middle of a bustling working class, semi-industrial area of Azcapotzalco in northern Mexico City, this large park began its life as a Pemex Oil Refinery! Over the years, the refinery closed. The city was faced with the challenge of what to do with the huge industrial space left behind.

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In honor of Mexico’s bicentennial celebrations, leaders decided to rehabilitate the ex-refinery into the urban green space that surrounding neighborhoods desperately needed. Today, many of the Bicentenario’s trees are still young and have some growing to do. However, the park already bursts with innovative and much-loved spaces for local families, and it will only improve from here. Check out the different Mexican regional ecosystems just inside the entrance (some are closed off during the pandemic). Then explore the huge fields that stretch beyond, include a large artificial-but-pleasant lake, winding walking paths, a small museum, a skate park, and many picnic spots.

Parque Bicentenario is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 AM to 6 PM. The main entrance is just across the street from the Refinería Metro stop. My only note here is that mask use wasn’t as good as in other parks. That said, the large open spaces mean you can give others a wide berth.

6) Bosque de Aragón

Located in a heavily urban, working class area of the city, the Bosque de San Juan de Aragón (the Aragon Forest) doesn’t always get the credit it’s due. Since 2015, the city has been revamping the park to restore its full natural and cultural beauty. This green space is vast and diverse, covering 162 hectares (over 17 million square ft.) of Mexico City’s east. Aragón has a storied history: it once formed part of Lake Texcoco, the large body of water upon which ancient Tenochtitlan sat. When the Spanish arrived, they built a hacienda around the area, named after Captain Blas López de Aragón.

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These days, the park is popular with runners and fun-seeking families alike for its many trails and well-known zoo. Even migratory waterbirds love Aragón. Herons, ducks, and many other species flock here every year as if deep in their DNA, they still remember when this was part of Lake Texcoco. In “normal” times (pre-Covid), the park puts on many cultural activities, from music to movies.

6 am to 6 pm; enter on the Avenida José Loreto Fabela, Colonia San Juan de Aragón. Take the same precautions you would in any large, heavily urbanized green space, avoiding deserted spots and lonely hours of morning and night.

Section B: Wilder Green Spaces

Now let’s look at some great parks that are a little more out-of-the-way. These spots are mostly around the city’s southern mountains and waterways. Here, you can get spectacular views and truly fresh air, often without the crowds. The trade-off is that having a car makes accessing these spaces much, much easier. They’re ideal for day trips, so pack a picnic lunch and get going!

1) Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones

When I first arrived in Mexico City, I headed to Desierto de los Leones with a few friends on a whim. When we arrived after winding up and up a mountain, I couldn’t believe we were still in Mexico City. This immense, breathtaking national park covers a swath of the southern mountains. After you pass the park’s entrance (and a big pack of very fit mountain bikers), you’ll reach the exconvento, a whimsical stone monastery nestled among the pines.

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Visit the monastery (the guided tours are fascinating) and hike through the surrounding paths, which lead you to several crumbling hermitages if you follow the creepy “monk” symbol on the old-school park signage. There are plenty of places to get food and drink, as well as grills and picnic tables. Desierto de los Leones has a truly unique, fairy tale atmosphere. If you’re anything like me, you might just fall in love with the place.

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The park itself is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 8 am to 5 pm, but the monastery doesn’t open until 10 am. You can take a rideshare car here…but good luck ordering one to get back, as there’s no cell coverage! For best results, drive your car or rent one, following Waze directions south and further south, with the destination “Exconvento Desierto de los Leones.” Bring petty cash for the monastery, food, and parking.

2) Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco

This humungous national park covers an even larger bit of the southern mountains, this time the Sierra del Ajusco. Ajusco comes from an indigenous Nahuatl word meaning roughly “the place of flowers, from which water springs”. The indigenous peoples of the area knew this area’s value long ago: the Ajusco mountain range is the source for much of Mexico City’s water.

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Today, many indigenous people continue to call the Ajusco home, dedicating their communities to its preservation. One such effort is the Parque Ejidal San Nicolás Totolapan , the best-known communally owned park in the Ajusco. Covering 2300 hectares (8.8 square miles) of forested mountain, the park charges a small cash fee ($30 pesos the last I’ve seen) to enter. As in many of the area’s green spaces, it can get crowded around the entrance on the weekends, especially around the food and diversion areas. Hike up the mountain paths for both peace and a safer, socially distanced experience.

Enter the Parque Ejidal San Nicolás Totolapan from 8 am to 6 am. It’s at Km 11, Picacho-Ajusco 5, Panoramica, but just put its name in a navigation app for a fairly easy trip up, up, and up! A car or round-trip taxi will save you a lot of stress here.

3) Xochimilco’s Wild Side

Many know Xochimilco for its touristy, crowded canals packed with colorful trajinera boats, booze, and mariachis. That’s not ideal for worriers like me in these pandemic times — although I feel deeply for all those who work in tourism there and have had to seek alternatives in 2020 and 2021. But Xochimilco is much more than chelas and La Llorona shows.

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In reality, it’s a vast, endangered wetland that provides a crucial home for endemic species and a livelihood for indigenous communities. When you’re ready for something very different from the pine and oyamel-covered mountains, drive or ride down to the Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco, or even the peripheral Bosque de Nativitas, for a taste of this singular ecosystem. In the former, you’ll discover canals and chinampas (agricultural islands), herons and ajolotes , ancient traditions and sunrise views of the volcanoes.

9 am to 6 am, enter the Parque Ecológico (Ecological Park) at Periférico Oriente #1 in Colonia Ciénega Grande. In addition, several tour providers offer small-group visits to the park with Covid-19 precautions, including Aztec Explorers .

4) Los Dinamos & La Marquesa

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For a beautiful natural experience within the city, you barely need to go past Six Flags before you reach Los Dinamos. Quite a bit further afield, La Marquesa is just outside the city in Estado de Mexico (Mexico State). I grouped these two parks together not because they’re right next to each other, but because they occupy similar places in the hearts and minds of many chilangos. Both have a big jumble of nice, natural green spaces and very family-oriented, crowded areas for food, games, and other outdoor activities. You can even fish for trout and eat it for lunch, though it will come from a very crowded pond that makes it basically impossible not to catch a fish!

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My main reservation in recommending Los Dinamos and La Marquesa is that they can get quite crowded on the weekends. But like so many areas on this list, if you get off the beaten track and explore either parks’ trails, chances are you’ll leave the crowds behind.

Los Dinamos is open from 6 am to 6:30 pm, while you can visit La Marquesa from 7 am to 7 pm. You can reach either quite easily by car by entering their names into Waze; bring cash for parking and other expenses. Be safe, don’t wander into isolated areas alone, and try not to bring many valuables.

Mexico City parks and green spaces

At the end of the day (or rather the post), keep in mind that this is still just a small cross-section of Mexico City’s many outstanding green spaces! This article kept getting longer, and at some point I have to limit my endless enthusiasm. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t check out areas like the Bosque de Tlahuac, Parque Tezozómoc , Parque Nacional Cerro de la Estrella , and the slightly smaller parks I mentioned in the intro!

Nevertheless, I tried to focus on the parks that have brought me the most peace and joy during my years in Mexico City. Most of all, these are areas where you can socially distance with relative ease, expect to see others with masks, and in several cases, receive hand sanitizer and a temperature check at the entrance. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe in and out of our beloved green spaces.

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Mexico City's Most Beautiful Public Parks to Explore

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There is no shortage of places to see and explore in Mexico City. The colourful city also has historic attractions and landmarks that offer no shortage of fresh air and open space to burn those calories. Take time off during the weekend or plan an outing with your children and visit the beautiful public parks to stretch those legs. Get in that vitamin D and pick up your favourite meals along the way!

Parque Mexico

Parque Mexico is located in the uptown Condesa neighbourhood filled with coffee shops and Art Deco buildings. Besides offering a considerably large green space within the city, the modern park has a sufficient play area for kids and scenic ponds and walkways to enjoy a stroll. It is best to wear a mask and walk leisurely!

Parque Hundido

Parque Hundido

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Parque Hundido is an urban park in Mexico City with a large floral clock as the focal point and main attraction. Although it is located in the heart of the city, the sunken design of the park offers peace in the middle of the hustle, making it an excellent spot for reading or enjoying the fresh air.

Parque Masayoshi Ohira

Parque Masayoshi Ohira is also commonly known as La Pagoda and is situated in the southern part of the city in the neighbourhood of Coyoacán. It is the largest Japanese garden in Mexico City and serves as a symbol of the diplomatic friendship between Japan and Mexico. The tranquil park includes native plants and Japanese ornamentation and is wonderful for an afternoon stroll!

Parque Lincoln

Parque Lincoln is one of the most well-designed parks in Mexico City and is located in the beautiful Polanco neighbourhood. It is a beautiful spot for canine lovers, with statues of both President Lincoln and Martin Luther King in attendance. The park is also a short walk away from the famous Chapultepec Park and surrounding cafes!

Parque Alameda

Fountain in the Parque Alameda

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Parque Alameda is right next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the historic neighbourhood of Mexico City. Unlike the other public parks, this space is urban and not covered by lawns, but paved pathways, statues and fountains. This is a wonderful space for people watching or simply enjoying a long evening walk!

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The Best Parks In Mexico City

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The Best  Parks In Mexico City

If you think about Mexico City , the first image that probably comes on your mind is a maze of busy streets and avenues packed with buildings and houses, and you are indeed right. However, what you may not know is that the city has plenty to offer in terms of parks, gardens and tree-lined streets along with world-class museums and historical buildings. Here is our list of Mexico City´s favourite green spaces.

Mercado de Jamaica

Mercado de Jamaica

If you love flowers, mercado de Jamaica (Jamaica market) is the place to visit. As the capital's wholesale flower market, it offers an incredible experience, an explosion of colours and flagrances. Besides all the regular flowers and plants, the market changes a lot according to the season. For example in October and November, the market turns orange as it is filled with “cempasúchil” (Mexican marigolds) for the Day of the Dead celebrations. Whatever the season, enjoy the stroll among the market’s huge variety of flowers, many of which will be probably new to you! 

UNAM botanical garden

UNAM botanical garden

To enjoy a completely different landscape, head to the botanical garden located on the volcanic ground of the main campus of UNAM, one of the most important universities in Mexico City and the whole of Latin America. Cactus and other succulents are the stars here however you can admire the whole country’s flora diversity that includes also plants typical of jungles and forests. One of the oldest in the country, it hosts up to 24,000 species of native plants, 300 of these thought to be considered at some level of endangerment.

Parque Hundido 

Parque Hundido 

Parque Hundido is an ideal noise-isolated spot for relaxation because of its sunken landscape, hence its name. Reproductions of archaeological pre-Hispanic sculptures are placed in various parts of the park tracing various walking routes - the Zapotec, Mayan, Olmec, Totonac, and Huastec – which are used mainly by runners and joggers. The main attraction is a floral clock, created by a prestigious watchmaker. There is also the Audiorama, an seating area with speakers tucked away in lush vegetation, which sometimes hosts events such as conferences, bingo games, some small-scale plays, workshops or jazz festivals.



The greatest urban park in Mexico City, Chapultepec is the capital’s lung with an extension of roughly a thousand and a half acres. This urban oasis is not only extremely rich in flora and fauna, hosting also its own botanical garden, but also in art and history being home to the Chapultepec Castle and some of the best museums in town: the Museum of Anthropology, one of the finest museums in the world of its kind, the Museum of Modern Art and Tamayo Museum. Locals love spending their weekends there walking, visiting one of the museums, rowing a boat in the lake, or just relaxing. Chapultepec has something to offer to everyone so enjoy discovering its hidden gems and locals' favorite spots! 

Alameda Central

Alameda Central

Built at the end of the XVI century with the aim of embellishing the city, Alameda Central is the capital’s oldest park one of the preferred areas of Mexican families to go for a stroll during the weekend. Located in the heart of the historical center, near the white-marble opera house and museum, Bellas Artes, the park takes its name from the beautiful “alamos” (poplar trees) which were originally planted in the park. In fact, every central park of every town in Mexico takes on the name “Alameda”. Stroll around the park’s paved pathways, fountains, and sculptures, and enjoy some people watching!

Parque México y España

Parque México y España

If its true that all streets lead to Rome, all the streets of La Condesa converge at Parque Mexico, the jewel of the trendy neighbourhood’s life. Characterised by its elliptical shape, Parque Mexico stands out for the Art Deco style of its fountains and its open-air theatre, Foro Lindbergh. Also many of the buildings that line the park on all sides are great examples of Mexico City Art Deco so make sure to get a glimpse of them. The park is also home to a pond and walkways where people love walking their dogs, exercising or simply chilling. In its vicinity, Parque España is also worth a visit. This leafy area was once the entrance to the Condesa’s race tracks, and today, serves as an important green area in the neighbourhood.


Viveros is the Coyoacán borough’s oasis of greenery and fresh air. The park operates as a tree nursery and it hosts a large number of plant species including tropical plants and different types of cacti.  It is an excellent spot to simply walk and chill or to play sports. Early in the morning and at weekends it fills up with joggers, martial artists, people doing yoga or simply having a picnic with friends and families. It also hosts a permanent flower and plant market.

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Mexico City, officially known as Ciudad de México (CDMX), is a growing and vibrant metropolis nestled in the heart of Mexico. The capital city of Mexico offers a blend of history, culture and gastronomy that attracts millions of annual visitors. From

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Museo Nacional de Antropología Museo Nacional de Antropología

Located within the sprawling Chapultepec Forest , the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) showcases artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian era, dating from about 100 B.C. to A.D. 1521. Housed within the facility’s 22 rooms are artifacts, including the famous Aztec Calendar Stone, known as Piedra del Sol, as well as the ancient statue of Xochipilli, the Aztec god of art, games, beauty, dance and maize (among others). The museum offers a look at how tradition, culture and life were formed in all regions of Mexico, and it also educates visitors on how Mexico’s indigenous descendants live today. 

Past visitors said this is a must-see if you’re interested in the ancient cultures of Mexico/Mesoamerica. Reviewers appreciated that the explanatory text features English translations. The museum is so extensive that many travelers said you can spend a whole day exploring the many collections and exhibits and recommend giving yourself plenty of time to visit. As one of the largest and most visited museums in Mexico, the grounds are also home to a gift shop, a cafeteria and the National Library of Anthropology and History. 

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Bosque de Chapultepec Bosque de Chapultepec free

The main park in Mexico City, Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest) was once the temporary home of the Aztec empire after its citizens migrated to modern-day Mexico City in the 13th century. Today, the 1,600-acre Chapultepec is Mexico City's largest park and is popular among families seeking respite from the busy and crowded city.

Divided into three sections, the park is home to many cultural interests, such as the presidential residence, the former presidential palace, a zoo and several museums (including the highly recommended Museo Nacional de Antropología ). The park also hosts numerous military monuments and effigies of Aztec kings, as well as restaurants and playgrounds, plus lots of green space for stretching. What's more, the park features a large lake, where visitors and locals alike can rent pedal boats to cruise around the water (a particular highlight for kids). On the weekends, local vendors fill the park and sell everything from souvenirs to art to snacks.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes Palacio de Bellas Artes free

Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The exterior of this 20th-century palace showcases art nouveau and art deco-style architecture, while the inside features marble floors and vaulted glass windows. 

In addition to its architectural grandeur, the building hosts cultural events in the national theater, including music, dance, theater, opera and literary performances. The museum at the palace also houses several famous murals, including the work of the famous Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo. On the top floor, you'll find the National Museum of Architecture, which showcases the work and lives of famous Mexican architects, and multiple art museums and galleries. 

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Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) free

U.S. News Insider Tip: The Zócalo attracts throngs of visitors and locals, so visit in the early morning or afternoon during a weekday to avoid the heaviest crowds. – Kayla Hui

Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognizable places in Mexico City. It’s also one of the world’s largest city squares. It contains a giant Mexican flag at its center and has been the centerpiece of public gatherings since the days of the Aztec empire (it was considered the ceremonial center of Tenochtitlán). The site also hosts annual, widely attended religious events during Holy Week and for Corpus Christi, as well as fairs, concerts, and parades. Several historic buildings also border the square, including the city's national cathedral , the National Palace  and federal buildings.

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Museo Frida Kahlo Museo Frida Kahlo

One of the best-known museums in Mexico City exhibits the life and work of its most famous artist: Frida Kahlo. The museum, located in the Coyoacan suburb, is also known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House), and was Kahlo's former residence. It hosts some impressive examples of her works, but travelers say that the best part of visiting the house is seeing where the artist lived and painted with her husband, artist Diego Rivera. Along with paintings by both artists, folk art, photos, documents, books and furnishings, the house also displays personal objects.

Recent visitors to the property said it's a must-see for fans of the artist, saying it shows her life and work in a very personal light. Reviewers were particularly impressed with the display of her clothing and dresses. If you want to take photos, there is an additional modest “permit” fee. 

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Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe free

U.S. News Insider Tip: During the summer months, pack a hat and water bottle (there is little shade within the complex). If you plan to use the bathroom on site, bring a couple of pesos with you to use the bathroom and buy toilet paper. – Kayla Hui 

The Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe (Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe) is an important religious site in Mexico City. Construction for the first shrine built to honor the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe started in 1695 on Tepeyac Hill. However, nearly 300 years' worth of construction and environmental damage threatened the integrity of the basilica, so a new basilica was built on the same plaza in the 1970s.

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Templo Mayor Templo Mayor

Before Spanish colonization, Templo Mayor served as the religious center for the Aztec people. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 16th century, the temple was among many structures that were destroyed and a new cathedral was built on top of the ruins. It wasn't until 1978 that the temple dedicated to the Aztec gods Huitzilopochtli and Tláloc (gods of war and water) was unearthed in the heart of Mexico City. Today, the area remains an active archeological site and the adjoining museum houses thousands of  artifacts, including 2,500 wooden objects from the site. 

Recent visitors said it's fascinating to see the ancient ruins that are tucked away in the center of the city. Many said it's worth spending time in the museum as well, but the site and scale can't match up to the massive Museo Nacional de Antropología . Still, the whole complex has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Mexico City's most popular attractions. If you’re visiting during the summer months, travelers suggest you time your visit for the morning to avoid the sweltering midday heat. Reviewers also warn that most of the information is listed in Spanish only.

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Museo de Arte Popular Museo de Arte Popular

U.S. News Insider Tip: Ditch the large bags and water bottles prior to your visit as you may be denied entry. – Kayla Hui

This folk art museum features handicrafts from all across Mexico and details the country's history and its many cultures. If you want to find out more about the country’s indigenous communities, this is the place to go, according to travelers. Exhibits include glasswork from Tecali, pottery from Michoacán, masks from Chiapas and alebrijes , the colorful painted animal figures from Oaxaca, among other treasures. Make sure to take time to admire the building itself – the 1920s art deco building was the former headquarters of the fire department.

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Chalpultepec Castle Chalpultepec Castle

U.S. News Insider Tip: Sundays are free for all residents of Mexico and expats living in Mexico, so try to avoid visiting that day if you can. It can get crowded, so it’s recommended to go in the morning when the castle first opens. – Kayla Hui

Constructed beginning in 1725, Chalpultepec Castle has served many purposes in its centuries of use; it was a military academy, an observatory, and the only castle in North America to house rulers, including Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Empress Carlota. It would later be established as the National Museum of History by Lázaro Cárdenas in 1939, which would open the castle to visitors. Located at the entrance of Chalpultepec Park , it’s a historical site that can’t be missed on your next visit to Mexico City. 

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Catedral Metropolitana Catedral Metropolitana free

Mexico's national cathedral – the vaulting, austere, ornate church on the Zócalo' s north end – was once the site of an ancient Aztec precinct, so it has housed the city's spiritual core for centuries. The cathedral was built between 1573 and 1813 after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan and is considered one of Mexico City's many must-see attractions. What’s more, the cathedral is one of the largest churches in Latin America. It’s believed that the materials used to construct the church were taken from the destroyed pyramids and structures belonging to the Aztecs. Highlights of the massive cathedral include five naves, 14 chapels, two of the largest 18th-century organs in the Americas, 150 windows and a painting by famed Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo.

Depending on your interest in Mexican history and architecture, you could spend anywhere from an hour to a half a day at the cathedral (it’s free to enter). Past visitors recommended paying to take a tour of the interior with a member of the cathedral’s staff, who reviewers say offer a wealth of information about the cathedral’s far-reaching history. According to recent visitors, tours cost approximately 100 Mexican pesos (about $6). Recent visitors said the massive structure is stunning to behold, and even if you don't want to take the time to explore the inside, it's worth the photo-op of the exterior. The cathedral is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. Many of the best Mexico City walking tours make stops here, which can be another way to hear an in-depth retelling of the cathedral’s history and significance.  For more information, including Mass times, visit the cathedral's website (in Spanish).

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Museo Soumaya Museo Soumaya free

From exceptional architecture to more than 66,000 featured works, Museo Soumaya is one of Mexico City’s most iconic museums. Established in 1994, Museo Soumaya’s main goal is to preserve and exhibit Mexico and Europe’s artistry. Currently, it houses the largest collection of works by Auguste Rodin outside of France, in addition to artwork by Diego Rivera, Titian, Picasso, Monet and more. 

Beyond the art, the architecture alone is worth seeing. The exterior of the six-story building is wrapped in mirrored hexagons, and the building is the brainchild of Mexican architect Fernando Romero. Recent travelers say Museo Soumaya is reminiscent of New York City’s Guggenheim (both museums are architecturally stunning and feature a circular interior with each floor organized by art type). Some reviewers recommend starting your visit at the top and winding your way down. 

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Palacio Nacional Palacio Nacional free

The National Palace holds the federal executive branch of the Mexican government and sits along Mexico City's main public square, El Zócalo . The palace itself is a massive, ornate building that contains several gardens, murals and fountains in the Spanish Renaissance architectural style. Its highlights are several Diego Rivera murals painted in panoramic style across the palace's walls, which past visitors say are a must-see. These murals depict the stages of Mexican history, from pre-Columbian days to the current age.

Because the Mexican president lives and works within the palace, visitors can only access the site on a guided tour. Tours are free, but can’t be booked in advance online. According to recent visitors, you must go to the ticket office at the Museum of Art of the Ministry of Finance & Public Credit, where you can inquire about tour availability and make reservations in person (this is also where tours depart from). Some reviewers reported success booking tickets in advance by emailing [email protected] with information about the preferred tour date and number of people attending. Along the approximately hourlong tours, you’ll see the Rivera mural collections and the courtyards. You may also get the chance to glimpse the exterior of the legislative chambers. 

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Museo Casa Luis Barragán Museo Casa Luis Barragán

Luis Barragán was a prominent Mexican architect renowned for his modernist style, and his former home – which was first constructed in 1947 and now functions as a museum – is one of the finest examples of his work. The museum is an off-the-beaten-path attraction that travelers say will please all, even those not schooled in architectural history. The house is known for its vivid colors, brilliant use of natural light and its impressive garden with a maze of corridors and trees. In 2004, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Recent visitors said the history of the house, in addition to its interesting architecture, is captivating. However, a handful of recent reviewers were disappointed with the ticket reservation process. To visit, you must book a self-guided or guided tour (available in Spanish and English). Self-guided visits are only available on Thursdays at select times. Tickets for self-guided tours cost 450 Mexican pesos (about $26) per person (note that children 12 and younger are not permitted in the house). Guided tours are available at select times Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Tickets for guided tours cost more. Tickets are released every Tuesday at noon (Mexico City time).  

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Torre Latinoamericana Torre Latinoamericana

Open since 1956, Torre Latinoamericana, the 44-story skyscraper in Centro Histórico, is the place to go if you want the best views of the city. Similar to the Empire State Building in New York City , this tower offers visitors jaw-dropping views from its observation deck and restaurant, making it the perfect opportunity to pull out your camera for that Instagram-worthy picture. 

Recent visitors recommended heading up to the top of the tower during sunset to admire the shifting light as it illuminates buildings like the neighboring Palace of Fine Arts. Travelers also warned that if smog levels are high, you won’t be able to see much from the tower’s peak. Some reviewers recommend spending time in the on-site museum, which details the history of Mexico City and the construction of the tower. 

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Teotihuacán Teotihuacán

U.S. News Insider Tip: There is no shade inside the archeological site, so you’ll want to wear a hat. It’s also helpful to have a small backpack to hold a water bottle, sunscreen and toilet paper to use in the washrooms at the site. – Kayla Hui

One of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Mexico City region, Teotihuacán ( teh -o-tee-wa- can ) contains some of the largest pre-Hispanic pyramids in all of Mexico. The site contains many popular constructions, including the Palace of the Plumed Butterfly, which showcases various columns of winged creatures, and the awesome Pyramid of the Sun, which sits at the heart of the small city. The nearby museum, Museo de la Sitio, also holds many artifacts from the period.

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) free

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (Central University City Campus of the National University of Mexico) includes 32 academic programs, the Mexican Olympic stadium, a Mexican cultural center, a nature preserve and the city's Central Library. The main campus is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city's famous muralists have made their mark on the campus, and travelers recommend you check out the work of famous painter David Alfaro Siqueiros at the Rectorate Tower or the work of Juan O'Gorman at the Central Library. The campus also holds the University Museum of Contemporary Art, an excellent spot for viewing Mexico's more recent cultural offerings. The sculpture garden at the art museum is a particular highlight for past visitors, as is the botanic garden.

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The 27 Best Things to Do in Mexico City

By Scarlett Lindeman

Mexico City is changing rapidly from the influx of foreigners who have recently discovered the city’s infinite charms. There are dozens of new restaurants, parties, and projects that keep the vibrancy of this capital city (with a population of over 22 million) surging while the storied museums, ancient bars, and cultural sites maintain their standing. An intoxicating mix of ancient and new, you could spend a lifetime here and barely scratch the surface. While there's no way you’ll manage to cover all of the must see and dos in one trip, sticking to one neighborhood a day keeps things manageable. No matter how you end up spending your time in Mexico's capital, one thing is for sure—you’ll be scheduling your second trip before your first is even finished.

Read our complete Mexico City travel guide here .

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The Juarez neighborhood has evolved in recent years. Once gritty, the area is now teeming with great boutiques, bars, parks, and restaurants like Masala y Maiz, which blends Mexican and Indian cuisines, and Niddo, a sunny corner spot that serves a divine brunch. There are loads of hotspots around the leafy central Plaza Washington: La Rifa for artisanal chocolates, Loose Blues for vinyls and vintage denim, and Elly's for natural wines and handmade pastas.

Luis Barragan House and Studio

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The former home and studio of Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Luis Barragán has been transformed into a museum in Mexico City's Hidalgo District. Architecture and design lovers frequent the estate to study the artist's ingenious use of color, light, shadow, form, and texture. From the street, you'd never guess the personality that lies inside: The stark-gray façade humbly blends in with neighboring homes, but walk to the interior of the estate and you'll find striking walls in a kaleidoscope of bright colors, fountains, and pools.

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Even if you're not staying at this hotel on the Zócalo, it's worth stopping just to see the jaw-dropping interior. The building originally opened as a department store in 1899. Since then, its art nouveau bones have been carefully maintained: The curving staircase is a replica of the one at Paris's Le Bon Marché , and the antique elevator, made of iron and concrete, was the first of its kind in Mexico City. But the pièce de résistance is the incredible Tiffany stained-glass ceiling, imported from France in 1908.

El Moro Churerria Restaurant Mexico City

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Early evening is churro time in Mexico City—families, couples, and friends all go out for a taste of sweet fried dough and chocolate. You'll often find lines snaking around the block outside this beloved churrería (churro shop). There are shops in Roma, Centro Historico, Condesa, Polanco, and Cuauhtémoc.   Most have spiffy interiors with blue and white tile, bright lighting, and long communal tables. Watch the cooks dip, fry, and sugar-coat your long, spindly churro, which is paired with hot chocolate in a flavor of your choosing.

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Drive 40 minutes south of the city and you'll witness the closest approximation to the Valley of Mexico (in which Mexico City lies) before the arrival of the Spanish. The World Heritage Site of Xochimilco, the extensive lake and canal system that once connected most of the settlements in the valley, is an incredible vestige of the area's pre-Hispanic past. Start at the Embarcadero Belem dock to board a colorful gondola -like boat, called a trajinera , and explore the waterways and artificial islands or chinampas .

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Diego Rivera's famous mural The History of Mexico, showcases the Aztec era to the conquest to the Revolution to the development of industry. It's grandiose and captivating, a unique opportunity to learn about Mexico's past. Not to mention it's free: The mural is housed in a distinguished building east of the Zócalo that operates as a government office. Among the office workers milling about, you'll see a mix of local, national, and international tourists who come to be awe-stricken by Rivera’s masterpiece.

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Templo Mayor (translation: main temple) was the centerpiece of Tenochtitlán, the ancient Aztec capital, constructed in 1325 in the marshes of Lake Texcoco. The temple was mowed over and replaced by a cathedral during the Spanish conquest in 1521. Today, the hulking stone ruins lie at the heart of Centro Histórico, embedded in the blueprint of downtown. Surrounded by streets and buildings, it is hard to imagine the temples in their original Aztecan glory, but the nicely organized museum helps paint the full picture.

Casa Azul Museo Frida Kahlo Museum Mexico City Blue House

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The museum, also known as "Casa Azul" for its shocking cobalt blue exterior, is where Frida Kahlo was born, raised, lived, and died. Visitors can take in a few paintings by Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, in addition to other contemporary artists of their era. But perhaps more interesting is the voyeuristic window into their creative world. The home is carefully preserved and maintained; it's easy to image the spaces as they were during Kahlo's time. In addition to their personal effects and domestic materials, the collection of clothes and corsets Frida needed to support her body after her traumatic accident give an intimate look at the artist's daily struggles.

Sculpture Garden at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporneo Mexico City

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Located on the outskirts of Mexico City proper, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico campus, the Sculpture Park is totally off the tourist track. Featuring a range of grand outdoor sculptures, the park is best explored by foot. The sculpture space, which looks like a giant crater, is one the top things to spot. It's built around lava (which can be seen in the center) and has wonderful views from the ledge.

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The city’s principal flower market offers visitors a fragrant, colorful walk through much of the region’s native flora and fauna, available to be bundled into a bouquet and taken back to your home. Available for your admiration are roses, lilies, daisies, ferns, and violets galore, among other rare and special species. Visit during Dia de Muertos to see trucks carting in pink and orange cempasuchil , or Mexican marigolds, for family members to buy to decorate their ofrendas at home or their loved ones’ graves. Build a bundle to decorate your hotel room with—or better yet, to dry and frame as a memory for when you return home.

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This landmark, located in the heart of Mexico City, commemorates the Mexican Revolution and is the largest triumphal arch in the world. The main structure evolved over twenty-five years of stops and starts and a major redesign. It was finished in 1938, to comprise an eclectic blend of art-deco and Mexican socialist realism styles. A visit to the top observation deck only costs 110 pesos ($5) and there's a museum underground. You don't need much time to witness the glory of the monument. Saunter around, gawk at the creative architectural stylings of the structure, and walk under the arches. History nerds may be more interested in the small museum below, but more than anything it's an architecturally significant piece, and the observation deck has great views. If you keep your eyes peeled while exploring around town, you'll most likely catch a glimpse of the monument down a main street—but a quick glimpse isn't enough, and it's worth the quick 15-minute trip to walk underneath it.

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In a small storefront in Roma Norte, the husband and wife team, Ichiro Kitazawa and Varia Gonzáles Manuel work side-by-side in the miniscule kitchen, cupping steamed rice into palm-sized balls. They will sink sauteed sweet potato into the omusubi which are speckled like confetti with purple and wild rice, a marriage of Mexican ingredients and Japanese technique. They met while working at a Japanese restaurant years back when Mexico City was still called DF, the federal district. He had arrived ten years earlier by way of Osaka, as a hippy backpacker intent on photographing Latin America but fell into cooking; and she, from Puebla. “Omusubi translates to tying up or to bring together” Kitazawa explains, “which is how we wrap the rice”—and a sound metaphor for the forging of connections between their two countries.

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Second or third-time visitors to Mexico City who think they've seen everything will find something new here. This historic but infrequently-visited site was constructed in 1951 as a hydraulic water system connected to the city's main water lines. And while it no longer acts as a municipal water work but rather a museum and cultural landmark, it underscores the city's complicated relationship with water. In the lesser-traveled section of Chapultepec, it is currently under renovation and closed to the public, though the massive Rivera sculpture of the Azteca water god Tlaloc out front can still be admired.

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Eat Like a Local, a Mexico City–based company, runs culinary tours that immerse visitors in the city's vast food scene. Rocio, the guide, has long been a food blogger , and her knowledge about the Mexico City's food scene is totally on point. She's also passionate about connecting tourists with locals, and impacting Mexico City in a positive, sustainable way. There's a set itinerary, but she's flexible—so go on, order another mezcal or pork carnitas, if you like.

Museo Jumex Mexico City Museum

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Museo Jumex houses one of Latin America's largest private contemporary art collections, which includes works by Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst. Mediums range from paintings and drawings to light and video installations. The building is as distinctive as the art: British architect David Chipperfield designed the 15,000 square-foot white-concrete cube with a sawtooth top. (Plus the Soumaya Museum is just across the square, so you can feed two birds with one scone.) 

Cantina Bar Mexico City

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It's easy to pop around in Centro, hitting up a few cantinas to have a drink or two and to soak up the style of these classic, dive-y spots. The more friends you bring and make, the better. Locals and regulars alike hit the cantinas, which maintain a storied baseline for the drinking culture of Mexico City. Musicians pass through, sorrows are drowned, and gains celebrated. Many cantinas serve food, some better than others, and will often gift snacks and small plates if you consume around three drinks, though each spot has its own rules. Beer and tequila prevail. Simple cocktails, built-in-the-glass rum and cokes, margaritas, sangria, rum, brandy, and mezcal. Some cantinas are known for certain drinks, but craft cocktails this is not.

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A giant venue that hosts sporting and entertainment events, the Arena seats as many as 23,300 spectators. It's best known for hosting Lucha Libre wrestling matches. The stadium is sprawling, and some seats are certainly better than others, depending on how much money you're willing to fork out. If you're here because you're a true Lucha Libre fan, make sure to sit in the front row; if you're here to have a fun night out with friends, the cheap seats will do just fine.

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The ancient Mesoamerican pyramids of Teotihuacán, in the Valley of Mexico, once served as the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. It is thought that during the first millennium A.D. the city had around 125,000 people, including multi-ethnic groups such as the Otomi, Zapotec, Mixtec, Maya, and Nahua. If you have a few days in Mexico City, it's worth the day trip . (Teotihuacán is about an hour outside the city by car.) Leave early in the morning so you can be back in the city by mid-day—and bring sunscreen!

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The boleadores are dotted around the perimeter of downtown's main square (and almost every other park and plaza in the city) but you'll have a great view of the cathedrals, flagpole, and Palacio Nacional if you get your shoes shined here. Climb up on the elevated perch of the boleador's chair and they will make your boots shine anew. At 50 to 100 pesos ($3 to $6), it's one of the cheapest shoe-shine experiences around. Boleadores are an important part of Mexican street culture and a fixture of pedestrian avenues, a living-breathing mid-century heritage that is not in danger of dying out. But with the proliferation of cheap plastic shoes and mass-market tennis sneakers, "limpiabotes" are a hand-crafted service for giving leather shoes a new life.

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Awesome, grand, and out-of-the-way, Anahuacalli is part studio, part museum, and part shrine for Mexican art that Diego Rivera built as an architectural piece uniting past, present, and future to the natural environment. Rivera's personal and expansive collection of pre-Hispanic figurines, carvings, and totems accumulated over a lifetime. The museum itself was constructed around a swath of rocky terrain Rivera and Khalo had purchased for a farm. The main collection features nearly two thousand figurines representing Olmecs, Toltecs, Nahuas, Zapotecs, the people of Teotihuacan, and those of northeastern Mexico as well as Rivera's sketches for murals. There are also temporary exhibits of more modern Mexican artists, with a recent rotation of 30 textural works by Robert Janitz—paintings, large-format sculptures, and an NFT.

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From the outside, this dance club looks like dumpy warehouse hidden behind a black gate in Roma Norte. But come on a Friday (the only day it's open), and you'll find a raging party that offers a glimpse of the city's extant disco subculture. An eclectic mix of party-goers show off their moves in dance circles to all kinds of music, from '80s and '90s classics to sub-genres of disco, such as Hi-NRG, Italo, and electro.

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This massive building in Chapultepec Park is among the city's most famed museums, second only to perhaps the Museo Frida Kahlo . Though the late Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez designed it in 1964, the mammoth building still looks as avant-garde today as it did then. (How exactly does that giant concrete slab float above a pond?) The museum holds the world's largest collection of ancient Mexican artifacts. Some of the most iconic Mesoamerican artifacts discovered to date can be found across 23 rooms. If you want to understand Mexico's history, then a visit here is a must.

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Mexico's roving mariachi bands have been found in this plaza, a few blocks north of the Palacio de Bellas Artes , since the mid-1900s. Though the plaza has deteriorated over the years, it's seen a resurgence thanks to a city-driven effort to clean up the neighborhood by installing new sidewalks and street lamps. It's a cultural meeting point of sorts, where travelers can come day or night (though the best time to go is after 11 p.m.), to watch bands solicit bar patrons, cars, and passersby to buy a song .

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This 44-story skyscraper, built in 1965, is the tallest building in Centro Histórico . The tower miraculously withstood both the 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985 and the 7.1-magnitude quake of September 2017, making it a rare feat of engineering. The Torre defines Mexico City's skyline (much like the Empire State building in New York) and is a useful tool for orienting oneself in downtown. Head to the top-floor observation deck for jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the city, or to the newly renovated bar/restaurant (one floor below), which has equally impressive views and is almost always empty.


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The dance floor at this old-school salon, cloaked in red light, comes alive as locals, tourists, and old timers twirl and shuffle to a live band . Try your hand at salsa, merengue, cumbia, and norteña numbers as waiters in crisp whites with black bow ties circle the room serving liquid courage. There's no shame in bad dancing, so try and learn the steps. (The pros might even show you a thing or two.)

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A surprisingly tranquil stop in a high-energy city, this infrequently-visited modernist church is tucked away in plain sight in residential Polanco. Designed by famed architect Juan Sordo, it was completed in 1961 and features a sharp triangular structure covered in handmade yellow ceramic tiles. Show up during visiting hours and you can tour the grounds inside and out. Indoors, the Jesuit temple is encased by multi-colored stained glass windows that catch vibrant fractals on sunny days, with an effect almost like being trapped in a kaleidoscope. It's a place of worship and quiet contemplation, yes, but also a haven for architecture nerds.

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Indigenous to Mexico, cacao has been consumed in the country and played an important role in Mesoamerican societies since 19th BCE; La Rifa continues the tradition with a small roaster on-site. There are a handful of tables sprinkled in the tree-shaded plaza out front, optimal perches for spending an hour or two. Ask to see their production in the back and they will most likely give a tour. The main event is sipping chocolates—water-based and closest to how cacao was consumed, pre-Columbian, before the introduction of the Spanish (and thus cows and milk). The front-of-house folks are happy to explain the finer nuances of their roasting process, flavor-profiles, and history of Mexican chocolate.

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This six-seat collection room is a distillate library, a stunning space housed in a centuries-old building in one of Mexico City’s oldest neighborhood. The Porfirio Díaz-era bar and backbar were found in a Puebla antique store and are over 100 years old (once you book here , you'll be notified of the exact location) It'll cost you $75 per-person for a six-spirit sampling, light snacks, and water. Inside, there are only six seats and a knowledgable barkeep/tour guide crafting a rich journey for you and your fellow spirit geeks. While tequila and mezcal are some of Mexico's greatest exports, there are dozens of other plant-based spirits like bacanora, sotol, raicilla, and charanda, distilled in micro-batch quantities in rural communities that never make it into commerical circulation—nor are they intended to. The team behind Ahuehuete has been collecting bottles throughout the years, traveling to rural villages to find interesting batches for their private collection.


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19 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Mexico City

Written by Meagan Drillinger Updated Dec 26, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Meagan Drillinger spends months each year in Mexico, and visited Mexico City most recently in 2023.

Mexico City is, in a word, magic. The capital of the country of Mexico, Mexico City (or Ciudad de Mexico) is a swirl of gorgeous architecture, art museums, fabulous restaurants, and hotels — all set on streets that drip with centuries of history.

The Palace of Fine Arts

The city sits at an altitude of more than 2,200 meters in the Anáhuac Valley, wreathed in mighty mountain ranges — just have a look at the two snowcapped volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, which stand guard in the distance.

Mexico City is one of the largest and most exciting cities in the world . Home to more than 21 million people, it's a thriving (sometimes chaotic) capital, home to the country's top tourist attractions , including the historic city center, more than 170 museums, theater, and even a few Aztec ruins.

Discover more things to do in this vibrant city with our list of the top attractions in Mexico City.

1. Zócalo: The Birthplace of the Constitution

2. the national museum of anthropology, 3. templo mayor and the great pyramid of tenochtitlán, 4. the palace of fine arts, 5. mexico city metropolitan cathedral, 6. the national palace, 7. chapultepec park, 8. paseo de la reforma and the angel of independence, 9. national history museum, 10. coyoacán & the frida kahlo museum, 11. the basilica of our lady of guadalupe, 12. alameda central, 13. the square of the three cultures and santiago de tlatelolco, 14. the house of tiles, 15. museo mural diego rivera and museo rufino tamayo, 16. museo soumaya, 17. explore the polanco neighborhood, 18. visit teotihuacan, 19. church of san francisco, where to stay in mexico city for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to mexico city, map of tourist attractions in mexico city, mexico city, mexico - climate chart.

Zócalo: The Birthplace of the Constitution

The beating heart of Mexico City is Zócalo — the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) — where the country's first constitution was proclaimed in 1813. Measuring some 240 meters in each direction, it's one of the world's largest squares and was laid out almost immediately after the conquest of the former Aztec city of Tenochtitlán on which it stands.

In the early colonial period, the square served a variety of purposes, including as a bullfighting arena and market, while today, it's used for festivals, parades, and demonstrations.

Dominated by three of the city's most visited tourist attractions — the National Palace , the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Templo Mayor with its Aztec relics — Zócalo is the perfect place to begin exploring this historic city.

Hot Tip: A short stroll away from Zócalo, you can view three floors of murals by the famous artist Diego Rivera at the Secretaría de Educación Pública (education ministry). Entry is free.

Aztec Sun Calendar at the National Museum of Anthropology

One of the most important of its kind in the world, the National Museum of Anthropology lies in Chapultepec Park and is hard to miss due to the huge monolithic figure marking its entrance.

Built in 1964, this strikingly successful example of contemporary architecture is famous for its magnificent displays of old Indian art treasures, most notably in the Central Patio, part of which is roofed by a gigantic stone shelter supported by an 11-meter-tall column with waterfalls symbolizing the eternal cycle of life.

As spectacular as the building itself is its vast collection, which includes archaeological finds from extinct Indian cultures along with details of the lifestyles of contemporary Indian inhabitants of Mexico.

Other highlights include the National Library of Anthropology , founded by Lucas Alaman in 1831 and developed by Emperor Maximilian, which boasts more than 300,000 rare volumes.

Address: Av Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán

Despite the widespread destruction after the defeat of the Aztecs, a number of their important historic sites have been unearthed and put on display in recent years. The most important site is Templo Mayor, home to the remains of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlán, including the first relic discovered in 1978, a finely sculpted round disc more than three meters in diameter and weighing eight-and-a-half tons.

Further excavations — including the summit platform of an earlier pyramid with well-preserved temple walls, along with the skulls of sacrificial victims — indicate the temple site had been built over by the Aztecs and their predecessors 11 times.

Templo Mayor

A highlight of a visit is a walkway past the precinct of the aristocratic "winged warriors," where remains of residences decorated with multi-colored reliefs have been unearthed, along with evidence of the original paintwork.

Hot Tip: The vast majority of relics and artifacts uncovered are housed in two museums: the Templo Mayor Museum built on the temple site, and the nearby National Museum of Anthropology , widely regarded as the most important museum in Mexico.

Address: Seminario 8, Centro Histórico, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Templo Mayor - Floor plan map

One of Mexico City's most important cultural landmarks, the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is an architectural gem. Towering over the adjacent park, this massive marble building — designed by Italian architect Adamo Boari with Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences — was completed in 1934 and is so heavy that it has sunk more than four meters, despite attempts to lighten it by removing part of its huge dome.

The palace serves as an opera house and concert hall hosting a variety of traditional and international dance and operatic productions. But many visitors also come here to view the impressive murals adorning its interior by famous artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente.

On the 4th floor is the Museo Nacional de Arquitectura with rotating exhibits on contemporary architecture.

The Palace of Fine Arts

If you happen to be in town on Wednesday or Sunday, tickets to the Ballet Folklorico are a must. For nearly 60 years, this performance has brought the traditional costumes, dance, and music from all regions of Mexico to one stage for a performance that is beyond entertaining, colorful, and beautiful.

Hot Tip : If you're able to see a performance here, you'll also be rewarded with a chance to enjoy the theater's stunning interior décor, including its spectacular glass-mosaic curtain, made by Tiffany's of New York, depicting the Valley of Mexico and its two mighty volcanoes.

Address: Juárez, Centro Histórico, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

Dominating Zócalo Square, the massive Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María) is one of the oldest and largest churches in the Western Hemisphere. Built atop part of the old Aztec temple precinct, construction of this massive basalt and grey sandstone structure began in 1525 and extended over 250 years.

In spite of the two neoclassical towers and certain other features, the façade creates a predominantly Baroque impression with its massive twisted columns. Standout features are the bell towers added in 1793 and the statues of Faith, Hope, and Charity on the clock tower, dating from 1813.

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

The cathedral's interior also shows a mingling of styles, with particular highlights being the richly carved Altar of the Kings (Altar de los Reyes) from 1739, with its superb devotional painting of the Assumption (Asunción de María) to which the cathedral is dedicated.

Also of interest are a chapel containing the remains of Mexican Emperor Agustin de Iturbide, and the crypt with its tombs of many of the city's archbishops, among them Juan de Zumárraga, the great teacher of the Indians and the first incumbent of the see.

Address: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Cathedral of Mexico City (Catedral Metropolitana) - Floor plan map

Occupying the east side of Mexico City's main square, Zócalo, the immense National Palace (Palacio Nacional), built of reddish tezontle stone and boasting a 200-meter-long façade, is the official residence of the president.

Built on top of an Aztec palace, it was the seat of the Spanish viceroys during the colonial period and has been much altered and enlarged over the years. One of the oldest and finest buildings in the city, it includes such notable features as the Freedom Bell , rung on September 15th, 1810, at the start of the War of Independence (it's rung on the anniversary of this event each year).

The palace boasts many handsome rooms laid out around its 14 courtyards, some accessible to visitors, the most notable being the arcaded Grand Courtyard with its fine frescoes depicting the country's rich history. Don't miss The History of Mexico mural by Diego Rivera, which adorns the grand staircase.

English-language guided tours explore a museum, a number of large halls, and the parliamentary chamber in which the Reform Constitution of 1857 was drawn up (it and the Constitution of 1917 are on display).

Other attractions here are the State Archives , with important historical documents, and the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada , one of the country's largest libraries.

Address: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, 06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Chapultepec Park

Bosque de Chapultepec is Mexico City's principal park, and covering an area of more than four square kilometers, it is also its largest. Once a stronghold of the Toltecs, it was here in AD 1200 that the Aztecs settled, and according to legend, laid out a park in the early 15th century.

Over time, the hill became a summer residence of the Aztec rulers with water from its springs conveyed to the temple precinct in the capital by means of an aqueduct, the remains of which can still be seen in Avenida Chapultepec. Portraits of the Aztec rulers were carved on the slopes of the hill, remnants of which can still be seen.

These days, the park is popular for its lakes, sports facilities, botanic garden, and museums — you'll find both the National History Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology here — along with numerous fun events, including concerts and theatrical performances.

Also of interest is the Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno), which opened in 1964 and is important for its retrospective look at Mexican art before and during the colonial period and its collection of pictures and sculptures by Mexican artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Chapultepec Zoo is also here with a surprising diversity of animals from around the world.

Paseo de la Reforma and the Angel of Independence

The principal east-west traffic artery of Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma extends for 15 kilometers from Tlatelolco to the residential district of Las Lomas but is best known for the stretch from Avenida Benito Juárez to Chapultepec Park .

Here, this attractive boulevard widens to 60 meters with a pleasant green strip in the middle containing busts and monuments to numerous national heroes. While now largely known as a busy entertainment and shopping area, this magnificent avenue - laid out during the reign of Emperor Maximilian - is home to a number of important attractions, most notably the massive Independence Monument (Monumento a la Independencia), also known as "El Angel" for the figure of a winged goddess of victory standing atop its tall 36-meter column.

In addition to its fine statues of the heroes of the country's independence movement is the Mausoleum, with its many skulls of some of the country's most important historical figures.

On Sunday mornings, Paseo de la Reforma closes to cars to become a pedestrian and cycle-friendly thoroughfare. It's one of the best things to do for residents of all ages. You may even find a pop-up yoga class happening in the street.

Address: Paseo de la Reforma y Eje 2 PTE, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

National History Museum

Another of Mexico City's world-class attractions is the National History Museum (Museo Nacional de Historia). Housed in the 18th-century Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec), on a site once occupied by Aztec buildings and later by a Spanish hermitage, the museum opened in 1944 and is home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian material and reproductions of old manuscripts, as well as a vast range of exhibits illustrating the history of Mexico since the Spanish conquest.

Highlights include arms and armor, documents, maps, and plans of the Conquest period and its immediate aftermath; ceramics, clothing, jewelry, and coins from three centuries; relics and souvenirs of the struggle for independence and the revolutionary wars; portraits of leading figures in Mexican history; and a number of state carriages, including those used by Benito Juárez and Emperor Maximilian.

Also of interest are the apartments occupied by Maximilian and Charlotte, decorated in neoclassical style and containing furniture brought from Europe. The castle also offers beautiful views over the city.

Address: Castilla de Chapultepec 1a Sección, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Coyoacán & the Frida Kahlo Museum

Laced with atmospheric cobblestone streets, Coyoacán is one of Mexico City's oldest neighborhoods. Take time to stroll around the maze of laneways here and explore the hidden plazas, colonial-style mansions, and art-filled old churches like San Juan Bautista.

You can also sample exotic fruits and vegetables at the markets. One of the top tourist attractions in the town is the Frida Kahlo Museum in La Casa Azul (The Blue House), where the famous Mexican artist was born and where she frequently returned throughout her life. Here, you can view some of her most important paintings, as well as works by her famous husband, the mural artist Diego Rivera, and personal items from the couple's life. Note that it's best to purchase tickets in advance.

An easy way to see all the highlights of Coyoacán is on the full-day Mexico City Super Saver Tour . This 11-hour excursion begins with a guided tour through the neighborhood, including a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum and North America's oldest university, as well as a boat tour along the canals of the UNESCO-listed ecological reserve, Xochimilco.

While you're in Coyoacan you can also visit the Museo Casa de Leon Trotsky . This is the house where Leon Trotsky, the exiled Russian politician, spent the final years of his life before he was assassinated.

Address: The Frida Kahlo Museum, Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Said to have attracted its first pilgrims when it opened in 1531, the Roman Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) attracts millions of visitors and worshipers each year, particularly during the Feast Day each December 12th.

Built adjacent to the hill where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, the site consists of a complex of buildings overlooking a broad public square adorned with a number of interesting modern sculptures, including a large concrete cross with a unique clock and chime.

Highlights include a splendid altarpiece dedicated to Mary in the 16th-century Old Basilica, and the new Basilica de Guadalupe, built in 1976, and notable for its distinctive modern curved appearance.

Address: Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Alameda Central

Alameda Central, a shady and beautifully kept park with many splendid fountains and sculptures, was laid out in 1592 on the site of a once-busy Aztec market. It remains a bustling location to this day, especially at Christmas, when it is beautifully illuminated and decorated. Next to the park is the stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes , which hosts music and theatrical performances as well as important art exhibitions.

Address: Av Hidalgo S/N, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México

The Square of the Three Cultures and Santiago de Tlatelolco

Another of Mexico City's important historic squares is the Square of the Three Cultures (Plaza de las Tres Culturas). The square occupies the site of the main square of the Pre-Columbian town of Tlatelolco and the scene of the last desperate stand by the Aztecs in 1521 - an event remembered by a memorial tablet.

It takes its name from its interesting mix of buildings from three different periods: Aztec pyramids and temples, a Spanish church, and modern tower blocks. In addition to the principal pyramid, other Aztec remains include a number of smaller pyramids, platforms, staircases, walls, and altars, as well as a "tzompantli," a wall of skulls and fine reliefs of Aztec calendar signs.

The square is also home to a rather sobering memorial museum, Memorial 68, commemorating the tragic murder of some 250 protesting students by government forces in 1968.

Also of note is the Baroque church of Santiago de Tlatelolco , built in the early 17th century on the site of a small chapel from 1535 that belonged to the Franciscan convent of Santiago. Adjoining the church is one of the old convent buildings, formerly the Colegio Imperial de Santa Cruz, in which the Franciscans taught the gifted sons of the Aztec nobility (one of the most notable teachers was Bernardino de Sahagún, the great chronicler of the history of New Spain).

The House of Tiles

Opposite the picturesque Church of San Francisco is the spectacular House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos). It was originally built in 1596 and boasts a façade decorated by the Conde del Valle de Orizaba 150 years later, with exquisite blue and white tiles from Puebla.

It became even more famous after artist José Clemente Orozco painted murals on the walls of the staircase in 1925. The House of Tiles is now a restaurant and an evocative venue to dine al fresco in the building's spectacular courtyard, surrounded by what is one very large work of art.

Hot Tip : Be sure to check out the large photo marking the spot where Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa dined together on arrival in Mexico City.

Address: Av Francisco I. Madero 4, Centro, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Museo Mural Diego Rivera

A short walk from the National Museum of Anthropology is Museo Rufino Tamayo, named after Rufino Tamayo (1900-91), one of Mexico's most famous painters. Notable for its unusual interior, the gallery opened in 1981 and, in addition to Tamayo's artwork it also displays his own extensive collection of several hundred works by contemporary artists, including prints, paintings, sculptures, and wall hangings.

Another important art facility worth visiting is Museo Mural Diego Rivera named after one of the country's leading artists whose most famous painting - Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park - in which he caricatured some of Mexico's historical figures, is on display here after years of being banned by the state (Rivera had originally called it Dios no existe , or God does not exist ).

Address: Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec, 11580 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Museo Soumaya

A trip to Mexico City would be incomplete without a visit to the Museo Soumaya . This futuristic, architectural mind-meld was founded by Carlos Slim, one of the wealthiest men in the world, who named it for his deceased wife, Soumaya. Inside is more than 66,000 pieces of art that span 3,000 years, from sculptures from Mesoamerica right up to works from Tintoretto and Salvador Dali.

The non-profit cultural icon originally was housed in the Plaza Loreto of San Angel until 2011. It was moved to a new building in Plaza Carso in Nuevo Polanco, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero. The silver, reflective building spans 170,000 square feet of space and is a design feat in itself, pinched at the center like an hourglass, but angular like the hull of a ship.

But the real masterpieces continue inside. The majority of art is from the 15th to 20th centuries, though there is a substantial collection of indigenous Mexican art. Slim is the owner of the world's largest private collection of Auguste Rodin's art, as well, and the museum has the largest collection of casts of his sculptures outside of France.

Address: Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11529 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Sunrise in Polanco, Mexico City

When it comes to the original "in vogue" destination in Mexico City, Polanco is at the top of the list. This swanky, glitzy, expensive neighborhood has always been about high style, fine dining, and fabulous hotels. Within the neighborhood are countless shops and restaurants, as well as a corner of Chapultepec Park .

If you're looking for one of the most up-scale destinations in Latin America, Polanco certainly takes the lead. The neighborhood's main artery is the Avenida Presidente Masaryk , which is often likened to the 5th Avenue of Mexico City. It's easy to see why when you see art gallery after art gallery, fine dining after fine dining, shopping malls, and gorgeous hotels.

Start at the Antara Fashion Hall , where you'll find all the brand names, from Hugo Boss to Carolina Herrera. You can also visit the Siqueiros Public Art Room, where muralist David Siquieros hosts workshops, talks, conferences, and exhibitions. You can also pop into Chapultepec Park for a lovely little afternoon picnic.

In the evening, snag a reservation at the legendary Pujol restaurant before heading to the Telcel Theatre for a Spanish-language performance of one of the Broadway greats.


Perhaps one of the most culturally and historically significant sites in Mexico City, the archeological zone at Teotihuacan tells so much of the story of the birth of Mexico.

The ancient site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , was settled around 400 BCE and rose to be one of the most powerful cities in the region. It is still a mystery how the city came to be, but several theories exist surrounding earlier tribes that could have contributed to the city's growth. In the 15th century, the Aztecs claimed the city, naming it Teotihuacan.

Today what remains of Teotihuacan's eight square miles are 2,000 single-story apartment compounds, pyramids, temples, and palaces. It is known for its iconic Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest structure in Teotihuacan and faces west, measuring roughly 720 feet by 760 feet.

Priests at Teotihuacan were known to practice human and animal sacrifice. In fact, archeologists discovered 18 sacrificial victims buried around some of the temples, including the Pyramid of the Moon.

Today visitors can explore Teotihuacan on their own or as part of a tour. The archeological site is just 30 miles outside Mexico City.

Church of San Francisco

Along Madero Street (the street that leads to the Zocalo), you'll find the stunning Church of San Francisco. It's directly across the street from The House of Tiles. This beautiful, historic convent was once at the heart of a sprawling church and monastery complex. Today, all that remains is the church.

Still, what remains is a spectacular site to behold. Just look at the beautifully carved doorway, which dates back to the 18th century. The reddish bricks that you see to the right are stones that were used originally to build the Aztec buildings that once made up Moctezuma's private zoo.

When first constructed, the church was one of the earliest and most powerful Franciscan monasteries in the city. It also held the first 12 Franciscan friars who arrived in what was then "New Spain."

The church that exists today is actually the third to be built here and dates back to the early 18th century. Services are still held today.

Address: Av Francisco I. Madero 7, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

If you're traveling to Mexico City for the first time, the best area to stay is in the historic city center (Centro Histórico de la Ciudad). This UNESCO World Heritage Site centers around the Zócalo, with the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and Templo Mayor.

The affluent Polanco neighborhood, also makes a great base, with its luxury hotels and upscale restaurants. It's about a 30-minute drive from the Centro Histórico, but near all the attractions of Chapultepec Park and the famous shopping street, Paseo de la Reforma. Here are some highly rated hotels in these convenient locations:

Luxury Hotels:

  • If you like grand historic hotels, the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico in the Centro Histórico has affordable rates and an unbeatable location, within walking distance of the major historical attractions and with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Zócalo.
  • A dazzling stained-glass ceiling caps the elegant lobby. In the quieter Polanco neighborhood, a short stroll from Chapultepec Park, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City features a full-service spa and outdoor pool.
  • Near Polanco and just a short walk to the Chapultepec Castle, the St. Regis overlooks Paseo de la Reforma and occupies a sleek modern building with contemporary decor to match.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • A 10-minute walk to Zócalo, near restaurants and shops, the boutique Historico Central , in a beautifully restored 18th-century building, blends history with modern decor and thoughtful added touches such as artisan soaps.
  • Also in a historic building is the Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico , featuring a gorgeous stained-glass ceiling. It lies within walking distance of the Zócalo, Alameda Cathedral, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
  • The name says it all when it comes to location at the Zocalo Central , in an elegant building dating from the late 19th century. Some rooms score a bird's-eye view over this famous square.

Budget Hotels:

  • Near the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a 20-minute walk from the Centro Histórico, the good-value One Ciudad De Mexico Alameda has clean, compact rooms and free breakfast.
  • A few blocks from Paseo de la Reforma, Hotel Bristol is popular for its friendly service and comfortable rooms, while the modern City Express Plus Reforma El Angel is a short cab ride away from the historical center.

Taking an organized tour is the best way to see Mexico City's top attractions and a convenient way to enjoy day trips to surrounding sites. Guided tours save you time navigating the city's traffic-clogged streets, plus you can learn about the history and culture of the city. These sightseeing tours all include expert guides, entrance fees, and round-trip transportation.

  • Coyoacán, National University, and Frida Kahlo Museum: Mexico City's art, history, and nature are covered on the full-day Mexico City Super Saver Tour . This 11-hour excursion begins with a tour through the cobblestone streets of the evocative colonial city of Coyoacán, including a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum and National University. Top off your city sightseeing adventure with a relaxing boat tour along the canals of the UNESCO-listed ecological reserve Xochimilco.
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids: On the eight-hour Early Morning Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour , you'll be one of the first visitors to gain access to this UNESCO-listed archaeological park. Better still, a private archaeologist guides you through the top sites, including the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl, Sun Pyramid, and Moon Pyramid. After exploring these ancient temples, the tour takes you to an obsidian workshop to see local artisans at work.
  • Iztaccihuatl Volcano: Avid hikers can enjoy spectacular views of Popocatepetl and the Valley of Mexico on the Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City . This 12-hour tour includes a hike up the intermediate trail of this dormant volcano, stopping short of the 5,230-meter summit to admire the panorama.

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10 Best Things to Do in Mexico City with Kids

Teotihuacan Sun Pyramids

Wondering what to do in Mexico City with kids? You’re at the right place. 

Here’s the best CDMX travel guide that gives you the top 10 things to do in Mexico City with your family.

From soaring over ancient Mexican pyramids in a hot air balloon to learning all about the history of chocolate at the MUCHO Chocolate Museum and tasting the best churros while running around in large, green parks, Mexico City offers many exciting activities for kids and families.

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Whether you’re visiting Mexico City with toddlers or teenagers, this family-friendly travel bucket list has something interesting for everyone. 

1. Ride a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan Pyramids

One of the best things to do in Mexico City with your kids is ride the  hot air balloon over the Pyramids of Teotihuacan , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Teotihuacan is a 2000-year-old pre-Hispanic city and home to three massive pyramids – the pyramids of the Sun, the Moon, and the Feathered Serpent. Soaring above this ancient town in a hot air balloon and seeing these pyramids from above at the crack of dawn is a surreal experience. 

The adventure of flying in a hot air balloon is sure to get the whole family excited. Whether you’re traveling with young kids or older ones, a Mexico City balloon ride will bring smiles to everyone’s face. 

Combine your balloon ride with a guided tour of the pyramids for a more immersive experience. A guided tour gives you in-depth knowledge and allows you learn more about the mysterious Teotihuacan people who built this massive city and disappeared without a trace.

2. Enjoy the views from Torre Latinoamericana

If you want to do something fun with your family in Mexico City, head to Torre Latinoamericana or the Latin American Tower and enjoy panoramic city views from the observation deck at 600 feet. 

Torre Latinoamericana is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Mexico City and has the best views of the city center. It is also one of the rarer structures to have survived the devastating earthquake of 1985. 

Head to the 44th floor of Torre Latinoamericana around sunset for unparalleled views of the city. The tower also has a museum with interesting displays where you can learn about earthquakes and how to deal with them.

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3. Visit Chapultepec Zoo

Chapultepec Zoo

The zoo is located inside Chapultepec Park and is home to an extensive collection of animals and birds from around the world, including two chubby pandas, the apparent superstars. There are also panthers, monkeys, lemurs, giraffes, and several other animals. The walkthrough aviary is filled with pelicans, ducks, cranes, and parrots.

Even though the zoo is free to enter, there are two sections that require a small fee. These are reptile and butterfly sections, but they are totally worth the money. The butterfly section is home to thousands of beautiful butterflies, including the Monarch, the Julia, and the Blue Morpho species.

4. Go paddle boating on Chapultepec Lake

If you’re visiting Chapultepec Park, you cannot miss a paddle boat ride on Chapultepec Lake, a favorite activity among families in Mexico City. 

Paddle boats in Chapultepec are available in many shapes and sizes, including ones resembling whales and swans. Renting one of these paddle boats for an hour gives you ample time to enjoy with your family as well as see Chapultepec Park from the water. 

There’s usually a long line for Chapultepec Lake rental boats on weekends. So, go on a weekday if you can manage that. 

5. Go on a Trajinera ride in Xochimilco

Got some time for a day trip? Head to the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, just an hour south of Mexico City. 

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco are artificial islands that the Aztecs built more than 700 years ago to grow crops and rear animals in the absence of arable land. Even today, they continue to function as the breadbasket of Mexico City, though they are also a tourist attraction.

You can hire a colorful trajinera (local gondola-like boat) at the floating gardens and explore the canals and gardens with your gondolier. Be sure to try all the local food, such as elotes and tacos, that you can buy from floating vendor carts. Hire a Mariachi band, listen to soulful Mexican music, and dance away to glory. 

Mexican families and groups usually visit Xochimilco in large numbers on Sundays. That’s when the entire place resembles a carnival with lots of food and music on offer. It is a great time to immerse yourself in local Mexican culture.

If you’re looking for something more educational, take a sunrise tour of the floating gardens , eat farm-fresh breakfast on the islands, and learn all about their history. 

6. Visit the National Anthropology Museum

The National Anthropology Museum is one of the best museums in Mexico City. It is home to a massive collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts depicting the history and culture of Mexico’s ancient civilizations.

If you’re curious to learn more about the lost civilizations of the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Olmecs, or the Toltecs, the Anthropology Museum is the best place to do that. The galleries at the museum are massive and display everything from the famous Aztec Sun Stone and Mayan ball hoops to long-lost murals and models of ancient cities.

The museum also has expansive gardens filled with tropical plants and ancient stucco sculptures. The central courtyard is beautiful and massive, with a pool in the middle. 

Taking a guided tour of the Mexico City Anthropology Museum with your child is a fun learning experience.

7. Head to the MUCHO Chocolate Museum

One of the fun things to do in Mexico City with your family is to visit the MUCHO Museo de Chocolate.

Mexico has a long history of chocolate. It was one of the first places to domesticate and produce chocolate for human consumption. 

Housed in a historic 20th-century building, the MUCHO Chocolate Museum is an interesting museum dedicated to the history of chocolate in Mesoamerica. It does an excellent job of explaining how ancient Mesoamerican civilizations used and revered chocolate and the different processes that go into making chocolate in the form that we consume today.

There is a small café and shop where you can taste and buy chocolates at the end of the tour. 

Buy tickets to the MUCHO Chocolate Museum  here . 

8. Read a book at Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Looking for something non-touristy to do in Mexico City? Visit Biblioteca Vasconcelos, a gigantic modern library that’s also a hidden gem. 

The sleek and modern architecture of Biblioteca Vasconcelos is sure to attract young people. Another highlight is a massive skeleton that looks like a dinosaur but is actually a gray whale, suspended in the middle of the building. 

The library has many exciting books for both children and adults. Even though many are in Spanish, there are good English ones, too. 

If you have a bibliophile in your family or someone who loves modern, futuristic buildings, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is a great place to visit.

9. Relish a churro at El Moro

Enjoy a dessert night with your kids in Mexico City at Churreria El Moro, the best churro spot in Mexico City. 

Churros are traditional Mexican pastries (originally Spanish) that are long, crispy, golden, and dusted with sugar and cinnamon powder. 

Churreira El Moro, a 90-year-old establishment, is the best place to eat churros in Mexico City. Apart from delicious churros, they also serve eight different varieties of yummy hot chocolate and an ice cream sandwich made from churros called the consuelo. 

Churreira El Moro has several branches across the city, but the most popular ones are in the Historic Center, Roma, and Condesa.

10. Relax in a Mexico City Park

Looking for wide open spaces where your kids can run around and let out their energy? Mexico City has a few good ones. 

Bosque de Chapultepec, or the Chapultepec Park, is one of the largest public parks in North America. Can you believe that it is bigger than the Central Park in New York City? 

The best part about Chapultepec Park is that it has several walking and jogging trails, play areas, a zoo, and fascinating museums. You can spend an entire day in Chapultepec Park, seeing its many attractions, and still not be done. 

If you’re looking for something closer to the historic center, head to Alameda Central, a lovely green park filled with fountains, sculptures, playgrounds, and walking trails. Once an Aztec marketplace, the park now hosts local musicians, standup comedians, and street food vendors in the evenings. 

If you visit Mexico City in spring (April – May), you’ll find the parks full of blooming jacaranda trees and paths strewn with purple flowers. That makes Mexico City parks even more appealing.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Mexico City with Kids

Visiting Mexico City with kids is a fun experience. Mexico City is a large metropolis full of exciting things that attract children of every age. Whether your kids love chocolate, churros, books, skyscrapers, or ancient Mesoamerican history, Mexico City has something for everyone.

Guest Author : Soumya is a history and culture enthusiast who helps her readers plan immersive trips through her travel blog,  Stories by Soumya . Her writings about travel and culture have been published in BBC Travel, Architectural Digest, National Herald, and many more. Mexico City is one of her favorite places in the world.

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Mexico City may well be a sprawling metropolis that extends into the mountains which surround it, but there’s still a wealth of open, green spaces that you can take advantage of on your next trip, whether you want to walk your dog, go for a run or just enjoy some fresh air. All easily accessible from the city centre , here’s our list of the seven best national parks to take advantage of next time you’re in the Mexican capital.

1. parque nacional desierto de los leones, parque nacional desierto de los leones.

Just twenty minutes away from the south of the city, Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones is one of the most popular national parks city and isactually located entirely within the Mexico City area making it insanely accessible for even the casual day tripper. Often considered the oldest protected biosphere in Mexico, the grounds – which spread over more than 4,600 acres – even include a gorgeous old Carmelite convent. A great spot for mountain biking.

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2. Parque Nacional La Malinche

3. parque nacional la marquesa, parque nacional la marquesa.

Officially known as Parque Nacional Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the national park better known as La Marquesa is situated in the State of Mexico. Full of walking paths and trails that can be taken on by any age and fitness level, you can even rent horses and take a horseback stroll through the Valle del Silencio. This park is, however, perhaps most famous for being the site of the 1810 Mexican War of Independence battle, the Battle of Monte de las Cruces.

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Located in the State of Mexico capital, Toluca, Parque Nacional Nevado de Toluca is named for and is home to the Nevado de Toluca volcano, Mexico’s fourth highest peak. Originally created as a conservation site, it’s now most famous for the shallow lakes which take up home in the inactive volcano’s crater. As well as the crater, there are many archaeological attractions , hiking trails and mountain biking tracks that are worth the visit, plus opportunities for horseback riding.

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5. Bosque de Chapultepec

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Technically not a national park, the Bosque de Chapultepec is one of Mexico City’s biggest attractions (with around 15 million annual visitors) and also the largest inner-city park in the Western Hemisphere, up there with Central Park in New York. Stuffed to the brim with museums , squirrels and food stalls, you’ll never be short of things to do in this breath of fresh air which distances you from the surrounding city. Check out the Museo Nacional de Antropología or the Museo Tamayo which call the ‘lungs’ of Mexico City their home.

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6. Viveros de Coyoacán

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A public park located in the southern Coyoacán region of Mexico City, Viveros de Coyoacán is also a tree nursery which was originally developed to replenish Mexico City’s damaged forest areas. It now produces over a million seedlings annually and has over 2,000 daily visitors. Squirrel fans should – right after popping in to Bosque de Chapultepec – head straight to Viveros de Coyoacán as the tame squirrels love to be hand fed by the public (not in the nursery area, though).

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7. Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec


8. Parque La Mexicana


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12. Parque Hundido


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17. Parque Bicentenario


18. Garden of Art (Jardin del Arte)


19. Reserva Ecologica Cuemanco-Xochimilco


20. Cumbres Del Ajusco National Park


21. Bosque de Tlalpan


22. Zoologico de San Juan de Aragon


23. Jardin Del Tepeyac


24. Parque España


25. Ruta By Leny


26. Zoologico Los Coyotes

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One out of every four American cities declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is Mexican, which highlights the beauty of Mexico’s metropolises, the fourth nation in the world with the most recognition for the importance of its physical and spiritual heritage.

From the sun-soaked beaches of the Riviera Maya to the culturally rich streets of Mexico City, this guide is your passport to the most captivating destinations in the country.

Whether you crave historical marvels, culinary delights, or natural wonders, Mexico offers an array of experiences that will enchant you.

Although selecting the most beautiful cities to visit in Mexico is challenging, I have chosen the ones I consider best. It is now up to you to decide.

Top 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Mexico

1. san miguel de allende, guanajuato.

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More picturesque, impossible. San Miguel de Allende still holds the number one title for the most beautiful town in Mexico .

Its magical atmosphere of beautiful colonial civil and religious buildings gives Guanajuato’s San Miguel de Allende, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008 , the privilege of topping this list.

The architectural icon of the town is the temple of San Miguel de Allende, a church with an imposing neo-Gothic facade with paintings in its interior decoration by Juan Rodriguez Juarez and other artists.

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In front of the main square is also the Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal, built at the beginning of the 19th century by the wealthy mining landowner, Manuel Tomás de la Canal. It is distinguished by its superb baroque details of Italian and French styles.

Another site that embellishes the city of San Miguel de Allende and shows its history is the Cultural Center Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante.”

Inside this building, the mural of Siqueiros, Life and Work of the Generalissimo Ignacio de Allende, the Parish and Convent of the Immaculate Conception, and the Casa de Allende Museum stand out.

San Miguel de Allende is one of the few Mexican cities that most attracts foreigners to live in, for its mix of beauty, tranquility, and security.

2. Guadalajara, Jalisco

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Despite being the second most populated Mexican city, Guadalajara retains the charm of Mexico’s small towns, without renouncing the impositions of modernity.

The architectural landscape of Guadalajara is dominated by the cathedral basilica dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Degollado Theater inaugurated in 1866 is another architectural jewel of the capital of Jalisco.

The Minerva traffic circle, with the statue of the Roman goddess of wisdom, adds to the emblematic monuments of Guadalajara.

The local artisans work the clay in all the modalities (burnished, flag, engretado, canelo and petatillo), making pieces of adornment and of daily use for the home.

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Guadalajara has numerous typical restaurants where they serve frijoles charros, birrias, carne en su jugo, tortas ahogadas, pozoles, enchiladas and other delicacies of the local cuisine.

Mexican folkloric music and tequila are regular protagonists of the nightlife in Guadalajara, making this capital a cheerful and vibrant city.

3. Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

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The capital of Oaxaca is another city marked by the beauty of its colonial buildings, complemented by its pre-Hispanic past , one that earned it the recognition of Cultural Heritage of Humanity .

The Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, built with beautiful regional stone of yellow and greenish tones, stands out for the religious sculptures in its façade niches.

The temple and former Santo Domingo de Guzmán convent is a beautiful baroque complex distinguished by the parish façade and the altarpieces inside.

The Santo Domingo convent houses a museum that includes pre-Columbian artifacts.

The Macedonio Alcalá Theater is a beautiful expression of Oaxacan Art Nouveau architecture.

It began as a casino and now has a splendid French-style lobby and a sumptuous hall for more than 600 spectators, including Empire-style boxes.

Read more about Oaxaca City

Near Oaxaca city is Monte Albán , the most important Zapotec archeological site in the state that preserves the ruins of El Palacio, El Observatorio, Palacio de Ocote, Edificio de los Danzantes, and Patio Hundido.

4. Guanajuato City: One of the best cities to visit in Mexico

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The first time I visited Guanajuato city I was impressed. There’s this tunnel that you need to drive or walk through to get to the heart of town.

And after you exit the tunnel it’s like you just traveled back in time. Simply mesmerizing.

The winding, cobblestone, and romantic streets of Guanajuato invite you to take a stroll. Its climate and charming atmosphere make it one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico to visit .

In its historic center stands out the Collegiate Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato with its baroque and neoclassical styles, whose wooden image was the first to be brought to the New World from Spain.

In its interior, there is an organ with over a thousand pipes .

The Juarez and Cervantes theaters are other gems of Guanajuato. The first was inaugurated in 1903 with Verdi’s opera, Aida, a performance attended by the former president, Porfirio Diaz.

The Cervantes Theater was built in 1979 and is the main venue for the Cervantino International Festival , an important cultural celebration that attracts thousands of travelers to the city every October.

Other Guanajuato festivities include the International Organ Festival, the Day of Flowers (the last Friday of Lent) , and the Medieval Festival.

Read the full guide to visiting Guanajuato City

Guanajuato is a land of legends and any local will tell you about the girl who asked to be changed from her grave, the Llorona or the Callejón del Beso.

5. Puebla City, Puebla

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Puebla will always be at the top of any list of Mexico’s most beautiful cities , for its beautiful churches and monuments, artisan traditions, and rich gastronomy.

The Cathedral Basilica of Puebla is a World Heritage Site and preserves one of the richest collections of religious art in Mexico.

The 17th-century Palafoxiana Library was the first public library in the New World, with furniture made of cedar wood.

Puebla’s neighborhoods like Analco and El Artista are spaces where the city life throbs, through its artistic street expressions and spirit of pre-Hispanic, viceroyalty, and contemporary features.

The local artisans have made Talavera a ceramic art that has transcended the borders of the state and the country, with their delicate pieces decorated in blue.

Dishes such as mole poblano and chiles en nogada are gastronomic emblems of Puebla and Mexico.

6. Merida, Yucatan

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Mérida shines for the beauty of its architecture and cultural vocation, which make it one of the best cities to visit in Mexico .

Its main avenue, Paseo de Montejo , was built between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, in the image of a French boulevard.

The wealthy henequen landowners built their mansions along the boulevard, where leafy groves were also developed and gazebos and monuments were installed, such as those dedicated to the revolutionary leader, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and the writer and historian, Justo Sierra O’Reilly.

In front of Paseo de Montejo is the impressive Cantón Palace built at the beginning of the 20th century as the residence of the Yucatecan governor, Francisco Cantón Rosado.

After being sold in 1932 to the regional government it was converted into the official residence of the governors of Yucatán, until 1966 when it became the home of the Regional Museum of Anthropology.

Mérida is full of cultural centers and museums, which in 2000 earned it the designation as American Capital of Culture .

7. Mexico City, of course

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The fast pace of life makes us forget or overlook the beauty of Mexico City .

The nation’s capital is home to some of the most important historical and architectural attractions, headed by the Templo Mayor, the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Angel of Independence .

The most prominent museums in Mexico City are:

  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • Soumaya Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Tamayo Museum
  • Papalote Children’s Museum
  • Museum of Natural History

Several of these are in the majestic Chapultepec Forest , the largest natural and urban space in the American continent, which also houses the Chapultepec Castle, the National History Museum, and the fantastic Mexico City Zoo.

Learn more about Mexico City’s Museums

In the beautiful neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa are the most exclusive restaurants, bars, galleries, and stores in the city.

San Jeronimo and Coyoacan , preserve their colonial, artistic, and cozy touch amid modernity.

8. Zacatecas City

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Zacatecas is dubbed “the city with the quarry face and silver heart” and developed in the middle of the 16th century, thanks to the rich seams of this precious metal found by conquistador Juan de Tolosa.

The Zacatecas mines became the most productive in the country and thanks to this wealth, a beautiful historic center was built, which in 1993 was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site .

A cable car connects Cerro de la Bufa with the Eden Mine, offering magnificent city views.

Hidalgo Avenue runs through Zacatecas from north to south and is one of the most elegant in the country, with its colonial buildings, mansions, and squares built during the viceroyalty and the Porfiriato.

Zacatecas is dotted with parks and gardens that embellish the city with their greenery, such as the Parque Arroyo de la Plata, the Alameda José Trinidad García de la Cadena, and the Juárez, Independencia and Niños Héroes gardens.

9. Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro


Querétaro has experienced some of the most important events in Mexico’s history , such as the conspiratorial movement precursor to Independence, the execution of Maximilian in 1867, the constituent process of 1917, and the founding of the PRI in 1929.

The temple and ex-convent of San Francisco de Asís and the Casa de la Corregidora, the seat of the state executive power, stand out in these first blocks of Querétaro for their beauty and historical value.

In the Teatro de la República the national anthem was interpreted for the first time in 1854.

It was also where Maximilian was tried and the current Constitution was deliberated.

The Aqueduct of Queretaro is a World Heritage Site and another viceregal jewel from the first third of the 18th century, with its 74 arches rising to almost 9 meters.

Querétaro is traveled by the QuereBús, a modern and picturesque streetcar that is another reason “La Ciudad Constituyente” is one of the most visited non-beach destinations in Mexico.

10. Monterrey: The best northern city to visit in Mexico

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Monterrey residents and visitors enjoy the tradition and avant-garde of “La Sultana del Norte,” a city where a livestock show and technology fair coincide on the same day.

Followed by Guadalajara, Monterrey is the third most populated city in Mexico and the second most economically important.

Monterrey is known as “The Industrial Capital of Mexico”.

Its attractions combine history and modernity. In its historic center, buildings such as the Old Quarter, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and the Palace of the Bishopric stand out.

The modern architectural icons are the Torre Ciudadana, the Torre Pabellón Monterrey, the Puente de La Unidad, the Parque Fundidora, and the Monumento a Las Banderas.

The geographical emblem of the city is the Cerro de la Silla with its 4 peaks, a natural monument frequented by hikers and excursionists.

Monterrey is also the capital of norteño music and you can hear corridos to the rhythm of accordions everywhere you go.

11. Aguascalientes: Home of the San Marcos Fair

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The territory that pleasantly surprised the conquistadors with its hot springs, is now a harmonious unit of classic architectural jewels with modern constructions, embellishing the landscape while hosting the great annual festival: The San Marcos Fair .

This festivity is so popular in the country that it is called “The Fair of Mexico.”

The first was held in 1828 and features the most important bullfighting billboard in America in an 1896 arena, one of the oldest in the nation.

The San Marcos Fair is held between April and May and is much more than just a bullfighting festival.

It also has rodeo competitions, palenques, musical shows, livestock exposition, cultural events, gastronomic fairs, and other attractions.

Read the full guide about Aguascalientes

The “City of Good People” has interesting museums such as the José Guadalupe Posada Museum, the Escarcega Museum, and the National Museum of Death, the latter attached to the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes with works of art and objects related to the Grim Reaper.

12. San Luis Potosi

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Like most major Mexican cities, the historic center of San Luis Potosi is full of civil and religious architectural jewels.

Among the mystical constructions is the cathedral, where the Virgen de la Expectación, San Sebastián, and San Luis Rey are venerated.

The civil buildings of “The City of Gardens” are presided over by the Government Palace, the Viceroyalty Museum, the Real Caja, the Casa de la Virreina, the Teatro de la Paz, and the National Mask Museum, the most important of its kind in Mexico with a sample of 1,300 national and international pieces.

The city also has beautiful gardens, parks, and squares, such as the San Juan de Dios, San Francisco, and Colón gardens and the Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Fundadores, and Plaza de España.

The famous Huasteca Potosina , in the state of San Luis Potosi, is an immense green space of valleys, mountains, rivers of crystalline waters, and beautiful waterfalls.

13. Morelia, Michoacan


Dubbed “The City of the Pink Quarry,” Morelia is another beautiful city to visit in Mexico, especially for the dashing pink color of the buildings of its impressive historic center: Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1991 .

Its civil symbol is the aqueduct of the colonial era, a superb construction begun in the XVI century whose main part, still in force, dates from the XVIII century.

The religious emblem of Morelos is the cathedral, a majestic work of baroque style with 2 towers of 70 meters and an interior dominated by Doric decoration.

It preserves artistic gems such as the baptismal font and the silver manifester, the neoclassical altarpieces, and a monumental organ with 4,600 flutes.

The monument to Morelos, a patriot born in the city and after whom it is named, and the Clavijero Cultural Center, housed in a former Jesuit monastery, are two other impressive attractions in Morelia.

Learn more about Morelia Michoacan

The gastronomy of Morelia is a fusion of pre-Hispanic Purepecha cuisine and Spanish culinary art, with delicacies such as morisqueta, aporreadillo, uchepos, churipo, and chongos zamoranos.

14. Cozumel, Quintana Roo

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The capital of Mexico’s main tourist island captivates with its splendid ocean views.

As many of you might know, Cozumel boasts wonderful reefs and beaches such as El Cielo , Palancar, Dzul Ha, Paraiso, Colombia, Villa Blanca, Santa Rosa and Chankanaab.

Cozumel is the epicenter of the island’s vibrant nightlife with many places to dance and enjoy your favorite tropical cocktail.

At the archaeological site of San Gervasio, you can learn about the Mayan achievements on the island and Ix Chel, the main goddess of the famous civilization.

The best way to explore and get around Cozumel is by scooter. You can rent one in the many bike shops in the Island.

15. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Among Mexico’s best cities to enjoy a beach vacation, Puerto Vallarta is one of the best choices. It is also a good place to live (I live here) .

A stroll along its almost one-kilometer-long boardwalk allows you to admire large-scale works of art and enjoy street art shows.

People converse animatedly while enjoying their favorite drinks and food in the cafes and restaurants in front of the breakwater.

Despite its name, the liveliest beach in PV is Playa de los Muertos , always stimulating for the joy of bathers practicing water sports, eating, and drinking in its bars and restaurants.

On the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, you can have fun paragliding, jet skiing, banana boating, practicing beach volleyball, and sea activities.

You can also sign up for ecological activities such as turtle release.

The Malecon and Playa de los Muertos mark one of the boundaries of the Romantic Zone of PV, which is Old Vallarta with its traditional houses, cafes, and cozy hotels.

16. Tequila, Jalisco

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The town that bears the name of the national drink, Tequila , stands out for its material heritage and spiritual traits, being one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico .

Its population of less than 50 thousand inhabitants makes this Magical Town a place that preserves the charms of the past, with the comfort of modernity.

As you can imagine, everything here revolves around Tequila, which, according to a pre-Columbian legend, originated when lightning set fire to agave plants and cooked their “pineapples,” from which the indigenous people extracted an intoxicating liquid that they believed was a gift from the gods.

Among the things to do in the city, you can visit the National Tequila Museum , which offers a walk through the history of the distillate.

In this Magical Town, there are interesting buildings such as the Municipal Palace, the Church of the Purísima Concepción, and the centennial public washing places.

17. Veracruz Puerto

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The “Gateway to America,” Veracruz, fought the Spanish, French and on two occasions, the Americans, deservedly earning the title of “Four Times Heroic.”

Historical sites such as the Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption, the Santiago Bastion, Las Atarazanas, the fortress of San Juan de Ulua, the Church of the Christ of the Good Voyage, and the Portal of Miranda, have perpetuated the viceregal atmosphere and the time when the city was besieged by pirates and corsairs.

On its beaches such as Boca del Río, Antón Luzardo, Mocambo, and Isla de los Sacrificios, you will find calm waters, fine sands, aquatic entertainment, and the delicious Veracruz cuisine .

The gastronomic art of Veracruz offers delicacies such as fish a la veracruzana, arroz a la tumbada, caldo “vuelve a la vida,” chilpachole de jaiba , tortitas de hueva de lisa, ostiones a la diabla and pulacles.

18. San Francisco de Campeche

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San Francisco de Campeche shines with its boardwalk, baroque buildings, forts, archaeological sites, petenes, dances, and unique gastronomy, being one of the best places in Mexico for vacationing.

The colonial mansions with Moorish reminiscences, the cathedral, and the walls built as protection against pirate attacks, make Campeche a treasure of Mexican colonial architecture .

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Campeche was attacked by the most famous pirates of the past, such as Drake, Morgan, and Hawkins, making it one of the few American walled cities.

The petenes are curious islets of vegetation formed by the meeting of fresh and salt waters providing vitally rich ecosystems.

Near the city are archaeological sites such as Edzná and Jaina, places where the Mayas exhibited their great constructive talent by erecting settlements in soils of high humidity.

The beauty of Campeche’s choreographic and musical manifestations is unmatched, as evidenced by the Jarana de 6×8, El Zarandeo, Los Chancletistas, the Son del Pavo, and other typical expressions.

19. Patzcuaro, Michoacán

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Life in the pleasant Town of Patzcuaro is developed around its beautiful lake with 7 islands, full of landscapes, ancestral traditions, archeological sites, and good fishing.

On the shores of the lake are archaeological sites such as Tzintzutzan and Ihuatzio, where you can appreciate interesting signs of Purepecha culture, as well as restaurants where you can taste white fish, charal, or other fresh lake species.

The main tourist island is Yunuen, with a well-equipped vacation center.

The Vasco de Quiroga Square , the most important of Patzcuaro, is one of the widest and most beautiful in Mexico, surrounded by the City Hall building, the Huitzimengari Palace, the Casa del Portal Chaparro, the Casa del Gigante, and other beautiful mansions.

In the sober and ancient temple of San Francisco, there are interesting oil paintings and an image of Christ made of corn cane paste from the XVI century.

20. Valladolid, Yucatán

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The “Sultana de Oriente,” Yucatan’s third most populated city with over 50k people, was declared a Magical Town in recognition of its colonial elegance and the beauty of its natural spaces, headed by its cenotes .

The Church of San Servacio has the unusual architectural attribute that its main façade faces north and not west, as required by the Catholic rule for the construction of temples.

Other religious buildings that embellish Valladolid with their colonial architectural lines and ornamentation in various styles are the Temple and ex-convent of San Bernandino de Siena and the churches of Santa Lucia, San Juan, and La Candelaria.

Among the civil architectural attractions are the Calzada de los Frailes, the Palacio Municipal, the Casa Cantón, the Museo de San Roque, and the Parque de los Héroes.

In Valladolid, there are charming cenotes such as Zací and XKekén. The Mayan archaeological site of Ek Balam is 28 km to the north.

What is the most beautiful state in Mexico?

Many will say Quintana Roo for its beautiful beaches. Others will say Jalisco because of the mariachi, charros, and tequila.

If you enjoy waterfalls and green spaces, I will put San Luis Potosi ahead, with its Huasteca Potosina .

If you prefer infinite and vertiginous spaces, then Chihuahua and its Barrancas del Cobre go first place.

Fans of surfing beaches and good food in front of the sea will probably think of Nayarit, while those who believe that beauty is in the architecture will perhaps point first to Yucatán for Chichén Itzá and Valladolid.

If you love fishing, I would think of Baja California and Baja California Sur, bathed by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific.

While if your thing is the beauty and flavor of Mexican gastronomic art, you might prefer Puebla for its moles and chiles en nogada.

We could go on and on to complete Mexico’s 32 federal entities. So, which is your favorite state?

Best Cities to Visit in Mexico: Final thoughts

As you have seen, Mexico has fantastic beaches, mountains, jungle, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, estuaries, deserts, and archaeological and colonial sites, to enjoy dream vacations, with cities and towns that guarantee comfort and services for national and international tourism.

From the ancient wonders of Chichen Itza to the vibrant art scene of Mexico City, each city on this list has something unique and exciting to offer.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a beach lover, or an art enthusiast, Mexico has a city for you.

So pack your bags, brush up on your Spanish, and get ready to explore the wonders of this beautiful country. ¡Viva México!

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What's in store for 2024 in Canton? Splash pads, police in parks, art on Cleveland Ave.

Editor’s note: Since January, the Canton Repository has highlighted what's in store for 2024 for Stark County's townships, villages and cities. Today's community, Canton City, will be the last in the series.

A list of previous stories in this series is presented below.

CANTON – Canton's biggest annual party, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival , is returning in August.

But much more is happening in Canton this year beyond the well-publicized Enshrinement Festival and the projects at the Hall of Fame Village.

Here's a look at what else is in store for 2024 in the city of nearly 70,000 residents:

Splash pads, bike pump track and other park upgrades to begin

More than 30 improvements, totaling nearly $4.5 million, will begin this year in Canton City’s parks.

“It’s like we won a lottery ticket for the entire city,” Canton Parks and Recreation Director Doug Foltz said.

Foltz believes the nearly $4.5 million investment is the most the city has ever spent in a single year on park projects. The amount, which doesn’t include routine park maintenance, is a combination of revenue from the city’s parks and recreation tax levy and $3.55 million of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act allocation , which is federal money that was given to state and local governments nationwide to help them rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic impact.

How soon each project will be completed depends on the contractors, but Foltz expects most of them will finished by the end of the year.

The projects include:

  • Splash pads and playgrounds will be installed at Weis Park at 2600 Harvard Avenue NW, Harmont Park at 2701 Harmont Ave. NE and Garaux Park at 3801 13 th St. SW to complement the existing spray park at Crenshaw Park at 1500 Sherrick Road SE. A more than 20,000-square-foot playground, with a 20-foot climber and zip lines, already has opened at Weis Park. Bathroom renovations also are planned at Harmont Park.
  • Crenshaw Park also will get a new playground and the city’s largest outdoor shelter. The 70-by-50 shelter will be able to seat nearly 100 people and will have a kitchen, bathrooms and concrete walk. The $1.1 million in planned projects at Crenshaw Park also includes converting the tennis courts into pickleball courts, installing a swing set and improving the existing asphalt walking track.
  • A bike pump track where riders use their body movements to propel the bike forward instead of pedaling will be built at West Park at Schroyer Avenue and Ninth Street SW adjacent to the existing skate park . American Ramp Co. will build the roughly $400,000 pump track.
  • The Timken Mansion Gatehouse , vacant since 1991, will be renovated into a gathering space for public rentals such as baby showers, weddings and retirement parties; for wellness activities and for meeting or event space for community organizations. Inside the gatehouse, Foltz plans to recognize the historical significance of the Timken family and the gatehouse, which was built in 1911 and led to the Timken mansion. The park commission, which leases the building that sits north of 12 th Street from the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital, received a $250,000 grant through the state capital budget in 2022 to use toward the estimated $500,000 project.
  • The city’s first challenger course will be installed at Stadium Park to offer residents a different way to exercise and play. The course will feature a timer with various climbing and agility obstacles and a soft surface underneath.

Faster, cheaper internet available for downtown Canton

Downtown area Canton businesses and residents now have faster and cheaper access to the internet through an agreement the city has approved with the city of Fairlawn, which owns and operates the municipal broadband utility called FairlawnGig.

Those immediately eligible for the high-speed connection are the more than 200 customers at the 43 commercial and residential buildings located within the city’s 12-block Innovation and Downtown Redevelopment Districts, which is roughly between Second and Sixth streets from Cleveland Avenue NW to Piedmont Avenue NE.

Using the city’s existing fiber-optic cable network , FairlawnGig will provide eligible business and residential customers one Gigabit service for both uploads and downloads, with the potential to go to 100 Gig if needed, at its established rates.

Canton Economic Development Director Christopher Hardesty said the Canton City Improvement Corp., a nonprofit corporation that serves as the city’s economic development arm, has agreed to cover the installation cost of the lateral lines to connect the buildings to the main network. He also said the city continues to expand it fiber network and expects to complete the expansion by mid-2025.

City officials hope the high-speed internet service will promote business growth and attract residents and businesses to Canton. They expect to expand to the FairlawnGig service to other areas of the city and eventually to households. Some city officials believe the agreement with Fairlawn could lead to Canton becoming its own utility where the city could dictate the prices, not Spectrum or AT&T.

We Believe in Canton events set

The popular We Believe in Canton events will return in June.

The two-hour events, hosted by the Canton City Police Department and its community partners, will begin at: 4 p.m. June 12 at Centennial Plaza; 4 p.m. June 26 at Harmont Park; 3 p.m. July 10 at the J. Babe Stearn Community Center; 3 p.m. July 17 at the Edward "Peel" Coleman Community Center; and 4 p.m. July 24 at Stadium Park.

The free events, which began in 2022, seek to bring Canton’s safety forces together with residents to interact in a fun environment. The events include food, family activities, games, music, community resources and a chance to see safety vehicles.

More concerts and festivals: Here's your ultimate summer fun guide in the Canton area

Police in parks initiative to kick off

As part of its effort to interact with the community, the Canton Police Department is partnering with the city parks department to launch a “Police in Parks” initiative in six city parks where police officers will host cookouts and other outreach events and the department will install security cameras. The six parks are Maryland Park, Brian’s Park, Vassar Hill Park, Harmont Park, King Park at 600 High Ave. NW and Crenshaw Park.

Police Chief John Gabbard said officers will not be occupying the parks, but they will become regular locations for events, meetings and interactions with children and families similar to the We Believe in Canton events.

Each location will be equipped with new lighting and seating, similar to the pergola structure, cement pad and benches at King Park. Signs with information about the police department will be installed and rotated among the six locations. At least one camera that is connected to the police department’s real-time crime center will be added as the city expands its fiber network for internet access.

Gabbard said the cameras are a way to promote safety and confidence for families and residents to enjoy the city’s parks even when officers are not there. Similar to the other safety cameras in the city, the cameras in the parks will be accessible to officers and dispatchers but will not be constantly monitored.

Gabbard said he chose the six sites based on report data and logistics, such as identifying the neighborhoods that would benefit the most from the crime cameras and areas close to schools, churches and dense residential areas.

The cost to outfit each park is expected to be about $50,000 except for King Park, which already has the seating and lights. The department will use previously appropriated American Rescue Plan Act funds for the initiative.

New art coming along Cleveland Avenue

Twelve drab and nondescript traffic signal boxes along Cleveland Avenue are getting an art makeover.

The Canton Planning Department has commissioned Plain Township artist Dirk Rozich to create a series of three-panel vinyl wraps that feature various aspects of Canton’s history.

“We’re telling a bigger story of Canton than what people already know about Canton being the first place of football,” Canton Planning Director Donn Angus said.

Specializing in realistic illustration, Rozich has incorporated some of the same design elements he used for Jerzee's Café cooler “Are you fan enough?” vinyl art wrap.

The utility boxes, which sit between Sixth Street SW and 12th Street NW, will feature musical performers and professional athletes with Canton ties, the Dueber-Hampton Watch Co., the Onesto Hotel, Cornelius Aultman who was Stark County’s first millionaire philanthropist, the McKinley-Massillon High School football rivalry and more.

Each wrap will include a QR code that, when activated, will take viewers to an animated art experience designed by Plain Township artist Tracy Brewer .

The planning department is covering the roughly $15,000 project.

Angus said the project is expected to be completed in time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival grand parade on Aug. 3.

Canton fire stations to undergo renovations

The Canton Fire Department is renovating at least five of its eight fire stations to improve the working conditions of its firefighters, who work for 24-hour shifts and then have 48 hours off.

“We’ve been trying to keep these buildings in the best shape we can,” said Fire Capt. Ron Julio, who is overseeing the renovation projects. “But some of them are 50 to 60 years old.”

The city has allocated $2 million of its American Rescue Fund allocation for the projects. Julio believes the department’s last significant renovation of its fire stations was more than 25 years ago.

Station 8 at 1330 Dueber Ave. SW is the first station to undergo repairs to replace its plumbing and sewer systems as well as bring the 46-year-old station up to current building standards. Julio expects the renovations to be completed by the end of June.

At Station 7 at 1001 Mahoning Road NE, the bathrooms, kitchen and living areas will be upgraded and the station’s ceiling will be repaired and painted.

At Station 1 at 110 7th Street SW, a health center will be added to the basement of the department’s headquarters to help firefighters with their physical conditioning.

At Station 5 at 3701 Tuscarawas St. W and Station 6 at 2621 Harmont Ave. NE, the bathrooms and living areas will be upgraded. Julio said the department eventually looks to replace the two fire stations because of their age and the cost to renovate them would be too expensive. Station 5 was built in 1925.

A Climavent ventilation system will be installed next month at several of the fire stations to help reduce the level of lingering diesel exhaust fumes whenever a fire truck enters or leaves.

“And most every station the living quarters are only a door away,” Julio said. “Yes, there is a barrier but that exhaust just hangs there and gets in. We’re trying to get rid of the carcinogens.”

The Fire Department also continues to offer its Save A Life training events on the third Saturday of the month until September. The free training is from 10 a.m. to noon at Station 4 at 2502 Cleveland Ave. NW. Life-saving skills offered include hands-only CPR, emergency naloxone and stop-the-bleed techniques.

Reach Canton Repository staff writer Kelli Weir at 330-580-8339 or [email protected] .

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Cousins Adrienne Sheegog, 6, bottom, Julian Sheegog, 9, top left, and Kenzleigh Roberson, 7, climb on one of the new playground pieces at Weis Park in Canton. The city plans to spend nearly $4.5 million on city park projects this year.

Mexico elects first female president with Claudia Sheinbaum as projected winner

Claudia Sheinbaum.

Claudia Sheinbaum has made history as the first woman elected president of Mexico, according to projections from the nation's official quick count .

Sheinbaum obtained between 58.3% and 60.7% of the vote, according to a statistical sample used to conduct the quick count. It was announced early Monday morning by Guadalupe Taddei Zavala of Mexico's National Electoral Institute. Taddei Zavala said the tally is 95% reliable.

Sheinbaum addressed supporters saying, "For the first time in 200 years of our republic, I will become the first woman president...but as I've said in other occasions, I did not get here alone," she said.

Sheinbaum said would work to build a “diverse and democratic” Mexico.

The former mayor of Mexico City will serve one six-year term starting on Oct. 1.

Sheinbaum, 61, is a physicist and climate scientist and will be Mexico’s first president of Jewish heritage.

Sheinbaum, a member of the governing Morena party, will have an important role in resolving issues that are a priority to the U.S. such as immigration and foreign affairs, as well as  determining the future of the trade deal  that has made Mexico the United States’  largest  trade partner.

Mexico’s National Electoral Institute projected a voter turnout of about 60%, according to the quick count, said Taddei Zavala.

Sheinbaum is largely expected to follow in the footsteps of her mentor, outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The leftist Morena party López Obrador founded has come to dominate Mexican politics since 2018, when he was elected by a landslide.

Sheinbaum has promised to keep in place welfare policies and social programs that have helped Morena retain a solid approval rating from voters.

When it comes to combating the country’s high levels of violence, Sheinbaum has said she plans on continuing her predecessor’s  “hugs, not bullets” policy of not directly taking on criminal organizations that have gained control over large parts of Mexico as they fight for territory to traffic drugs into the U.S., make money from migrant smuggling and  extort residents  to fuel their illicit enterprise.

López Obrador’s policy has not significantly helped reduce killings over the past six years, as  Mexican government data  shows that at least 102,400 homicides have been reported in that period. But the data also shows that the strategy of López Obrador’s predecessors — pursuing drug lords in an all-out war — did not improve safety either.

In a slight departure from López Obrador’s stances, Sheinbaim has called throughout her presidential campaign for a greater use of renewable energy.

From environmental chief to mayor — to highest office

Sheinbaum’s political career began in 2000, when she became Mexico City’s environment chief under then-Mayor López Obrador. She then served as López Obrador’s chief spokesperson during his failed 2006 presidential bid. In 2015, she was elected to run Mexico City’s largest borough, Tlalpan. And three years later, Sheinbaum made history as Mexico City’s first first female mayor.

She’s the daughter of a chemical engineer father and a cell biologist mother and has credited them with her love of science and politics. Sheinbaum studied physics and has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. As a member of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Sheinbaum is among the scientists who shared a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their report.

Growing up in Mexico City, Sheinbaum took ballet and guitar lessons as a child. At 15, she volunteered to help groups of mothers searching for their missing children, a long-standing issue in Mexico.

In the 1980s, Sheinbaum became active in student movements and joined protests against state intervention in education policies. She earned her doctorate in energy engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1995. After that, she pursued a career as an academic.

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