Monterrey is the capital of the state of Nuevo León, and it was the home of the Chichimecas and the stage for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. It perfectly combines the old with the modern. This is why it is the best destination for a holiday break or if you happen to go there on business, it is the perfect opportunity to take advantage and enjoy everything the city has to offer. When you are getting to know a new city, you want to do everything, and not leave a single stone unturned and while your schedule is limited, you don’t want to leave without experiencing the very essence of the place you’re visiting. To that end, we have selected some of the best things to do in Nuevo León and where to go in Monterrey.
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An activity that offers endless entertainment and hundreds of activities for both family and friends is Parque Fundidora. For starters, if you are looking for a more fitness-focused plan, you have 10 sports stations to choose from and a track where you can jog, skate or ride a bicycle. A little time outdoors and a little exercise never hurt anyone. If you tend to be a little more sedentary, don’t worry, this park has it all and for all kinds of people. You can tour the park on a golf cart or ride on the Fundidora Express.
During your tour you can choose to get off at horno3,the interactive science and technology, where you have the opportunity to catch a panoramic view of Monterrey that will leave you breathless. Children of all ages will go crazy over Loroventura, with an enviable combination of activities with animals and nature and zip lines, extreme road and bungee, for those eager for a little adrenaline boost.
An unforgettable experience, which you should do at least once in your life, is ice skating, and the Ciel Fundidora Ice Rink is the best opportunity to do so. If you are looking for something more tranquil, cultural options abound in the park including exhibitions and art workshops. We especially recommend Cineteca Conarte to enjoy art cinema too.
Listed as one of the 13 manmade wonders of Mexico, starting with the Fundidora Park to the Museum of Mexican History, the Paseo Santa Lucía allows you to immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes of the canal. Remember to take a selfie with the Cerro de la Silla in the background. At the end of the tour you can visit the fourth largest square in the world, the Macroplaza. Here you can admire and take photos with important monuments and iconic buildings such as the Government Palace, the Sunken Garden, the Fountain of Life or Fountain of Neptune and the Lighthouse of Commerce.
After enjoying the square, you should go through the Old Quarter, where you will appreciate its beautiful and colorful colonial architecture and bohemian atmosphere. Here you will find antiques, art galleries, boutiques, bazaars, and a handful of gourmet restaurants and bars perfect for a pitstop to sit down and enjoy a nibble and a cocktail. The cobblestone streets and the old houses, some of which are open to the public, add an incredible atmosphere to this beautiful neighborhood full of legends. Every Sunday, the neighborhood becomes the Cultural Alley where artists, photographers and artisans, among others, exhibit their works, so if you are there during the weekend, do not forget to walk around on Sunday.
This neighborhood has a very bohemian vibe and active nightlife scene. For example, you can head over to La Tumba to enjoy blues and trova live, or The Art Studio, a bar with three separate areas combining electronic music, art and cocktails that aren’t to be missed. Café Iguana is better known for its more eclectic scene, ska nights and rock concerts.
If a cultural experience is more your thing, how about a day at the museum? Monterrey has several that are worth visiting. The Metropolitan Museum of Monterrey is small, but it offers several art and history exhibitions. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO), framed in an architectural work of art by Ricardo Legorreta itself, includes sculptures and paintings by diverse and renowned Latin American artists, such as Juan Soriano. If what catches your attention is history, then you have three museums to choose from that focus on regional and national history, the Mexican History Museum, the Northeast Museum (MUNE) and the Palace Museum. And one more for those with a sweet tooth, there’s the Museo del Dulce (“Museum of Sweets”), while small, it takes you through a comprehensive tour of the region’s best sweets.
We also recommend the Mirador Asta Bandera, a viewpoint where you can take the best panoramic photo of the city, and then the Palacio del Obispado (“Bishopric Palace”), the oldest building in the city of Monterrey, and where you will also find the Regional Museum of History of Nuevo Leon. To buy artisanal mementos and souvenirs, you must go to the new home of the Union of Artisans of Nuevo Leon on Escobedo Street.
If you are the type of traveler who likes to know which are the top places frequented by tourists as well as the popular spots only known by the locals, we have some recommendations for you. Although it may seem surprising, many people fight over chairs on the spherical screen of the IMAX Dome of the Alpha Planetarium. So, get ready to experiment and watch the movie of your life.
If you have children, dedicate the day to them at Parque Plaza Sesamo (“Sesame Street Park”) where Abelardo, Elmo, Beto and Enrique, among all the other characters, will be waiting for you to put a smile in their hearts. There is a ton of fun across the park, like Elmo Bikes, where you can pedal from high above, as well as attractions that test your endurance and courage, such as Space Shot and SKP. It also includes a water section with tires, slides and a wave pool. Do not miss this exciting experience.
Less than an hour from Monterrey you will find Cola de Caballo Ecotourism Park, where you can visit the Cola de Caballo Waterfall and, and the adrenaline junkies, can do a variety of extreme sports in the same park. Not to be missed are the beautiful and cold Garcia Grottoes, which are just a 20-minute drive from Monterrey. You can see and go through caverns that are over 60 million years old, and also climb by cable car or take a walk as you appreciate the figures in the rock formations.
Fifteen minutes away from the city center is the Chipinque Ecological Park, which is part of the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, where hikers and mountain bikers will have the time of their lives. The park also features a butterfly garden and insectarium that will surely impress you both for its beauty and its diversity. If you visit the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, we suggest you visit the Chipitín Waterfall. La Huasteca Park is an ecological park for climbers located half an hour from the city of Monterrey and is located right between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park.
As you wind down your day, we suggest you pamper your palate at any of the diverse and exquisite restaurants found in the city of Monterrey. Here are some of our favorites for your consideration so they’re on your radar:Pangea, named among the best 50 restaurants in Latin America, where Chef Guillermo González combines French cuisine with a Mexican touch. All you need is one visit to become a diehard fan.
Madre Oaxaca is one of the busiest Mexican food restaurants, and the IT place for tacos is La Taqueria y Carnicería La Mexicana. La Galería Café is the ideal place to have dinner and drinks with your friends before going out to the clubs. Cabrito is the traditional dish of Monterrey, so you should definitely try it, and the preferred place is El Rey del Cabrito. We also recommend making a stop at La Divina Restorán-Cantina, where you can experience the very best of Mexican cuisine.
Let us be a part of your unique experience when visiting the city of Monterrey by staying at any of our Hilton hotels. The state of Nuevo Leon is a dream destination where travelers have so much to enjoy without needing to spend much, from touring its parks or enjoying nature. For those who love history, culture or gastronomy, there is a lot to experience and many things to do in Monterrey, so enjoy your time to the fullest as you make your way through this wonderful city.