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Parque de Bombas

This small, wooden fire station in the heart of Ponce is a historical and architectural monument.   

This historic firehouse is named for the traditional hand-pumped water units once used on the island. Situated in Ponce’s town center, the Parque de Bombas is hard to miss. Considered by many to be one of the most iconic building in Puerto Rico, the small wooden structure is painted in vibrant reds and blacks, the traditional colors of Ponce. The former fire station houses a museum that unveils the history of southern Puerto Rico, and includes fascinating information about Ponce, the firefighters and the great fire of 1899. A visit to the Parque is a great excursion for history buffs and families with young children, who will enjoy the traditional fire trucks.

The main exhibit explains the story behind the great fire of 1899. The fire that threatened the town of Ponce was defeated by seven fearless firefighters from the neighborhood of Parque de Bombas. These men became heroes within the town and the museum is named in their honor. Memorabilia and photographs from the early 20th century can be seen at the museum, including the axes used to fight fires.

The historic fire truck that serves as the centerpiece of the museum is a favorite of young visitors and a great photo backdrop. This truck has been lovingly restored and is painted vibrantly like the building.

Parque de Bombas is located in the town of Ponce, in southern Puerto Rico. Visitors staying in Ponce can reach the Parque on foot, or by joining a bus tour, which takes visitors to all the major attractions in town on a two-hour guided tour. Visitors staying elsewhere on the island can reach Ponce by car, and there is ample free parking in the town. Parque de Bombas is open daily and admission is free.


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Lodging Near Parque de Bombas

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$86
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

Reina Street, Ponce
3.7
of 5, from 172 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ponce, this hotel is steps from Plaza of Delights and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

$94
Howard Johnson Ponce

Howard Johnson Ponce

103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce
3.8
of 5, from 251 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ponce, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Parque de la Ceiba and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Parque de Bombas. Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Teatro la Perla are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$88
Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

#75 Calle Cristina, Ponce
3.0
of 5, from 118 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ponce, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

$135
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce
4.1
of 5, from 347 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This sprawling resort 5 miles (8 km) south of historic downtown Ponce faces a long, tranquil, dark-sand Caribbean beach 1.75 miles (3 km) from Paseo Tablado La Guancha harborside boardwalk.

$110
Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino

Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino

3315 Ponce By Pass, Ponce
4.0
of 5, from 201 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ponce, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vicens Coliseum, Parque de Bombas, and Montaner Stadium. Casa Wiechers-Villaronga and Plaza of Delights are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$120
Costa Bahia Hotel & Convention Center

Costa Bahia Hotel & Convention Center

Exit 205 Road 127 Km 8.6, Guayanilla
4.1
of 5, from 137 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Guayanilla hotel is located near the airport, 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from Volkylandia Museum, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Playa Cana Gorda and Gilligan's Island. Plaza of Delights and Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe are also within 16 mi (25 km).

$97
Parador Villas Sotomayor

Parador Villas Sotomayor

7 Puerto Rico 123, Adjuntas
3.5
of 5, from 19 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located on the riverwalk, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Guilarte Forest, Toro Negro Reserve, and Hacienda Buena Vista. Cerro de Punta and Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center are also within 16 mi (25 km).

Casa Cielo

Casa Cielo

Road 602, Utuado
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Utuado, this bed & breakfast is within 16 mi (25 km) of La Piedra Escrita, Cemi Museum, and Casa Canales. Tres Picachos and Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana are also within 20 mi (32 km).