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Moinhos de Vento Park

Take a break from Porto Alegre’s bustling streets with a visit to a small, attractive park where you can play sports, see a reminder of the city’s past and go wildlife spotting. 

Go for a stroll through Moinhos de Vento Park and discover an inner-city retreat with an abundance of wildlife. Take advantage of the various sports facilities or simply relax by the man-made lake.

The park opened in 1972 and covers an area of just over 27 acres (11 hectares). Its name translates as Windmills Park, a reference to the story of Antonio Martins Barbosa. He was a miner who settled in Caracas in the 18th century and established the area’s first windmill. 

Walk, jog or cycle along the park’s numerous trails. Sports enthusiasts can use the facilities on the north side of the park. Play tennis, soccer or rent a pair of roller skates to ride around the skating rink. There are also volleyball courts and a selection of fitness apparatus.

As you make your way through the park, look for the replica of one of the region’s earliest windmills and the large sculpture known as the Monument to the White Castle. This sculpture is in honor of Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, a military leader who served as President of Brazil during the 1960s. Relax by the lake where you may see turtles, ducks, geese and numerous fish species.

If visiting with children, don’t miss the library and ecological center, created to promote environmental awareness. On the first floor you will find a collection of more than 3,000 children’s books. Go upstairs where your children can enjoy an assortment of educational comics and games. Visit on weekends or public holidays for workshops and play activities. Local institutions put on a variety of programs that are suitable for all ages. 

Moinhos de Vento Park is located in an up-market Porto Alegre neighborhood, less than 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the city center. The park is a short distance from several main bus routes and is close to a selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. Moinhos de Vento Park is free to enter and open all year-round.


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    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ely Building and Porto Alegre Public Market. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Sao Pedro Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rodoviaria Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is 6 minutes.

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    Rua Olavo Barreto Viana 18, Moinhos De Vento, Porto Alegre, RS
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Moinhos de Vento, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walk of Fame and Moinhos de Vento Park. Porto Alegre Public Market and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is 28 minutes by foot and Sao Pedro Station is 29 minutes.

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      Avenida Carlos Gomes 565, Bela Vista, Porto Alegre, RS
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Mont'Serrat, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Anchieta College and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Moinhos de Vento Park. Shiga Park and CIEE Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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        Rua Marques Do Herval 540, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Rua Doutor Vale, 579, Porto Alegre, RS
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Moinhos de Vento, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hydraulic Windmills Historic Building and Moinhos de Vento Park. Porto Alegre Public Market and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km). Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is 21 minutes by foot and Rodoviaria Station is 26 minutes.

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            Rua Miguel Tostes, 30, Rio Branco, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Moinhos de Vento, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hydraulic Windmills Historic Building and Moinhos de Vento Park. Porto Alegre Public Market and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km). Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is 21 minutes by foot and Rodoviaria Station is 25 minutes.

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              Largo Vespasiano Julio Veppo, 77, Centro, Porto Alegre, RS
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ely Building, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. Sao Pedro Theater and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rodoviaria Station is 5 minutes.

                Quality Hotel Porto Alegre $62
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                Comendador Caminha St. 42, Porto Alegre, RS
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Moinhos de Vento, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walk of Fame and Moinhos de Vento Park. Porto Alegre Public Market and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rodoviaria de Porto Alegre Station is 25 minutes by foot.