What to do in Guadalajara

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Guadalajara Attractions

Known as the Silicon Valley of Mexico, Guadalajara is a sprawling metropolis of over 4 million people. As one of the best tourist cities in Mexico, there are a variety of Guadalajara activities available for the entire family.

Start your Guadalajara vacation with a visit to the Guachimontones Pyramids. Only a short drive from the center of town, the Guachimontones Pyramids are often included on many Guadalajara excursions and are widely known as one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico. This 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site mesmerizes every traveler stopping by for a visit.

After your visit to the Guachimontones Pyramids, head back to the City of Roses and make a stop at the Catedral. The Catedral is still in pristine condition and is visited by thousands of local citizens and tourists on a daily basis. It is one of the oldest religious sites in Guadalajara and is a perfect example of early Spanish colonial architecture. The Catedral should be on your list of things to do in Guadalajara.

While there are many spots in Guadalajara popular among locals and tourists alike, the Teatro Degollado is a must see among the city's top places. While this ancient play house was once used to stage performances, it is now used for concerts and special events all year long. This is one of the many attractions in Guadalajara not to miss.

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What to do in Guadalajara

Free Things to Do in Guadalajara

There's no need to run your credit card hot in Guadalajara. The following won't even cost a penny.

Museo Regional de Ceramica de Tlaquepaque - Wander the halls and explore the impressive exhibits at this popular museum.

Universidad Guadalajara Lamar - This modern-style landmark is an unique backdrop for a selfie or two.

Palacio de Gobierno - Get educated on some of the unique history of the area through this attraction.

Plaza de Armas - Discover why locals and travelers alike enjoy the vibe of this place.

Cascada de las Tres Caidas - Spend some time near the water to rest and recharge.

Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres - Dig out your guidebook and find out why this place is worth a spot on your travel itinerary.

Templo Santa Maria de Gracia - Take a few moments for some meditation or prayer at this respected sacred site.

Bosque Los Colomos - Take your camera and let the natural surrounds capture your imagination.

Morelos Park - Grab your rug, throw together a quick snack and find a shady area to appreciate Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Guadalajara with Kids

There's fun for the entire family no matter where you wander in Guadalajara. Here are a few family friendly experiences to enjoy together that'll make your vacation unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Guadalajara on a rainy day?
If it’s pelting down out there, sign up for some indoor activities, like a Guadalajara, Tonala & Tlaquepaque City Tour or a Tequila and Distillery Tour From Guadalajara.
What is Guadalajara famous for?
Pose for a happy snap at Hospicio Cabanas — it’s a local icon.
What should I not miss in Guadalajara?
You’ll want to put these sights at the top of your sightseeing list to make the most of your visit:

  • Basilica de Zapopan
  • Guadalajara Cathedral
  • Jalisco Stadium
  • Plaza de Armas

Are there cheap things to do in Guadalajara?
What can you do in Guadalajara for free?
You’ll hardly have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many fantastic free things to do:

  • Hospicio Cabanas
  • Basilica de Zapopan
  • Guadalajara Cathedral
  • Plaza de Armas

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