What to do in Ponce

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La Guancha

Ponce Attractions

There's something endearing about smaller cities. Whether you're traveling to Ponce for a weekend or you're planning on staying a little longer, you'll easily fall in love with this place. In fact, with so many fun things to do and awesome attractions to see, you mightn't want to go home!

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Ponce must see attractions

1. La Guancha

Paseo Tablado La Guancha is a boardwalk that hugs the shoreline of Ponce’s dazzling waterfront district, Playa Barrio. Experience life like the Ponceños and revel in the live salsa music, tasty street food and exciting beachside atmosphere. Visit the marina and rent a paddleboat or take advantage of the sweeping sea views from the observation tower.
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La Guancha

2. Parque de Bombas

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.
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Parque de Bombas featuring street scenes

3. El Museo Castillo Serralles

El Museo Castillo Serrallés is a magnificent mansion that symbolizes the prosperity of Puerto Rico’s rum-distilling industry. Established in the 1930s as the home of one of Ponce’s wealthy magnates, the Castillo Serrallés overlooks the entire city from the El Vigía hilltop. Peruse the exhibits housed within the sumptuous villa and learn about the sugar boom that fueled the immense success of rum distilleries such as Juan Serrallés’ Don Q Rum. Stroll around the symmetrical gardens and appreciate the timeless elegance of the terraces and courtyards.
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El Museo Castillo Serralles

4. Hacienda Buena Vista

Sample locally grown coffee and learn about coffee production, both today and in the past at the Hacienda Buena Vista. This traditional coffee farm in southern Puerto Rico is one of the best illustrations of a centuries old industry. When Don Salvador de Vives formed the farm in 1833, he grew fruit. It wasn’t until later in the 1800's that coffee was first planted. The Hacienda Buena Vista hit its stride during the coffee boom of the 1880s. For the next fifty years the farm was considered one of the finest producers of coffee in the world, exporting to the United States, Europe and even the Vatican. Today visitors to the Hacienda will find 87 acres (35 Hectares) of fertile farmland, a series of restored historic buildings and a museum in the Hacienda itself.
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Hacienda Buena Vista which includes a house and street scenes as well as a small group of people

5. Museo de Arte de Ponce

The Museo de Arte de Ponce is Puerto Rico’s most prestigious art institution, housing an awe-inspiring collection of artworks, ancient relics and artifacts. See 3,000-year-old pottery fragments then fast-forward through the ages and check out modern masterpieces. Explore the galleries dedicated to classical European painters and reflect in the sculpture-studded gardens.
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Museo de Arte de Ponce

6. El Vigia Hill

El Vigía Hill seems to loom around every corner in the jumble of narrow streets in Ponce’s historic center. Topped with the enormous Cruceta del Vigía and the exquisite mansion Castillo Serrallés, the northern Ponce border of El Vigia Hill is visible from all over the city. Make your way to its summit to find a vantage point that is entwined with Ponce’s colonial heritage.
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El Vigia Hill

7. Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Admire the updated neoclassical façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) from its prominent position overlooking Ponce’s historic central square. Since its establishment in 1670, fire and earthquakes have repeatedly razed Ponce’s main Catholic landmark. Each time the building was nearly destroyed, it was rebuilt and remodeled until it reached the magnificence you see today.
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Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

8. Plaza of Delights

Spend some time in Ponce’s Plaza of Delights (Plaza las Delicias) and the city will show you its heart. Landmark colonial architecture dominates the city’s main square, while leafy Indian laurel trees and pretty gardens provide a feeling of serenity. Take a break from the bustle of downtown Ponce and enjoy people-watching in the city’s favorite meeting place. The plaza is split into two halves, Luis Muñoz Rivera Plaza to the north and Frederico Degetau Plaza to the south.
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Plaza of Delights

What to do in Ponce

Free Things to Do in Ponce

There's no need to dig deep into your pockets in Ponce. The following won't even cost a dollar.

Museum of Puerto Rico Music

- Talk to the friendly staff or curator and find out about the interesting collections exhibited here.

Parque de Bombas

- If you're curious about bygone times, this is one stop you ought not to miss.

Plaza of Delights

- This vibrant spot is a favorite of both locals and tourists.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe

- Get in touch with your spiritual side or just take in the peaceful ambiance at this site of worship.

Parque de la Ceiba

- Grab your blanket, pack some nibbles and find a shady area to be with nature.

Things to Do in Ponce with Kids

Traveling with the young ones? You'll find plenty of tours and activities in Ponce that'll put big grins on little faces. Try out these family friendly experiences:


 

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