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Discover one of Mexico’s finest secrets on your visit to a city filled with history and iconic beauty. From Aztec monuments to Baroque arches and colorful Jacaranda trees, the streets of Santiago de Queretaro hold a wealth of grand scenery, great food, and vivid stories. You can explore the nation’s struggle for independence, try some fine wines in the lush Central Mexican countryside, or relax in quiet elegance as you try out the variety of things to do in Queretaro and get to know the city for yourself.

Things to Do in Queretaro with Kids

Queretaro has loads of close by fun experiences for you and the kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the crew happy for hours.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Queretaro

Queretaro’s position at the junction of federal highways 45 and 57 puts it at a literal crossroads in the heart of Mexico. The historic center was the first district built by Spanish colonists, where gardens and 17th-century mansions show off how the “Baroque City” earned that name. The neighborhoods to the east follow the lines laid out by the Otomi people who kept their own community around the hill of Sangremal. Gated communities and new developments dot the city’s suburban fringe, reaching into the heights and offering a scenic perspective on the cityscape.

What to See in Queretaro

If you want to get a feel for the city’s colonial vibe, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Plaza Miguel Hidalgo, a relaxed open space lined with greenery and surrounded by colorful Neoclassical arches. Check out the gigantic 18th-century aqueduct that runs through the center of town, visit the Emperor Maximilian Memorial Chapel on the hilltop where Mexico’s last emperor was executed, and enjoy the peaceful gardens in Cerro de las Campanas National Park.

Sightseeing in Queretaro

An easy way to get to know the historic city center is with a sightseeing ride on one of Queretaro’s classic trolley cars. A walking tour gives you a closer look at the squares and landmarks, or you can join a guide to learn about the city’s historic sites from the Mexican War of Independence. While you’re out of the city, you can explore the small towns and vineyards of the region’s wine country, head into the mountains of the Sierra Gorda, or visit nearby San Miguel de Allende for an introduction to fine Mexican cuisine.

Free Things to Do in Queretaro

Leave your wallet in the hotel. It's possible to have fun in Queretaro without surrendering a penny.

Capuchin Crypt - Stroll around and take in the impressive exhibits at this museum.

Marista University of Queretaro - Drop by this landmark and take in its design.

Neptune Fountain - Roam around this historic place and discover a couple of secrets from long ago.

Plaza de Armas - Hang out for a while in this thriving location and experience life as a local resident.

EcoCentro Exposition Center - Strike up a conversation with a few locals and discover why many sightseers stop by this place.

Church of Santo Domingo - Get an insight into the local beliefs at this holy sanctuary.

Cerro de Las Campanas National Park - Contemplate the contrast between urban life and nature's wonders at this beautiful place.

Alameda Hidalgo Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some nibbles and find a cozy area to relish nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Queretaro

Downtown Queretaro

Downtown Queretaro is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro and Centro Histórico while you're in town.

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Jurica

Jurica is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Antea Lifestyle Center and Urban Center Shopping Mall.

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Centro

If you're spending some time in Centro, Tequisquiapan Handicraft Market and Ezequiel Montes Street Market are top sights worth seeing.

La Cruz

While visiting La Cruz, you might make a stop by sights like Aqueduct of Santiago de Queretaro and Centro Histórico.


Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Queretaro on a sunny day?

What should I not miss in Queretaro?

Take your time here to explore top-notch sights like Pena de Bernal and Santa Rosa de Viterbo Temple.

Are there cheap things to do in Queretaro?

Sign up for a Wine tasting at Puerta del Lobo and put the cash you save toward more fabulous adventures.

What can you do in Queretaro for free?

You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these fabulous attractions won't cost you a dime:

  • Pena de Bernal
  • Santa Rosa de Viterbo Temple
  • Tequisquiapan Handicraft Market
  • Antea Lifestyle Center