Things to do in  Monterrey

Top 15 attractions in Monterrey

Fundidora Park

Replete with museums, concert venues, and even an amusement park, Fundidora Park (Parque Fundidora) is one of the most multifunctional urban green spaces in a predominantly industrial city. Take advantage of the designated bike paths, attend lively music festivals, and more at a park which combines culture, nature, and history with ease.More

Macroplaza (La Gran Plaza)

One of the largest squares in the world, Monterrey’s city center Macroplaza is populated by towering monuments, ornate fountains, and numerous historic buildings. Highlights are the Faro del Comercio, a soaring orange sculpture designed by Luis Barragán, as well as a tranquil sunken garden which offers a welcome respite from the surrounding hustle and bustle.More

Garcia Caves (Grutas de Garcia)

In the García Caves (Grutas de García), a 50-million-year-old cave complex hidden with the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, multicolored lighting enhances the drama of several striking rock formations. Explore 16 distinct chambers—including one bathed in natural light—admire the stalagmite shaped like a human hand, and more.More

St. Lucia Riverwalk (Paseo Santa Lucia)

Similar to San Antonio’s popular riverwalk across the border in Texas, the Mexican city of Monterrey boasts its own popular esplanade, known as the St. Lucia Riverwalk (Paseo Santa Lucía). The pedestrian walkway, which runs along an artificial river and connects the Macroplaza to Fundidora Park (Parque Fundidora), attracts tourists and locals with its relaxing setting, restaurants, boat rides, murals, and museums.More

Parque La Huasteca (La Huasteca Canyon Park)

Next to the Sierra Madre mountains and part of the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, Parque La Huasteca is one of Monterrey’s premier destinations for outdoor adventure, just a short drive from the city proper. Nearly 500 acres (200 hectares) of jagged limestone peaks, desert, and pockets of lush forest comprise the Huasteca Park, making it a must-visit for joggers, bikers, and climbers alike.More

Rodrigo Gómez Dam (La Boca)

Just outside Monterrey, La Boca Dam (Presa La Boca) is an artificial lake best known for watersports, mountain views, and lively social gatherings. Go fishing, rent a 4WD, or ride horses around the reservoir by day or visit in the evening for barbecue- and beer-fueled parties, catamaran rides, and lots of loud music.More

Cascada Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Waterfall)

The 82-foot (25-meter) Horsetail Waterfall (Cascada Cola de Caballo) is the star attraction in a park of the same name, situated just outside the pueblo mágico (magic town) of Santiago. Popular among local families, picnic alongside the tumbling falls for a back-to-nature escape from hectic Monterrey.More

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Looming over the southern end of Monterrey’s sprawling Macroplaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Known for its blend of architectural styles, including the ornate baroque facade and neoclassical bell tower, the cathedral is just as beautiful inside as out—the colorful murals and vaulted ceilings are particular highlights of the eclectic interior.More

Mirador del Obispado (Bishop’s Lookout)

Situated atop one of the highest hills in Monterrey, the Mirador del Obispado (Bishop’s Lookout) offers near-unbeatable panoramic views over the city below. Highlights of the viewpoint are Mexico’s largest monumental flag and the mustard-yellow 18th-century Palacio del Obispado (Bishop’s Palace), now home to a comprehensive regional museum.More

San Pedro Garza Garcia

Often known simply as San Pedro, upscale San Pedro Garza García is home to shopping malls, big business, and some of Monterrey’s best nightlife. Use San Pedro as a jumping-off point for exploration of Chipinque Ecological Park, catch a concert at Auditorio San Pedro, or go stargazing at Planetario Alfa, an interactive science museum.More

Villa de Santiago

Cobblestone streets, craft markets, and baroque buildings dominate Villa de Santiago, a colonial "magic town" that also serves as the gateway to some of Nuevo León’s top ecotourism destinations. Dine on typical cuisine at the local restaurants before venturing to the nearby Horsetail Falls, La Boca Dam, and the Matacanes Canyon.More

Chipinque Ecological Park (Parque Ecológico Chipinque)

At the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, the verdant Chipinque Ecological Park is one of the Cumbres de Monterrey National Park’s most easily accessible areas. Hike or bike through pine and oak forests, visit the butterfly house, and enjoy flora and fauna filled respite from the hustle and bustle of Monterrey.More

Barrio Antiguo (Old Town)

The youthful epicenter of the city, Monterrey Old Town (Barrio Antiguo) offers a lively alternative to the business-oriented city center and high-end outlying districts. Extending outwards from pedestrianized Padre Mier, this walkable neighborhood is replete with dive bars, quiet coffee shops, and weekly flea markets.More
Sesamo Park Plaza (Parque Plaza Sesamo)

Sesamo Park Plaza (Parque Plaza Sesamo)

In the heart of Fundidora Park, the Sesame Street-themed Parque Plaza Sesamo is a nostalgic and family-friendly day out. Here, you can meet and greet iconic characters such as Elmo and the Cookie Monster; explore Count von Count’s Castle; and make a splash in the waterpark zones.More
Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma)

Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma)

Founded in 1890, the historic Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma) produced its very first beer in 1893. Its initial frosty brew was delicious enough to win first prize at the Chicago and Paris world fairs. Today, the once independent purveyor of barley and hops operates as a subsidiary of big-name beer company Heineken, but visitors can still experience the old world charm on a visit to the brewery, where a popular beer garden plays host to travelers and offers a free glass of Bohemia, Dos Equis or Carta Blanca to patrons.More
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