The oldest city on the island of Puerto Rico, Old San Juan has been carefully preserved in such a way that it has been awarded as spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. If exploring historic and cultural landmarks are an important part of a vacation to you, there is perhaps no greater destination in the whole of the Caribbean. From military forts to historic homes; not to mention the dozen or so museums all located within just three square miles.
In case you like to become more aware of other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Old San Juan. You can click on the museum names to get complete information.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Children's Museum. It is situated in Old San Juan. The Children's Museum in San Juan is a great place to take the island's youngest set to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from arts and science to history. There are plenty of fun hands on activities and exhibits that will get every child interested in learning.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum. It is situated in Old San Juan. Visitors are invited to tour the property from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier: The museum is open everyday from 9:30am until 3:30pm.
The chart just below offers some details regarding museums you might enjoy in Old San Juan.
|Children's Museum||(787) 722-3791||Old San Juan|
|Convent of the Dominican Order||(787) 721-6866||Old San Juan|
|El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery||(787) 723-3068||Old San Juan|
|Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum||(787) 723-1897||Old San Juan|
|Galeria Nacional Museum||(787) 725-2670||Old San Juan|
|Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena||--||Old San Juan|
|La Casa Blanca||(787) 725-3436||Old San Juan|
|Museo Felisa Rincaan de Gautier||(787) 723-1897||Old San Juan|
|Museo de Arte e Historia de San Juan||(787) 724-1875||Old San Juan|
|Museo de Artes Populares||--||Old San Juan|
|Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana||(787) 724-4294||Old San Juan|
|Museo de las Américas||(787) 724-5052||Old San Juan|
|Museum Of Our African Heritage||(787) 724-4294||Old San Juan|
|Pablo Casals Museum||(787) 723-9185||Old San Juan|
Do you like learning some of the historical roots of countries you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites during your stay.
A common landmark for vacationers is Plaza San Juan Bautista. It is located in eastern Old San Juan. Located within Plaza San Juan Bautista is the Plaza Hotel, Jose Castro House, and the San Juan Bautista Church. Tourists who visit this site will be able to see a great example of how villages were laid out during the 19th century Spanish colonial area.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Ateneo Puertorriqueño. It is located within Old San Juan. Tourists are welcome to tour the on-site museum, which features historical documents and island memorabilia, as well as attend cultural productions such as plays and concerts put on by the center. The main goal of Ateneo Puertorriqueño is to promote the arts amongst Puerto Ricans, so much of the facilities offerings are geared towards locals.
San Juan National Historic Site: The San Juan National Historic Site is the overarching Historic Zone that includes much of Old San Juan. Within the zone are the two main forts, Castillo San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro, as well as several other historic sites.
Review the following table to read more about historic sites in the area.
|--||Old San Juan|
|Ateneo Puertorriqueño||(809) 722-4839||0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Ballaja Barracks||--||Old San Juan|
|(787) 724-5477||Old San Juan|
|Casa Ramon Power y Giralt||(787) 722-5834||Old San Juan|
|Casa Rosa||--||Old San Juan|
|Casa de los Contrafuertes||(787) 724-5477||Old San Juan|
|Cathedral of San Juan Bautista||(787) 725-5550||Old San Juan|
|Fort San Cristóbal||(787) 729-6777||0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Old San Juan|
|Fort de San Filipe del Morro||(787) 729-6777||0.6 mi. Northwest of Old San Juan|
|La Fortaleza||(787) 721-7000||Old San Juan|
|--||Old San Juan|
|--||0.5 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Paseo De Morro||--||Old San Juan|
|Plaza San Juan Bautista||(831) 623-4526||0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|--||Old San Juan|
|San Juan Gate||--||Old San Juan|
|San Juan National Historic Site||(787) 729-6960||Old San Juan|
|--||0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan|
Vacationers can explore some other intriguing landmarks in this area.
A common landmark for vacationers is Raices Fountain. It is found in Old San Juan. Most people stop at the Raices Fountain as the tour Old San Juan. The bronze sculpture represented the combination of Amerindian, African, and Spanish culture.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is. It is located in Old San Juan. Walk along the Southern Side of Old San Juan on this scenic trail that stands as a testament to the economic and cultural power of Puerto Rico. Here you will find sculptures, monuments, and other art, as well as restaurants, stores, water activities, and ever changing live entertainment.
Totem: Hard to miss, this giant native-style totem pole juts out of the ground and goes forty feet into the air. It was built in 1992 to commemorate the native culture, and has since then become a popular spot for photograph taking tourists and relaxing locals.
The following table enables you to get some details regarding other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.
|Scenic Trail||0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Caballito del Mar||Monument||0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan|
|Raices Fountain||Monument||Old San Juan|
|Totem||Monument||Old San Juan|
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