Landmarks in Ponce

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While many consider Old San Juan to be the be all, end all of historic and cultural attractions in Puerto Rico, Ponce should not be overlooked.  There are multiple museums in town that touch on important topics such as the arts and history, as well as monuments which honor local heroes and movements.  Many are located downtown and within walking distance of one another, so it is easy to make day of exploring these sites. 


Museo de Arte de Ponce

If you like to explore other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Ponce. To obtain more information regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Museo de Arte de Ponce. It is situated in downtown Ponce. The museum is opened daily during the week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except for Tuesday when it is closed.

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Another landmark worth visiting is Museo Castillo Serralles. It is found within northern Ponce. Start at the La Hacienda Mercedita, which was the home of the Serralles family, who own the rum distillery which produces Don Q Puerto Rican Rum. Inside is a museum dedicated to the history of rum making on the island, and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the refurbished home and see how the Serralles family lived.

Museo Castillo Serralles: The Patronato Castillo Museum feature numerous activities, with the museum being one of the most popular. The exhibits will take you back to the time when Sugar Cane was the major industry in Puerto Rico and when the Patronato Complex was one of the economic hubs of the area.

The table just below offers more details on some available museums in Ponce.

Museums In Ponce
Name Phone Location
Casa Paoli Museum (787) 840-4115 Ponce
Museo Castillo Serralles (787) 259-1774 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Ponce
Museo Castillo Serralles (787) 259-1774 Ponce
Museo Francisco Pancho Coimbre (787) 843-6553 Downtown Ponce
Museo de Arte de Ponce (787) 848-0505 Downtown Ponce
Museum Of Puerto Rican Music (787) 290-6617 Downtown Ponce
Ponce History Museum (787) 844-7071 Downtown Ponce

Historical Sites

Parque De Bombas

Do you enjoy exploring the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might want to visit some of these historical sites while on vacation in Ponce.

A common landmark for vacationers is Parque De Bombas. It is located in downtown Ponce. Parque de Bombas is open between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. It is located within northern Ponce. The center offers tours of their exhibits, and will tell you about the significance of each. This also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and gain an even better understanding of everything you see, from the stone-lined plazas to the artifacts on display.

Centro Historico: The historic district of Ponce, also known as Ponce Town, contains most of the landmarks and historic sites in the city of Ponce. Recognized as historic in 1962, the area has decades of renovation and preservation work, making it a beautiful place for sightseeing.

Be sure to look through the following table for more information about historic sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Ponce
Name Phone Location
Casa Alcaldia -- Downtown Ponce
Centro Historico -- Downtown Ponce
Memorial To Don Domingo -- Downtown Ponce
Parque De Bombas (787) 284-3338 Downtown Ponce
Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center (787) 840-2255 2.5 mi. North of Central Ponce

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers can enjoy some other worthwhile local attractions in this area.

Many travelers choose to visit Cruceta El Vigia. It is found within northern Ponce. Visitors to the site will be able to enter the cross and go up to the top where they will have fantastic views of the water.

The table just below offers more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Ponce
Name Type Location
Abolition Monument Monument 0.4 mi. South of Downtown Ponce
Cruceta El Vigia Monument 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Ponce
Lion Fountain Monument Downtown Ponce
Statue Of Munoz Rivera Monument Downtown Ponce

If you want to learn about a wider selection of attractions beyond this category, you should find others. If you'd like to find out more concerning other attractions by going to this page.


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