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. 

Museums

Museo de Arte de Ponce

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To see detailed information concerning each museum, just click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo de Arte de Ponce. It is found in downtown Ponce. Museo de Arte de Ponce is the main art museum in Puerto Rico, featuring collections of some of the most important pieces of art work from around the world and in a number of varying mediums.

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Another popular destination is Museo Castillo Serralles. It is located within northern Ponce. Museo Castillo Serralles is open between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 5:15 p.m.

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 following table lists some details concerning the 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

If you like to explore the historical roots of foreign countries, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions while on vacation in Ponce.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Parque De Bombas. It is located in downtown Ponce. Parque de Bombas now serves as a museum honoring the history of firefighting in Puero Rico. On the walls are photos of firefighters from the 19th century, as well as displays of firefighting artifacts an equipments, and a vintage red fire engine.

Another popular destination is Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. It is found within northern Ponce. Witness the history and tradition of the indigenous peoples of Puerto Rico at the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center, where through recreations and reenactments you will see how they lived. Located in Ponce, this spot is one of the most important archeological locations in Puerto Rico, where radiocarbon dating has proven that occupation of the area was from 400 to 1000 A.D.

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.

Take a moment to look through the table just below to find out more about sites of historical interest in Ponce.

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 may experience some other intriguing landmarks in this area.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cruceta El Vigia. It is located 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 other types of landmarks in Ponce are displayed in the following chart.

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

Keep in mind, you can find plenty of other kinds attractions available. Take advantage of this page dedicated to even more attractions if you're looking for some more information.

 

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