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

Assuming you like to learn about other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Ponce. To obtain complete information about each museum, just click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo de Arte de Ponce. It is found 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.

Attractions Map

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museo Castillo Serralles. It is situated in 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 directly below lists some key facts concerning the available museums in the area.

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

In case you like to experience the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites while on vacation in Ponce.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.

Many travelers also choose to visit Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. It is located in 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.

Look through this table for a listing of historic sites 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

Guests may experience some other intriguing sites to visit in this area.

A landmark worth visiting is Cruceta El Vigia. It is located in 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.

Other kinds of landmarks in this area. 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

Needless to say, Ponce is home to other attraction types. To read more about other attractions, navigate to this page.


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