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 like to expand your knowledge of other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To learn complete information about each museum, you can click on the name.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museo de Arte de Ponce. It is located 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 popular destination is Museo Castillo Serralles. It is found in 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 table below lists more information about museums you might enjoy 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 immerse yourself in the history of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions during your stay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Parque De Bombas. It is located in downtown Ponce. Originally built for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair, Parque de Bombas was later turned into the first fire station in Puerto Rico. It served that same purpose for over 100 years, when it was decommissioned in 1990 and later turned into a museum honoring the history of firefighting in Puerto Rico.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. It is found within northern Ponce. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays.

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 look at the table just below for more information about 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

Travelers will discover some other intriguing landmarks in this area.

One popular destination is Cruceta El Vigia. It is situated in northern Ponce. The site is closed on Mondays.

The table directly below enables you to learn more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to vacationers.

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 are seeking a wider range of attractions beyond just these, you should look farther afield. To navigate to our complete page about other attractions, see this page.

 

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