5 Things to Do at Paseo Santa Lucía in Monterrey

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Museums, boat rides, or even a meal by the river are some of the activities at this attractive spot in Monterrey.

Paseo Santa Lucía is one of the main tourist attractions in Monterrey. Inspired by San Antonio’s River Walk, it was inaugurated in 2007. It became famous after being named one of the 13 wonders of Mexico created by humans, according to a survey by the Mexican Tourism Promotion Council and TV Azteca.

It starts in the city’s first square and extends to Parque Fundidora. It measures 2.5 kilometers, making it the longest artificial river in Latin America.

It’s an ideal space for walking and spending time on its peaceful paths, although the place offers much more than that, as it is surrounded by museums and even parks with animals.

Visit the Museums Around Paseo Santa Lucía

If you start the tour from Macroplaza, you will notice two large modern buildings connected by a bridge. These are the Museum of Mexican History and the Museum of the Northeast.

The former houses a collection of 1,200 pieces from pre-Hispanic times to the 20th century, including a real locomotive.

The Museum of the Northeast focuses on the history of Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and part of Texas, told from the top of the building in a descending manner, like a timeline through balconies, ramps, and mezzanines.

They open Tuesday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

General admission includes both museums: $40 pesos, $20 for students and teachers; free for minors under 18 and seniors. Website at 3museos.com

Extra: Almost entering Parque Fundidora, is the recently inaugurated Museum of the Battle of Monterrey, with posters, original artifacts, models, and hand-painted figures that commemorate this historic moment of 1846. Access is free.

Boat Ride

Below the museums is the dock to take one of the boats that offer round-trip rides on Paseo Santa Lucía. The boats are covered.

They pass by various points of interest: 24 fountains; some murals made by local artists; green areas and Parque Fundidora. In the old structures of the Fundidora de Fierro y Acero de Monterrey, there is the Museum of Industrial Archaeology Site, the Cineteca of Nuevo León, an art gallery, an interactive museum, and more attractions, including the Horno 3, a famous structure where you can also do zip-lining.

The tour costs $120 pesos for adults, $60 for children from 8 to 12 years old and seniors; children under 8 enter free. They serve Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dining by Paseo Santa Lucía

On the banks of Paseo Santa Lucía, you can find different gastronomic options, especially in the corridor before Parque Fundidora. There are pizzas at Romeo’s Pizzeria, ice cream at Nieverland, snacks at Café 1032, and various stands with churros and other sweets.

However, one of the best options is the Tenerías bar restaurant, next to the canal, with outdoor tables that enjoy beautiful views and a good atmosphere, especially when there is live music. At night, hundreds of lights turn on.

It specializes in international cuisine dishes such as pastas, shrimp, or melted cheeses, although there are also regional Mexican foods, such as tacos, meat cuts, and grills. Reserve at Whatsapp (81) 2010 9016.

Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame

Walking along the paths, you will see a gigantic red brick building. It is the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame, inaugurated in 2019 with an architectural style inspired by the geography of Monterrey and the chimneys of the steel industries.

There, tribute is paid to players, referees, managers, journalists, and feats of the history of the ‘king of sports’ at the national level. It is divided into several exhibition sections, such as the ‘Niche of the Immortals,’ a ‘sanctuary’ with glass plaques of the inducted characters that include a biographical synthesis with their achievements, the area where original articles, documents, photographs, and interactive infographics about Mexican baseball are displayed.

In addition, it has a play area, where you can live an immersive experience in its batting and pitching cages. You can also hit a home run in its virtual reality zone. In its auditorium, conferences and film cycles are offered, and don’t forget to stop by the Juan Vené Library, specialized in this sport.

It opens Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The entrance fee is $50 pesos for those over 16 years old; $25 for seniors, children from 11 to 15 years old, students, and teachers; free for children under 10 years old.

Website: salondelafamadelbeisbolmexicano.com

Interact with Animals at Expedición Amazonia

Interact with animals at Expedición Amazonia, an interactive park dedicated to the preservation of 55 species of birds and other wild animals. In addition, there are some adventure activities.

It is divided into various zones and attractions, such as the lemur jungle, an aviary with macaws, a small farm with animals, an Australian parakeet cage, an excavation and fossil search area, a circuit of hanging bridges, and even an aerial bike at 40 meters high.

It opens every day from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $190 pesos, $165 for children, and $145 for seniors. More information at: parqueamazonia.com

Source: El Universal