Viña del Mar has the closest casino to Santiago in a stunning building which is nice to visit even if you aren´t interested in gambling. The building also houses a the 5 star Hotel del Mar and has comedy shows and singers occasionally.
Check out the Enjoy Casino webpage for details on shows.
Horse and Carriage ride or "Victorias"
If you would like to try something rather touristy in Viña then you could go on a horse and carriage ride around the town. The locals call them Victorias. It is an unusual and relaxing way to take in some of Viña´s sites, and very romantic!
This huge house belonged to another wealthy family back on the early 1900's. It's now the presidential summer house. Although you can't visit it on the inside, you can look at it from the Avenida Peru, and you can even go to the entrance and take a peek at the fine gardens.
Viña del Mar
""La ciudad Jardín""
This city is located 2 hours from Santiago, and it is an important city because of the tourism , the beaches, the music festival, the parks and gardens.
I used to spend my weekends when I studied in santiago and I really had a great time here.
Viña del Mar has a lot to offer, and is also a good place to spend the summer, it has great nightlife as Iquique and very good restaurants.
"The castle and the clock of flowers"
From " hill castle " one obtains an incredible landscape of the ocean and the panoramic one of Viña del Mar! It looks like a medieval city. In last century there were constructed here some of the most luxurious and traditional palaces, one of them was the Presidential Palace. Here there is also the world famous Clock of Flowers, perfect to take a few photos!
One of the things that I like most is the walk along the beaches of the city, here there is a very pretty wharf from where you can have a great view of the coast, the buildings and the beach.
Also there are many shops of crafts with very good prices.