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    Must-see: Museo de la Historia de Ponce

    by gdilieto Updated Jan 14, 2009

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    This is a terrific small museum that - as the name does not say - will guide you through not only the "history" but also the political, social, cultural, economic and everyday life of Ponce and its inhabitants. There are plenty of posters with photographs and useful explanations that will make the visit pleasant and instructive.

    The museum is in the city center one block East the Town Square. Depending on your level of interest, the visit can take from half an hour up to a couple of hours. The staff will assist you and provide explanation in both Spanish and English.

    I have frankly been impressed by this museum and recommend visiting and spending some quality time.

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    Nice-to-see: Cruceta El Vigía

    by gdilieto Updated Jan 13, 2009

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    A key Ponce's landmarks, Cruceta El Vigía is just a cross-shaped concrete building on the hills overlooking the city, worth as a viewpoint over the city and the ocean not much for the building itself. Once there, a glass elevator will take you to the skybridge. The view is nice but non impressive (see other photo attached) so, in my view, if you have little time you can skip. Worth coming here instead if you have a hour to spare.

    At about a couple of miles off the city center, you will have to drive. You can couple the visit with a visit to the Serallés Castle Museum, on the way to/from, right past the Cruceta. You can walk from one site to the other.

    View of the Cruceta El Vig��a from the City Center View from the Cruceta El Vig��a
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    Must-do: Eat an Ice Cream at King's Cream

    by gdilieto Updated Jan 13, 2009

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    This is the best helado de fruta topical (tropical fruit ice cream) I have ever had in the whole Americas. Yes indeed, in the whole Americas, need any more reasons to make a stop? Across the street the Historical Firehouse, don't need an address, the people standing in line on the sidewalk will guide you there.

    King's Cream Ice Creamery
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    Museo de Arte de Ponce

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 15, 2008

    This is Ponce's premier art museum. Designed by Edward Durrel Stone, it has 14 galleries containing about 3,000 pieces. This includes many by local artists. Dedicated in 1965, it was founded by Luis A. Ferré. This fine collection is a must-see for any art lover visiting Ponce.

    Museo de arte de Ponce The main hall A few of the exhibits
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    Castillo de Serralles

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 15, 2008

    Pedro Adolfo de Castro designed this building for the wealthy sugar cane magnate Eugenio Serrallés. It was built in 1926, on the south side of El Vigia, a hill overlooking Ponce. Today, it's a museum, with exhibits about the Serralles family and the sugar industry. Guided tours explain everything. No photos are allowed inside the house, but the garden offers some fine opportunities. The house also affords a great view of the city.

    Castillo Serralles The south side of the house The atrium View of the gardens More of the gardens
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    La Parque de Bombas

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 15, 2008

    Lt. Col. Maximo Meana, of the Spanish Army, designed this unusual building, which was built in 1882. It was part of Puerto Rico's agricultural exhibition, meant to be only temporary. The next year, a giant fire swept through the city, but the firemen put it out. In gratitude, the city made this their permanent home.

    Today, it's a museum dedicated to the city's firemen. Any visitor to Ponce should see this flamboyant, unique structure.

    La Parque de Bombas Some of the firefighting equipment A vintage fire truck Old fire helmets
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    Ponce Cathedral

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 15, 2008

    This beautiful church is comparable to the one in San Juan. The first chapel was built here in 1670, followed by a larger one in 1839. The Pope declared it a cathedral in 1924. Damaged by earthquakes, it has undergone a number of renovations and restorations.

    Ponce's Cathedral The Cathedral's interior The altar The stained-glass windows
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    Plaza las Delicias

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    In English: Plaza of Delights. This is where everything is. A block out of the plaza, almost everything still needs to be renovated, but inside the plaza, it looks like it would have in the early 20th century, and it's very enchanting. Almost everything worth seeing sight-seeing wise is here or a block or two away. In the picture are the fountains of the lions and a statue dedicated to Luís Muñoz Rivera, and on the southern side is a statue dedicated to Federico Degetau.

    Plaza las Delicias
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    Fuente de Juan Ponce de León

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    A really beautiful fountain when it's on, it's nice to just sit on a park bench and watch it and the birds. It's a great place to do people-watching while eating your gelatto and reading a book. This fountain was dedicated to the man the city is named for: Juan Ponce de León.

    Fuente de Juan Ponce de Le��n
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    La Catedral de la Nuestra Guadelupe

    by XanderDone Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    Construction of this church began in 1670, but it was definately less intricate and more rustic. The catherdal you see today was a part of a design that began to be constructed in 1835, and finished in 1839. However, it was destroyed during the earthquake in 1918, but rebuilt in 1924. Now with an amazing interior and façade, the cathedral is certainly a sight to see. It's still used today, and the day we were there, there was a funeral taking place, so we didn't dare go inside. So take that into consideration. They keep the doors open during the day, so just look inside and if there's something going on in there, please be polite and respect the services.

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    Casa de las Cariátides

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    A perfect example of Ponceño arquitecture, it was built in 1900 as a mansion for a very important Ponceño man. Now it's used as the Regional Office of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and it's the place to go if you want to know if something festive is going to happen soon in Ponce.

    Casa de las Cari��tides
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    Teatro la Perla

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Originally constructed in a neoclassical style in 1864, it's been partially distroyed in an earthquake and burned to the ground in a big fire. It was later rebuilt in 1941 to the same original design. Now, you will see local performances here.

    Teatro la Perla
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    ..Of Course, Parque de Bombas

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Everything you see about Ponce anywhere you go will have a picture of the domineering façade of the Parque de Bombas. Originally built in the 1860s by the Ponceño population after most of the city was killed in a major fire that raged out of control. Later remodeled in 1883, the firehouse finally got funding from the Ponceño government. Now permanently closed, but open to the public to browse inside and look around. Be sure to talk to the man at the table on the left-hand side. He knows a lot more information about the firehouse than I can remember. He also has great reccomendations about the places you should go to in the city if you have time to see the rest of it.

    Inside the Parque de Bombas
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    City Center Walks

    by HAROLD_PR Written Aug 18, 2004

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    You must definitely take a walk around the city center of Ponce. You will see the beautiful houses in the “colonial” style. Most of them were owned by affluent families that came to Ponce when the Spanish Government, to stimulate commerce, offered free land for the wealthy to administer. Many used their money to build the houses that are kept like monuments today

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    La Plaza Delicia

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 15, 2008

    Here is Ponce's central city plaza, the Plaza of Delights. With the lovely Cathedral, the Parque de Bombas, and a number of fountains and statues, this is truly a delightful place.

    La Plaza Delicias More of the Plaza Another view Shade trees
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