Fun things to do in Monterrey

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    Tribute to life-giving water

    by Sinjoor Written Jun 23, 2013

    In the centre of Monterrey, between Macroplaza and Plaza Zaragoza, the "Fuente de la Vida" can be found. This is a beautiful fountain made as a tribute to the life giving force of water. It includes a beautiful group of statues, depicting sea god Poseidon (or Neptune) with his followers, At dusk thousands of Mexican blackbirds gather to enjoy a cool drink and roost in the surrounding trees, which is quite an impressive spectacle.

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    Motorized Magnificence

    by Sinjoor Written Jun 9, 2013

    Inside the boundaries of the Parque Niños Heroes car lovers can find the Auto-mobile Museum, which harbours a small, but impressive collection of very fine antique cars, ranging from a Ford T
    to cars as recent as the '70's of the last century, as well as some ancient motorcycles and bicycles.

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    Déjeuner sur l'herbe

    by Sinjoor Written Jun 9, 2013

    For those who want a breather away from the never ending hustle and bustle of this megacity, a visit to one of the city's parks is advisable. In particular the "Parque Niños Heroes" (Park of The Child Heroes), which also known as "CARE- Centro Estatal de Alto Rendimiento, is appealing with its lush lawns, its fishing lake and its infrastructure for cycling and jogging (both of which are a no-no in the city due to the absolute and utter lack of infrastructure for "the weaker traffic"), its museums (of auto-mobiles and fauna), it's aviary and climbing gym. There is also an aquarium, but that is a mere installation of a dozen or so fish tanks showing indigenous fish and is as such not all that interesting. It is for that matter the first of its sort I've come across, in which the explanatory signs mention the fish' "economic value". A university library can also be found there.

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    Relaxing in industrial history's shade

    by Sinjoor Written Jun 3, 2013

    One of the biggest and most well maintained parks in the city of Monterrey is Parque Fundidora. Having formerly been a steelworks, it has now been converted into a leisure area, which is very popular with the locals. The area includes 26 buildings which are, among others, a Holiday Inn hotel, a concert hall Arena Monterrey, a congress centre and exposition hall, Cintermex, various buildings evocative of its former purpose which now have been converted into museums, and 31 plaza's, such as Plaza Sesamo, an amusement park, it also includes several play areas and is connected to the city centre by the Paseo Santa Lucia, a 2,5 km long waterway on which one can enjoy a boat ride.

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    Romantic boatride in the city center

    by Sinjoor Written Sep 27, 2012

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    Between the city center, off Macroplaza, and Parque Fundidora, the former steelworks, runs a canal, called Paseo de Santa Lucia. Stretching some 2,5 kms it can be visited by way of boats carryng their passengers from one end to the other, and back if so desired. However, at either side embarcation points are provided for a one way trip. Along the boatride several artificial waterfalls of varying size can be observed, as well as beautiful murals. At the end of Parque Fundidora, in the middle of a little lake, a huge barrel for steelcasting, steals the show, whilst at the city center end an impressive work of art, "La Lagartera"(The Lizzardry") awaits the visitors. It consists of a large rectangular construction on which surface several animals can be seen.

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    Beautiful beasties

    by Sinjoor Written Jan 21, 2012

    La Pastora animal park is the local zoo, beautifully established with what looks like a little village right beyond the entrance gates. Behind that village is the zoo itself with an array of the animals usually to be found in zoos but if you're lucky you might get a glimpse of some "wild" visitors" enjoying the provisions on the grounds, like the exceptionally beautiful local squirrels, big grey and brown guys of even the rarer black ones.

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    Natural beauty at the city's edge

    by Sinjoor Written Jan 21, 2012

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    At the edge of the city there is Chipinque ecological park (Parque Ecologico Chipinque), ath the foot of the mountain behind it. At the end of a road leading upward is the "Meseta de Chipinque" , with a parking lot, a hotel where you can, among others , book romantic nights and a "mirador"or view point. From this "Mirador la Peñita" you have a wonderful view over the enormous (11 million inhabitants!) city of Monterrey. Especially at night this is a stunning experience. The mountain is also accessible by foot, by way of a trail which starts virtually at the bottom of the mountain. The park is open until 8 PM, except for people who stay at the hotel. They are issued a special permit to cross the gates after that.

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    Baseball Hall of Fame

    by TexasDave Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Sponsered and operated by Cuahtemoc Brewery, it's worth a look. The emphasis is on Mexican baseball stars but there names Americans will recognize as well. There also are batting and pitching cages. You can pitch a few with a radar gun so you can boast (or be embarassed by) your pitching speed.
    Free admission.

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    Zona Rosa: pulsating Centro life

    by Daniel_Williams Written Mar 28, 2005

    I walked to the Zona Rosa which was rich with human imagery. Pedestrian-only Morelos was teeming with shoppers; plenty of stylish teenagers and 20-somethings. DJs spin some electronica at a corner. I happened to pass through while some young indio dancers bobbed, danced and chanted on the corner of the Zona Rosa (Morelos) and the Macroplaza. It's well-done and draws a crowd. Parrots (parakeets?) could be heard from the palms up above. Onlookers watch a chimp, a snake charming young man as entertainment by a storefront.

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    Beer Garden

    by DriftingDavila Written Jul 27, 2004

    This is a picture of me relaxing outside of the brewery at the beer garden. Its a very tranquil little spot with wrought iron tables and chairs and big shady umbrellas. Chill out and listen to the sounds of the city while sitting next to the fountain drinking a fresh draft Indio beer.

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    Relaxing Movies

    by BigSproul Written Apr 25, 2004

    If you are in Monterrey and are looking for a nice relaxing night, check out the VIP movie theater at the Plaza Fiesta Mall in Valle Oriente. They have nice reclining seats with a huge screen and great sound. They also have waiters that will bring you anything from drinks to crepes to sushi. They show a lot of English movies with Spanish subtitles, so don't worry about not understanding anything! Also check out the mall, it's got a great food court, and good places to eat!

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    Casa de la Cultura = Culture House

    by arteimagen Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    Is this Mexico?????, yes!! Since the culture come to Mexico from europe, there are a lot of culture mixed in each city. Monterrey has the culture house, this is a space for artist to show theirs works. That building was the old train station of Monterrey called Estacion del golfo = Golfo Station, Do you recognize the style, what country has these style???, well, come to Monterrey to find out this great building, and see my travelogues for mor pic!!.

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    Museo del Vidrio = Glass Museum

    by arteimagen Written Jun 9, 2003

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    Art in glass by 23 contemporary Mexican artist inspired in traditiones, cultures and landscapes of Mexico. Glass work is one of the most antiques activities in this city. Learn how is obtained the glass, tecniques, and mexican history about glass
    Open Monday to sunday 9:00 to 20:00. Thursday closed. Rates 10 pesos (1 USD). Sunday free entrance. Other exhibitions may be found acording the schedule. Many art exposures in the athic., souvenirs and more.
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    The old principal palace...

    by arteimagen Updated May 28, 2003

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    The old principal palace build in 1611, is now a regional museum where you can learn mor about the northern people, way of life, history and olr home made articles for work, pictures, some days are concerts, artistic presentations and a coffe shop ans souvenirs
    Old norther arquitechture, beautiful place to take pictures, some weddings couples use this place for pictures
    Tuesday to sunday open 10:00-18:00 hrs.

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    Bungy Jump, Trekking on Mountains, City life.

    by Gatopardo Written May 22, 2003

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    Ok. Monterrey is a HUGE city, i think the third of importance in this country, it's located on north, and people is very open, it's not as conservative as people in other cities.

    My suggestion is visiting downtown, it's so nice! It has a tower witha lasser ray that goes around the city, MacroPlaza, there is a very good museum, MARCO, Contemporaty Art.
    There is a cave you can visit, Grutas de Garcia, Cola de Caballo fall, Going at nigh tot country hall and daaaaaance with a hat!

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