Mexico City Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico)
Mexico City is really a one-off and the variety of tourist attractions here is quite diverse and unique, ranging from roller coasters at the Six Flags Mexico theme park to motor racing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Around Mexico City's Paseo por el Centro Histórico and starting on the Avenida Juárez, tourists will be able to enjoy guided tram rides along the main streets, passing many historic attractions on the way.
For families, there are many tourist attractions in Mexico City, such as the Acuavida, Atlantis and Acuario aquariums, and also Chapultepec Zoo (Parque Zoológico de Chapultepec), where giant pandas are successfully breeding. Tourists who prefer a little more outdoor excitement will find plenty of recreational attractions, such as hiking, rock climbing, caving and even ice climbing. Mexico City's many tourist attractions are explained in more detail here.
Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes / Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional
Address: Avenida Juárez y Eje Central, Mexico City, 06010, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 55 282 1694
Mexico City's Teatro del Palacio de Bellas Artes is a popular venue and many classical music concerts regularly take place here, being performed by the highly acclaimed Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The theatre itself features a marble facade and is located within the beautiful Bellas Artes Palace (Palace of Fine Arts), which was commissioned as a cultural centre and concert hall and dates back around 100 years, being built in the early part of the 20th century.
Open hours: box office - daily
Address: Jardin Centenario, Centro de Coyoacán, Mexico City, 04100, Mexico, MX
The Acuavida Aquarium lies in the Centennial Gardens (Jardin Centenario) and can be found in the Coyoacán area of Mexico City. The main attractions include a vast selection of colourful fish, large sea turtles and even alligators.
Open hours: Thursday to Tuesday - 11:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge, concessions, children three years old and under are free
Parque Zoológico de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Zoo)
Address: Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, 11000, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 55 5553 6263
Chapultepec Zoo is sited within the spreading Bosque de Chapultepec, which is Mexico City's largest park. The zoo itself is home to a wealth of animal attractions, which number more than 2,000 in total and include many exotic creatures, endangered species and classic zoo favourites, with an extremely impressive breeding program. Founded in the early 1920s, Chapultepec Zoo receives upwards of six million visitors each year, with many coming to see the famous giant pandas in particular.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:30
Atlantis Aquarium / Atlantis Marine Park
Address: Avenida Constituyentes, Mexico City, 11000, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 55 5277 7583
The Atlantis Aquarium is amongst the main tourist attractions in Mexico City and offers the perfect day out for all of the family. Regular performances by the resident dolphins and seals are always crowd pullers, along with the fun bird shows with trained parrots. Fairground rides, live music and side stalls complete the main attractions at the Atlantic Aquarium.
Open hours: Friday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30
Acuario Aragón (Aragon Aquarium)
Address: Bosque de San Juan de Aragón, Mexico City, 07950, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 55 751 6798
The Aragon Aquarium features an array of aquariums, housing both marine and freshwater fish. However, without a doubt the main attractions here are the dolphin and sea lion shows, along with playground areas for the younger visitors. The Aragon Aquarium lies within Mexico City's Forest of San Juan de Aragón and is easy to reach.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:30 to 18:00
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Rodriguez Brothers Racetrack)
Address: Avenida Rio Piedad, Mexico City, 15840, Mexico, MX
Located on the north-eastern side of Mexico City, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack was built in 1962 when it hosted the prestigious Formula One Grand Prix. At 4.4 km / 2.7 miles in length, the track is known for its fast corner close to the finish line and many challenges along the way, including chicanes. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez can seat around 30,000 people and regularly hosts a series of additional attractions, which include concerts, baseball games and athletics.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to 19:00
Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium / Planetas
Address: Avenida Wilfrido Massieu y Luis Enrique Erro, Mexico City, 07340, Mexico, MX
With regularly sky shows offering an insight into the many star constellations and the planets of the solar system, the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium is an appealing attraction. Located within the Zacatenco neighbourhood and on the corner of the Avenida Luis Enrique Erro and also the Avenida Wilfrido Massieu, the planetarium theatre can seat around 400 people and boasts more than 150 different projectors in total. A number of attractions are dotted around the outside hall, such as exhibits about the sun, the stars, the galaxy and telescopes.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 13:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 18:00
Admission: charge, concessions for children
Plaza México / Bullfighting
Address: Calle Augusto Rodin 241, Mexico City, 03040, Mexico, MX
Known locally in Mexico City as 'corrida de toros', traditional Mexican bullfighting may not be for everyone, although it usually does draw large crowds. The Plaza México itself is a particularly impressive bullring with an overall capacity of over 50,000 spectators. Various other attractions and events are also hosted in this venue and include live music, dancing and fiestas.
Open hours: November to March, Sunday - from 16:00
Theme Parks / Amusement Parks / Water Parks
Around Mexico City will you discover a wealth of theme parks, appealing to all ages and filled with attractions suiting even the most adventurous of thrillseeker. Ranging from traditional funfair rides and roller coasters, to fast water slides and wave pools, Mexico City really does have it all. Particularly notable are the attractions within Six Flags Mexico, which is one of the leading amusement parks of its kind in the whole of Mexico and filled with fast roller coasters. The Divertido Park is also impressive and known for its Space Mountain and Castle of Terror, while for others, the roller coasters at the Feria Chapultepec Mágico offer excellent value for money, with various passes available. On a hot day, the slides and beach at the Parque Acuático El Rollo provide the perfect way to cool down.
- Six Flags Mexico
Address: 1500 Carretera Picacho Ajusco, Mexico City, 14200, Mexico, MX
Address: Boulevard Manuel Ávila Camacho 758, Estado de Mexico, Mexico City, 53020, Mexico, MX
- Feria Chapultepec Mágico
Address: Segunda sección del Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, MX
- Parque Acuático El Rollo
Address: José Maria Velasco 130, Mexico City, 11950, Mexico, MX
Open hours: daily - seasonal variations
Admission: charge, concessions for children
Circo Atayde Hermanos
Address: Colonia Doctores, Mexico City, 06720, Mexico, MX
Circo Atayde Hermanos is a particularly famous Mexican circus and arrives each year in Mexico City during the busy summer months. With no less than three circus rings and everything from elephants to acrobats, the circus is filled with attractions for all the family, with the clowns and jugglers being especially popular with younger children.
Open hours: daily - hours vary; box office open from 10:00 to 18:00