Museums

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Gorgeous, glassy art museum showcasing the private collection of art patron Eduardo F Costantini.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes From European impressionists to Latin American maestros, this national art museum covers them all.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo Beautiful beaux-arts mansion strewn with the posh belongings of a Chilean aristocrat.

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Impressive private art collection in an architectually interesting building.

Fundación Proa Cutting-edge gallery-museum with contemporary art exhibits, plus a rooftop cafe with a view of La Boca.

Museo de Arte Moderno Spacious, multistory museum in a former warehouse exhibiting the works of Argentine contemporary artists.

Museo Evita Learn about the life and legacy of Argentina's iconic first lady.

Museo Histórico y Numismático José Evaristo Uriburu The history of Argentina's national currency tells the story of the country's ups and downs.

Historic Places

Plaza de Mayo Buenos Aires' original main square, dating to the 1580s and surrounded by significant buildings.

El Zanjón de Granados Beautifully renovated, underground architectural site of the city's first settlements.

Plaza San Martín Pleasant leafy park that was once home to Spanish governors, slave quarters, a bullring and a battlefield.

Manzana de las Luces Taking up a whole city block, this was BA's most important center of culture and learning during colonial times.

Plaza Dorrego BA's second-oldest square was once a pit stop for caravans bringing produce into the city.

Green Spaces

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur Low-lying, 350-hectare landfill site that's become a haven for wildlife and nature seekers.

Parque 3 de Febrero Laced with miles of bike trails, this large green park also has a rose garden, planetarium and small lakes.

Parque de la Memoria Landscaped park on the Costanera Norte that serves as a memorial to the victims of Argentina's military dictatorships.

Jardín Japonés Tidy green oasis of tranquility in Palermo, complete with sushi restaurant and cultural offerings.

Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays Surrounded by busy avenues, this modest botanical garden offers a peaceful break from the city.

Free Stuff

Cementerio de la Recoleta BA's most popular tourist attraction and a must-visit for its decorative tombs and statues.

Centro Cultural Kirchner Catch a concert at this magnificent venue housed in the former central post office.

La Glorieta Dance the tango at this romantic open-air milonga (dance school) in a bandstand at the Barrancas de Belgrano.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Spend an afternoon at this large and excellent national art museum.

Casa Rosada Book your place on a free weekend tour of the Presidential Palace.

Hipódromo Argentino Head to Palermo's horse-racing track and place some bets.

Feria de San Telmo See street performers among the stalls at this famous Sunday street market.

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur Marshy lands located in Puerto Madero near the city center, but miles away in atmosphere.

Free City Tour Locals who love their city offer free walking tours in English (tips appreciated).

Unusual Tours

Tango Trips Tango your way around some of BA's best milongas.

Biking Buenos Aires Pedal around Palermo's parks and on bike lanes; a fun and easy way to tour the city.

Graffitimundo See the city through its colorful and dynamic street-art scene.

Foto Ruta Unique self-guided tour via photographing clues around BA's neighborhoods.

Parrilla Tour Explore the city's off-the-beaten-track parrillas (steakhouses) and learn about Argentina's food and culture.

The Offbeat

Tierra Santa Visit this kitschy 'world's first religious theme park' and witness the resurrection every half-hour.

Museo del Agua y de la Historia Sanitaria Pretty tiles, ceramic pipes and old bidets and toilets are highlighted at this small, quirky museum.

Museo Nacional Ferroviario See assorted memorabilia and evocative photographs relating to Argentina's railways.

Argentina Polo Day Not many travelers can say they've hopped on a horse and learned to play polo while on vacation.

Museo de la Policía Federal Exhibits on cockfighting, drug paraphernalia and hacked-up murder victims – only at the Police Museum.

Fútbol

La Bombonera Stadium Watch a Boca Juniors game or visit the club museum.

River Plate In the north of the city, Boca's great rivals, River, have their own stadium museum.

Buenos Aires Fútbol Amigos Friendly five-aside matches played with a mixture of locals and foreigners, for men and women.

San Lorenzo de Almagro Pope Francis is a life-long supporter of this club from Boedo.