Must-see attractions in Monterrey

  • Horno 3, a blast furnace turned museum located in Parque Fundidora in Monterrey.



    Blast Furnace No 3 in the former industrial site of the Parque Fundidora has been converted into Horno3, an exceptionally impressive high-tech, hands-on…

  • Overlooking Monterrey, Mexico from Parque Ecológico Chipinque.

    Parque Ecológico Chipinque


    This stunning mountainside reserve is just 12km from downtown Monterrey. There's great hiking and mountain-biking on over 60km of well-marked trails…

  • Paseo Santa Lucia, Monterrey, Mexico.

    Paseo Santa Lucía


    The stunning 2.3km promenade of Paseo Santa Lucía is a world-class example of urban regeneration. This (artificial) river forms a turquoise ribbon through…

  • Museo de Historia Mexicana in Monterrey.

    Museo de Historia Mexicana


    This sleek modernist museum on the Plaza 400 Años presents an extensive but easily manageable chronological history of Mexico. In the heart of the museum…

  • Monument to Workers (Monumento a los Obreros) in Macroplaza square in the historic city center of Monterrey.



    A monument to Monterrey’s late-20th-century ambition, this city-block-wide series of interconnected squares, also known as the Gran Plaza, was created in…

  • Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Parque Fundidora


    Formerly a vast steel-factory complex, this once-blighted industrial zone has been transformed into a huge urban park. Designers cleverly retained the…

  • MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo) located on city landmark Macroplaza.

    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo


    Don't miss the outstanding Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, its entrance marked by Juan Soriano's gigantic black dove sculpture. Inside, its idiosyncratic…

  • Landmark Tower of Commerce Monument (Faro Del Comercio) in historic city center of Monterrey.

    Faro del Comercio


    At the southern end of the Macroplaza, the red 70m concrete tower Faro del Comercio (Lighthouse of Commerce) soars above the city, its green lasers…

  • Centro de las Artes


    Four disemboweled red-brick factories compose the Centro de las Artes: Nave Generadores and CONARTE feature rotating modern-art exhibitions; Nave Dos is…

  • Museo del Palacio


    Sister to the Museo de Historia Mexicana and Museo del Noreste, this small museum in the Palacio de Gobierno focuses on the history of the state of Nuevo…

  • Chipinque Visitor Center


    Staff at the visitors center of the stunning Chipinque park offer excellent advice about activities and trails, including maps. Permits for those heading…

  • Parque Ecoturístico Cola de Caballo


    This family-friendly park is centered on a 25m waterfall that is reminiscent of a horse's tail – hence the name. A steep trail leads to the falls or opt…

  • Museo del Noreste


    Technically this is a separate institution from the Museo de Historia Mexicana, but, practically speaking, it's galleries on the culture and history of…

  • Parque la Huasteca


    About 10km west of Monterrey’s city center, this spectacular canyon is studded dramatically with 300m-tall rock formations and gorgeous desert landscapes…

  • Plaza Zaragoza


    A shady park, Plaza Zaragoza hosts many concerts and special events. The centerpiece of the plaza – and the larger Macroplaza – is a 70m-tall, red…

  • Plaza 400 Años


    This plaza, graced with fountains and pools, forms an impressive approach to the sleek, modernist Museo de Historia Mexicana and the Museo del Noreste. It…

  • Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey


    A small museum inside Monterrey's original city hall, the Museo Metropolitano showcases the history of the city, from it's founding in 1596 to the present…

  • Catedral Metropolitano de Monterrey


    Just north of MARCO on the Macroplaza is the baroque facade of the Catedral Metropolitano de Monterrey, built in stages between about 1663 and the 1899…

  • Explanada de los Héroes


    Explanada de los Héroes has statues of Mexican national heroes in each corner. It's the most formal and traditional of the spaces in the Macroplaza and…

  • Parque Hundido


    Public square, forum for art, garden and green spaces all fuse to form Monterrey's unique Parque Hundido.

  • Palacio de Gobierno


    Inaugurated in 1908, the stunning neoclassical Palacio de Gobernio is the longtime seat of state politics. Located on the Macroplaza, It's also home to…

  • Biblioteca Central


    Monterrey's modernist central library is an architectural landmark along the Macroplaza, bringing to mind a reimagined Roman stadium. It hosts lectures…

  • Antiguo Palacio Federal


    Overlooking little Plaza Cinco de Mayo is the grand facade of the 1928 Antiguo Palacio Federal, an art deco beauty that was once the tallest building in…