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What to do in Chapultepec

Chapultepec is one of the most visited areas in Mexico City by tourists and even by locals, and we are talking about a forest or a park that is bigger than Central Park in New York.

The 7 best things to do in Chapultepec

If you are looking for things to do in Chapultepec you have just come to the right place, these are the most important places:

National Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology model

The Museum of Anthropology is one of the most important museums in Mexico and a classic must -see.

It has 22 rooms that teach the ancient and indigenous cultures of the country and covers more than 45 thousand square meters of construction, which makes it the largest museum in Mexico.

Prices, Hours and everything you need to visit it here: Museum of Anthropology Mexico

To visit the Museum of Anthropology we recommend you to

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle is one of the most outstanding architectural monuments in the country. Here you can find paintings, photographs, documents and objects that show us from the conquest of Tenochtitlan to the Mexican Revolution.

Inside the castle we can find the National Museum of History, wonderful facilities and fabulous architecture.

The castle is definitely one of the places to visit in Chapultepec, the truth is that it is a beautiful place and highly recommended.

To visit the Castle we recommend

Chapultepec Lake

Chapultepec Lake

Chapultepec Lake: It is very beautiful and you can rent a pedal boat or paddle boat to take a walk for a while.

It is important to note that there is almost no shade, so we recommend wearing sunscreen or a hat while walking around the lake.

Chapultepec Zoo

The Zoo is great, it’s free and can be a lot of fun for kids; however, the last time we went it was a bit neglected and with a lot of repairs, I hope this was just bad luck because I remember it being a good place to take a walk.

Papalote Children’s Museum

Bubble zone of the kite museum of children's museum

The Papalote is a museum that offers an excellent space to enjoy time with family and friends.

This museum educates through all its activities and what stands out is the perfect combination to make each activity a game or a super fun moment.

Ideal to visit with children!

If you are interested in this place, we recommend you to visit our Papalote Museo del Niño article for more information.

Rent a Bike

One of the best things to do in Chapultepec is to rent a bike to explore the park.

The best news is that you can do it for free at one of the Bicigratis modules, you only have to leave an ID (there is a module at the anthropology museum).

Try the Dorilocos

Don’t forget to try the dorilocos, Chapultepec is a good place to try this Mexican delicacy. Any stall in the park can prepare delicious dorilocos for you, just ask for them.

Other Activities to do in Chapultepec

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden has about 400 different species of plants and trees as well as an orchid garden.

If you like plants, this is one of the places to visit in Chapultepec.

Chapultepec Butterfly Garden

Inside the Chapultepec forest there is a butterfly garden inhabited by about 25 species of butterflies. Here you have the possibility to release newly hatched butterflies and it is a low cost activity that can be done in this place.

Museum of Modern Art

Designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, the art museum is another place to visit in Chapultepec if you enjoy admiring art.

Its permanent collection includes national and international artists and has around 2,000 pieces.

Dining at Lago Restaurant

One of the best things to do as a couple is to eat at the restaurant at the Lake. I must warn you that it is not a cheap option; however, it is a worthwhile experience.

The food is good, the setting is spectacular and the place serves as an ideal place to spend some time as a couple.

What to do in Chapultepec for free

The following is a list of free activities in Chapultepec.

  1. Chapultepec Zoo.
  2. The botanical garden.
  3. El Castillo de Chapultepec (Only on Sundays and only for Mexicans)
  4. Events at the Casa del Lago.
  5. The Museum of Modern Art (Sundays only and only for Mexicans)
  6. National Museum of Anthropology. (Only on Sundays and only for Mexican nationals)

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