8 Things to Do in Chapultepec Park
Did you know Chapultepec Park in Mexico City is the largest park in Latin America? Spanning over 1,600 acres, it’s an oasis of greenery and an escape from the bustling city outside it. However, Chapultepec isn’t your usual park, and there’s MUCH more to it than just some trees and jogging trails. Here are eight awesome things to do in Chapultepec Park on your next visit.
1. Enjoy the View at Castillo de Chapultepec
This is the best thing to do in Chapultepec Park, and you should definitely prioritize it. Entrance to the castle costs 70 pesos per person and is so worth the money.
We started our day walking up the winding road to the top of “Grasshopper Hill” where the castle sits. Once there, we explored the gardens and took in the beautiful panoramic view of Mexico City. On a sunny day, it’s really stunning.
There’s also a museum explaining the history of the castle, and lots of totally ornate and over the top bedrooms, bathrooms, and sitting rooms you can check out. We spent about two hours here, but if you’re a huge history buff you’ll definitely want to stay longer.
2. See the Giant Pandas!
I looooooove pandas! It’s been my dream for years to see them live, and despite all the traveling I do I’ve actually never gotten to see one. Because of that, I was so excited when I found out there are two at the Chapultepec Zoo, and that the zoo is free! This was second on our list of things to do in Chapultepec Park, and was about a 20-minute walk from the castle.
Two pandas were gifted to Mexico City from China in the 70’s, and the two living at the park today are their surviving offspring. They were just laying and chilling and doing super cute panda stuff while we were there and I loved it! The zoo also has tons of other animals and exhibits, but it was so crowded when we went that we decided to just see the pandas and call it a day.
3. Chill at the Lake
Bring a blanket and a good book to Chapultepec Park, and you’ll be set for the day. After walking all around the castle and the zoo, I was ready to relax. There’s a large lake on one side of the road where you can rent boats to ride around in, and a smaller lake that has green space and trees around it. We plopped down in a shady spot and spent Sunday doing what Sundays are for… nothing 🙂
4. Explore the Market
I’m not sure whether or not the market is open all week, but it was definitely poppin’ on the weekend. Tons of vendors had stalls set up selling food, snacks, ice cream, treats, souvenirs, and toys. It honestly felt like the road never ended. Anything you want to buy… it’s here.
5. Eat Lunch
I had the best meal at Chapultepec Park, and it was so cheap! Near the zoo entrance and market there is a road with a bunch of small restaurant stands on it.
I ordered chicken milanese, which was a HUGE piece of fried chicken, rice, a salad, french fries, and tortillas for only 75 pesos. Pretty much everyone around us was eating something different, and literally everything looked and smelled amazing. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Mexican food at Chapultepec Park.
6. Visit a Museum
There’s a museum in Chapultepec Park for every taste. There’s a Museo Tamayo featuring contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art (free on Sundays), the National Museum of Anthropology (the most visited museum in Mexico City), the National History Museum (located in Castillo de Chapultepec) and others.
We visited the Casa de Lago Cultural Center, located on in a beautiful lake house with an interesting gallery inside. If you’re an art lover, you may need to consider making more than one trip to Chapultepec Park just to see it all.
7. Ride a Roller Coaster
This park is so big, there’s an entire theme park in it! We didn’t visit it, but La Feria Chapultepec Magico is a great thing to do in Chapultepec Park if you have kids. Day passes are 200 pesos per person (you can get them for 180 online), and the park has food, drinks, and over 40 different rides and attractions to check out.
8. Chill in the Hammock Zone
This is seriously such a good idea, I don’t know why more parks don’t implement it. There’s a hammock zone in Chapultepec Park with poles set up just to hang a hammock on and relax. There are some already there that you can use if they’re not already taken, or you can bring your own to enjoy. Definitely won’t be forgetting mine next time we go!
Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a million more things to do in Chapultepec Park, like ride a bike, practice yoga, meditate, climb a tree, go for a run, ride the carousel, take a nap, the list goes on and on. If you’re only in Mexico City for a short visit, you should definitely prioritize the park as a must-see while you’re here!
All my love,
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