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Best Things To Do in Mexico City

Even the most ambitious travelers have difficulty exploring all of Mexico City, so you should carefully plan your days. Popular activities include exploring the famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Frida Kahlo Museum. Favorite cultural institutions are the National Palace presidential residence and the Palace of Fine Arts. Also, be sure to stroll the Central University City Campus, a UNESCO World Heritage site that's famous for its 20th century architecture.

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#1
Templo Mayor
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Museo Templo Mayor and the Templo Mayor archaeological site showcase the famous Pyramid of Huitzilopochtli, unearthed in 1976 and since ... read more»

#2
Chapultepec Forest (Bosque de Chapultepec) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The main park in Mexico City, Chapultepec Forest (also called the Bosque de Chapultepec) was once the temporary home of ... read more»

#3
Teotihuacan
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mexico City region, Teotihuacán  (teh-oh-tee-wa-can) contains some of the ... read more»

#4
Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitucion) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Officially known as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo is the main public square and one of the most recognizable ... read more»

#5
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Mexico's national cathedral -- the vaulting, austere, ornate church on the Zócalo's north end -- was once the site of ... read more»

#6
Central University City Campus Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Central University City Campus of the National University of Mexico includes 40 academic institutions, the Mexican Olympic stadium, a ... read more»

#7
Palacio de Bellas Artes Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Considered the cultural center of Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is a must-visit. The ... read more»

#8
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located within the famous Chapultepec Forest, the Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) holds artifacts from Mexico's ... read more»

#9
Museo Casa Luis Barragan
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Luis Barragán was a prominent Mexican architect renowned for his modernist style, and his former home -- now converted to a ... read more»

#10
National Palace (Palacio Nacional) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The National Palace holds the federal executive branch of the Mexican government and sits along Mexico City's main public ... read more»

#11
El Angel de la Independencia Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Flanking the Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City, El Ángel de la Independencia is column monument topped by ... read more»

#12
Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of the best-known museums in Mexico City exhibits the life and work of its most famous artist: Frida Kahlo ... read more»

#13
Xochimilco
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The southern borough of Xochimilco is a bit of a trek for some tourists, but most say that what's ... read more»

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