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Childhood amusement is on display at La Esquina Toy Museum, where the collection includes more than 1,000 handcrafted toys. The popular museum was dreamed up by San Miguel resident Angelica Tijerina when he began collecting trinkets and playthings that his father brought home from travels around the country. La Esquina, located only a few short blocks east of El Jardin, has three main rooms organized by region with exhibits that reflect Mexico's diversity. The first room, called The Dollhouse, displays dolls made from cloth and other materials. The second room, Unforgettable Mates, focuses on toys mirroring transportation — from horses to trucks. In La Esquina's third room, The Fair, visitors will find toy Ferris wheels, piggy banks and musical instruments.

While many visitors say the museum is an excellent stop for children, some attest to the museum's appeal for all ages. "This wonderful museum of Mexican toys is more than just playthings," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. "It is basically a folk art museum. The ingenuity of the toymakers to create toys out of materials at hand is amazing."

La Esquina Toy Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs 30 MXN (about $2.25 USD) for adults and 20 MXN (about $1.50 USD) for children. For more information, visit the museum's website

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El Jardín is San Miguel's main plaza, located in the heart of the city. At the Zocalo, as El Jardín is often called, you can spend time people-watching, perusing the nearby shops and restaurants and reorienting yourself should the town's winding roads lead you astray.

Depending on when you find yourself in El Jardín, you may witness a political rally or have the chance to listen in on a live concert. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, there's always something happening in El Jardín: "You'll hear mariachi bands, you'll see dance performances, you'll find arts and artisans, and religious ceremonies and every other possible entertainment experience here in the center of San Miguel." Early evenings and weekend afternoons are particularly busy times in the plaza; this is when you'll find expats and locals catching up with friends or simply relaxing on the wrought-iron benches.

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