A country like Mexico that is overflowing with culture and history can be both attractive and overwhelming to visitors. The good news: we are here to help! With stunning, colonial cities spread throughout its diversely beautiful landscapes, it’s hard to go wrong when picking your next family-friendly destination. One particular city, however, has quite the unique draw – its location. Sitting 6,000 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level, the historic silver mining town of San Luis Potosi, Mexico has evolved into one of the regions most frequented.
Often regarded as the highest metropolis in the country, the city is home to an eventful history that visitors can observe through the historic, colonial buildings and museums that line its streets. With an ever-growing visitor population, this once quiet town is slowly turning into a bustling tourist destination. In addition to its vibrant history, San Luis Potosi has the ideal location for families looking for both action and relaxation.
Within close proximity to some of the country’s most dynamic landscapes, visitors have the option to take a break from the city lights and take off on thrilling nature excursions to nearby natural wonders. If you combine just the right mix of history and nature activities, your family is sure to be impressed and consistently entertained, making for a flawless family get-a-way.
For those looking to enjoy a calm afternoon while learning more about the city’s colorful history, visits to sites such as the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) in Garden Hidalgo and the Museo del Ferrocarril (Railroad Museum) are great starting points.
Once the residence of well-known political figures such as Antonio López de Santa Anna and Benito Juarez, the Palacio del Gobierno is one of the most important historic buildings in all of San Luis Potosi. Take in its well-preserved neoclassical architecture, visit the impressive clock in the main balcony – created to commemorate the beginning of the war for Mexican independence – and stand in the very rooms where some of the most significant events in the country took place.
Afterwards, head over to the Museo del Ferrocarril where you can revisit the former San Luis Potosi train station. Explore vintage trains and their various parts up-close and an impressive miniature replica of the station. As you learn about the country’s locomotive history and the national impact it made, be sure to check out the beautiful wall paintings that line its hallways, illustrated by beloved local artist Fernando Leal.
Other sites worth a look are the Teatro de la Paz (Peace Theatre) – one of the country’s four main theatres – and the Templo del Carmen (Carmen Temple), which boasts a Barroco Churrigueresco Spanish architectural style and intricate stone carvings.
Alameda Park located in San Luis Potosi’s historic center is a great way to combine both nature and learning activities for the family. The tree-lined paths of this extremely popular park are home to massive flower gardens and a tranquil atmosphere. The center of the park features a fountain and an artificial lake where you can observe the park’s adorable resident ducks up-close.
Similar in style, but greater in nature, is the famous Tangamanga Park. Considered one of the largest urban parks in the country, the park now acts as an important lung for the city – providing residents with fresh, clean air. A popular place to exercise, spend the day, or partake in cultural activities, this park has options for the entire family. Consisting of multiple sections, the park offers guests the opportunity to enjoy its sports fields, recreational areas, playgrounds, outdoor shows, and even museums.
One such museum within park boundaries is the incredibly popular Museo Laberinto de las Ciencias y las Artes de San Luis Potosi (Labyrinth Museum of Science and Arts of San Luis Potosi) – a museum equipped with five thematic spaces with a focus on science, art, and technology. Home to a movie theater, coffee shop, small indoor forest, space observatory, temporary exhibitions, gift shop, music, games, and robots (yes, robots!) the museum is perfect for family entertainment.
While learning about the past is interesting, sometimes we just need a breath of fresh air or a day out in the sun. Lucky for visitors, San Luis Potosi is near one of the country’s most astonishing nature parks known as La Huasteca Potosina. Home to some of the world’s most exotic waterfalls, rivers, lakes, caves, forests, and wildlife – La Huasteca Potosina is a must when visiting the region.
With nature tours leaving directly from San Luis Potosi and the nearby town of Ciudad Valles, families are able to book unforgettable single-day or multi-day excursions to some of the most spectacular natural wonders the country has to offer. Explore the Puente de Dios (God’s Bridge) cavern system and the Tamasopo waterfalls as a part of the Huasteca Caves and Waterfalls Adventure, or witness spectacular natural formations, regional history, and unique architecture at sites such as Xilitla and the Sotano de las Huahuas (Cave of Swallows) as part of the Huasteca Region Encounter.
All set deep in the expansive rainforest of this richly biodiverse region, La Huasteca Potosina offers some of the best nature excursions you will ever experience. Home to the best river rafting in Mexico and some of the top San Luis Potosi activities, this is an adventure the family is sure to be talking about for years to come.
So, book your ticket, board that flight, and come visit the gorgeous city of San Luis Potosi. Home to traditional Mexican customs, vibrant history, lush nature, and some of the best ruins in Mexico, San Luis Potosi is the ideal get-a-way for families looking to shake things up on their next trip south. With opportunities to learn and explore, this is a vacation the entire family will enjoy.