9 Best Places to Visit in Morelia, Mexico

It is a cool capital of the state of Michoacán. Morelia is situated on the banks of the Rio Grande de Morelia. The position is located between Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Morelia retained the character of a distinguished colonial town. It was Settled by the Spanish after their conquest of the native Tarascans in 1541. The city amazes people.

You can stay overnight or for an extended getaway. The Baroque Palacio de Gobierno is an architectural gem with its fine arcades and terraces that are good to visit. 

Morelia Convention and Exhibition Center

Morelia Convention and Exhibition Center
Morelia Convention and Exhibition Center

It is a beautiful tourist complex. There are many gardens and corridors surrounded by shopping centers, planetariums, restaurants, hotels, orchids, theaters and much more. Very nice with a large convention center, auditorium and shopping center.

The Morelos theater is one of the places inside the convention center apart from the orchid garden and the planetarium plus the beautiful gardens. The theater presents national and international works. 

Ocampo Theater

Ocampo Theater
Ocampo Theater

Ocampo Theater is a beautiful historic quarry building, good lighting, and unique access to various sections. This theater has always been a classic in Morelia, the remodeling has done very well. 

It belongs to the state government which makes it a prisoner of bureaucracy, it uses public transport, the parking lot is crazy. It is like a trip to the past, the smell and the seats. The coffee that is inside the facilities is good too.

Old Palace of Justice

Old Palace of Justice
Old Palace of Justice

Many grand buildings are available in the centro historico of Morelia. 

This one is next to the cathedral. It was converted into a Justice building later on. Go around it with permission from a sort of guard.

There is a grand mural on the backside of the stairway. Some rooms are made into a museum of justice issues.The building is nice and seeing those Mexican murals is always pleasant.

Centro Cultural Clavijero

Centro Cultural Clavijero
Centro Cultural Clavijero

It is an old colonial building with quality and cosmopolitan diversity of a great set of exhibits. A collection of paintings and other art works by artists from a notorious indigenous town are available here.

This former convent houses, among other things, an art museum. It is free of charge and you can walk through any time to enjoy the ambiance. Temporary exhibits of Mexican fine art and arte popular, always well curated and so worth seeing.

Benito Juarez Zoological Park

Benito Juarez Zoological Park
Benito Juarez Zoological Park

The park is very well maintained as it is 10 minutes drive from downtown that consists of several interesting fauna. Arriving early to avoid the heat, as around noon it became very warm.

It is a nice treed park for walking and looking at all the animals. Bigger animals have very nice large enclosures and are well fed with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Staff keeps themselves busy by looking after everything. Restrooms are also throughout the park at no cost. Enjoy all the colourful collections of birds.

Museo Casa Natal de Morelos

Museo Casa Natal de Morelos
Museo Casa Natal de Morelos

José Maria Morelos is the city’s namesake. The museum is filled with information about Morelosand, Colonial Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. This old building was once a small hospital.

The artifacts are interesting and the thorough explanations are the real draw. Walk through and read the placards to learn about Mexican history in two hours. They have robot Morello’s and the show is very short but Mexican history. 

Fountain of the Tarascas

Fountain of the Tarascas
Fountain of the Tarascas

This is yet another symbol of Morelia and it celebrates the Tarascan culture located on the right near the Sanctuary Church of Guadalupe and the Aqueduct. Lovely gardens are around and nearby small parks. 

Cool fountain near the aqueduct that has a splendid Spanish feel to it.

The fountain, aqueduct, park and romance alley are all right there. It makes for a great place to take touristy photographs.

Romance Alley

Romance Alley
Romance Alley

Lovely place to take photos, nice little places to eat, very safe, very tranquil, little shops and just enjoy the ambiance. Good to keep a tourist guide.

You can be there while on a city trolley tour. It is right next to a little area with some restaurants and bars and returned the following day to enjoy that area.

Michoacan Museum of Handicrafts

Michoacan Museum of Handicrafts
Michoacan Museum of Handicrafts

Purchase the artwork and the prices are very reasonable. Go to this museum and see most of it in one place. Buy something if you’re really in love with it, but you can just go through and take a look.

This is a neat collection of Michoacan arts and crafts. Visit workshops and see how the wood is worked or embroidery done.

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Justin M. Neal
Justin M. Neal

Justin is a freelance writer specializing in adventure, camping, hiking, home improvement, pet and technology. He is an avid animal lover since he was a little boy. He lives with his wife Malina, son Oliver, and their purrfect angel cat, Fifi.

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