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Things to Do in Mazatlan, Mexico



  • Mazatlan Aquarium.

The main objective of this important aquarium is educating visitors in subjects like protection and conservation of nature. Here you can enjoy several shows and activities: swimming with sharks and sea lions, bird show, diving, sea museum, botanical garden, among others. Visit it from 9:30 to 17:00, daily.

  • Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island).

This large surface of 18-square miles is in reality a peninsula connected to land in the zone of the Mazatlan international airport. To reach it you can take a boat that will return for you later. The island has everything you need to spend an amazing beach day, with the ocean view and the relaxing sound of the waves. There you’ll have several restaurants, bars, palapas and stores within your reach. Besides, you can practice activities like horse riding on the side of the beach.

  • Angela Peralta Theater.

It’s one of the buildings with great cultural value in Mazatlan. This theater was inaugurated as the Rubio Theater in 1874; in 1943 it became the Angela Peralta Cinema, in honor to the Italian singer who died of yellow fever in the Iturbide Hotel located next to the theater. It had this function until 1964, year in which it was totally abandoned and in 1975 was partially destroyed by a hurricane. Years later, in 1992, opens its doors after a long remodeling in which maintained its original design, so entering to the theater transports you to the XIX century.

  • Archaeological Museum of Mazatlan.

This museum is located in what used to be a mansion from the end of the XIX and beginning of the XX century. It has a collection of 200 pieces and 5 halls of different permanent topics and also one hall for temporary exhibitions also used as conference room. The building has suffered modifications on its facade keeping its formal characteristic. Visit it from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00 hours. The access cost is 40 MXN.

  • Mazagua Water Park.

This water park is the ideal place to spend a family day, with attractions for the whole family: from the small ones with low depth pools, wave pool, and for the adrenaline lovers has several water slides to spend the best time. Also if you are looking for some relax and sun bath there are some resting areas next to the attractions. The place has all the necessary safety services and a food court to recharge batteries, to continue enjoying!

  • Las Tres Islas (Three Islands).

This set of islands, Lobos, Venados and Pájaros is located just in front of the tourist zone of the city. Venados Island, the biggest, has almost 1.2 miles of beaches and you can see there cave paintings; Pájaros Island is mainly made by volcanic rock; Lobos Island makes honor to its name and hosts some sea lions. You can ask for a tour in any marina and do not miss these symbols of Mazatlan during you stay.

  • Cathedral Basílica de la Purísima Concepción.

This iconic building of the historical center of the city. The imposing Cathedral was built at the end of the XIX century; its style is eclectic with a touch of gothic and renaissance. Here you can appreciate 14 European sculptures that represent the Via Crusis. On its inside has several jewels of the time: paintings, sculptures, lamps and the imposing pipe organ from Paris.