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Parque De La Independencia - City Park Rosario - Argentina

Every major city in the world has one. New York has Central Park and Mexico City, Chapultepec. A place where you can paddleboat across the park’s mini-lake, have your photo taken with a pony (or a llama), catch comedy shows, buy seeds to feed the fish. Rosario is no different. Here it is Parque de la Independencia, a100-hectare (247-acre) green space in the heart of the metropolis. Families drink mate beneath faux Grecian ruins. Kids drag their parents to Jardín de los Niños, to explore the art, pirate, flying and other worlds there.

Also within the park are the history museums, Museo de la Ciudad (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends, holidays 2-8 p.m. Bvld Oroño 2300, Tel: 480-8665, E-mail: info@museodellaciudad.org.ar, URL: www.museodelaciudad.org.ar. Entry: by donation) and Museo Histórico Provincial Dr. Julio Marc (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends, holidays 4-8 p.m. Parque de la Independencia, Tel: 472-1457, E-mail: museomarc@ciudad.net.ar; museomarc@santafe.gov.ar. Entry: $1.15). Across from the park’s Pellegrini entrance is Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes J.B. Catagnino (Wednesday-Monday 3-7 p.m. Av Pellegrini and Blvd Oroño, Tel: 480-2542. Entry: $1.15).

Every other Sunday the Hipódromo Independencia has horseraces (2-7 p.m. Entry free, minimum bet $1.50). The stables also offer horseback riding classes (Blvd Oroño 2360, Tel: 448-5519 / 155-773-814, E-mail: equitacionherrers@fibertel.com.ar, URL: www.hipicodelparque.com.ar).

End the day by watching the Aguas Danzantes sound and light show on the park’s main lake (Friday-Sunday, holidays 8:30-11 p.m. Entry: free).

Location:

Avenida Pellegrini; also 27 de Febrero, Moreno and Lagos Streets


Rosario, Argentina

City Park Types:
Natural park, garden

Getting There

Parque de la Independencia is an easy walk from downtown. Or catch a city bus (110, 113, 116, 120, 125, 126, 130, 131 or 132); don’t forget to pick up a tarjeta magnética for the fare (see Getting Around Rosario for details).

Travel Tips:

For safety’s sake, keep to populated paths.

To rent a bicicleta acuática (paddle boat) costs $3 per half-hour; a boat trip costs $0.50 per person.

Price Description:

The park is free; some of the museums have an entry fee.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Bring along your picnic and mate gear; sun protection and pocket change for museums, snacks and other diversions.

Visit the many museums and cultural centers. Enjoy the beaches and go fishing. Cruise the river, visiting its islands.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso










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