Parque Tangamanga, in downtown San Luis Potosí, is the second-largest urban park in the country, after Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park. Residents call it los pulmones (the lungs) of the city, and flock there on weekends to picnic and play. You can rent bikes at Las Bicicletas del Parque, a quarter-mile inside the park’s northern entrance, to properly explore the 1,000-plus green acres. Pedal along grand boulevards past playgrounds and small lakes, festive food stalls, and picnic-ready lawns dotted with mesquite and pepper trees. Families should also set aside a few hours for the Labyrinth of Science and Art, which abuts Tangamanga’s southeastern border. Designed by celebrated Mexican architects Ricardo and Víctor Legorreta and built in 2008, the museum is a modern take on a hacienda, fashioned from locally quarried stone; its striking façade speaks to the city’s growing reputation as a contemporary-design destination. Inside, galleries are dedicated to nature, space, the human body, and imagination, and hands-on displays make science engaging and interactive. You’ll also want to check out the cacti-lined mazes and the petting zoo.
The northern entrance to the park is just a five-minute drive from the Conrad, while the museum is 15 minutes away. At the museum’s ticket counter, inquire about an English-speaking guide who can accompany you and your family through the galleries.
LAS BICICLETAS DEL PARQUE: Calle de Los Potosinos Ilustres; Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.