What to do and see in Xalapa, Mexico: The Best Places and Tips

September 4, 2017 Alice Mieles

Xalapa (often spelled Jalapa, Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈlapa] ( listen); English: /həˈlɑːpə/; officially Xalapa-Enríquez [xaˈlapa enˈrikes]) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. In the 2005 census the city reported a population of 387,879 and the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat reported a population of 413,136. The municipality has an area of 118.45 km². Xalapa lies near the geographic center of the state and is the second-largest city in the state after the city of Veracruz to the southeast.
Restaurants in Xalapa

1. Anthropology Museum

Lomas de San Roque, Xalapa, Mexico +52 228 815 0920
Excellent
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5 based on 486 reviews

Anthropology Museum

This top-notch anthropology museum displays the diversity of Mexican cultures.

Reviewed By Peter L - Durham, United Kingdom

This museum contains the archaeological riches of Vera Cruz , important material from El Tajin. The museum contains the remarkable La Mojarra Stela this large basalt slab was found sticking out of a Vera Cruz riverbank in 1986 it depicts the standing figure of a ruler with an elaborate Maya - like headdress in the form of a mythological bird. The highlight of the museum , in my opinion , is the Olmec sculptures , magnificent sophisticated works of art. It is well designed museum , lots of natural light & verdant Gardens. There is a bookshop , not many English books on offer when I was there & a small cafe upstairs. This museum is on par with the main museum in Mexico City.

2. Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero

Carretera Antigua a Coatepec No. 351 Km 2.5, Xalapa 91070, Mexico +52 228 842 1827
Excellent
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5 based on 107 reviews

Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero

Reviewed By royannjean - Courtenay, Canada

The collections are well maintained and organized. For bird watching it is best to arrive at opening (9:00 am). Mondays are closed. There are trails through older growth cloud forest that are full of birds. We arrived on the Briones bus from Coatepec. The bus runs through a beautiful backroad, and it is well worth the time to take it. Plan for about 2 hours in the garden which also gives plenty of time to relax in this serene place.

3. Parque de los Tecajetes

Xalapa, Mexico
Excellent
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4.5 based on 244 reviews

Parque de los Tecajetes

Reviewed By Dan W - Rochester, New York

What a great find in the middle of the city with lovely nooks and crannies at every turn. There is also a zip line in the middle of the park.

4. Museo El Lencero

Calle Rafael Murillo Camacho, Xalapa 91640, Mexico +52 228 820 0270
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Museo El Lencero

Reviewed By D57896 - Lexington, Virginia

I wasn't very excited about the Prospect of visiting this place after Reading the reviews here, but I'm very glad I went. The history is far more interesting than the furniture (in my opinion) and the place itself is charming: an enormous tree, lots of butterflies, Gardens, a huge spring-fed pool, beautiful house, lovely chapel, etc.

5. Parque Juarez

Enriquez | Calle Potrero Del Llano, Xalapa, Mexico
Excellent
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4 based on 190 reviews

Parque Juarez

Reviewed By Jack G - New York City, New York

Parque Juarez is a lovely, park-like square in the historic center of Xalapa. It is a good place to relax among the locals and enjoy the remarkable views of the surrounding Mountains and the rooftops of the city. We were there in the early evening and enjoyed the playing of a concert band and drum and bugle corps as the large Mexican flag was lowered.

6. Parque Los Berros

Salvador Diaz Miron S/N, Xalapa, Mexico
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Parque Los Berros

Reviewed By METRUN360

Nice park in central Xalapa. Really nice for a walk amongst Xalapeños! This is a family park on the weekend so it is really nice to stroll around with the local families eat an ice cream or a snack and just relax when visiting Xalapa.

7. Pinocateca Diego Rivera

Xalapa, Mexico
Excellent
36%
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4 based on 40 reviews

Pinocateca Diego Rivera

This small museum in Jalapa contains 36 pieces by Rivera, the famous Mexican painter.

Reviewed By Hector_Xalapa - Xalapa, Mexico

Some years ago the small exhibition gallery was open to house some local artists. Perhaps it has reached its goal, but the quality of the Exhibitions are not great, from pottery to paintings, this free gallery is open to everyone. When taking a tour in Xalapa, make some time (20 mins will do) to visit this space, located just down of the stairs of Xalapa's Main Public Park.

8. MIX Museo Interactivo Xalapa

Av. Rafael Murillo Vidal No. 1735 | col. Cuahctemoc, Xalapa, Mexico +52 228 813 8510
Excellent
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3.5 based on 68 reviews

MIX Museo Interactivo Xalapa

Reviewed By Sinko - Xalapa, Mexico

So much interaction seems to have taken its toll. The permanent exhibits need a makeover. Most either don't work, barely work, or are missing pieces. This museum provides less than an hour's worth of entertainment.

9. Parque de la Senoria

De Los Mangos, Xalapa, Mexico
Excellent
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4 based on 11 reviews

Parque de la Senoria

Reviewed By Gilberto V - Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Un parque aunque no de grandes dimensiones, bien cuidado, con arroyos que corren en canales bien diseñados y andadores atractivos rodeados de plantas y vegetación en buen estado, ideal para pasear a la Mascota y niños.

10. Parque Natura

Carretera Xalapa-Veracruz | Campo Nuevo, Xalapa 91198, Mexico +52 228 818 7989
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Parque Natura

Reviewed By Julio A - Xalapa, Mexico

Es un bonito lugar, donde la población local puede pasear y dar una vuelta, es una zona protegida, pero sin ningun atractivo para turistas.

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