Top 10 Bayamón Attractions

Luis A. Ferre Science Park, Parque de las Ciencias, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

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The historic indigenous peoples who encountered European explorers, the Taínos, were the long time settlers in this area. The Spanish colonist Juan Ramírez de Arellano established Bayamón as a Spanish settlement on May 22, 1772. The origin of name Bayamón, according to one belief, is that was named after the local Taíno chief, Bahamon. As per other belief the name was derived from the Taíno word Bayamongo, which is a river that runs across this region. In turn implying that Bayamón is the area around this main river, which later on became the center of city’s development.

Bayamón is historically known for “los carritos de chicharrón” (chicharrón cars), considered the best in Puerto Rico. Chicharron is made with different seasoned cuts of pork (also made with chicken). This town is the site of several notable Puerto Rican landmarks and places of interest. Bayamón Central Park is a public park where people gather and relax. Bayamon also hosts the Braulio Castillo Theater, the Francisco Oller Museum, and the José Celso Barbosa Monument. The Bayamón City Hall building is notable by being built across a major divided highway. While walking through a connecting corridor, right above the road, pedestrians can see passing cars underneath. It is believed to be the only building of its class in the world.

One of the most popular attractions in Bayamón is the Parque de las Ciencias (Bayamón Science Park). It is a science-themed park with various exhibitions and attractions. It is the only place, outside of the United States, where NASA rockets and parts are exhibited. It is located in the middle of karstic hills. An observation building on one of the hills gives a good view of the metropolitan area. That building also hosts antennas for government and civil communication.

Shopping is also a major tourist activity in Bayamón. Plaza del Sol and Plaza Rio Hondo are major commercial centers in the city. Also, many American restaurant franchises such as Famous Dave’s and Olive Garden are first inaugurated in Bayamón before expanding to other locations throughout the island.

Bayamón Tourism Office
Road #2, #167 Plazoleta Casa Alcaldía
787-798-8085 / 787-780-5552
municipiodebayamon.com

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