Ciudad Victoria Mexico

Ciudad Victoria (Victoria) is a municipality and a capital located in the west-central region of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. This beautiful, cultural city was named for Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico’s first president, and is home to many well-known local and international artists.

The city’s nickname is “The Athens of Tamaulipas”, due to its fame of actively promoting artists, encouraging higher education, and being host to many cultural activities. Victoria is also known for having beautiful parks and buildings, and a number of exciting things to do that will keep anyone visiting Ciudad Victoria very entertained. Within the city and in its surrounding areas, you can enjoy everything from ancient architecture to eco-tourism adventures.

While Victoria is a contemporary city, it still retains much of the “Old Mexico” tradition and culture with a city square and the requisite surrounding cathedral, government buildings, and an impressive array of places to shop and dine. All of this is mixed with a new, progressive Victoria with much to offer its visitors.

Among Ciudad Victoria’s main attractions are:

  • The Plaza de Armas
  • The 19th century Municipal Palace
  • The Cathedral
  • The Estefania Castañeda Infantile Park – a great family attraction; the park is deemed one of Mexico’s finest.
  • The Tamatan Zoo and Recreational Center
  • The Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez Sports Center
  • The Museo Tamux – a fantastic interactive natural history museum with a planetarium and a botanical garden. The museum offers an exciting array of exhibits that cover everything from asteroids to dinosaurs. This is also a great family attraction!
  • The Museo Regional de Historia de Tamaulipas - located in a lovely building formerly occupied by nuns and used as a military base, it is now used as Victoria’s Regional Museum. Exhibits include those tracing the state of Tamaulipas’ history. Detail plaques are in Spanish, but as a visual exhibit it has much to offer, such as the impressive display of Huastec figurines.
  • The Anthropology and History Museum – exhibits here include ceramic pieces from the indigenous Huasteca culture as well as other displays that are dedicated to Mexico’s history.
  • Centro Cultural Tamaulipas – an art gallery that is host to many temporary exhibits from various Mexican artists.
  • The Teatro Juárez – the theatre is noted for its large lobby mural depicting the history of Tamaulipas.

For the adventurists, tours and guide services are available in the area running canyoneering, kayaking, rock climbing, and rappelling adventure trips. The operators will also be able to provide or connect you with services for many other mountain activities or those in the surrounding locals.

And before you leave this charming city, don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in Ciudad Victoria’s markets. You’ll find many amazing deals in handcrafted items, including those made from henequen, carrizo, and palma, for which the locals are known. Of course, you’ll be able to pick out some colorful "tamaulipeca" clothing items to take home as well.

Spanish version of this page: Ciudad Victoria

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