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Top Attractions In Mexico City For Free

The densely-populate capital city of Mexico is a place that’s absolutely teeming with a rich, abundant historic past.

It’s home to dozens of ancient churches and cathedrals, old-time plazas and squares and as much Mexican food as you can muster!

In a city as busy and bustling as Mexico City, it can be hard to know how to plan your itinerary and way around the city, so we’ve put together our own list to help you plan your trip.

Below, you can find the 10 best free attractions in Mexico City, as well as the top paid attractions too.

Free Attractions in Mexico City

Top Rated Mexico City Attractions

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Centro Historico

Without a doubt one of the best free attractions in Mexico City is the Centro Historico.

The Centro Historico is the historical centre of the city and is home to the famous main square known as Zocalo.

Centro Historico is a great place in the city to visit if you’re a history and architecture buff as there’s plenty of famous buildings located within the centre.

You’ll find the main Aztec temple, Templo...

Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco All-Inclusive Tour

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  • Explore one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites; ancient Teotihuacan, climb the pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica, an important pilgrimage site, and learn about the 3 cultures represented at...
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Catedral Metropolitana

Renowned for being the oldest church in the Americas, Catedral Metropolitana is one of the best free attractions in Mexico City that simply can’t be missed!

You’ll get to see the rich interior of the church that’s simply teeming with gold and ornately decadent sculptures, statues and artwork.

The Catedral Metropolitana is located in the very centre of Mexico City so it’s in a great location if you want...

Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour

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  • Embark on this adventurous tour which takes you back to see monuments established centuries ago. Some ancient and some sacred. In this tour, you will explore the Teotihuacan edifice built in Ancient Columbia.
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Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park is one of the top parks in the city and is well worth a visit if you’re travelling to Mexico City with kids.

The park is also home to the Chapultepec Zoo which is actually one of the most visited zoos in the whole world!

Here you can see pandas, tigers, lions, giraffes and a whole wealth of other exotic animals.

Kids are sure to love the vast open space that Chapultepec Park offers, as well as a...

Teotihuacan + Basilica de Guadalupe + Tlatelolco Tour!

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  • This tour is an informative and educative one, and it also comes with fun while exploring ancient Teotihuacan, one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. You get to climb the pyramids of the Sun and Moon, visit Our Lady of...
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Avenida Reforma

Avenida Reforma is said to be one of the coolest places in Mexico City as it’s home to plenty of monuments and eclectic sights on both side of the street.

While you can walk down the street and admire everything on foot at any time of day or night, one of the best ways to experience this famous Mexico City street is to actually bike down it!

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about paying to rent or hire a bicycle;...

Taxco and Cuernavaca from Mexico City

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  • This is a tour where you take a full-day trip out of Mexico City to admire Taxco. Taxco is a very unique colonial town that has grown to be famous for its silver works.
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Palacio Nacional

Palacio Nacional is the National Palace of Mexico and is the seat of the federal executive in Mexico.

Situated in the main square, the Palacio Nacional is also home to one of the top free attractions in Mexico City that tourists absolutely love to see when visiting the city.

Inside the Palacio Nacional, you’ll find a collection of Diego Rivera’s murals; something which is incredibly special and sacred to the people...

Iztaccihuatl Volcano Hiking Tour from Mexico City

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  • From Mexico City, explore hiking one of the highest volcanoes in Central America. The best sight is viewing stunning Valley of Mexico from the top of the active volcano of Iztaccihuatl. Also, get to enjoy a typical meal in a small town.
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Plaza de las Tres Culturas

Mexico City certainly isn’t short on eclectic historic sites and stories and the Plaza de las Tres Culturas is just one of the places in the city that you can see culture, history and architecture come together.

Plaza de las Tres Culturas is an archaeological site and is also home to a colonial-period church and modern apartments.

These three things represent the three main cultures that Mexico City has experienced over...

Puebla and Cholula Full-Day Tour from Mexico City

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  • This tour will give you a chance to really explore the beautiful regions of Puebla and Cholula from Mexico City
  • There's a knowledgeable and professional tour guide to take you through the city. The guide will reveal the beautiful parts...
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Mercado de la Ciudadela

There are numerous markets spread out across the city, but arguably one of the very best is the Mercado de la Ciudadela market.

Here you can find a plethora of handmade crafts that have been created all around Mexico, including pottery, jewellery, cards and a whole wealth of other creations.

You don’t even have to visit Mercado de la Ciudadela with the intention of purchasing anything; simply just admiring all the...

Cuernavaca and Taxco Tour with Lunch

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  • This 10-hour tour from Mexico City allows you to explore the enchanting cities of Cuernavaca and Taxco, and you will also discover the allure of the "Silver Capital of the World." On this tour you get to walk down the cobblestone streets of...
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Museo Soumaya

Similarly to Mexico City’s vast offering of markets, the city is also home to many free museums, but none are quite like Museo Soumaya.

Museo Soumaya was created by the infamous business tycoon Carlos Slim, and is now home to an eclectic collection of private art.

Not only is this a great free attraction in Mexico City if you have a particular penchant for all things art, but you can also see some of Carlos Slim’s...

Teotihuacan in the best private tour

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  • This tour is a single day tour where you get to visit the most representative places of Mexico City; the "City of the Gods, when the sun rises above the Teotihuacan pyramids. And the house of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican artist. These two...
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Basilica de Guadalupe

As well as being famed for the Cathedral Metropolitana, Mexico City also boats many other churches and cathedrals including the Basilica de Guadalupe.

This cathedral is said to be the second most visited church in the entire world, so even if you’re not particularly religious, you should still add it to your Mexico City travel itinerary as it’s such a pivotal part of the city.

Basilica de Guadalupe is also the...

Butterfly Monarch Tour from Mexico City

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    Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary on this day trip from Mexico City and also, explore the town of Valle de Bravo and admire the Wedding Veil Waterfall. This tour is for a whole day with activities fully set to make the experience adventurous.
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Mexico's National Autonomous University

Mexico’s National Autonomous University is also often referred to as just “UNAM” and is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico City, as well as a top university.

At UNAM, you don’t have to be a student to enjoy roaming the campus grounds and imagining what it’s like to attend the prestigious school.

While you’re there, make sure you see the mosaic mural created by Juan...

Puebla and Cholula Day Trip from Mexico City

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  • On this tour, you will explore the beauty of the cities of Cholula and Puebla. Here you will visit different amazing sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage sights which is full of different tile decorations and sculptures, the Archaeological...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Mexico City

There are many things you can do for free in Mexico City like booking free entry into some Mexico City museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.