5 best things to do in León, Guanajuato

Best things to do and see in León Guanajuato.  Leon town square with trees and city skyline in the background.

One of northern Mexico’s biggest cities, León is often overlooked by travelers.  But spend a weekend here and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by lively local culture, huge artisanal markets, and interesting architecture.  Check out our list of top 4 things to do in León, Guanajuato and get inspired for your next trip!

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1 – Leather district

Things to do in León, Guanajuato.  Artesanal leather bags hanging in market place in Leon Mexico.

Top of our list of things to do in León, Guanajuato is a shopping spree in the impressive leather district.  Artisanal shopping doesn’t get much better than this, especially if you’re in the market for the best quality hand-made leather goods on the continent.

Find satchels, bags, belts, shoes, and even elaborate and colorful snake-skin cowboy boots at great prices!  Most of these goods are made in León and shipped all over the country, and even overseas where they sell for top dollar.  You’ll be buying from the producers themselves, so make the most of the unbeatable prices

2 – Martyr’s square

Martyr square in León Guanajuato Mexico.  Trees and church in the background of a large town square.

Martyr’s square is the heart of León and is one of the best places to people watch, enjoy cultural events, and drink a cold beer at the end of a long day exploring.

The square often holds open-air concerts that are free to the public, early morning dance classes, and most of the city’s parades and festivals take place here.

The surrounding streets are full of high-end restaurants, artsy bars, bohemian cafés, and late-night food stands to refuel on some Mexican comfort food before turning in for the night.

3 – Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon (Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon, one of the top things to see and do in León Guanajuato.  View of the church from below, with blue sky behind and sun shining on the building.

One of the best things to do in León, Guanajuato is to spend a few hours admiring the Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon church.  This neogothic masterpiece was under construction for 91 years and was finally inaugurated in 2012 with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

The building’s architecture is reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris, but without the crowds and long lines!  Stained glass windows and colorful Catholic paintings make for a humbling experience once you walk through the church doors.

If you visit on the weekend you might be lucky enough to see one of the church choirs perform!

4 – Guanajuato Museum of Art and History

Learn about the region’s fascinating past and appreciate local and national artworks at the Guanajuato Museum of Art and History. 

Permanent exhibitions show famous local artworks detailing key historic moments in León and Guanajuato’s history, displaying some of the most important aspects of regional culture over the years. 

Interactive exhibits and a sculpture garden make this one of the best things to do in León during your visit!

5 – Explora Science Center

For a family day out in León, your best bet is the Explora Science Center.  Interactive exhibits, video games, science experiments, outdoor play areas, and an IMAX 3D cinema will keep you entertained all day!

There’s an on-site restaurant/café and there are plenty of fast food restaurants across the street to keep your energy levels topped up during the day.

If you’re visiting with the whole family, check the Explora website for discounts and group deals!

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