15 Best Things To Do In Tijuana, Mexico

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Tijuana, like many people may already know, is a city in Mexico, in Baja California, located just on the US-Mexican border. Tijuana’s appeal comes from its quintessential Mexican charm, fully embodied by the boisterous people. Come enjoy the food, it never disappoints even the pickiest eater. If you’re planning your vacation in this interesting Mexican city, make sure that you stay in one of the best hotels, hotels with hot tub, or vacation rental. Then read on below and learn about the best things to do in Tijuana, Mexico.

1. Tijuana Arch

Source: Photo by Flickr user Adam Moss used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This towering outdoor installation in Revolucion Avenue is known as the Tijuana Arch, welcoming visitors who approach the downtown Zona Centro area. It comes in 2 other names - the “Monumental Arch and Clock” to symbolize the people’s strength and prosperity and the “Millennium Arch” as it was put up in the year 2000. When you’re heading downtown, get up close and take time to appreciate the symbolic Tijuana Arch, although, with its height, you can practically see it from different parts of the city.

Tijuana Arch

Address: Av. Revolución 728, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Opening hours: 12am - 12pm (daily)

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2. Tijuana Collector's Museum

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Take the kids to the eclectic Tijuana Collector’s Museum in Zona Centro. For sure, they will have the time of their life exploring the three expositions spread across the building’s three floors. The first floor displays extensive collections of random everyday items - Pepsi cans, cameras, video game consoles, comics, toys, and whatnot. The second floor presents the rich history of wrestling in Mexico, showing memorabilia that date back to the 1990s. Lastly, the third floor takes you to the fascinating world of trains and railways. Visit Tijuana Collector’s Museum and tell us which collection is your favorite.

Tijuana Collector's Museum

Address: Calle Hermenegildo Galeana 8186, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Tijuana Collector’s Museum

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

Price: 2.5 USD

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3. Agua Caliente Tower

Torre del Casino Agua Caliente
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bajamisionero used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Agua Caliente Tower is a city attraction in Tijuana. It’s a lovely place to hang out with friends, walk your pet, sit with your thoughts, and take an early morning run. The park has benches and trails surrounded by trees and grasses - quite a relaxing place to seek refuge after a busy day in the city. On-site is a small sports museum that takes you through the history of different sports in Mexico, including athlete-related fun facts. Indeed, a visit here is altogether an educational and calming experience.

Agua Caliente Tower

Address: Blvd. Agua Caliente, Juárez, 22040 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Opening hours: 12am - 12pm (daily)

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4. The Tunnel House

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Casa del Túnel - Centro de Arte y Cultura en Tijuana on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You don’t get to visit a drug tunnel converted into an art museum every day. In Tijuana, you can very well do that at The Tunnel House. This cross-border tunnel runs from a private residence all the way to a parking area in San Ysidro. This passageway, discovered in 2003 by the authorities, is now a decent museum as part of the city’s efforts for sustainable cultural development. If you’re curious about the place or you just love art, book an appointment at The Tunnel House, known locally as Casa del Tunel.

The Tunnel House

Address: Calle Chapo Marquez 133, Tijuana 22010 Mexico

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5. Tijuana Cultural Centre

Centro cultural tijuana
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jorge armando 1997 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Tijuana Cultural Centre, opened in 1982, throughout the years became one of the most recognised symbols of the city. It is located in one of the most modern parts of the city - Zona Rio, just 5 minutes away from the border and it offers its visitors many interesting expositions showing different types of art. A major feature of the complex is “The Ball”, the only IMAX cinema in Tijuana. They also have in their offerings many children activities like readings, courses and workshops. Tijuana Cultural Centre is the only institution of the National Council for Culture and the Arts, outside Mexico’s Capital.

Tijuana Cultural Centre

Address: Paseo de los Héroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Tijuana Cultural Centre

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6. The Trompo Interactive Museum

Museo Interactivo el Trompo (cropped)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Delia Martínez / ... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Another attraction in Tijuana is the Trompo Interactive Museum, which is a fun adventure both for adults and children. You can watch an interesting movie in the projection hall, see many cultural shows, try multiple experiments that will answer basic questions about the Earth we may have, play numerous games and of course educate in a funny and interesting way. General admission to the museum is 5 USD. Don’t forget to check out their website for some interesting events coming up.

The Trompo Interactive Museum

Address: Libramiento los Insurgentes s/n, Rio Tijuana 3ra. Etapa, 22226 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: The Trompo Interactive Museum

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7. Tijuana Wax Museum

rita hayworth & madonna
Source: Photo by Flickr user Ed Schipul used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Every big city must be able to boast a wax museum. And Tijuana is not an exception. The museum was opened in 1993 and today in its collection you can find waxworks of those bigger celebrities as well as those less known, including Micheal Jackson, Barack Obama, Pedro Infante, and Lola Beltrán. But that’s not all, their special collection shows also waxworks of Mexican Heroes, or fantastic characters like Freddie Kreuger.

Tijuana Wax Museum

Address: Calle 1 (Artículo 123) 8281, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Tijuana Wax Museum (in Spanish)

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8. The border fence at the beach

Border Fence
Source: Photo by Flickr user Tony Webster used under CC BY 2.0

We are all aware of the ugly political situation between countries of North America. Authorities are building a fence on the beach between California and Tijuana, to prevent people from illegally crossing the border during the low tide. That strange scene, unfortunately, doesn’t stop people from trying to cross the border.

The border fence

Address: Tijuana Beach and Border Field State Park in San Diego

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9. Morelos Park

Little albino tiger dreams
Source: Photo by user Christian.J.H used under CC BY 2.0

Water slides, swimming pools, and a zoological garden with some rare species are only some of the attractions Morelos Park offers to its visitors. In the Aquatic Zone of the park you’ll find two swimming pool as well as the infantile structure, all safe with lifeguards, prepared to provide an amazing water adventure. Access to the Aquatic Zone costs 1.60 USD. In the Zoological Garden you’ll be able to see many interesting species including camels, reptiles or even albino tigers! There’s also a little train called “Little Penny” than can take you to different parts of the park.

Morelos Park

Address: Av. de los Insurgentes 16000, Rio Tijuana 3ra. Etapa, 22105 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Morelos Park (in Spanish)

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10. Cine Tonala - an art-house movie theater

Posted by Cine Tonalá Tijuana on Saturday, 29 October 2016

Calling all film lovers – of all the places to visit in Tijuana, be sure Cine Tonala is on the top of your list. Mexico’s famous for its interesting art-house movie theaters full of Mexican Culture, and if you’d like to check it out, Cine Tonala is the best option. Come over, eat some delicious Mexican food, drink tequila, and listen to the live music, stand-ups, and watch interesting movies regarding people’s stories, culture and art.

Cine Tonala

Address: Avenida Revolución 1317, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Cine Tonala (in Spanish)

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11. Telefonica Gastro Park

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Telefónica Gastro Park on Sunday, April 25, 2021

Are you looking for a good place to eat? Look no more, Telefonica Gastro Park is located in the city centre of Tijuana and offers cheap and fast Mexican food and delicious drinks. They also play special sports events and from time to time offer live music, so you may get a dinner or lunch full of fun. Their restaurant is pet-friendly. Look at their Facebook page for more information.

Telefonica Gastro Park

Address: Av Melchor Ocampo 2036, Zonaeste, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Facebook: Telefonica Gastro Park

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12. La Caja

Posted by La Caja Galería on Friday, August 3, 2012

La Caja, in English called “The Gallery Box” is an art gallery in Tijuana. The gallery for the last 9 years was representing local artists as well as international. They offer a collective exhibition and individual exhibitions to help artists, both in the city and abroad. The gallery is located in an abandoned warehouse, isn’t that cool? They also offer a city tour, showing the most interesting monuments of Tijuana.

La Caja

Address: Callejón de las Moras #118-B, 20 de Noviembre, 22100 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: La Caja

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13. Avenida Revolucion

Avenida Revolución in Tijuana Mexico
Source: Photo by user Johntex used under CC BY 2.5

Of course, being in Tijuana you can’t forget about visiting Avenida Revolucion, the touristic centre of the city. That’s where all the main attractions are located, including the historic Ceasar’s Restaurant, where the Cesear Salad was invented. The Avenue is also a historic downtown of Tijuana. You’ll find there also many other restaurants, shops and shopping malls.

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14. El Popo Market

standard mexican shops
Source: Photo by user Mark used under CC BY 2.0

When visiting Tijuana you can’t leave the city without checking out the most beautiful and colorful downtown market, full of fresh fruits, cheeses, candies, dried chillies, wooden spoons and everything else you can possibly imagine. Full of locals trying to sell their rural products, El Popo is a perfect place to try the local cuisine and items, or even get some amazing souvenirs for family and friends back home.

El Popo Market

Address: 22000, Calle Benito Juárez 2da 8053, Zona Centro, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

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15. Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Gudalupe TIjuana BC.
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Juan.osunacastro used under CC BY-SA 3.0

A little bit of history and Christian culture of Mexico you can find is the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, a Catholic Cathedral located right by the city centre. If you don’t mind, you could check out their Eucharist, each Saturday and Sunday, to see how it all looks in Mexico.

Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Address: 2da 7982, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Website: Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (in Spanish)

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Have a great visit to Tijuana and create an awesome itinerary with all these attractions Tijuana, Mexico has to offer! Just make sure to check out the best hotels near Tijuana Intl Airport for your accommodations.

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