With an average temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 degrees Celsius), Guadalajara is widely known for having one of the best climates in Mexico. The city was once known the Ciudad de las Rosas for all its gardens and rose bushes, and today it remains home to plenty of parks and green spaces.
Bosque Los Colomos
Guadalajara’s most famous park, found on the city’s residential west side, is home to a Japanese garden, a cultural center, attractive bridges and many trails perfect for jogging and hiking.
Calle El Chaco 3200, Guadalajara, Mexico; bosquecolomos.org
Parque Mirador Independencia
Located in the northern part of the city, Parque Mirador is known primarily as a vista point for the 2,000-foot deep Barranca de Oblatos (also known as the Barranca de Huentitán). Aside from the canyon views, it’s also home to an open-air theater, a playground and a budget-friendly restaurant, making it perfect for a lazy afternoon with the family.
Volcán Hueytepec, Guadalajara, Mexico
Parque Nacional Barranca de Huentitán
Want to get deeper into the canyon? There are three main entrances to the 2,810-acre national park (the site of several battles during the Mexican Revolution), making it an easily accessible place for a scenic, challenging hike.
Calzada Independencia Norte, Guadalajara, Mexico
El Jardín Botánico
Dating to 1840, this botanical garden, which once grew medicinal plants for the adjacent Hospital Civil, is the garden of its kind in Guadalajara. Aside from the flora, the space boasts a statue of Fray Antonio Alcalde, one of the city’s architects.
Calle Hospital & Calle Belén, Guadalajara, Mexico; guadalajara.net
Parque Agua Azul
Built more than 60 years ago, this park just south of the Zona Centro provides a respite from urban bustle, and is home to the Concha Acústica open-air stage, a butterfly farm, and an Orchid House.
Calzada Independencia Sur 973, Guadalajara, Mexico; facebook.com/ParqueAguaAzul
Bosque la Primavera
Spanning more than 139 square miles west of the city, the Bosque la Primavera has long been referred to as “Guadalajara’s lungs”; when development plans threatened its destruction, the forest was declared a Protected Area and Wildlife Refuge, and it remains home to 750 species of plant and 250 species of animal.
Guadalajara, Mexico; bosquelaprimavera.com
Zoológico y Safari Guadalajara
The largest zoo in the country was inaugurated by Mexico’s president in 1988, and today it’s home to nearly 400 species of animals, with the largest reptile house in Latin America. Kids will love the Sky Zoo cable car, which offers views of the animals from above.
Calle Paseo del Zoológico 600, Guadalajara, Mexico; zooguadalajara.com.mx