Most of the entertainment within Tijuana belongs in the La Revo but there are also many museums and parks in Tijuana that give more of a cultural experience. These parks and museums are often overlooked by travelers who get caught up in the dance and party atmosphere. If you do make it over to these areas the only thing you will home with less of is sombreros and you will gain more heritage and culture from your visit here.
There is a beige colored building called CECUT which stands from the Centro Cultural Tijuana. This is one of the most attractive buildings within Tijuana. The main excitement here takes place at the Museo de las California’s. Inside this museum you will be able to see and read about artifacts that are all about and from The beginning times of the Baja Peninsula history. The museum provides the history and explanations in Spanish and in English. You will be able to see exhibits here that date all the way back to The American-Mexican War, the conquest of the Spanish and other artifacts from the beginning of the 20th century. In this CECUT compound you can also view many traveling and temporary exhibitions that have to do with science and technology. If this is all a little too nerdy you can wander over to the Sala de Espectaculos where you are able to attend dance shows and music concerts of artists from throughout the region. You can also see many local and Hollywood films shown here at the Cine Omnimax. The movies are shown every couple hours and if you would like to view some dance that tells a story kind of like a play then you should head over to Jardin Caracoal. Jardin Caracoal is in the shape of a snail’s body and exists as a garden with many beautiful sculptures from Pre-Hispanic times. The price to go through this sphere of history is 22 pesos for adults and 14 pesos for children twelve and under. The museum is open Tues-Sat from 10am-7pm. If you would like to see a film at the Omnimax theater you must pay 45 pesos per person and the price for kids tickets are 26 pesos.
If you are a fan of pilsner beers you would find a visit to the Brewery’s in Tijuana to be very exciting. The Cerveceria Tijuana has been pumping out frothy brews since 2000. These beers have more of a European taste and watching the process is quite fascinating. At the Cerveceria Tijuana you will be able to go on a guided tour and in the end if you are of drinking age you will also get to taste samples of the beers. The tours here are free and can be arranged over the phone by calling 639-8662. The brewery is open for tours Mon-Fri between the hours of 10am-12noon. If wine is more your style you would really enjoy a tour of a family run winery called L.A Cetto Winery which has been around since the 1920′s and was started by Italians that immigrated here at the turn of the 20th century. Here you will be able to walk through the vineyards called Valle de Guadelupe which is just to the north from Ensenada. The tours are not too long but they will show you how they gain their rich flavors here from redwood from California. Most people just go on the tour so that they can sample the wines at the end and then purchase the ones they like. The prices here are much less than if you were to buy the wines in the stores. The tours here take place Mon-Fri between the hours of 11am-2pm and then again between the hours of 4pm-6pm. The tour is free and if you would like to join the tasting at the end of the tour you must pay 85 pesos and this includes a tasting of four different wines.
Another fun place to visit while you are doing your sight-seeing is the Parque Estatal Morelos which is a ark that is state owned and operated and is in close proximity to the main highway of the city. Here at the park you can enjoy peaceful walks, romantic boat adventures, and music in the outdoor theater. They also have a wildlife zoo where you can view tigers, lions and the massive ostriches. The price of admission is free you will just need to pay 11 pesos to park in the parking lot.
You should also see a very cheesy and a bit tacky wax museum called Museo de Cerca. In this museum you can view over 80 different wax figures of people that were important among world history. Some of the figures you will get to view and take your picture with include Presidente Fox, Gandi and also Fidel Castro. The museum is open every day between the hours of 10am-6pm. The price of admission is free. There are no notable architectural delights in Tijuana with the exception of Jai Alai Palace which you can view on Calle 7 and Revolucion. This building was erected in the late 1940′s and took over 20 years to complete. In this structure you will get to see old ball courts that were where they played the game of Jai Alai. The sport is no longer played but there is still a shop that people still place bets at. This building is used for boxing matches, dances and musical concerts today. You will be quite impressed with the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe which you can find located on Calle 2 and Ninos. The last building you will not want to miss seeing is that of the Monumental Arch which was erected in 2001 and you can view this on Calle 1 and Revolucion.