Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas William Miranda Marín
Caguas’ real gem is the Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas William Miranda Marín. A testament to history, this theme park is designed to educate the public and elevate the relationship between culture and nature in a tropical setting. Its 60 acres of land are made up of gardens and the remains of Hacienda San José — a 19th-century sugar plantation.
The garden offers guided tours, walking trails, and various specialized exhibits (like the African and Taíno Ancestral Grove, Forest Heritage, Riverside Corridor, and Tropical Wetlands) for you to wander. Explore the rich history of the ancient sugar mills of Caguas, the town's ecological significance, an in-depth look at the agriculture of Puerto Rico, and more. Learn about the indigenous archeological findings on-site, the century-old sugar mill ruins, and the centennial slave barracks. Take a closer look at the Puerto Rican creole identity roots to understand something deeper about the island.
The Drive-In Park is the newest activity at the Jardín Botánico of Caguas. A cinema experience that you cannot miss The Drive-In Park is open from Thursday to Sunday, and the movie starts at 7:00 pm. The ticket is per car for a maximum of 5 people in each vehicle.
Museo de las Artes Populares
Lovers of folk art, skilled artisans, and local culture should make this a stop to learn more about several of the island’s prominent craftspeople. The museum pays homage to artists such as Zoilo Cajigas and Celestino Avilés, two woodcarvers dedicated to creating religious figures and saints and musical instruments. Some of their works are featured permanently at the museum. Elpidio Collazo and Emilio Rosado also have rooms dedicated to their craft, carved birds. Other artists that worked on leather, ceramic, and toys are showcased as well. A second showroom exhibits traditional figurines by a cagüeño teacher named Edwin Báez.
Paseo de las Artes
One of Caguas's main attractions is the Paseo de las Artes or Arts Promenade, a space that turns into an outdoor festival highlighting local artists. Be ready to walk, eat and drink, dance, and appreciate the works of Puerto Rican and international makers that have made this space their workshop. Another event that takes place at the Paseo de las Artes is the Al Fresco Culinary show. This event gathers people to savor creole food and creative presentations of local and international fusions at different food stations, food trucks, and stands.
Two great and fun recurrent outdoor festivals are held monthly: The Paseo de los Artistas Festival and Al Fresco Music and Culinary Festival.
The Paseo de los Artistas Festival is held on the third Saturday of every month. The town organizes an art fair complete with music, food, and local artisans. It promotes diverse artistic elements such as live music performances, poetry declamation, theatrical performances, dance performances, and artistic installations, among others; a good local gastronomic proposal accompanies all this.
Al Fresco Music and Culinary Festival gathers people to savor “criollo” food and creative presentations of local and international fusions at different food stations, food trucks, and kiosks. It takes place on the last Friday of every month.
“El Salto” Waterfall - “Tornasol” Canyon Adventure
Adventurers looking for a challenging nature-adventure tour will love the “Tornasol” Canyon located in the Carite Rainforest vicinity. Activities such as river hiking, ziplining in 5 different ziplines, rock climbing, rappelling 80 feet down the crystalline waters of “El Salto” waterfall to the bottom of a canyon awaits you!
Caribbean Criollo Center for Science and Technology (C3TEC)
A space to live unforgettable moments around science and technology. The C3Tec is a unique place where science becomes a fascinating experience. An interactive space for the enjoyment of young and old. At the permanent exhibitions and scientific laboratories, visitors explore topics such as geology, global warming, or living organisms. The third level gives access to the rooftop and the green roof, an ecological space that promotes sustainable technologies through a vegetation cover.
The C3Tec also has a cinema-theater where documentaries, short films, and films are regularly shown. They also have conference rooms, birthdays, and Cafétec for rent.