Visiting the Arecibo Lighthouse Museum and Historical Park
If you are only going to visit one historical attraction while visiting Puerto Rico, it has to be the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park. This great historical attraction is designed to be interesting to both children and adults and it takes the form of a cultural theme park that provides insight into five different aspects of Puerto Rico’s history. All in all, it will take visitors on a journey through time, from the arrival of the Spanish to the Spanish-American War.
The Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park is probably one of Puerto Rico’s most informative tourist attractions. The park is situated around the Arecibo Lighthouse and includes the lighthouse itself, which is a very interesting part of the country’s history. Visitors are able to start their journey in 1493 when the Spanish arrived and conquered the native Indian Tribes before firmly establishing themselves on the island. By 1898, the beautiful and practical Arecibo lighthouse was built to warn approaching ships of the impending danger of the rugged coastline. Just a short while later, the Spanish-American War took place relieving the people of Puerto Rico of Spanish rule. During your tour you will be able to experience what life was like for a slave living at that time at the Slave Quarters, as well as get an idea of what life was like for the original Taino Indian inhabitants of the island. Being able to hop aboard the replicated pirate’s ship is always a treat, while learning about the Spanish Conquest – complete with replicated Spanish galleon – is very interesting.
Children can also explore the Pirate’s Cave, spend time at the Play Ground or play with a variety of lovely animals at the mini-zoo. Then, of course, there is the lighthouse itself which provides an excellent view of both Arecibo and the Atlantic Ocean. If you visit during whale watching season you may be fortunate enough to spot some of these delightful mammoths of the sea as they frolic in the waters below. The lighthouse also acts as a bit of a museum and has great displays with marine artifacts and other interesting articles. So why wait another second? The park is open between 9:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Friday and between 10:00 and 19:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Arecibo Lighthouse is also open during public holidays and visitors will be expected to pay an entrance fee that is used to maintain the park and keep it in good condition.