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Staying Local? Here are 10 Latino-Themed Places to Visit This Summer

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With summer under way, you might be looking for a fun place to visit. Here's a list of 10 museums, neighborhood landmarks and even a walking trail — all part of our rich U.S. Latino history — which Instagram users have shared. Check them out!

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Chicago, Illinois

  • Free admission

This museum was founded in 2000 by members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community and is housed in a Queen-Anne style historical landmark. There are three galleries and performance spaces dedicated to spotlight Puerto Rican art and local artists.

They are hosting the 3rd Annual Gala – Raices: A Celebration of our Roots on September 22, which will honor Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and artist Antonio Martorell and both will be in attendance.

Learn more about this location here.

Olvera Street

Los Angeles, California

  • Free admission

Every corner on this street offers Instagram-worthy views. This Mexican marketplace is filled with street vendors, restaurants and painted structures that offer a look into the “Old Los Angeles.”

The place becomes even more alive when vendors celebrate holidays such as Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, and the Dia de los Muertos.

Learn more about this location here and here.

Little Havana

Miami, Florida

  • Free admission

Food and beautiful sights, what else could you possibly want? Whether you are going to Memorial Boulevard or Calle Ocho, this place is imbibed with the Cuban flavor of those who made this section of Miami their home.

Be sure to stop by the Azucar Ice Cream Company for a tasty refreshment (get their famous Abuela María Ice Cream) to cool you off from the summer heat.

Learn more about this location here.

Gesù Catholic Church

Miami, Florida

  • Free admission

This church is the oldest church in South Florida, founded before Miami was a city, and has been a place for Latin American refugees to find help after moving to the U.S.. This church’s bright pink outside makes it a vibrant and recognizable building, popular for weddings and a must-see tourist location!

Learn more about this location here.

Museo De Las Américas

Denver, Colorado

  • $5 per person
  • $3 students & seniors

The museum is right within Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and aims to educate visitors in the culture and history of Latin America. They have several exhibitions and collections available to the public that range from Spanish Colonial art to contemporary works.

Learn more about this location here.

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site

Between Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas

  • $5 per person
  • Children 16 and under are free

This 1500 mile trail is one of the oldest in the U.S. and follows a Native American trade route later used by the Spaniards. Designated a national landmark, there is much history amid the fascinating desert environment with artifacts and information about the different people who traversed the route from what is now the U.S. to Mexico City.

Learn more about this location here.

Repertorio Español Theater

New York, New York

  • Ranges from $15 to $66

This theater was founded in 1968 and offers productions of works from famous writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez. A particular highlight that makes the theater truly unique is that it offers live English translations of the Spanish-language plays as they are happening on stage.

Learn more about this location here.

Mexic-Arte Museum

Austin, Texas

  • $5 adults
  • $4 students and seniors
  • $1 children 12 and under

Free admission every Sunday

One of the current exhibitions called ‘Young Latino Artists 21’ features work by emerging artists from around the country that focus on their identities and experiences. The museum focuses in collecting traditional and contemporary work of Mexican and Latin art to provide education to visitors of all ages.

Learn more about this location here.

Ybor City Museum State Park

Near Tampa, Florida

  • $4.00 per person

Children 5 and younger are free

This place used to be a bakery known for their Cuban bread and the old ovens are part of the museum displays! The museum includes information on the history of the cigar industry, which brought many from Cuba and Spain generations ago.

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The outdoor architecture draws countless of tourists just to get a nice picture.

Learn more about this location here.

The Alamo

San Antonio, Texas

  • Free admission

With all its history, this is a must-see national landmark.

Learn more about this location here.

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