Isla San Marcos

Isla San Marcos, Aguascalientes: Address, Phone Number, Isla San Marcos Reviews: 4.5/5

Isla San Marcos
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Queen J
California2,067 contributions
Nice fairgrounds!
Nov 2019
"La Isla" refers to the San Marcos fairgrounds in Aguascalientes. This area is most known for the huge fair held here every spring which highlights art and cultural exhibits, sporting events, horse races, cock fights, and bullfights in the nearby San Marcos ring.

I visited during the second-most popular event, the Festival de Las Calaveras celebrations on November 2nd. In addition to the usual fair events (kiddie rides and mini-thrill rides, restaurants, food booths, an exhibit hall with vendors and artistic items representing the Day of the Dead, concerts and dancing on different stages), the previous night's Festival de Las Calaveras parade floats were on display on the grass area, and visitors could take close-ups of and/or selfies with the floats. A nice lake with fountains provides some park-like scenery and you can stroll around it on a gently winding concrete path.

Surprisingly, the restaurants here were reasonably priced. We ate at a seafood restaurant called Cevichazo and the food was good. We ate on the large wooden balcony overlooking the lake and fountains and watched the sun begin to set.

Then we strolled through the exhibition center, watched a few concerts, and then walked the path around the lake where the fountains, walkways, and trees were all colorfully illuminated after dark.

Admission to the park was free. Parking was also free in a dirt lot about a 6-minute walk from the entrance. If you tip the parking attendants a few bucks, they will help guide you out of your tight spot and into the heavily-trafficked highway.

Be aware that it is very crowded during these two events. Plan to beep-and-creep for 15-20minutes up to the parking lot, then walk with waves of people to the gates. Keep a close eye on your children so they do not wander off and get lost in the crowds. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking.

Since admission is free, there weren't any lines except for the rides, food booths, and restrooms. The restroom facilities are poorly equipped to handle large crowds. Expect to wait 20+ minutes in line, ladies. Don't forget to bring 5 pesos for entry and napkins for toilet paper (and throw them in the trash bin - not the toilet - or you will clog one of the three toilets and everyone will silently curse you for your cluelessness).
Written November 23, 2019
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tellitlikeitis21
Pompano Beach, FL50 contributions
Excellent venue for festivals
Oct 2016 • Couples
Visited to attend the Festival De Caliveras. Beautiful grounds with ample space. Breathtaking at night time with festival decor.
Written November 5, 2016
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F9559BGwilliaml
Ellwood City16 contributions
Be ready to walk
Apr 2016 • Family
We went during the fair. It was packed. Great park and enjoyed the time. You have to walk a long way to cover most of the park. Take a cab. I did not see much parking.
Written July 26, 2016
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Ngocson H
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam28 contributions
Nice Park
Dec 2015 • Friends
Great if you go in group (family, couples)
There are some events which are held through the year. You should confirm the calendar before stepping by.
Written January 12, 2016
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