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Parque de Bombas, Ponce

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Visit Parque de Bombas, a museum of firefighting and a landmark of the city. Built in 1882, the building served as the first fire station in Puerto Rico, whose firefighters battled some major blazes in the early years. After 108 years of service, it was turned into a museum; today, you can view many relics, items, and artifacts from the station's history. Admire the Moorish Revival style and vibrant red color of the distinctive building, designed for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair. Plan to visit Parque de Bombas during your Ponce vacation using our convenient Ponce tourist route planner.
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  • No fee to get in on this self tour and only takes about 30 minutes to see it all. So cool to see the lions and firetruck. Really neat to see firemen stuff from all over and the building stands out. A ...  more »
  • Boring, no real guides on site.People very stuck up and pretentious. It was a building made for a world gathering event and then donated to use as a museum for the fire department. 10 minutes max to s...  more »
  • This museum was very interesting. As a history lover, I enjoyed learning about different artifacts in this museum. The painted lions have a neat backstory. One thing against this place is, it has no A...  more »
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  • It is a free self guided tour. You get a pamphlet with some information and history after signing the guest book. You could do this in about 5 minutes. There is a lot of history but all on your own. Highly suggest doing this with a knowledgeable guide. It should make it more enjoyable and informative.
  • Very cool fire station with a lot of history. I saw a tour going on but not sure how to sign up for one. Would of been nice to go upstairs and see the displays up close. Make sure to grab a pamphlet and read up. The firefighters homes are painted the same way and are only a few blocks away.
  • I got a parking ticket while I was there no even 15 minutes never saw a not parking sign posted nor a yellow or blue marker on the pavement $250.00 for a parking ticket unbelievable. The government just want to get money a any cost. No fear for the tourists. I never go back there and will tell all my friends about it.
  • Quick, historical and picturesque place to visit. The Plaza and Church are an added treat. Tour guide was very friendly and courteous. Enjoyable visit.
  • It is a nice place to see the history of when the first firehouse started in Ponce. Very family friendly.

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