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Luis A. Ferre Science Park: An Eclectic Collection

The Park is closed again.

Luis A Ferre Science Park in Bayamon

I had read a number of things about the Luis A. Ferré Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias Luís A. Ferré in Spanish) on-line and in magazines. I had driven past it numerous times, each time thinking "I really should stop in there and check it out". Well, we finally took the time the other day (in 2009!) to spend some time at the "park".

Being into science, I figured that this museum would be interesting and something that I would enjoy. As it turns out, it is a complex of "museums" about all sorts of things — but not really science!

Into the Park

Rockets at the Luis A Ferre Science Park

When we went in 2009, they did point out that a number of exhibits were closed for renovation. So, unfortunately, we missed some of the exhibits I would have liked to see. Starting January 2016, they are reopened and refurbished! — the Planetarium, the Art Museum and the Aerospace Museum.

Our first stop was the Health Pavilion. This was the only place where the information was bi-lingual. There was a Dengue mosquito exhibit, but the rest of the displays were in sad disrepair.

Next, we went to the Telephone Museum. This was pretty cool — lots of original phones, telegraphs and switch boards.

Then onto the Marine Ecosystem Museum, which had a number of mounted fish and about 10 fake aquarium dioramas showing how pollution affects the marine animals.

Then to the Zoo, which was pretty sad — a few monkeys, a hippo, some featherless ostriches, a jaguar. All behind so many bars & fences that it was hard to see them.

Transportation Museum at the Luis A Ferre Science Park

We walked up to the large cross and the Observation Tower. That was a difficult/steep climb! But there were some good views (but mostly of the towns).

Then on to some museums that I guess you must have to be Puerto Rican to understand. One was all about Pacheco (a local comedian) and another was Toritos City (I am still wondering what this one was all about!).

There is also a Transportation Museum — mainly antique cars. Probably 50 different cars starting from 1918 or so. Also, an old train locomotive, old bicycle, gas pumps and a small airplane.

El Hombre de Puerto Ferro

The Archaeology Museum has a large collection of Taíno Indian tools & pottery.

The Museum of Natural Science is Dr Ventura Barnes’ collection of mounted animals from many of his African safaris during the 1960’s. Probably close to 100 animal heads looking at you, along with many African souvenirs. Even furniture made from elephants tusks and feet. I thought it would have been more educational and PC to have some information how this is really frowned upon now, that we should be protecting these animals, and about saving endangered species.

Natural History Museum

Outside of the Aerospace Museum they have a couple rockets, an Army helicopter and an Air Force fighter jet. I believe they are authentic US rockets that were used in the space program. What I don’t understand is why they were sitting in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. There wasn’t much information available on these.

There is also a Television Studio where they film soap operas. That was not open to the public.

Everything seemed incongruous — a huge cross, rockets, a small zoo, a telephone exhibit, an archaeological exhibit, antique cars, a donated collection of African safari trophies, a film studio … I did enjoy my time there, but at the end of the day my overall impression was "I just don’t get it".

Almost everything in the science park is in Spanish. But don’t worry, you won’t miss much as most stuff is not labeled anyway! Just look at it and enjoy.

The Details

They have a website now, but it is currently only available in Spanish. Website

2018- The admission is free, parking is $1. But each of the activities has a charge to get in. .

Observation Tower at the Luis A Ferre Science Park

Soft opening- a night at the park! The park is open Thursday- Sunday at night. Thursday and Sunday nights 4pm-10pm. Friday and Saturday nights 5pm- 11pm. The entrance closes an hour or so before the park closes.

Allow about 2 to 4 hours.

You can call 787-799-1898 for more information.

Directions from the San Juan area: Drive westbound (oeste) on Expressway 22. Take Exit 13, turn left toward Road 167 (go underneath the expressway) and in about one mile you will see the rockets on your right. The drive should take about 20 minutes.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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Comments & Discussion

There are 12 comments on this article.

Thanks- I added it to the article!

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Sep 2016

The park now has a well-designed website (http://www.parquedelasciencias.org). The contents are all in Spanish, though.

Comment by Robert on 20 Sep 2016

I went recently to the park. Must say it was awesome!!! The prices are affordable, great variety of attractions for all ages and interests. I don't believe the park needs a theme. Why should it?. Its fun, clean, great staff, lots to see for everyone. Can't wait to go again. CONGRATS MAYOR ,MUNICIPAL STAFF and WORKERS IN GENERAL!!!! Worth the trip!! Only comment: ask for a map as soon as you go in, and check additional prices on entrance for other attractions so you know before making the lines.

Comment by Annette on 22 Feb 2016

Thanks for the update!

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Feb 2015

As of feb 2015 still not open. Maybe in the summer they said. Hyatt next to the park is very nice and so is the staff.

Comment by Diana on 12 Feb 2015

I'm from Bayamon and I want to say that this park was magnificent in its heyday, one of my favorite places to go with my family. I especially liked the Planetarium, Ciudad Torito and the lake with the pedal boats (like the one in the Jardin Botanico in Caguas). Unfortunately, they have been remodeling for quite some time now and they always push back the reopening date. The "zoo" has always been kind of depressing but it had a "celebrity chimp" called Mono Yuyo that everyone came to visit. He died a couple of years ago. Just to clarify, Ciudad Torito is a tribute to comedian Jose Miguel Agrelot aka Don Cholito (the namesake of the Concert Hall in Hato Rey -- Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot or Choliseo). Torito was supposed to be a mischievous kid but played by the very adult-like Don Cholito and he used to get in trouble in school. One example where he appeared was el Colegio de la Alegria, a television show (or rather sketch) from the sixties or seventies. He's not a comedian from my generation but thanks to this attraction at the Parque De Las Ciencias, kids that grew up in the nineties, like me, got to know and appreciate Don Cholito. One thing that made me laugh in your article was that the park is, in fact, random and not science-centered at all. I had never thought about this, believe it or not. I think it started out like a science park and then they lost focus and started adding random attractions to bring more people in. I predict great things for this park when it reopens because not only are people nostalgic about it, but also, they have now built a hotel, casino, art museum, and a shopping mall around it. Plus, there's the tower with the cross where people can (and used to) celebrate proms, quiceañeros (coming of age party/sweet 15, i guess) and marriage receptions. I hope this park makes a great comeback when the time comes.

Comment by Eps on 26 May 2014

I don't think the park will be open. You can contact the Bayamon tourism office and see if they can help- (787) 798-8085.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Feb 2013

Hello, I'm going to be visiting Puerto Rico on holiday between 23 and 26 February and am very keen to get to see the old steam locomotice in the Transportation Museum at the Science Park. Does anyone know if it is likely to be open by then of if there is anyone I can ask in advance for permission to visit? I'd be really grateful if anyone can help me.

Comment by James on 08 Feb 2013

Hi I have been to this park in 2001 and it was very exciting, fundamentally developed for all ages..I revisited in 2007 and again in 2012 but like everyone else stated its in the process of renovating. However, based on the changes that i did see its going to be even more awesome. They said it shhould be open by April 2013 the latest..cnt wait.

Comment by Jamari on 23 Jan 2013

Hi!!! I just wanted to say that this park is currently closed because is under construction. There are lots of areas that are going to be remodeled and many others that are new. I heard its gonna be pretty nice!!! The new "Parque de las Ciencias" will be open next year... Maybe by Summer.

Comment by Marie on 23 Sep 2011

This has been on my "to do" list for a while, but never quite have gotten to do it. It's still on my "to do" list, but after reading this article it has moved down in priority. My uncle mentioned something positive about the view from the tower, which caught my attention. After reading A's explanation of Toritos City, I imagine there is a building related to Iris Chacon. Last time I drove within viewing distance of the park was after going to the Bacardi factory, followed by a full length ride on the Tren Urbano. What a bunch of Jibaros we are, riding on the train just for the ride. :-) NOTE to editor: One day I hope to discover and recommend something that's new to you. Everytime I think of something that might qualify, I eventually end up running into a great write-up on it. I thought this place was going to qualify, but I was searching for Parque de Siencia. The search box at the top of the webpage is a great, GREAT, and much appreciated part of your site. Thank you for it, and for this entire website.

Comment by Josh on 18 Apr 2011

I just found this article while trying to figure out what the deal with the place is myself. We went there today we were the only ones in the entire park, other than the many people who seem to work there, but generally ignored us. About an hour later we ran into a small school group that seemed to just be playing on the playground. It was pretty creepy, though fascinating once we got used to it. As of January 2010, the aerospace museums was open again, and bilingual! It was largely a mish-mash of frames posters from things like Sky and Telescope magazine, rocket models, space mission patches. There were also such exhbits as "Space as Topic in World Philately" (stamp collecting) and some random models from Star Trek. The Art Museum was also open, and with some pretty good art, but lacked signs in English. The flight simulator and planetarium were closed, as were some other buildings that I skipped. And the coffee shop was closed, which we'd been counting on to get food at, so I'd recommend anyone considering going plan accordingly. Oh, and in Toritos City each building is related to a Puerto Rican television personality/show.

Comment by A on 27 Jan 2010

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