Best Things To Do in Medellin, Colombia

Are you looking for what to do in Medellin?

The city of flowers as it is popularly called is as many people think considered as one of the best places to retire and settle down. But Medellin is more than just another place to relax amidst the flowers and drink a cup of coffee. From adventurous parks to historical museums to ethereal churches, you have plenty of attractions to visit that will keep you occupied in this underrated city with ever prevalent spring. Lover of art and literature, explore the museums of Casa Museo Fernando Gonzalez, Parque Explora, Museo Casa De La Memoria, and Museo De Antioquia that showcases an impressive collection of contemporary arts. To keep your spiritual calling intact, check out the beautiful and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and Iglesia De La Veracruz. Have some fun-filled family time at Parque Norte amusement park that is guaranteed in offering you an amazing time. For a satisfying meal, head out to any of the best restaurants in Medellin that include In Situ Restaurante, Anitas Restaurant, Hatoviejo Restaurant, Explora Gourmet, and Pergamino Café. To get a hold of the city, you have to stay at least a minimum of 3 days.

Below we have a list of things to do in Medellin and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Medellin getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Medellin with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Medellin

Here is the list of things to do in Medellin and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Medellin Metrocable

    Entertainment, Cable Car

    Medellin’s metro cable transformed a rather violent city into one of the safest places in Columbia and is one of the most efficient public transport systems around the world. The cables cars make sure the city is connected to the outskirts while offering a vividly gorgeous view of Medellin. The valley metro cable is hard to ignore. A ride in the cable cars is a tourist attraction in itsel...Read more
  2. Plaza Botero

    4.4 (703 Votes)
    Plaza Botero
    Located in the Old Quarter of Medellin, the plaza owes its name to the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. 23 sculptures created by the artist take center stage here that were donated to the museum by Botero himself. The well known creations called ‘Maternidad’, ‘Esfinge’, ‘Rapto de Europa’, ‘Hombre a caballo’, ‘Mujer reclinada’, ...Read more
  3. Parque Explora

    4.7 (799 Votes)
    Parque Explora


    The Parque Explora offers an interactive, learning space dedicated to 4000 organisms kept in colorful aquariums. See flesh-eating Piranhas, Electrical Eels, Pufferfishes among other gorgeous fishes that find home here- in the largest freshwater aquarium in Latin America. The dinosaur exhibits are a popular attraction with 36 replicas of the extinct species- 22 of which come to life by animatron...Read more
  4. Pueblito Paisa

    4.4 (466 Votes)
    Pueblito Paisa


    Pueblito Paisa is a small village located on the Nutibarra Hill and replicates the Antioquia town with a small church, a central fountain, the mayor’s office, a barber shop and a school! Some of the architecture pieces along with items like doors, casings, windows, the church alter, school chairs and desks and even utensils belong to the original town from the 1920’s! Offering a rar...Read more
  5. Jardin Botanico De Medellin

    4.7 (344 Votes)
    Jardin Botanico De Medellin

    Botanical Garden

    Spread across 14 hectares, the Jardin Botanico de Medellin is home to 1,000 species of plants and flowers. The on-ground butterfly house, library, cactus garden and the gorgeous pond- all come together to offer a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon! The architectural pieces that you can see around the garden, are the highlight. Don’t forget to click photos at the Orchideorama that co...Read more
  6. Parque Arvi

    4.7 (350 Votes)
    Parque Arvi

    Hiking Trail

    Combining the Pre-Hispanic history of Colombia with a lush-green natural reserve, the Arvi Park covers an area of 16,000 hectares! From walking trails to taking the cable cars that move above the reserve, you are spoilt with choices! The "Camino Cieza de Leon" trail dates back 1500 years and is a must-try for avid hikers.  The place is popular for hiking, cycling, biking and tours. Don&rsq...Read more
  7. Museo De Antioquia

    4.7 (486 Votes)
    Museo De Antioquia


    Being home to one of the most exquisite art pieces by Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gomez, the Museo de Antioquia is loved by art admirers from around the world! Fernando Botero’s sculptures and Pedro Nel Gomez’s murals truly take the spotlight in the Museo. The museum itself consist of 17 rooms with a permanent collection of Pre Columbian, Colonial, Colombian and Contemporary art. ...Read more
  8. Parque Lleras

    4.4 (323 Votes)
    Parque Lleras

    Food And Drinks, Pubs, Nightlife, Adults

    The nightlife of Medellin is more or less concentered at the Parque Lleras with the best pubs, clubs and bars in town surrounding it! Small shops sell trinkets here with a few street-food joints that pop up after sunset. A visit here is ideal for pub-hopping or simply if you want to take a walk around the busiest place in town after dark! Christmas is a favorite time of the park when the whole ...Read more
  9. Cerro Nutibara

    4.6 (379 Votes)
    Cerro Nutibara

    View Point, Hill

    The Cerro Nutibara is a small hill located in Medellin and is one of the conserved areas in the city. The whole hill provides a day out for hikers with its lush-green walkways, historic sites that come your way and the most popular attraction- Pueblito Paisa with the Church of the Pueblito Paisa. The sculpture park is another one of the highlights of the mountain and is admired for its collecti...Read more
  10. Museo El Castillo

    4.7 (143 Votes)
    Museo El Castillo


    Built in 1930’s, the Cattle museum has a fine collection of antiques, porcelain, sculptures, stained glass and sculptures. After the death of her husband, Dona Dita donated the house along with all its original items and today, all the 9 rooms- Room Luis XV, Music room, Colonial Room, Hall of entrance, Hall of Gobelins, Don Diego's room, Isolde Room, Room of Dona Dita and Room of Memories...Read more
  11. Parque De Los Pies Descalzos


    Staying true to its Zen ideology, the Bare Foot Park is a spa experience located at the heart of Medellin. Walk barefoot on fine sand, feel rejuvenated as you see beautiful bamboo trees and hear the calming sounds of the waterfall as you soak your feet in the pond. The place is perfect for children as well as adults and is an absolute treat for tired soles! Visit the nearby Interactive Museum E...Read more
  12. Planetario De Medellin

    4.7 (446 Votes)
    Planetario De Medellin


    Conceptualized by Daniel Julian Gonzalez Patino- a well known astronomer, scientist and botanist, the Planetario de Medellin combines all parallels of earth and space science, astrobiology, quantum physics and molecular biology with other laterals of science and research. See outstanding exhibits that take you through the journey of the universe and learn something new by seeing the special Pla...Read more
  13. Centro Comercial Santafe

    4.6 (218 Votes)
    Centro Comercial Santafe

    Shopping Center

    The Centro Commercial Santa Fe is the largest shopping mall in Medellin accommodating more than 350 stores in its huge space! The central carpet made by flowers takes your attention straight away while the variety of goods and sheer ultra-urban ambience of the place, pulls you into the shopping pulse of the city. Shop for the biggest brand names, perfumes, gadgets, accessories, fashion and take...Read more
  14. Parque El Poblado

    4.3 (226 Votes)
    Parque El Poblado


    The El Pablodo park is loved for its surrounding bars and cafes than the park itself. The small place is at its best during Christmas with the lights adding their charm to the place. However, on other days the place is still perfect for a small walk to people-watch and to later explore the nightlife of the city at the nearby clubs and pubs. The nearby Poblado Church is another highlight of the ...Read more
  15. Metropolitan Cathedral Of Medellin

    Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    The Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica is the main cathedral of the city surrounded by chaotic streets that give way to the gorgeous Romanesque building built in the late 19th century- early 20th century. The small church museum has a collection of 40 paintings that belong to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and sculptures that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The architecture of the pla...Read more