Things to do for couples in Guadalajara range from exciting and pulse-pounding adventures to serene walks in elegant green spaces, fine dining, and party nightlife. This city that was once a trading city now draws a bohemian, hip crowd of artists and craftspeople from all over the world. It's a city with deep history and deep culture, and it's easy to get swept up in the romance of it all.

    Whether you're visiting gorgeous medieval buildings, riding on a steam train while learning about the making of tequila, or riding a theme park roller coaster, the options are endless. Check out 10 of the best things to do for couples in Guadalajara on your romantic vacation.

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    Guadalajara Cathedral

    See a centuries-old church in a mash-up of styles

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    The Guadalajara Cathedral is a staggering architectural wonder that has stood for centuries at the heart of this city that has seen centuries of disaster and rebirth. This church has survived earthquakes, fires, wars, and all manner of disasters. Because of this, it offers a truly unique style that combines Gothic, Renaissance, neo-Gothic, and other architectural design schemes all mashed together.

    The inside of the cathedral is just as astounding as the outside. Within its walls, you'll see intricate carvings, staggering stained glass windows, and detailed sculptures contributed over the centuries. It's an astounding site for the history of the building alone. You can get here via a short 25-minute walk north from the center of downtown.

    Location: Av. Fray Antonio Alcalde 10, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3613 7168

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    Parque Agua Azul

    Visit a lavish urban park in the heart of the city

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    Parque Agua Azul, or Blue Water Park, offers a vast green space with a large lake splitting it into 2 sections joined by a pedestrian bridge with events and entertainment. One of the premier attractions is the Acoustic Shell, where the park holds open-air live entertainment and musical performances regularly. You'll also find the Art Garden and the Avenue of Musicians. For over 60 years, it has been a meeting place for cultural events.

    The park covers 40 acres of ground in the heart of the city and offers an ideal, romantic escape from the crowds and the hustle and bustle. You can also visit a butterfly house, explore an orchid garden, walk educational hiking trails, and play soccer.

    Location: Calz Independencia Sur 973, Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3619 0328

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    Bosque Los Colomos

    Visit a park with dramatic landscaped gardens

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    Bosque Los Colomos is a lush park covering 227 acres and boasting tens of thousands of trees with dramatic landscapes, elegant gardens, and outdoor art installations. As you enter the park, you'll walk along pathways that are lined with detailed and intricate sculptures that immediately set a romantic vibe. From there, you'll walk through a Japanese garden from Kyoto with walking bridges, water features, and brilliant colors.

    You can spread out a blanket among the many picturesque picnic areas for a romantic meal and a glass of wine. Even though this is a popular spot just minutes from Guadalajara's historic center, it's such a vast forest that you shouldn't have trouble finding a place to be alone.

    Location: C. El Chaco 3200, Providencia, 44630 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 9688 8595

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    Jose Cuervo Express

    Learn how tequila is made

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    The Jose Cuervo Express is a truly unique way to spend a romantic vacation in Guadalajara, offering a ride on a steam train while learning how tequila is made. While you travel through the countryside with gorgeous scenery on both sides, you'll sample dozens of varieties of the region's national drink, and you even get to see how it's made. Your exact experience depends on the package you buy, from the affordable Express level to the truly luxurious, upscale Elite level.

    You can also choose a sunrise or a sunset itinerary, each lasting 11 hours and leaving from the heart of downtown. From an elegant ride in decked-out cars to professional tasting tours, you'll make memories for a lifetime.

    Location: Av. Circunvalación Agustín Yáñez 11, Moderna, 44190 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Phone: +52 37 4742 6729

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    Selva Mágica

    Ride a thrill ride at a classic amusement park

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    Selva Mágica is the place to go for the classic romance of an amusement park to fall in love all over again at the top of a roller coaster. You can play games and win your loved one a prize. Head for the food stands and enjoy some classic carnival eats or local traditional food. You can also head over to the adventure park area where you can walk rope bridges, engage in net climbing, ride zip lines, and experience free falls on the attractions to really get your pulse pounding.

    Few experiences are more classically romantic than an amusement park, and Selva Mágica combines it all into one vibrant spot. It's 30 minutes north of downtown.

    Location: C. P.º del Zoológico 600, Huentitán El Bajo, 44390 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +52 33 1785 8819

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    Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento

    See a modern church built with medieval methods

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    Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento is a church in the heart of downtown Guadalajara that offers a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture that you might swear was from medieval Europe. It took 75 years to build, with construction taking place between the years of 1897 and 1972. You'll see crockets, intricate mosaics, dainty tracery, and a rose window here. It was deliberately handmade using medieval methods, making it a wonder of modern architecture.

    One attraction is the clock, which rotates statues of the 12 apostles every time it chimes. You might also take some time to observe the stained glass windows in the chancel and nave, which were crafted by 2 Orléans artisans.

    Location: C. Manuel López Cotilla 935, Col Americana, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Phone: +52 33 3825 3410

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    Parque Ávila Camacho

    Head for an urban recreational space

    Parque Ávila Camacho is just a few minutes west of Guadalajara and offers easy access to recreational space, a lake, shopping, dining, and play. This park began life as a green space housing a dam where you could rent boats to get on the water. Later, it was an amusement park. Today it's been completely remodeled to offer an artificial lake with plastic bubble boats, wading pools, games, a large food court area, lush trees, vast gardens, and even free Wi-Fi for those who just want to sit and get some work done.

    If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, this is a good option. It's also just steps away from a major shopping center.

    Location: Av. Manuel Ávila Camacho S/N, Lomas del Country, 44610 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +52 33 3641 3804

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    Lago de Chapala

    Walk the shores of Mexico's largest freshwater lake

    Lago de Chapala is just an hour's drive south from Guadalajara and is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico offering nearby towns, water sports, and romantic walks along the shore. You can enjoy a truly romantic experience along the serene waterfront to relax, recharge, and just enjoy each other's company. After that, head for the nearby cobblestone streets of Ajijic where you can enjoy a vibrant, bohemian atmosphere and tons of gorgeous handicrafts as well as a very cool marketplace held every Wednesday.

    The central plaza offers lots of restaurants, so you can grab a romantic dinner while you're here. Be sure to try the charales, a local dish of deep-fried minnows topped with lemon and chili.

    Location: Jalisco, Mexico

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    Avenida Chapultepec

    Discover the heart of the city's nightlife

    Avenida Chapultepec is a busy road with a pedestrian walkway down the middle where you can experience an artisans' market and tons of exciting bars, clubs, and nightlife. This is a happening, hip, and bohemian neighborhood. The arts and crafts market is held every weekend, where you can find unique creations from local artisans in just about every medium. During the night, you can bar hop up and down the pedestrian walkway and party into the wee hours of the morning.

    If your idea of romance is an artistic vibe with a wild nightlife filled with good drinks, good friends, and good fun, you'll find it here. It's just a 10-minute drive northwest of downtown.

    Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

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    Teatro Degollado

    Get swept away in a historic building with modern shows

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    Teatro Degollado is a historic Mexican theater famed for its architecture, artistic design, and diverse performances in a variety of genres and styles. The theater opened in 1866 as an opera house. It has been renovated many times over the years, and has been re-inaugurated 4 further times. It's well-known for its range of paintings, vibrant red and gold color scheme, and elegant stucco.

    Here you can see everything from ballet to opera, musical theater, modern concerts from internationally famed acts, and many other offerings. This is a place to come where you can get swept up in the glory of eras gone by while you hear the most modern of acts. It's minutes north of central Guadalajara.

    Location: C. Degollado s/n, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

    Phone: +52 33 3614 4773

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