After the Lord of the Rings cake and a not too restful overnight with a couple of friends, Cameron also got a trip to Bicentennial Park located about 10 minutes on the other side of Queretaro. This is a birthday park not just because we were belatedly celebrating Cameron’s 11th birthday (June 1st) but this park was built for the 200 year anniversary of Mexico’s independence in 1810. The park is a little early which is somewhat of any oxymoron considering most events seem to be late rather than early or even on-time in this country. That’s fine with us and I’ll show you some photos that shows why we’re pleased with it being open now.
It’s not a huge park but it is very attractive and has a dozen or so rides and attractions. For a one-price admission, there’s a small roller coaster with a loop and corkscrew, bumper cars, a not yet open water spash ride, a train, a pirate ship swinging ride, and a few rides for younger kids. On top of that there is a water park included that has three slides, a lazy river, a few pools and a little kiddie area.
The best part to all of this is the price. Ready for this? It costs 25 pesos for everything. At today’s exchange rate that’s $1.87. Yup…under $2!!!
The government agency for child welfare built it and is in charge of running it. I guess they wanted to make sure that children from any economic bracket could enjoy it. Funny thing is that I’ve noticed it being used by people from upper and upper middle classes for the most part who could afford to pay more. We sometimes go to water parks with fewer slides open for about 100 pesos. So this is an amazing deal and fits a missionary budget really nicely! We were happy to pay the entrance price for the whole group!
Next to the park is a new sports complex and a new children’s hospital. Government funds at work. At least it does seem to benefit the general population and not just line the pockets of insiders. Can’t complain! Finally we have a park within an hour’s drive that is worth the price and gives us a nice day out.
I’ll share some photos and some videos as soon as I can get them prepped for uploading.