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Life in Ponce

The beautiful downtown Plaza de las Delicias is a worthwhile stop, with lovely
fountains, a cathedral and local bench sitting denizens. The unique red and
black, century old wooden firehouse, commonly known as Parque de Bombas is
a landmark and still in use. Parque de Bombas originally built in 1882 for an
exposition and from 1883 to 1989 it served as headquarters of the Ponce Fire
Corps. In 1990, the firehouse was reopened as a museum, there are exhibits on
the second floor, and the municipal band plays a free concert every Sunday
night. Open Wed-Mon 9:30am-6pm, free admission, (787) 284-4141, oxt. 342.
Nearby sits Casa Armstrong-Poventud a magnificent example of the
neoclassical architectural heritage of the island, its white-domed building on the
west side of the main square houses the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture and
the Puerto Rican Tourism Company’s regional offices. Guided tours are
available. Located in front of the town square. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1-4:30pm.