Visit the Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa
Offering great views over the city, exploring this park is a great way to spend a morning. It’s home to the statue of Sandino that looms over the city, commemorating the revolutionary leader who brought down the dictator Somoza.
Explore the Huellas de Acahualinca
This archaeological site lies just outside Managua, and features fossilized tracks of humans and various animals. Dating from 6,000 years ago, these tracks are presented alongside a decent museum of artefacts found during excavations.
Walk the Malecon
Managua isn’t much of a walking city, but the Malecon is a good spot for a wander. Grab a bite to eat at the Puerto Salvador Allende tourist complex and then walk it off during a stroll along the Malecon.
Be part of the zeitgest at Codice Espacio Cultural
This gallery and cultural space is the best spot in the city for contemporary art. Opening hours and shows vary, so check ahead before you go. Look out for the trendy crowd.
Check out the flora at the Arboretum Nacional
Home to more than 200 species of plants from the five major ecosystems of Nicaragua, this arboretum is a welcome oasis of green in a very concrete city. The modest $0.30 entrance fee includes a guided tour.
Ogle at the condemned cathedral
Visitors are banned from entering the Managua cathedral due to extensive damage due to the regular earthquakes that shake the city. You can peer through the outer fence and try to spot the damage, but no one is allowed inside.
Check the listings at the Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario
Named after Nicaragua’s most famous poet, this theatre hosts regular cultural events. Take a look at the listings and see if you’ve been lucky enough to catch a show.