Inaugurated in 1961, thanks to the efforts of the Dean Antônio Martins Filho, Museu de Arte da Universidade Federal do Ceará (MAUC) boasts of a wonderful permanent displays of fine art. Showcasing great artists like Antônio Bandeira, it also keeps various temporary exhibits by various old and new artists from the Brazilian state of Ceará. Open on weekdays from 8a to 6p, the art museum is represents Cearean artists and their works.
Centro Cultural Dragão do Mar is a vast complex that brings you some of the city's best entertainment. The center was established in 1999 and comprises a theater, an art museum, a planetarium, an auditorium, a library and other performance spaces. Besides this, the complex has restaurants, bars and shops for visitors. The center is spread over an expansive 30,000 square meters (322,917 square feet), and offers an eclectic selection of events and activities in art, culture, community gatherings and more. Call ahead or check the website for upcoming events and more.
Located in the quiet neighborhood of José de Alencar, Casa de José de Alencar was the childhood home of José de Alencar, the beloved Brazilian writer. The house is now a living museum and thriving tourist attraction. A visit here is quite enlightening and gives more insight into de Alencar's personality and thus his literary works thanks to the regular tours lead by well-informed guides. Managed by Federal University of Ceará, Casa de José de Alencar also provides various educational programs and courses for interested candidates.
Created to protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the region, Cocó Park has proved vital to the city's environment, economy and tourism. Occupying 1,155.4 hectares (2,855 acres) of land, the park is an oasis of greenery, and possesses all the ingredients that go into the making of a fun day out. Many recreational activities can be enjoyed, and it is a great place to observe wild animals in their natural environment. If you wish to escape the noise and pollution of the city, Cocó Park offers a green retreat.
Beira Mar Avenue or as the locals call it Avenida Beira Mar is located near the beach and is one of the best spots get a glimpse of the local culture. A recreational space where sleek pathways joggers, volleyball courts, roller hockey zones, and Asian gardens collide, this street is also the home to a smattering of restaurants that are known to take its guests for an exciting culinary journey. It is also known for its handicrafts and street markets where you will get some of the unique local items. Street performers, food fairs, and cultural festivals make Beira Mar an exciting entertainment venue in Fortaleza's cityscape.
Housed within the huge Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Planetário Rubens de Azevedo is ideal for an educational yet fun outing with the family. Accommodating 80 people, the planetarium features state-of-the-art technology and equipment that afford a fantastic star-gazing experience. There are various programs offered, which teach visitors about anything from the 'ABC of the Universe' to the 'Origins of Life'. For an enlightening celestial experience, Planetário Rubens de Azevedo is a must-visit.
Established in 1981, Museu do Automovel do Ceará is a museum dedicated to vintage and historically significant cars. The museum, located in Guararapes district of Fortaleza, features more than 50 different models of vehicles. An eclectic collection of unique, national and international models, it includes a 1956 Cadillac that was a part of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley's collection! Another notable exhibit is the 1940 Limo that belonged to Brazilian dictator, Getúlio Vargas. If vintage cars get your motor running, this place is not-to-be-missed.
Established in 1991, Teatro Chico Anysio has been a popular staple on the Fortaleza's comedy scene. From amateur comedy nights to well-known stand-up acts, the intimate theater has hosted a vast array of shows till date, and continues to tickle the city's funny bone. The theater has received widespread recognition from artists as well as the media for its quality of programming, and is one of the best places in the city for your quota of the best medicine.
The Beach Park in Aquiraz is one of the most frequented theme parks in the city. The park has a variety of rides and other fun stuff for the whole family to do during a vacation. Enjoy traditional Brazilian cuisine with a table by the waterfront at a restaurant in the park premises or feast on hot dogs and beverages at Wave Bar. Acqua Circo offers numerous water rides and Acqua show with a giant bucket pouring over 1800 liters of water is a memorable site.