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Museu de Arte da UFC

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 Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

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.

Casa de José de Alencar

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.

Cocó Park

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

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.

Planetário Rubens de Azevedo

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.

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