Mérida's top children's attraction is the large Parque Zoológico El Centenario, which features pleasant wooded paths, playgrounds, inexpensive amusement-park rides, an inline skating rink, a small lake you can row on, and a little train that circles the property. It also includes cages that house more than 300 native animals as well as exotic ones like lions and tigers (a modern zoo this is not, so you mightn't approve of those cages). At the exit, you’ll find snack
bars and vendors; there are on-site picnic areas, too. The French Renaissance–style arch commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mexican independence.