This splendid 12-acre Disney-style attraction (tel. 506/2242-9200, www.puebloantiguo.co.cr , 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri.–Sun., free), 200 meters northeast of Hospital México in La Uruca, is the Colonial Williamsburg of Costa Rica. Pueblo Antiguo re-creates the locales and dramatizes the events of Costa Rican history.
Buildings in traditional architectural styles include a replica of the National Liquor Factory, Congressional Building, a church, a market, a fire station, and the Costa Rican Bank. The place comes alive with oxcarts, horse-drawn carriages, live music, folkloric dances, and actors dramatizing the past.
The park has three sections: the capital city, the coast, and the country (with original adobe structures, including a sugar mill, coffee mill, and milking barn). There are crafts shops, and a restaurant serves typical Costa Rican cuisine.
Pueblo Antiguo is part of a theme park, Parque de Diversions (www.parquediversiones.com ), that features roller coasters, bumper cars, and water slides.