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The city of Sao Paulo is one of the biggest cities in the world and has excellent surroundings for all types of activities. The city offers countless enjoyable opportunities happening all around the year.

Top 10 Activities and Things To Do in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo City Tour:

Discover the rich, cultural heritage of the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere with a guided city tour. The tour will treat tourists to a panoramic view of the city, passing by places that have defined Sao Paulo. Hear fascinating tales of interesting and popular attractions like Centro Cultural, Old Downtown, Cathedral Se, Patio do Colegio, Monastery of Sao Bento, the Banespa Building, Martinelli Building, the Municipal Theater, Concert hall Sala Sao Paulo, train station Estaçao da Luz and the Municipal Market. These tours arrange for hotel pickups and last for about 3 – 4 hours. Arrive back at the hotel before lunchtime.

Ciclofaixa de Lazer:

Ciclofaixa de Lazer is a leisure activity open to public who can enjoy cycling on the roads of Sao Paulo on Sundays, public holidays from 7:00am to 4:00pm. Ciclofaixa routes pass through cycle friendly areas in north, south, east and west zones, connecting major vantage points along the way. The cycling stretches monitored by the Federation of Cycling, are marked in special paint and plaques. On some routes, local people and SOS Bike staff voluntarily help cyclists by informing them and providing small services free of cost.

Family Fun Activities:

Sao Paulo is a premier destination for many fun and exciting family activities during the holidays. Animal lovers can visit the Sao Paulo Zoo or the Safari Zoo where hundreds of animals roam freely in their true habitat. The Ibirapuera Park is the ideal spot for picnics, cycling and relaxation whereas the Zoology Museum will educate the kids on the fauna of South and Central America. Kids will be thrilled over the variety of flora from all the five continents on display at the garden, institute and museum of the Botanical Garden. The adventurous ones could pay a visit to the Hopi Hari theme park, which is paradise for thrill seekers. While the adults and older kids get the adrenaline rush on the rollercoaster loop, the toddlers will not stop giggling at the several mini rides.

Watch Soccer/Football:

It makes sense to watch football in Sao Paulo who is going to host the FIFA World Cup 2014 and where the game is an intrinsic part of the lifestyle. Morumbi, Parque Antarctica, Pacaembu and Canindé are the four largest football stadiums that will host the World Cup. Watching games between popular clubs, Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras and Portuguesa is a fun and eventful activity but be warned of sporadic cases of violence during matches.

TurisMetrô Tours:

TurisMetro are free of charge tours organized by Sao Paulo Tourism and Metro. These tours take up five different routes, most of which are walking but sometimes make use of the metro. The tour starts at the Sé metro station at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, covering many historical sights along the way. An accompanying bilingual guide who explains the history and importance of each attraction is present on all routes. Arrive at the station at least 20 minutes before departure to choose from one of the tours.

Sao Paulo Carnival:

You have a reason to visit Sao Paulo during the month of March as this is the time when the carnival parade takes place at Sambodrome of Anhembi every year. Colourfully dressed dancers, samba musicians, and huge vehicles decorated as per the theme compete in a huge parade on Friday and Saturday night of the Carnival week. Buy a ticket closest to the “pista” from where you will get the best view of the parade. You could also visit the samba schools in the city to check out the rehearsals of musicians and dancers. Perhaps request the samba school organizer for an opportunity to take part in the parade.

Gay Pride Parade:

Hundreds and thousands of gay, lesbians, transgender, and transvestite take part in a Gay Pride Parade in the city of Sao Paulo. During the Corpus Christi holidays, between May and June Avenida Paulista assumes a celebratory look with costumes, floats, music, and rainbow flags dominating the scene. Politicians and the local government strongly support the event, which is the biggest pride parade in the world, and the second-largest event in Sao Paulo after Formula One.

Day Trips to Paulista Coast:

Many paulistano’s take a weekend holiday and relax at the scenic beaches off the Paulista Coast. Just an hour’s drive from Sao Paulo, many small towns like Guaruja, Embu das Artes, Campos do Jordao, Sao Sebastiao and Ubatuba are famous for their busy beaches, strong waves and beautiful coastlines. Also, note these places for their handicrafts, vineyards and seafood extravagances.

Walking tours:

There are lots of tour operators in the city that arrange walking tours in and around the city. Some private specialized tours are also arranged for foreign visitors with an excellent English-speaking guide. There are many activities to choose from such as the 1-day walking tour which includes the city’s must-see venues.

Cycling and Hiking:

Cycling has become the favourite leisure activity among locals as well as tourists. Sampa Bikers, an association of cyclists offers regular night outings in the city and also trips outside the town. An ideal climate is preferable to enjoy cycling but just be careful whilst cycling on crowded roads.

Not as popular when compared to other activities, however, there is still a demand for hiking opportunities along the Cantarareira hills which look over the city. Some tours include a visit to a coffee plantation and to some other famous mountain resorts.

Some more interesting things to do in Sao Paulo:

Golf:

Not as exhilarating as some other activities, but walking miles on grassy ground, breathing fresh air whilst golfing in the city's golf clubs will also prove to be a great experience. The city of Sao Paulo offers some ideal locations for golfing.

Tennis:

The city has some public courts in Ibirapuera Park for tennis lovers in the city. Playing tennis is a favourite activity for the residents of Sao Paulo. It is the best way to burn off extra calories. The pleasant days and cool nights are usually ideal for sports such as tennis. For tennis enthusiasts, there are also some hotels that provide courts.

Motor Racing:

Motor racing is also a popular activity in the city. Sao Paulo city hosts Brazil Formula 1 Grand-Prix at the Autodromo de Interlago stadium. The city is home to some world-class F1 drivers.

Playcenter:

Enjoy a ride on the biggest roller coaster of Brazil. The Playcenter has a large variety of other activities such as rides and games. This park is situated at just a 20-minute walk from the Barra Funda Metro stop. It also offers shows, places to eat, stores, banks, parking, and much more.

Horseback Riding:

Some tour operators in the city arrange horseback riding inside Sao Paulo city limits. Occasional night outings on the weekends are also organized by some operators.

Horse Racing:

The Jockey Clube de Sao Paulo arranges races on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you do not want to bet, enjoy drinks or a meal in the restaurant and bar situated inside the club. Address: Av. Lineu Paula Machado 1263, Cidade Jardim, Sao Paulo.