Zona Norte Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

Things to do in the Zona Norte of Rio de Janeiro are often overlookd by tourists in favour of the more obvious attractions of the Zona Sul, but there are some Zona Norte sights that are well worth visiting.

Our number one pick, the legendary Maracana Stadium, is a must-visit for any sports fan, and you don't have to be a fan of the beautiful game to enjoy the lively atmosphere at a game here.

Not far from Maracana, Quinta da Boa Vista houses the stately National Museum, and next door is the fun Jardim Zoologico (Rio de Janeiro's city zoo).

The Feira Nordestina is another Zona Norte attraction that merits a visit. This is a vast, covered space dedicated to all things Northeastern, from music and dancing to food. Head here at the weekend, when it stays open straight through from Friday night to the early hours of Monday.

The Sambodromo is world-famous for its carnival parades, of course, and the Apoteose concert space, inside the building, hosts big-name concerts.

Rio de Janeiro Maracana Stadium Soccer Match

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Maracanã Stadium

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Rua Profesor Eurico Rabelo s/n
São Cristovão

Soccer Mecca... read more

Museu Nacional (Quinta da Boa Vista)

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

Igreja da Penha

Lgo Penha, 19, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21070-560, Brazil

Feira São Cristóvão Cent Luís Gonzaga de Trad Nordestina

Cpo S Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20921-440, Brazil

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Jardim Zoológico

Quinta da Boa Vista s/n
São Cristóvão

Walk on the Wild Side... read more


Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, s/n
Praça Onze

Samba, samba, and more samba!... read more


Rua Marquês de Sapucaí

Big Name International Bands... read more

Cidade do Samba

Rua Rivadavia Correia 60

Carnival All Year Round... read more

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

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