Conventional tours include visits to town squares and lookout points. There are also unusual trips to see strange places like the Casa Giratório de Ituporanga (Rotating House of Ituporanga). Or take train, cable car, and helicopter rides. See other choices for leisure and entertainment that Santa Catarina has to offer.
Mercado Público Regional
Reúne bares, lanchonetes, restaurante, espaço para apresentações culturais e outras áreas dedicadas a exposição e venda de artesanato e produtos da agricultura familiar. Segunda a sábado, 8h às 19h.
Rua Nereu Ramos, 1.750 E, Passo dos Fortes.
Fone: (49) 3331-3314.
Rua do Lazer (Leisure Street)
A leisure area exclusively for pedestrians, also known as Avenida Beira-Rio (Riverside Avenue).
Hydroelectric Power Plant Garcia
At 3.5 km from the Center.
Leonardo Sell Drinks Factory
Monday thru Friday, from 7am to 12pm and from 1:15p to 5pm.
Rua Alfredo Sell, 58, Centro.
Phone: (48) 3275-0133 / (48) 3275-0211.
São Pedro de Alcântara
Brazilian Brandy Route
The route visits several brandy stills, where one can learn about the process of manufacturing the drink. Organized by the Cultural Center, through scheduling.
Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 12pm e from 1pm to 5pm.
Praça Leopoldo Francisco Kretzer, 2, Centro.
Phone: (48) 3277-0151.
Avenida Beira-Mar Norte
One of the main avenues and leisure areas of Florianópolis, located in the Center, next to Baía Norte (North Bay). Besides the residential buildings, it has stores, restaurants, bars, banks, shopping centers, a cycleway and a sidewalk much used by people living in the city.
The most visited are those of Morro da Cruz (Center), Morro das Pedras (south of the Island), Ingleses (north of the Island), Morro das Sete Voltas (east of the Island) and Morro da Praia Mole (east of the Island).
Floripa by Bus: A trip through the city in a touristic bus. Boarding in front of the Shopping Iguatemi.
Av. Madre Benvenuta, 687, Santa Mônica. Tuesday thru Saturday, from 10am to 9:30pm; Sunday, from 1pm to 8pm.
Phone: (48) 3239-8966 / 8801-5904
Steam engine trip
It starts at the station located in Subida community, crosses the Túnel do Baú (Chest Tunnel) and the viaduct with two arches and then stops for the passengers to admire the rapids of the Rio Itajaí-Açu and the turbines of the Salto Pilão Plant.
An avenue of 800 m which goes along the Rio Itajaí-Açu (Itajaí-Açu River), from the Teatro Carlos Gomes (Carlos Gomes Theater) to the City Hall, going past several touristic points in the city, as the viewpoint next to the Ponte Aldo Pereira de Andrade (Ponte de Ferro).
One of the most traditional post cards of the city, it is today a refined touristic complex with an events house, restaurant, beer bar, deckbar and souvenir store.
Rua Porto Rico, 66, Ponta Aguda.
Phone: (47) 3222-3440.
Astronomical Observatory Tadeu Cristóvam Mikowski
The highlight is the large telescope, capable of augmenting the scope of vision by up to 2 thousand times. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 5pm, only for school visits. On the second and third Saturday of the month, it attends to all the public from 8pm to 12am, if there is a starry sky.
Av. das Comunidades, 111, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3350-6391 / 9937-1084.
Hunting and Shooting Club Araújo Brusque
Inaugurated in 1866, it is the oldest of its kind functioning in Brazil. Currently, it offers a heated swimming pool for adults and children, a bowling alley, a lawn bowling court, a target shooting stand, a games room, a party room and a restaurant.
Rua Hercílio Luz, 180, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3396-6871.
João Schulenburg Municipal Public Park
Rua Dr. Blumenau, 5, Centro.
João Hennings Filho Square
In front of the Town Hall.
Vale do Encano
Rapids and waterfalls, with points for bathing and a structure for visitors.
Rua Dr. Blumenau (old stretch of railroad), Encano.
Founded in 1932, it is the first zoological garden of Santa Catarina and the third oldest in Brazil. It houses 1,300 animals of 210 species, 19 of which are in danger of extinction. Maintained by the Hermann Weege Foundation it receives approximately 175 thousand visitors a year. Daily, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua Hermann Weege, 180, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3387-2659.
Morro da Turquia
A viewpoint with a panoramic view of the city center (586 m). Access by Rua Frederico Weege. A 1 km do Centro.
They go along the edge of the Text River. Saturday, Sunday and holiday, from 9am to 6pm. Corner of streets Paulo Zimmermann and Hermann Weege (in front of the Zoo), Centro. Phone: (47) 3387-2627 – Tourism Secretariat.
Art and Charm Route
Day trips in the midst of the natural scenery of the region, learning about the local customs and history, and passing by houses of handicraft, restaurants of typical food and colonial breakfast.
Timber Frame Route
it can be done by car or bicycle, observing the dozens of timber frame style buildings which exist in the locality of Testo Alto (listed by Unesco as Cultural Heritage. The route also foresees stops in ateliers of artists and craftspeople, in the Pousada da Estufa (Greenhouse Hostel) (former tobacco greenhouse), in the Casa de Taipa (Stucco House) and in the Casa Voigt/Wachholz (Voigt/Wachholz House), which started to be built in 1867 – the oldest timber frame in the town. Access by Rua Testo Alto, near North Portal.
Tourism Route: Phone: (47) 8828-8806 / 9625-2630. www.rotaturismo.tur.br
Costa Verde e Mar
33 m monument with light cannon that shoots out a ray of light over the city. Located at Morro da Cruz, at an altitude of 154 m, with a beautiful view of Balneário Camboriú. There is also a restaurant, diner, souvenir store and square at the location, where live shows take place during the summer season (from 7 pm). December to February, daily, from 10 am to 1 am; March, daily, from 10 am to midnight; April to November, Monday to Friday, 4 pm to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to midnight.
Rua Indonésia, 800, Nações.
Phone: (47) 3367-4042 / (47) 3363-2329.
Trams run along the Atlântica and Brasil avenues, where passengers can get off at any point on their itinerary. Another option is to take the Linha 114, along the gardens that go from the Praia dos Amores to the Praia do Estaleirinho.
16.5 km of excellent quality road with a view of the mountains covered with native forest and the crystalline sea. The highway provides access to the beaches at Laranjeiras, Taquarinhas, Taquaras, Pinho, Estaleiro and Estaleirinho.
Barra Sul Jetty
There are various bars and restaurants at this site, as well as a playground in the form of a shipwreck.
Av. Atlântica, in front of Parque Unipraias.
There are two options – one along the seaside, the Cristo Luz and the Praia das Laranjeiras (8 minutes), and another up to Praia do Estaleiro (12 minutes). December to February, daily, from 10 am to 7.30 pm.
Kart Indoor Barra Sul
280 m track, games room, slot car track, mini karts, bar, diner and barbecues. December to February, daily, from 9 am to midnight; March to November, Monday, 4 pm to 10.30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays, 9 am to 10.30 pm.
Rua 4.000, 133, Barra Sul.
Phone: (47) 3361-6000.
ExpresSul: tram rides. Rua Biguaçu, 555, Bairro dos Municípios. Segunda a sexta, 8h às 12h e 13h30 às 18h. Phone: (47) 3363-7282. www.expressul.com.br
Heliport: near to the schooner port at Barra Sul. Av. Beira-Rio, 1.010, Barra Sul. Phone: (47) 9967-1366.
Eco 360º Viewpoint
Offers a beautiful view of Zimbros, Canto Grande, Mariscal, Morro do Macaco and Ilha de Santa Catarina (Florianópolis). Access via a light trail of around 15 minutes. At the bottom of the viewpoint there is a museum with examples of local fauna and shipwrecked objects. The viewpoint is also sought after for adventure sports (see Ecotourism). December to March, daily, from 9 am to 8 pm; April to November, daily, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Av. Tatuíra, s/n, Praia da Tainha.
Phone: (47) 9606-3632.
Ayrton Senna Museum
Mini racecars, helmets, overalls, works of art and other original objects belonging to the driver as well as replicas, totaling more than 1.5 thousand pieces. Operates within a sport and leisure complex established in the city. Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to midnight; Saturday, 2 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, 4 pm to 10 pm.
Alameda Kadiz, 111, Taboleiro.
Phone: (47) 3363-7700.
one hour matches in a themed area. Participants received all the equipment required to compete (helmet, vest, mask, gun, special clothing and 100 paintballs). Children under 12 should be accompanied by their parents. Monday to Friday, 3 pm to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, by appointment calling the mobile number.
Rua João da Costa, Rio do Meio.
Phone: (47) 3365-1777 /9191-1717.
Porto of Itajaí and Tourist Pier
Considered one of the best in the country, the Port of Itajaí allows large vessels to dock, including cruise ships (the only bonded terminal for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers in the South of the country). The arrival of transatlantic liners can be watched from the piers or the riverbank. Tourists disembarking at the Tourist Pier are usually received with fireworks, music shows and folkloric groups. Craft fairs are also mounted at the location when the ships arrive. Port of Itajaí.
Rua Blumenau, 5, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3341-8000.
Pier Turístico Guilherme Asseburg
Av. Prefeito Paulo Bauer, s/n, Centro.
Morro da Cruz
the viewpoint (180 m) has a beautiful panoramic view of Itajaí and neighboring Navegantes. There is a restaurant at the location. The access road is near to the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (Univali).
Excellent location for observing the Rio Itajaí-Açu and vessels of various sizes. Serves for embarkation and disembarkation on schooner trips and is also used for fly fishing. Located on the patio of the prefecture.
Rua João Emílio, 100, Centro.
connects Navegantes to Itajaí. There are exclusive barges for pedestrians and motorcyclists, and others for cars. Crossings are every 10 minutes, from 5 am to 11 pm, and every 20 minutes every this time.
Praça Nossa Senhora de Navegantes, 48, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3319-3234.
Bocaina do Sul
Fábrica de Papel Itajaí (Itajaí Paper Factory)
Shut down more than 30 years ago, it has been transformed into a monument for tourists with its ruins and its abandoned equipment. The surrounding landscape is breathtaking. Next to the factory there is a waterfall with a 140 m drop. Located in Pinheiro Marcado, it can be accessed by a dirt road that is 7 km long.
Bom Jardim da Serra
Mirante da Serra do Rio do Rastro (Serra do Rio do Rastro Observatory)
Spectacular view of the Serra do Rio do Rastro and the entire coastal plain. Located 11 km from the Center SC-438, Km 131.
Usina de Energia Eólica (Wind Power Plant)
The first wind power station in Santa Catarina (produced by wind power), grabs the attention due to its enormous three-propeller windmills that are 50 m high. Located on SC-438, next to the Serra do Rio do Rastro Observatory.
City tour and “by night” in Lages, trips to São Joaquim, Serra do Rio do Rastro and Urubici, horseback riding.
Rua Frei Rogério, 17, sala 5, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2920.
A staircase with access via Major Jacinto Goulart road, from which there is a beautiful view of the town and the grasslands.
Mirante das Araucárias (Araucárias Observatory)
A prime view of a field of araucaria trees, some as high as 50 m. SC-438, about 200 m after the entrance to São Joaquim.
Cooperativa Sanjo (Sanjo Cooperative)
A variety of products related to apples are sold, as well as high altitude fine wines produced by the cooperative. Guided tours are available for those who are interested in learning about the entire apple industrialization process, from the receipt of the fruits to packaging (by appointment made at least 24 hours before).
Av. Irineu Bornhausen, 677, Martorano.
Telephone: (49) 3233-0012.
CAMINHO DOS PRÍNCIPES
Calçadão da Cascatinha (Cascade Sidewalk)
The stones of the sidewalk form typical scenes of Campo Alegre, with deigns of araucarias and pine trees. The Cascata do Ribeirão Farias (Ribeirão Farias Cascade) can be seen in the place, Where the main events of the municipality take place. Continuation of Rua Coronel Bento Amorim, in front of Avenida Getúlio Vargas, s/n, Centro.
Manfred Millnitz Property
It has giant Victoria Regis, aquatic plants which come from Amazonia that attain heights greater than those found in their natural habitat. Visiting February thru April.
Rua Dr. Francisco Piccioni, 540, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3375-2411.
The institution, which sells ornamental plants and seeds, opens its doors to walks in the midst of trails with ornamental bromeliads, heliconias and banana plants.
Estrada Pedra de Amolar, 3.900, Pedra de Amolar.
Phone: (47) 3375-1740.
Santuário Rã-Bugio (Instituto Rã-Bugio para Conservação da Biodiversidade)
Non-governmental organization whose objective is to conserve the fauna of amphibians of the Atlantic Rainforest, including species threatened with extinction. Schedule a visit. Estrada Rio da Prata, 523, Caixa d’Água.
Phone: (47) 3274-8613 (headquarters, in Jaraguá do Sul)
Represa de Guaramirim (Guaramirim Dam)
The waters of this dam of the Rio Itapocu (Itapocu River), built in 1969, are still used for irrigating the rice fields. The place is appropriate for water sports as canoeing. There is a restaurant in the place.
BR-280, Km 55, at the back of the Posto Rudnick.
Phone: (47) 3373-0345.
Kartódromo Internacional de Joinville (Joinville International Kartdrome)
Besides the track of 1,040 m and the kart hiring service, the space is integrated with a park with trails and sports and leisure areas.
Rua Dorothóvio do Nascimento, 2.290, access by Avenida Santos Dumont.
Phone: (47) 3467-1366
São Bento do Sul
Praça Getúlio Vargas (Getúlio Vargas Square)
It houses a bandstand which is the stage of the Summer Concerts (see events), the Monumento aos Imigrantes (Monument to Immigrants) and a children’s park. It has a privileged view of the Parish Church and the surrounding centenary buildings.
São Francisco do Sul
Port of São Francisco do Sul
Operating since 1920, it is the fifth largest port in Brazil regarding movement of containers. Guided visits can be made to the place. Request information at the Tourism and Leisure Secretariat, in the Historical Center.
Av. Eng. Leite Ribeiro, 782, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3471-1200.
Vale do Contestado
Campo Novos Hydroelectric Power Plant
Made up of a total area of 34.6 km2, reaching four towns: Campos Novos, Celso Ramos, Anita Garibaldi and Abdon Batista.
Dogello Goss Square
Located in front of the Parish Church (Center), it has a playground, tables for checkers and chess, an half shell with a music room and a sound and light water fountain.
Uruguay River Bridge
On the border between Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, it has a beautiful panoramic view.
Itá Hydroelectric Power Plant
The lake formed on the Rio Uruguai (Uruguai River) reaches eleven municipalities (seven in Santa Catarina). In Itá, one of the attractions is the botanical garden. Visits are guided and must be scheduled beforehand. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Av. Tancredo Neves, 1.900, Centro.
At the top of its 649 meters, you can see the lake and the city.
CR Almeida Observatory
On the edge of BR-466, where the view of the power plant and the lake unfolds.
Also on the edge of BR-466, with a view of the dam.
Praça Hercílio Luz (Hercílio Luz Square)
A pleasant public space where there is a sun clock and a camphor tree.
Usina do São Lourenço (São Lourenço Factory)
Inaugurated in 1914, it formed a beautiful lake with cascades.
The steam locomotive tour leaves from the Piratuba train station, and heads toward Marcelino Ramos (RS). The trip, which is 4 hours long (round trip), travels over the Rio Uruguai (Uruguai River) bridge and includes visits to hot springs. Operates on the weekends, with prior reservations.
Phone: (49) 3553-1121.
Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant
Built on the Rio Pelotas (Pelotas River), on the border of Rio Grande do Sul, the dam also functions as a bridge, used as a crossing between the two states. The site is open to visitation.
Phone: (49) 3553-0457 / 9127-7410.
A tour past tourist spots and visits to properties in the town’s interior. Daily tours that last two hours.
Phone: (49) 3553-0058.
Surrounded by other buildings from the start of the XX century, it houses a steam locomotive that takes trips throughout the surrounding areas. The train track is the border between Porto União and União da Vitória (PR), which was already integrated into the town before the Contestado War. Open daily, 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Praça Hercílio Luz, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (42) 3522-0649 – Fundação Cultural.
Ride past the main tourist spots of Treze Tílias. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes. Minimum group of five needed to schedule a ride. By appointment only.
Phone: (49) 9976-7089 / 9966-2062.
Domo de Vargeão
A crater of 12 km in diameter created by the fall of a meteorite 100 million years ago. It can be seen from the viewpoint known as the Acesso do Meio (Access to the Environment). According to recent studies, the clay found in the place can have therapeutic and esthetic applications.
Domingos Forlin Astronomical Observatory
Considered a benchmark in Brazil, it allows for observation of planets and stars with long-range telescopes. Groups can schedule lectures. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 11am and 1pm to 4:30pm; Tuesday through Sunday, 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
Rua Brasil, 1, Centro.
Phone: (49) 3566-7053.
Encantos do Sul
There are routes through the surroundings of the valley, going to the Center and out through the neighborhood of Bela Vista, or only circulating along the commerce of the main avenue. The conductor of the tours can be found on Av. Pedro Zapelini, Termas.
Steam locomotive tour
In the summer, the route passes through Jaguaruna and Imbituba. In winter, it visits Urussanga and Sideópolis. In both cases, the locomotive takes the visitor through verdant rice fields, old stations, and small settlements, on tours that always take place on the last Sunday of the month. Outside of these dates, companies and closed groups can schedule exclusive tours. Departures from the Railroad Museum.
Old railroad station
A steam locomotive tour (with departure from Tubarão) engages the railroad terminal once a month. The location is home to the Progoethe Association (of wine producers of the region) and the Tourist Information Center (Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5:30PM; Saturday and Sunday, 9AM to 12PM).
Rua Dona Lúcia Delfino da Rosa, 150, Estação.
Phone: (48) 3465-4739/6238.
Caminhos da Fronteira
To have a panoramic view of the town and Rio Uruguai the best point is in the outside area of the AABB (Banco do Brasil Athletic Association), in the Line of Baú. There is another viewpoint following the ITG-070, in the direction of the Line Becker (at 500 m from the leisure area of the Barra do Macaco), as well as in the district Jardim Bela Vista.
That of the Immigrant deserves mention as it houses the municipal bus station (a building in German style), besides the Monumento ao Imigrante (Monument to the Immigrant) and an old and beautiful fig tree. Whereas the Praça das Bandeiras (Flag Square), in the town center, is very leafy and has a playground. The Praça dos Pioneiros (Pioneers’ Square), at the entrance of Itapiranga, is also worth visiting.