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This Yucatan location boasts a population of around 700,000 people.
It sits 12 miles northeast of Xtepen and 630 miles east of Mexico City, the national capital.
Animals of all shapes and sizes await at the Animaya and the Zoological Park of Centenario. Check out the hands-on programs at the Parque Zoológico del Centenario to flesh out your zoological trifecta.
Whether you want to put on your poker face or just lose yourself in the crackling atmosphere, the Diamonds Casino and the Juega Juega Casino are not to be missed. If you still have an itch that needs scratching, continue on to the Casino La Cima or Diamonds Casino.
Pack a few snacks and enjoy some time to yourself in the lush surroundings of Hidalgo Park and Tixkokob Central Park. You'll also find plenty of room to lie around on the grass at Itzamna Park and Telchac Puerto Park.
Whether you're in need of a certain map or some general info, the knowledgeable staff at Merida Tourism Office should be able to help you out.
Want to laze about for the day by the sea? Pack a bag with some goodies and claim a nice little spot at Progreso Beach.
Turn your phone off and take a break from the noises of the modern world at Calcehtok Caves and Grutas de Calcehtok. Lovers of nature will also have a great time at Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún and Grutas de Loltún.
For an educational experience, head to some of the local cultural establishments. Eco Museum of Cacao, Museum of the Yucatecan Song and Santa Elena Museum should be at the top of your list.
Some travellers think of natural museums as a place to take the kids, but the alluring specimens at the Great Museum of the Maya World and the Anthropology and History Museum show that there's plenty to keep the grown-ups interested as well. You should also check out the Museo del Pueblo Maya and the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
A hub for art connoisseurs, this area houses numerous spaces in which amateur and professional artists regularly showcase their wares. Soak up the cool atmosphere at the Macay Museum and the Casa Frederick Catherwood. If you have time afterwards, the Popular Art Museum and the Casa Montes Molina Museum are also well worth checking out.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating artifacts of the Museum of the City of Merida or examine the exhibits at the Museo de la Ciudad. Both are great if you're interested in history.
Wander back through the ages with a trip to Dzibilchaltun Ruins or Mayapan Mayan Ruins, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. You might also like to snap a few photos at the Teatro Peon Contreras and Montejo House.
Featuring striking architecture and leafy gardens, the stately palaces here are an impressive sight. Head over and see what secrets are hidden in the walls at Palacio del Gobernador and Palacio de Gobierno.
Discover the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at Merida Cathedral and the Governors Palace. If you'd be interested to look at a couple more religious sites, check for tours at Tixcocob Church and Iglesia de Dzidzantún.
Merida's most acclaimed sights sometimes overshadow its less visited, but equally rewarding activities. The Yucatan Country Club and the Merida English Library could be up your alley. Also, contemplate a visit to Cenote X'batun and Chelentun Cenotes if you can squeeze it in.
Merida is much loved by tourists, and boasts a good selection of accommodation options. Expedia's Merida lodging guide makes booking easy.
At the higher end of the range, you can book a few nights at the Hotel Casa Azul, at Calle 60, 343, Centro, or the Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel, at Paseo de Montejo 480. Alternatively, if you're travelling on a budget, the Art Apart Hostel, Calle 60 No. 456A x 53 y 51, and the Hostal Casa Nico, Street 63 N 517 crosses 68 7 66 A dtwn, may be more your style.