You can take a plane from Mexico City (around $300USD), it's just a 45 minute flight with some scenery, nothing otherwordly. The taxi from the airport to central León will be around $30 USD, and a 40 minute drive. It is a relatively modern airport that was built in anticipation of increased traffic as Mexico City de-industrialized due to the toxic smog levels in the 80's.
Mostly, visit the historical center and shop for shoes. Leon is known as "the shoe capital of the world". Every major brand from Nike to Steve Madden shoes are outsourced to Leon amongst other places. Great place for discounted top shoewear.
There are lots of cheap places to buy shoes and leather in general, some outlets on the sides of the manufacturers. There is also retail outlets of leather goods that are relatively cheap when compared to Mexico City or Guadalajara. While this is not a capital city, so there is enough to do such as catching a game of their two professional baseball teams, their top-flight soccer team and a nascent professional basketball team.
Metropolitan Park: Over 260 hectares for recreation, sports and enjoying nature. The park has a pier, bicycle paths, train, rose garden, orchards, vegetable gardens, picnic tables and camp grounds. Also available are bicycle and boat rentals along with children's games. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Near Leon city you can find the archaeological zone of Ibarillo, of Tarasco-Chupicuaro origin. Twenty-three Km. east of Leon city you can visit Los Tanques and
La Granja Spas.
Basilica Cathedral: This Cathedral dates back to 1975 and has interior chapels and a baroque style facade. The Virgin of Light, patron saint of Leon since 1849 is worshipped here.
Our Lady of Angeles Church: This church was built at the end of the 18th Century and is churrigueresque in design.
Martyrs Square: The name of this square commemorates a local power struggle between different political factions which took place in 1946. The square is surrounded on three sides by beautiful neoclassic archways.
Triumphal Arch: Built in 1893 to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Mexican Independence. The centerpiece of this neoclassic arch is a bronze lion which was donated by local bullfighter Antonio Valdez.
Bullfighting Museum: This restaurant and bar is distinguished by is tables which are the headstones of bullfighter who died in the bullring. It is considered a museum as it contains a large collection of bullfighting history and memorabilia.
San Juan de Dios Church and Garden: This age old romantic spot is regularly visited by local residents.
Botanical Gardens: The gardens contain a variety of plants, orchid garden, greenhouse and orchards.
Leon Zoo: Over 2,000 animals are on display in this attractive park, such as polar bears, panthers, pumas, tigers and lions. There is also a lake with aquatic birds an a miniature train ride. Open Monday to Sunday
Explora Science Center Museums: This interactive Science Center and park is 9,500 square meters, it contains four large halls (Man, Water, Communication and Movement), IMAX theater science classroom, workshops and temporary exhibits. Open Tuesday to Friday.
Metropolitan Park: Over 260 hectares for recreation, sports and enjoying nature. The park has a pier, bicycle paths, train, rose garden, orchards, vegetable gardens, picnic tables and camp grounds. Also available are bicycle and boat rentals along with children's games. Open daily.
Bowl Leon: This bowling alley also contains a domino room, pool tables, ping pong, foosball and coffee shop.
Hotel Mexico Plaza*: Free Wi-Fi, though somewhat distant from the main city (around 20-25 minutes on a cab). Taxis from the airport are by no way cheap, around 20 USD, and transportation to downtown is around $5USD. Rooms start at $80USD the night.