Natural Attractions in Philipsburg

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Beaches, shopping, and dining are the top three reasons that tourists visit Philipsburg.  There is a fourth type of attraction that warrants some attention as well: sites that focus on the natural side of the island.  St. Maarten and St. Martin both have done a good job of setting aside some land designated as natural preserves, and those who stay in Philipsburg have easy access to these as well as a butterfly farm, historic plantation grounds, and even a zoo.  

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Loterie Farm Nature Reserve

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation outside? You might be pleased to know the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Sint Maarten Marine Park is a nature preserve located 1.5 mi. Southeast of central Philipsburg. Proud of its aquatic heritage, Sint Maarten has established the entire coast as a protected area, placing restrictions in many of parts. While this does limit what activities you can participate in, it has encouraged marine life to thrive, making Sint Maarten Marine Park a great places for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring choices like Loterie Farm Nature Reserve. This protected area is the largest on the island and a prime spot for any eco-tourist that find themselves in Saint Martin. The park offers numerous eco-orientated activities that will allow guests to enjoy the more natural side of the island.

Review the table below for more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Philipsburg
Name Type Location
Loterie Farm Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.8 mi. North of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Guests can spend some time in a few parks, or a botanical garden in and around Philipsburg.

Wathey Square is situated in Philipsburg. Set in the heart of town, Wathery Square is a bustling port, shopping center, and more that serves as the unofficial town center.

Another popular attraction in this category is Emilio Wilson Historic Park. Although the Emilio Wilson Park is a traditional park where you can picnic, run, and play, the grounds have also been transformed into a living museum. Reconstructed versions of the slave quarters, an outhouse, a watch house, and a school stand on the grounds, waiting to be explored by history buffs.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are displayed right below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Philipsburg
Name Type Location
Emilio Wilson Historic Park Park Saunders, 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Philipsburg
Seaside Nature Park Park 1.9 mi. West of Central Philipsburg
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden Orient Bay, 4.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg
Wathey Square Park 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg

Zoos and Aquariums

St. Maarten Zoo

If the idea of passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, consider visiting St. Maarten Zoo. In December of 1991, the St. Maarten Zoo opened its doors to the public, and today it is the largest zoo and playground in the Caribbean. Families love to explore the hundreds of animals that live on property, including birds, reptiles, and mammals.

Another related option is The Butterfly Farm. Explore the beautiful colors of the Saint Martin butterflies and plants at this unique and magical attraction. You will find the enclosed area full of caterpillars, cocoons, and butterflies of all sizes.

Take a moment to read the following chart for more information about what's available.

Zoos In and Around Philipsburg
Name Type Location
St. Maarten Zoo Zoo 1.0 mi. North of Central Philipsburg
The Butterfly Farm Zoo 4.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Philipsburg

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these in Philipsburg are listed here:

Land Formations In Philipsburg
Name Type Location
Great Bay Bay 0.5 mi. South West of Central Philipsburg
Great Salt Pond Pond 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Philipsburg
Point Blanche Point 1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg

Needless to say, you will find a nice selection of types of attractions. To visit our detailed page about other attractions, see this page.

 

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