Natural Attractions in Port of Spain

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In a busy city like Port of Spain, you might expect to have to forgo any natural explorations within the city limits.  Port of Spain breaks this general rule with flourishing green landscapes like Queen's Park, a popular botanical gardens, and even a zoo.  If you're the type who likes to explore the local eco-sytem over the historic landmarks, you won't be disappointed here. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Caroni Bird Sanctuary

Do you want to enjoy more of your vacation outdoors? You may be happy to find out that the area has several nature preserves nearby.

Caroni Lagoon National Park is a nature preserve located in Port of Spain. The most popular thing for visitors to the park is to take part in a boat tour down through the forest. As you slowly move down the river under a canopy of trees fill of birds, mammals, (and maybe a snake or two), you'll get an idea of how close you actually are to the rain-forests of South America.

Vacationers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities like Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Daily boating trips and other tours are available daily. These include a General Tour which takes place at 4:00 p.m., a Photography Tour, a Bird Watching Tour, a Family Picnic Tour, and a Fishing Tour.

Be sure to look through the following table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Caroni Bird Sanctuary Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.3 mi. Southeast of Central Port of Spain
Caroni Lagoon National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.2 mi. Southeast of Central Port of Spain

Waterfalls

Although most visitors have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port of Spain some great choices, including a couple of waterfalls.

You should consider visiting Edith Falls, which is situated in Port of Spain. Edith Falls is well visited both because of the easy hike it takes to get to it and because of its beauty. If you've only got time for one fall on the island, the 20 to 30 minute trek is definitely worth it during the raining season when the production of water from the falls is at its greatest.

The table just below provides you with more information on the waterfalls.

Waterfalls Near Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Edith Falls Waterfall 7.8 mi. Northwest of Central Port of Spain
Maracas Waterfall Waterfall 8.5 mi. Northeast of Central Port of Spain

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

Travelers can spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as 2 botanical gardens in Port of Spain.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Royal Botanical Gardens, which is located in Port of Spain. The Royal Botanical Gardens contains over 700 trees throughout the property, and guests will see them all as the walk the gardens. Additionally, within the gardens are a small group of tombstones, the resting place of the Trinidad Governors who have served past 1819.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are displayed directly below.

Parks and Gardens In Port of Spain
Name Type Location
Jackson Square Park 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Lord Harris Square Park 0.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Memorial Park Park 0.8 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Nelson Mandela Park Park 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Public Service Association Grounds Park Downtown Port of Spain, 1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Port of Spain
Queen's Park Oval Park 1.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Park Savannah Park Downtown Port of Spain
Queen's Royal College Sports Ground Park 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Rock Garden Botanical Garden 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Royal Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Siegert Square Park 1.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Victoria Square Park Downtown Port of Spain
Wild Flower Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain
Woodford Square Park Downtown Port of Spain

Zoos and Aquariums

Emperor Valley Zoo

If the idea of spending part of a day at the zoo tickles your fancy, you should visit Emperor Valley Zoo. Although the Emperor Valley Zoo was first built in 1947, it wasn't until 1952 that the doors were opened to the public. To this day it remains a popular family attraction, showcasing both regional and exotic animals and furthering the cause of animal conservation.

Zoos In Port of Spain
Name Type Location Island/th>
Emperor Valley Zoo Zoo 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain Trinidad

Of course, you'll find a nice selection of attraction types available too. If you'd like to find more details about other attractions here.

 

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