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 like spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to find out that the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Caroni Lagoon National Park is a great nature preserve found in Port of Spain. One of the few popular natural attractions on Trinidad, the Caroni Lagoon National Park makes up for the lack of other parks by packing a intense and wildlife full experience in this one. Guests hoping to see animals up close will not be disappointed.

Adventurers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places 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.

Take a look at the table just below to learn more.

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

Even though most travelers come for the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Areas near Port of Spain some great options, including two waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to 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 chart directly below enables you to learn some details regarding 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 experience one of the many parks, or 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 within 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 worth looking into can be seen here:

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 thought of spending part of a day surrounded by animals sounds like fun, consider visiting 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

Fortunately, Port of Spain has other attractions. To reach our complete guide to other attractions, click here.

 

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