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 hope to spend more of your vacation time outdoors? You may be happy to find out that the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Caroni Lagoon National Park is a popular nature preserve situated in Port of Spain. You shouldn't have any problem getting to Caroni Lagoon National Park, as it has its own exit off of Uriah Butler Highway that leaves south out of Port of Spain.

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like Caroni Bird Sanctuary. The Caroni Bird Sanctuary is a swamp popular among eco tourists for its plentiful offering of bird watching opportunities.

Take a moment to read the table just below for information concerning nature preserves.

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 tourists have heard about the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Port of Spain multiple choices, including a couple of waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to Edith Falls, which is located 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 following chart summarizes some key facts 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

Vacationers can spend some time in one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens in Port of Spain.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting Royal Botanical Gardens, which is located in Port of Spain. One of the oldest gardens in the world, the Royal Botanical Gardens was established in the year 1818, and for almost two centuries have been pleasing visitors with the colorful flowers and native plants.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find can be seen 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
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 passing some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, 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

Needless to say, you will find a nice selection of attraction types available too. For more about other attractions, click this link.

 

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