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 enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Caroni Lagoon National Park is a nature preserve located 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.

Travelers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices 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 minute to read the table just below if you want more information.

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 people visiting the area are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Areas near Port of Spain multiple options, including a couple of waterfalls.

You might want to visit Edith Falls, which is situated in Port of Spain. A sign pointing to Edith Falls will guide you to the start of your hike just before the Chaguaramas Golf Course.

The chart directly below enables you to learn more details on 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 enjoy one of the many parks, as well as 2 botanical gardens in Port of Spain.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Royal Botanical Gardens, which is found 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 worth considering are listed in the table 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 at the zoo tickles your fancy, 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

Luckily, you'll be able to find a nice selection of attraction types available too. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, go to this page.

 

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