Natural Attractions in St. Johns

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Tourists who want to spend some time outdoors in St. John's are advised to bring their hiking boots.  Antigua is one of the friendliest hiking destinations in the Caribbean, and this town is no exception.  There are several trails that snake through the area and allow visitors to explore the areas natural side. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You can explore one hiking trail and a nature preserve near St. Johns.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near St. Johns
Name Type Location Island
Wallings Resevoir Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve None, 5.8 mi. South of Central St. Johns None

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Travelers can spend some time in one of the many parks, or a botanical garden in and around St. Johns.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Victoria Park, which is found within St. Johns. Originally established in 1888, the gardens offer visitors a quiet escape from the crowds of St. Johns and Dickenson Bay. Among the flowers and trees, you will be able to relax and take a break from more active adventures.

A second attraction in this category is Monk's Hill Park. Fortified in 1689, Monk's Hill is home to the ruins of the long since abandoned Fort George. While this impressive fort was once the place of refuge for the town's residents during threats of French invasion, it now blends into the landscape and is overgrown with weeds.

The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are listed in the table below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around St. Johns
Name Type Location
Detour Bike Trails Park 5.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central St. Johns
Jones Valley Trail Park 9.9 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Lookout Trail Park 9.9 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Monk's Hill Park Park 7.6 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Nelson's Dockyard National Park Park English Harbour, 9.4 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns
Victoria Park Botanical Garden 0.4 mi. East of Downtown St. John's

If you want to learn about more points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you can look farther afield. For a more thorough discussion of other attractions, go to this article.


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