The beach may be calling, but there are just some things you have to do during your visit to Turks and Caicos. Exploring some of the most significant sites that the islands have to offer is one of the most popular things to do on the islands.
In case you enjoy learning about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to learn full details.
Many travelers choose to visit Turks & Caicos National Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern Turks and Caicos. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is located in a historic building in Cockburn Town. The facility is a non-profit, and receives no help from the government, but maintains a great collection of all things culturally and historically Turks and Caicos.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit H.M. Prison Museum. It is Grand Turk, in eastern Turks and Caicos. History buffs are sure to enjoy the H.M. Prison Museum where visitors and walk through and explore a prison from the 1800's.
The Salt House: A museum, restaurant, and gift shop that centers on the island's salt industry through tours and offerings of products made with salt.
The table just below summarizes a few details regarding some museums to consider in Turks and Caicos.
|H.M. Prison Museum||--||0.8 mi. West of Central Grand Turk|
|John Glenn Exhibit||--||Grand Turk|
|The Salt House||(649) 946-1747||0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town|
|Turks & Caicos National Museum||(505) 216-1795||1.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Grand Turk|
If you like to immerse yourself in the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions during your time in Turks and Caicos.
A common landmark for vacationers is Cheshire Hall. It is Five Cays Settlements, in western Turks and Caicos. Tours are offered of the plantation Monday through Saturday from 8:30am until 4:30pm.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Brown House. It is Balfour Town, in southeastern Turks and Caicos. Built in the early 1800's, Brown House was the first house built on Salt Cay. It was originally the home of a local salt merchant and over time has been thoroughly restored by the Salt Cay Preservation Foundation.
Wades Green Plantation: At one time in history, North Caicos was considered to be "Plantation Country," and today Wades Green stands as the most well-preserved of the remaining plantation properties on the island.
Take some time to look through this table to learn more about sites of historical interest in Turks and Caicos.
|Brown House||--||0.4 mi. North of Central Balfour Town||Salt Cay|
|Cheshire Hall||(649) 941-5710||2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills||Providenciales|
|Government House||--||Salt Cay||Salt Cay|
|Wades Green Plantation||(649) 946-5710||Northwestern part of Turks and Caicos||North Caicos|
|White House||--||0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Balfour Town||Salt Cay|
Travelers may discover some other intriguing places to visit in this area.
If the more functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you should think about seeing Grand Turk Lighthouse. A historic landmark protected by the National Trust, the Grand Turk Lighthouse sits on the northern tip of the island and at one time served to protect ships that traveled at night from wrecking on the off-shore reefs.
|Grand Turk Lighthouse||Lighthouse||3.1 mi. North of Central Grand Turk||Grand Turk|
If you are looking for a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you can consider other locations. If you need to get more information concerning other attractions by clicking here.
Wades Green Plantation on North Caicos is where visitors can see the ruins of one of the most successful slavery operated plantations in Turks and Caicos history. Ruins include outbuildings, stone walls, and the main house.
Providenciales is also home to the ruins of a 200-year-old plantation home, Cheshire Hall. There, a trail takes you through the ruins, where signs are posted explaining the history of the property. As the story goes, Thomas Stubbs emigrated from England to Turks and Caicos in the early 19th century and set up the Cheshire Hall Plantation. By 1810, however, he sold the property to his brother Wade. Over 300 slaves kept the thousands of acres of land in operation, until drought, soil exhaustion, and then finally a hurricane, took the plantation down.
Salt Cay was once one of the leading salt producers in the world. There are two houses on the island, the White House and the Brown House, built by families who were big in the sale industry. The Government House, a two-story wooden structure that houses customs officials, is also located on Salt Cay.
No matter what island you visit, there is an important landmark for you to explore. Plan ahead and map out which sites you'd like to see, or just play it by ear when you arrive. However you play it, make sure that one way or another, you make it to some of Turks and Caicos' most important sites.
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