Looking for an outdoor excursion this weekend? Here are 3 spots that never get old.
Visit the Botanical Garden
One mile from the bustling City of Hamilton is a quiet place of plants and butterflies, flowers and fields. The Bermuda Botanical Gardens has been Bermuda’s most popular national park since its inauguration in 1898. Boasting an impressive mix of parkland, greenhouses, architectural buildings, woodland and horticultural collections, the Botanical Gardens are a popular spot for locals looking for rest and relaxation. If cooling out under a tree isn’t what you’re after, join a free 90-minute walking tour of the expansive 35-acre property, visit the popular aviary for a glimpse of the peacocks or take a tour of Camden, the official residence of Bermuda’s Premier. With so much going on, we will not accept the Annual Exhibition as your only reason for visiting.
Hungry Bay Nature Reserve, Paget
This idyllic reserve in a secluded bay is an extremely important mangrove habitat on island. Mangroves are important because they provide homes for both marine and terrestrial creatures. Their long prop roots create mazes in shallow waters that act as fish nurseries and havens for invertebrates, while their branches provide homes for crustaceans and birds. This environmental importance cause the reserve ot be recognized as a Ramsar site, making it part of a treaty for the conservation of sustainable wetlands. By wading, swimming or kayaking, you can get a glimpse into this amazing habitat and try and spot a giant land crab, which has been wiped out in other parts of the island.
This 37-acre expanse is now a park, but used to be an affluent neighborhood. Inside, many of the houses stand to ruin in what proves to be a mysterious and overgrown natural space. The neighborhood has been around since the 1700s, with many limestone quarry gardens and even a tomb on-site, which is occupied by one of the estate’s owners, James Morgan, and his wife. The estate makes its way down to south shore where it ends in the secluded Marley beach. The park is not maintained, but is open to the public. Because it is so historic, and because everything is covered in lush ferns and mosses, the walk is somewhat eerie. Visitors will have a wonderful time exploring the abandoned old houses, and even may find the traveller’s garden someone has created with found objects behind one of them.