Asa Wright Nature Centre (Trinidad)

#5 in Best Things To Do in Trinidad & Tobago
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Blanchisseuse Road

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Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Asa Wright Nature Centre is home to more than 400 species of native birds, plus 55 different reptile species, 25 amphibians, more than 600 butterflies and more than 2,000 types of flowering plants. In short, northern Trinidad's Asa Wright Nature Centre is bursting at the seams; it's the ultimate stop for both novice and experienced bird-watchers and nature lovers.

You could easily spend a day at the expansive park (in fact, the center offers overnight accommodations) but most only took two hours to explore the grounds. Be sure to wear insect repellent and long-sleeved clothes since there are plenty of mosquitos on the property.

Asa Wright Nature Centre is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The property's $6 to $10 USD admission fee includes a guided tour at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. On-site facilities include restrooms, parking and a small gift shop. Lunch is also offered on the property but costs an additional fee and requires reservations prior to arrival.

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Not to be confused with Tobago's Fort King George in Scarborough, this historic Trinidadian structure provides visitors with a taste of the island's colonial heritage. Fort George was built in 1804 by former British Governor Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop to protect the Port of Spain from any perceived military threats. However, the formidable structure never saw conflict and the military eventually retired it in 1846.

One of Fort George's best known features is its intricate wooden signal station, which provides a stark contrast to the fort's original cannons and dungeons still on display here. Constructed in 1883, this less intimidating, almost quaint structure was designed by Prince Kofi Nti, an Ashanti royal from West Africa who immigrated to Trinidad in 1881.

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