|Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM|
By Sabah Karimi
Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, and the capital city of George Town is a high-energy destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. You'll find tourist attractions scattered around the parks and trails of the island. Whether you choose adventure excursions or a sightseeing tour, you can explore several interesting tourist attractions in the Grand Cayman Islands.
Cayman Turtle Farm
The green sea turtle is one of the world's endangered species, and visitors to the Grand Cayman Islands can see them at the Cayman Turtle Farm on Boatswain's Beach. The turtle farm features dozens of turtles ranging in size from 6 ounces up to 600 pounds, and visitors can learn about the turtle hatching process, touch baby turtles and learn about some of the fish and sea creatures native to the islands.
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands houses an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by local artists. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to see landscape paintings of George Town, Seven Mile Beach and other key sites around the island, as well as portraits and sculptures of former local residents. Admission to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is free.
Cayman Islands National Museum
The Cayman Islands National Museum is on the waterfront in George Town and serves as a repository of artifacts, artwork and memorabilia of the Cayman Islands. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum to learn about the history of the island and the island's trading industry. The museum also has a theater, cafe and gift shop.
Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
Travelers looking for a peaceful and relaxing excursion can head to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, which features a 2/3-mile long trail, freshwater turtles, the rare Grand Cayman parrot and a set of reptile exhibits. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the grounds to see the traditional Cayman garden designs and collections of native plants and flowers, and explore the Visitor Center to see the latest exhibits.
Pedro St. James National Historic Site
The Pedro St. James National Historic Site is a restored house built in the late 18th century. The venue has historic significance because it once served as the site for legislative meetings and political gatherings. The house was built with a gabled framework, wide verandas and wide-beam wooden ceilings. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the site by climbing up to the limestone bluff to explore the home and its landscaped courtyard and gardens. A 3D presentation about the site begins every hour, with final seating at 4 p.m.