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Ten of the Best Kid-Friendly Destinations in T&T

So you are looking for great destinations for your kids to enjoy. Well, you’re in luck! Trinidad and Tobago a full of kid friendly places to take them. Here is our list of the best destinations for kids that are fun, safe, adventure-filled and in some cases, FREE!

1Emperor Valley Zoo
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The Emperor Valley Zoo is the main zoo in Trinidad and Tobago, located north of the Queen's Park Savannah and west of the Botanic Gardens in Port of Spain. It is also the only zoo in the Caribbean to house Lions, Giraffes, an entertaining Giant Otter and a 30 year old 12 foot Crocodile.
The Emperor Valley Zoo is dedicated to providing housing, meals, recreation for animals and, yes an exciting experience for the enthusiastic animal lover and even the average visitor. Since its first opening to the public in 1952, the zoo has added an amusing horde of animals to the EV family that has been the centre of attraction for visitors. At present, the zoo exhibits over 100 animals which include,  Monkeys, Snakes, Lions, a varied species of Fish and Birds and recently added llamas, Flamingos, 2 Giant Otters, a tower of Giraffes, Warthogs and White Bengal Tigers. Located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens, Port of Spain; the Zoo sits on a spread of lush flora and fauna that creates a relaxing surrounding for visitors. Getting its name Emperor from the name Morpho or Emperor Butterfly (Morpho peleides insularis) that was once a frequent visitor to the flourishing area, the Zoo has become a popular attraction for Sunday family outings and school visits. There’s much to see and enjoy at Emperor Valley Zoo, look out for the new additions to join the EV family soon. From the depths of Africa to Trinidad, a rhinoceros, zebras and ostriches will soon be the newest attractions.  
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2Gasparee Caves
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Descend 100 feet underground and walk through a magnificent system of natural limestone caverns and caves on island of Gaspar Grande.
Gasparee Caves is a natural system of limestone caverns and caves created by millions of years of wave action and slightly acid rain on the island of Gaspar Grande. The largest of these caves is known as the Blue Grotto and was open to the public in 1981. At the bottom of the Blue Grotto (100 feet underground) you will find a mysterious clear tidal pool. Although swimming is officially prohibited, if you are lucky your guide may allow you to take a quick dip - which is an awe inspiring experience for those so lucky. The cave contains interesting stalagmite and stalactite formations which have been given nicknames such as "The Buddha", "Virgin Mary" and "The Lovers"Gaspar Grande lies 12 km (7. 5 mi) west of Port of Spain. It is one of the "Bocas Islands", which lie in the Bocas del Dragon (Dragon's Mouth) between Trinidad and Venezuela. The Gaspar Grande is a 25-minute boat trip from Port of Spain or 15 minutes from Chaguaramas.
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3Being With Horses
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This group offers guests a chance of a special experience with some horses with personality! Stroll along wetlands, ride through clear blue waters of Buccoo Bay all while learning about horse care, body language and being one with nature. A truly magical experience!
Guests learn about the horses personality & character, their age & where they came from and how to interact with them in a gentle & easy way. Persons get to choose their horse/ team partner - guide the Horse, mount the Horse, go through the village where tours begin. Enjoying the beauty of the Horses, swimming with them in the sea, riding them on the sand are all part of this wonderful experience hosted by a lovely couple. Please come in comfortable clothes ( T-shirt/Tank & Short Pants) also walk with extra clothes for after the tour. Bring your camera or let the resident photographer catch you in the moment - everything else is provided. It is a 2 hour experience with a personal guided tour - everyone is welcome - no age limit . No experience needed - The only limitation is the weight limit (190 pounds). You need to make your booking in advance due to limited space. Rides are offered in Western or English saddles & riding helmets. The group is currently offering a trail-swim combination. This special 2 hour experience is a joyful one for both horses and riders, including first timers who have never spent time with horses. Excellent guidance and instruction makes it possible for all riders to be at ease. After introducing the horses to guests (at which point each rider chooses his/her ’team partner’ horse), the starts with a ride through Buccoo Village, past the goat race track and through the wetland mangroves to the beach for a long and exciting beach ride to the end of Buccoo Bay where the group can then swim with the horses along the shore . The cost of this guided tour is 600TTD (60 UK Pounds or 95 USD)per person (children and adults are the same price).
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Ziplining in Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas, Trinidad
4ZIP-ITT Adventure Tours
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This internationally certified ziplining adventure park in Chaguaramas, Trinidad offers a thrill of a lifetime with 7 lines and 5 canopy walks/net bridges through the trees of the beautiful Tucker Valley. Safe, thrilling adventure!!!.
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5The Hollows, Queens Park Savannah
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Relaxation, Fun and Family Games
Once a large reservoir that supplied water to most of Port of Spain and environs. The Hollows, has been drained and is now one of the most picturesque destinations in Port of Spain adorned with longstanding Poui trees and horticultural trees. Located obliquely opposite the Emperor Valley Zoo, this part of the Queen Park Savannah is the ideal destination for a family picnic, Sunday evening relaxation or a family day out of fun and light games.
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6Liquid Adrenalin Water Sports
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Enjoy the thrill and excitement of watersports in the Gulf of Paria with this great team of guys who are only serious about having fun on the water.
Liquid Adrenalin Water Sports of T&T provides wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and other exciting water sports. Their skilled instructors make sure you are comfortable and safe while having a great time out on the water. Liquid Adrenalin is operated by two guys who are passionate about watersports and get a thrill out from teaching others to enjoy the water. They give lessons and love to introduce people to their favorite sports - Skiing, Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing and paddle boarding. So join Berkeley and Michael and learn why with Liquid Adrenaline, 'The Thrill Trumps The Fear'
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Botanic Gardens, Trinidad
7Botanic Gardens
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The Royal Botanic gardens houses 700 hundred trees of which thirteen percent (13%) are indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago while the other trees and plants represent all the other continents of the world.
The Botanic Gardens in Trinidad is located in Port of Spain. The Gardens, which were established in 1818, are situated just north of the Queen’s Park Savannah. The landscaped site occupies 61. 8 acres (25 hectares) and is known as one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the world. Apart from all the flora that can be found at the Gardens, the grounds include a small burial plot in which former Governors of Trinidad have been buried since 1819. The Gardens are open to the public every day of the year from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m.
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3 Pools, Marianne River, Blanchisseuse
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This is a fantastic river adventure with three large pools to swim in, a 25-foot rock to jump off and natural water slide.
A twenty-minute walk up the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse brings you to 3 Pools a thrilling river adventure. As its name suggests, this river destination features 3 deep basins that were formed as the river plunged across a plateau over a steep rock shelf. The hike to the pools is rated 2 (out of 5, 5 being the hardest) so it is suitable for all ages. The first pool features shallower waters and is ideal for wading and non-swimmers. Between the first and second pools one finds a naturally formed water-slide that adds a great fun element. The 3rd pool is where the adventurous finds the greatest enjoyment. One can climb the nearby rocks and jump 15 feet in the pool below. A visit to 3 Pools can be combined with a hike to the nearby Avocat Waterfall.  You can either begin at the waterfall and following the river to the pools or first going to the pools and then continuing up river to the waterfall.
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9Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve
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You can not leave Tobago without a visit to the unique jewel that is Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, a 12 acre working organic estate which engages in sustainable agriculture. This small plantation grows citrus and other fruits and the best place for bird watching as it is home to many species of birds like the Mot Mot, Blue Tanagers, Humming Birds, and many more.
The reserve was awarded for being a business venture that has found the ideal balance between being a haven for wildlife and being a model for sustainable Eco-tourism. It is only minutes away from palm-fringed Arnos Vale Beach which is excellent for snorkeling.
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10Asa Wright Nature Centre
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The connection with nature, the relaxed pace and peaceful environment brings a sense of contentment
The Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) is a Not-for-Profit Trust established in 1967, it’s Mission: “To preserve a part of the Arima Valley in its natural state; to create a conservation and study area and to protect  the wildlife therein for the enjoyment and benefit  of all persons of this and succeeding generations”. The Centre was selected by the Ecotourism Society and listed in the October 1999 issue of Audubon Magazine as one of the finest eco-lodges in the world, it was also selected as the model for a case study on “Eco-tourism as a Strategy for Sustainable Development”. As you make your way along the Blanchisseuse road, the adventure has begun, vines hanging, blind  corners and precipitous  drops, lush Christophene farming and nature sounds, you are definitely getting nearer to your destination. The AWNC and Lodge is a must to experience, it is the best destination in Trinidad for unique birding and natural history experiences. Overnight guests wake up to the alarm of a variety of bird sounds, and as they gravitate toward the veranda they help themselves to our plantation grown robusta coffee, found only at Asa Wright. Breakfast is all local, with our very own whole wheat bread, local jams and jellies made from fruits harvested in our garden. Daily we welcome visitors as we are open to the public from 9am – 5pm,we offer daily natural history tours at 10.30 am and then at 1.30 pm. We serve creole food in our restaurant please call ahead with your dietary requirements so that we can cater to your needs. Families are encouraged, the allure of our small clear water pool, the connection with nature, the relaxed pace and peaceful environment brings a sense of contentment we all need to experience. Reservations are required so please contact us for more details at 667-4655, 667-4961 or email us at reservations@asawright.com.
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