Established in 1818, Trinidad’s Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the longest running botanical gardens in the West Indies. The garden is home to around 700 trees, including species from every continent of the world, and about 13 percent of the species are native to the island. Enjoy the beautiful blossoms of orchid trees and African tulip trees, smell the sweet fragrance of magnolias, spot the unusual buds of bootlace and cigar trees, and keep an eye out for myriad tropical birds as you explore the lush greenery. Amongst the scenery of the gardens, you’ll also find the President’s House and a small cemetery where notable Trinidadians are buried.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are located just north of Queen’s Park Savannah, and east of the Emperor Valley Zoo. Visitors can explore the garden for free any day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy a relaxing lunch in this gorgeous urban green space.