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Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Frank Sound Road | North Side, Grand Cayman, KY1 1701, Grand Cayman
1 345 947 9462
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Ranked #19 of 111 attractions in Grand Cayman
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Home to orchids (in bloom late May through June) and elusive iguanas as well as parrots and other birds.
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Bristol
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the gardens were very relaxing and peaceful and there was a good variety of flowers and other interesting plants on view. We would recommend taking water (can be bought at the start) as it does get hot in places. Saw an iguana, although he always comes out for the tourists apparently.

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New London, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

With only 6 tours each week, we accidentally timed it perfectly and were blessed to be able to go behind-the-scenes with a small group and a passionate guide to learn more about this captive breeding recovery program of the island's blue iguanas. Before the start of this program, these reptiles were critically endangered with only 25 remaining in the wild.... More

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Mississippi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We arrived at the park just as they opened and enjoyed a nice walk around the grounds. It is very well done, nicely maintained. We saw several green and blue iguanas. We did the Blue Iguana Recovery Tour and our guide, Karen, was great. We found it very interesting to learn of the work that has been done on the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

So re-reading some of these reviews, looks like we shouldn't have been too surprised with our experience. The good news...it was empty when we went in the early-April afternoon on our rent-a-car-to-avoid-the-11,000-cruise-ship-passengers-per-the-Cayman-port-authority-day day. The bad news...there was a reason. By the heated afternoon in the dry season, everything is a little...droopy. The plants are already a little tired, the paint... More

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Minneapolis
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We visited here in late afternoon and didn't really expect much. We were disappointed that the blue iguana exhibit wasn't open (only at 11 a.m. for a tour). But then we discovered that there were blue iguana all over the place in the park. We saw four. It was also a great opportunity to see the native environment as it... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This garden is beautiful and beautifully maintained, and well worth the drive from the busier western part of the island. The xeriscape and heritage gardens have little shade, so are intense in full sun, and the whole garden was pretty hot at 11:00 AM in March, so arriving when they open at 9:00 would be smart. The color garden was... More

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S. Walpole
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Don't waste your time going here unless you are in the height of the flowering season. In the off season this is a pretty boring place to visit. When the gardens are in full bloom it will be spectacular. They have done a ton of work creating a variety of orchids and pleasant waliking trails for you to enjoy. You... More

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Lebanon, PA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

In addition to visiting the botanic park's gardens, we took the Blue Iguana tour. Our guide taught us about the rehabilitation program that they have for the island's Blue Iguanas. We were able to see the young iguanas as well as the larger animals. Would highly recommend visiting the gardens as well as the Blue Iguana tour!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

this was a nice place to visit to learn more about Grand Cayman and see the rare Blue Iguanas. We saw quite a few. Look but dont touch is the rule. Watch out for the droppings along the trails! nice trails to walk on and areas to sit and relax along the way or picnic by the little lake if... More

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We arrived at the QE II Botanic Park on a Sunday with the intent of taking the Blue Iguana Discovery Tour only to learn that is every day except on Sundays. Initially disappointed, we decided to tour the gardens instead to see if we could get lucky and spot some blue iguanas in the process. Well it took only about... More

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