We visited Ardastra Gardens as a shore excursion from Allure of the Seas. The facility is, for the most part, a zoo, with some interesting flora as well. The flamingo parade was fun and entertaining. I wish we could have spent more time here, but the excursion kept us on a schedule, so we only had about 30 minutes prior to the parade, and 5 minutes after. In retrospect, I'd recommend simply visiting yourself and paying the admission fee (I think it was $14?) rather than the $49 ship's excursion fee. Usually I say to just take the excursion in order to simplify your life, but in this case, it really was just a very overpriced taxi ride. Side note - afterwards, I highly recommend walking from the cruise ship port to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. It's only a 10-15 minute walk, and you can spend as long as you like, rather than being rushed by a van driver.
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