Family Travel Ideas in Hamilton (Capital City)Edit This
Hamilton Family Travel includes activities like visiting parks, museums, relaxing at the beaches and shopping on Front Street. Hamilton is the capital city of Bermuda and is a great tourist spot where families can enjoy themselves by going to the following spots as a group.
The Bermuda Cathedral is a beautiful church located on Church Street. It has neo-Gothic architecture and was designed by William Hay. The newly constructed church was rebuilt in 1911 after a fire destroyed the original church building. It has a 140-foot tower that you can climb to get an unparalleled view of the city of Hamilton. The church is made of Bermuda limestone and Caen stone.
Bermuda Historical Society Museum
The Bermuda Historical Society Museum is housed in the same building as the Bermuda Public Library. It was constructed in 1814 and follows the Georgian pattern of architecture. A model of the shipwrecked Sea Venture is on display. The museum also houses a collection of coins and silver. There is a copy of the letter that George Washington, a founding father of America, had sent to Bermuda requesting their help during the American Revolution.
Bermuda National Gallery
Bermuda National Gallery is a part of the City Hall which is located on Church Street in central Hamilton. It was opened in 1992 and is famous for its collections of the works of famous 17th and 18th century artists like Gainsborough, Reynolds and Homer. It also has sections devoted to photography and African masks and sculptures.
Bermuda Botanical Gardens
These gardens have lush greenery and are a sight to behold. They have many fruit trees as well as the ubiquitous palm trees. You can see also orchid plants and hibiscus flowers blooming in their full glory. There is a garden area specially made for the blind people where they can enjoy the fragrance of the plants. It has free admission.
Fort Hamilton is a fort built at the top of a hill. It has a beautiful view of the Hamilton harbor. It was built in the latter part of the 19th century to protect the harbor during a tense period between Britain and the United States. Old armaments like muzzleloaders are mounted on the ramparts of the fort. These guns were capable of firing very heavy cannonballs.
No visit to Hamilton will be complete without visiting its beaches. The most popular beach here is Horseshoe Beach. There are other beaches like Hungry bay, Warwick Long Bay and Elbow Beach. Scuba diving, fishing, boating, sailing and snorkeling activities can be enjoyed here.
There are other attractions like Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and Windreach Recreational Village. You will also find the market night fair that is held in the square every Thursday where you can have your face painted and get henna tattoos.
March 04, 2010 new by piyushjain