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Cayman's premier attraction, the Turtle Farm, has been transformed into a marine theme park. The expanded complex now has several souvenir shops and restaurants. Still, the turtles remain a central attraction, and you can tour ponds in the original research–breeding facility with thousands in various stages of growth, some up to 600 pounds and more than 70 years old. Turtles can be picked up from the tanks, a real treat for children and adults as the little creatures flap their fins and splash the water. Four areas—three aquatic and one dry—cover 23 acres; different-color bracelets determine access (the steep full-pass admission includes snorkeling gear). The park helps promote conservation, encouraging interaction (a tidal pool houses invertebrates such as starfish and crabs) and observation. Animal Program events include Keeper Talks, where you might feed birds or iguanas, and biologists speaking about conservation and their importance to the ecosystem. The freshwater Breaker's Lagoon, replete with cascades plunging over moss-carpeted rocks evoking Cayman Brac, is the islands' largest pool. The saltwater Boatswain's Lagoon, replicating all the Cayman Islands and the Trench, teems with 14,000 denizens of the deep milling about a cannily designed synthetic reef. You can snorkel here (lessons and guided tours are available). Both lagoons have underwater 4-inch-thick acrylic panels that look directly into Predator Reef, home to six brown sharks, four nurse sharks, and other predatory fish such as tarpons, eels, and jacks. These predators can also be viewed from terra (or terror, as one guide jokes) firma. Make sure you check out feeding times! The free-flight Aviary, designed by consultants from Disney's Animal Kingdom, is a riot of color and noise as feathered friends represent the entire Caribbean basin, doubling as a rehabilitation center for Cayman Wildlife and Rescue. A winding interpretive nature trail culminates in the Blue Hole, a collapsed cave once filled with water. Audio tours are available with different focuses, from butterflies to bush medicine. The last stop is the living museum, Cayman Street, complete with facades duplicating different types of vernacular architecture; an herb and fruit garden; porch-side artisans, musicians, and storytellers; model catboats; live cooking on an old-fashioned caboose (outside kitchen) oven; and interactive craft demonstrations from painting mahogany to thatch weaving.

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  • Address: 825 Northwest Point Rd., Box 812, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1303 | Map It
  • Phone: 345/949–3894
  • Cost: Comprehensive ticket $45 ($25 children under 12); Turtle Farm only, $30
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 8–4:30, Sun. 10–4. Lagoons close half an hour to two hours earlier
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  • Location: Grand Cayman
Updated: 03-10-2014

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    Lots of turtles!

    If you're into turtles, definitely a must-see attraction. They had turtles of all ages on display, from year olds to 70+ year olds. There also was a hands-on area, but there weren't any guides available when I visited. Also recommend going during feeding times in the morning hours (which I unfortunately missed). There's also a predator tank with sharks, eels, etc. that would be neat to watch at feeding time too. With full admission, you can walk through the exotic bird and lizard exhibits, as well as swim/snorkel in the two lagoons they have available. Overall a neat experience, and a good-size souvenier shop on site too.

    by Corinn45, 5/31/09

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