Two Inter­est­ing Places to Visit

Look­ing for two inter­est­ing places to go in Bar­ba­dos well here you go -

Grenade Hall For­est and Sig­nal Station

Grenade Hall

Grenade Hall com­bines a restored sig­nal sta­tion and a nat­ural for­est to cre­ate a won­der­ful attrac­tion for his­tory and nature lovers. The entry fee you pay will not only allow you access to the Grenade Hall For­est and Sig­nal Sta­tion but also to the Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve. The sig­nal sta­tion offers patrons fan­tas­tic views of the East Coast of Bar­ba­dos due to its high van­tage point. This high van­tage point was nec­es­sary as when the sta­tion was orig­i­nally con­structed in 1819 as part of the 6 sig­nal sta­tions placed across the island after the 1816 slave rebel­lion, it was a com­mu­ni­ca­tion means across the island. It was ideal for com­mu­ni­cat­ing to the mil­i­tary base at the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah when ships were approach­ing the island or for noti­fy­ing of impend­ing slave rebel­lions. Due to the intro­duc­tion of the tele­phone to the island, the sta­tion suf­fered from neglect and was at one point buried under tons of foliage. How­ever, it has now been restored as a tourist attrac­tion in the island, where per­sons can see exhi­bi­tions, includ­ing arte­facts and audio tapes. So, the ideal look­out point for com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the 1800s is now an ideal van­tage point for view­ing the beauty of Barbados.

The trop­i­cal wood­land for­est near the sig­nal sta­tion is also open for explo­ration. Guides will edu­cate you about the many heal­ing pow­ers of the plants in exis­tence and also how peo­ple around the world use them as such. Also, you will also see some wild life includ­ing the Green Mon­keys. The coral stone edu­ca­tional path­way has many sign boards pro­vid­ing enter­tain­ing ques­tions and answers to pro­vide a relax­ing yet edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence. Tours of the area are avail­able from 10 to 5. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact 4228826.
Tri­pAd­vi­sor Reviews

“Inter­est­ing Diver­sion” – StephenIre
Just beside the Wildlife Reserve, the Sig­nal Sta­tion is a gen­tle 200 meter or so walk. Entry is included in the Wildlife Reserve ticket. The sig­nal sta­tion has been com­pletely ren­o­vated. It has some arte­facts on the lower floor, a his­tory of the sta­tion and the devel­op­ment of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions on the first and sec­ond, and an oral his­tory play­ing in the back­ground. Great views across the island.

“A quiet area with kind of his­tory les­son” – ukuehne
Enjoy the panorama from the sig­nal tower and learn a lit­tle bit about Bar­ba­dos’ his­tory. It’s far more than just beaches… The area is well main­tained and worth a visit. Lis­ten to the spo­ken story telling and dig into the his­tory of old Barbados.

The Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife Reserve

The Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve is a zoo-​like reserve located across the road from the Far­ley Hill national Park in a nat­ural mahogany wood. It is known as the ani­mal king­dom of Bar­ba­dos. What makes this expe­ri­ence amaz­ing is that only a few of the ani­mals are caged so you can see the ani­mals roam­ing around freely in their nat­ural envi­ron­ment, while being able to inter­act with them up close. The wildlife you will come across include the Bar­ba­dos Green Mon­key, birds (for exam­ple par­rots and spar­rows), snakes, igua­nas and non-​native ani­mals such as the armadillo. This attrac­tion is not only great for adults but for chil­dren as well, mean­ing it’s an attrac­tion the entire fam­ily can enjoy.

What is great about the Reserve is that some of the ani­mals threat­ened with extinc­tion, are pro­vided a won­der­ful envi­ron­ment to thrive. The reserve has a great respect for nature, research and con­ser­va­tion. Feed­ing time for the ani­mals is usu­ally around 2 every after­noon and it is at this point that the ani­mals are live­lier. The Green mon­keys are free to come and go as the please but they usu­ally return around feed­ing time. The Bar­ba­dos Wildlife Reserve is open daily from 10 to 5, same hours as the Grenade Hall For­est and Sig­nal Sta­tion, and also has a snack restau­rant avail­able and open from Mon­day to Fri­day. Patrons have to be sure to look care­fully between the trees as the ani­mals tend to blend in well with the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment. Also, the ani­mals are wild and should be treated with cau­tion. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact 4228826.

Tri­pAd­vi­sor Reviews

“Bar­ba­dos wildlife reserve”– David G
For the price this is actu­ally quite unique in that you get up close to the wildlife. Tor­toise taken over the place but great to see mon­keys hav­ing fun in the lit­tle pools of water and also feed­ing time at 2 PM was great with the ani­mals so close. Smell was a bit over­pow­er­ing but over­all a good place to spend an hour or so. Took local buses which was an expe­ri­ence not to be missed!

“Great cou­ple of hours spent” – Chantel S
We took a spon­ta­neous visit to the reserve and was nicely sur­prised with how com­fort­able the ani­mals seemed around us. There are quite a few that won­der around freely, such as tur­tles, pea­cocks and a type of deer I believe. The younger ones were excited by these and the older ones were excited by the rep­tiles! Quite an enjoy­able day out!

© Arti­cle of Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
© Photo 1 from vis​it​bar​ba​dos​.co
© Photo 2 from cache​-graph​ic​slib​.via​tor​.com

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