Family Friendly Attractions in Guyana

Botanical Gardens (Georgetown)

No trip to Georgetown would be complete without visiting the Botanical Gardens, one of Georgetown’s most popular recreation parks. The Botanical Gardens houses one of the most extensive collections of tropical flora in the Caribbean and are laid out with ponds, canals, kissing bridges and a bandstand. The gardens also have a wide variety of tropical flowers and one of the finest palms and lilies collections. An example of the garden’s extensive collection is the lotus and the immense Victoria Amazonica Lily, Guyana’s national flower. You can find the Botanical Gardens bordering Castellani house in Georgetown. 

Botanical Gardens Georgetown Guyana
Botanical Gardens, Georgetown ©Deonarine Chand

Meet the Manatees (Georgetown National Park)

Guyana National Park, located in the capital Georgetown, is home to a population of friendly Manatees. Some say they have been there for 100 years! Once you have found the pond, you can feed the manatees by gently swishing long grass over the water’s surface until they peek out. But remember to be gentle; the hairs on their backs are very sensitive. Also, within the gardens is the Guyana Zoo, home to a wide range of species, including jaguars and pumas. You can find the manatee pond parallel to the sea wall in the National Park, and you can find the Zoological Park next to the Botanical Gardens and Castellani House in Georgetown.

National Museum (Georgetown)

The National Museum is an educational institution that focuses on Guyana’s natural and social history through informational exhibits and artefacts. The museum was established on 13th February 1868, and many of the museum’s artefacts have been there for over 50 years. Children will enjoy seeing various animals and learning about what they have seen in the wild and Guyanese history and culture. You can find the National Museum on Company Path, Georgetown.

Kaieteur Falls

The stunning Kaieteur Falls is one of the world’s largest single drop waterfalls by the volume of water flowing over it and roughly four times Niagara Falls’ height. Families can access the falls by chartering a plane or joining a scheduled departure and following a hiking trail affords stops and photo opportunities at the three viewing points, Johnson, Boy Scout, and Rainbow viewpoints, named after the visible rainbows you can see at this spot. Walking through Kaieteur National Park is also a treat, as you will see various species of birds, frogs and different plant life exclusive to the Amazon rainforest. Scheduled tourist flights and chartered small aircraft fly directly to Kaieteur falls from Eugene f. Correia International Airport.

Kaieteur
Kaieteur ©Jack Croisdale

Atta Lodge & Iwokrama Canopy Walkway

Atta Rainforest Lodge sits in an opening in the Iwokrama Rainforest and offers a complete immersion in the rainforest experience. An easy 15-minute walk along a forest trail leads to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway, a series of suspension bridges and decks of up to 30 metres in height and 154 metres in length. Here, you will find unparalleled birdwatching opportunities, wonderful hospitality, and tasty local food. Perfect for the whole family!

Iwokrama Canpoy Walkway
Iwokrama Canopy Walkway ©David DiGregorio

Interior lodges and Resorts along the Lower Essequibo River and Coast

And relax… Interior lodges and resorts along the Lower Essequibo River and Coast offer a range of exciting activities for the whole family. How about beach bonfires and dinners under the stars? Or a new swimming pool for a refreshing dip? Baganara Island Resort has it all. Sloth Island also offers beautiful untouched rainforest, perfect for a birding tour. If these fantastic experiences aren’t enough, you can splash around at Lake Mainstay Resort by kayak or paddleboard, which should keep the kids busy!

Travel Better in Guyana: Guyana is working hard to conserve its vibrant wildlife and cultural eco-system, but this fragile environment can easily deteriorate by unmindful travelling. We urge you to become an ‘awesome’ traveller by doing some simple things like avoiding the use of single-use plastics and ensuring that you use water filtration bottles.  Help protect Guyana’s abundant wildlife by maintaining a respectful distance. Support local tour operators, accommodations, and other tourism service providers that incorporate sustainable tourism practices. Contact us to learn more and remember to always leave a positive impact!

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