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Family Fun at the Cayman Turtle Centre

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Family Fun at the Cayman Turtle Centre
01Aug 2012

Our second family-friendly stop during our Cayman Islands press trip was a visit to the Cayman Turtle Centre.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it ended up being one of our favorite activities on the island.

The Cayman Turtle Centre offers a swimming lagoon, a snorkeling area, a restaurant, a turtle breeding pond, and turtle touch tanks.  We started out with a visit to the restaurant, where turtle soup, burgers, and steak were on the menu (I went with the delicious jerk chicken instead).  The restaurant overlooks the snorkeling area, and the kids enjoyed watching the fish and turtles in the pond.

From there, we got a tour of the breeding pond and the touch tanks.  The larger turtles (think Crush from Finding Nemo) have some huge teeth and aren’t incredibly friendly, but the younger ones are adorable.  My daughter happily jumped in one of the touch tanks, while I decided to hold the turtle on dry land.

It was difficult getting the kids out of the touch tank, because they couldn’t get enough of the turtles.  But, with promises of some swimming, they finally put the turtles down and moved on to the lagoon.  It features a zero-entry entrance, a waterfall, and a water slide.  The kids had a wonderful time, and I really wish I’d brought along a bathing suit.

While we didn’t get the chance to go in the snorkeling pond, it looked like lots of fun – I’d definitely recommend checking it out.  Overall, I was so pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do in the Cayman Turtle Centre, and I definitely hope to return.