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There is a new twist this year to the annual family fun day at the Turtle Centre.
On Monday, 23 January, the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter will celebrate National Heroes Day in the Cayman Islands by hosting its yearly Family Fun Day and Barbecue while showcasing its new Turtle Twister Waterslide along with the facility’s other offerings.
Standing 14 feet 6 inches tall with a slide length of 105 feet, the Turtle Twister opened last month and is the newest attraction at the popular facility in West Bay, which also features a fresh water swimming pool, touch tanks and wading pools with turtles, an aviary and a saltwater lagoon offering snorkelling with resident marine life.
In an effort to further market the Turtle Centre, the family fun day event will offer prize giveaways and special low pricing of CI$5 for adults and CI$2 for children. Children under the age of 4 are admitted for free.
The park will be open from 8.30am to 5pm on Monday.
“The purpose of the event is to showcase the entire park to the community as there is so much to experience here that many residents may still not know about,” said Tina Trumbach, chief marketing officer at the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter.
However, on Monday, visitors will have full access to the facility, including the water slide, touch tanks and wading pools, swimming pool, saltwater lagoon, aviary and feed shows in the predator area.
There will be food and beverage specials and face painting for children.
“This year, we are also giving away two annual resident passes, which allow 12 months of unlimited entry to the Centre,” Ms Trumbach said. “All paying guests will automatically be entered into the raffle as well as those who “like” our new Facebook page.”
Three additional passes are also available to be won by visitors completing an exit survey.
Opened in 1968, the Turtle Centre has served for decades as a tourist attraction and commercial breeding operation for a Caribbean territory whose social and economic history is tied to marine turtles.