Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute: Part museum (with exhibits on Bermuda shells, geology, wildlife, and shipwrecks), part conference center and hub for ocean-based activities around the island, BUEI attracts the ecologically-inclined. Sign up for monthly lectures, spring whale-watching tours, or moonlit cruises to watch phosphorescent glow worms.
The Arboretum: Devonshire’s largest open space is a beautifully unkempt 19-acre spread of rolling meadows, upland forest, and bluebird and redbird sanctuaries. Cedars, avocado trees, giant rubber trees, and fiddlewood groves abound.
Hog Bay Park: A rugged, 38-acre reserve in Sandys Parish where hikers can walk undulating trails through farmland, forest, and coastline, stopping to spot turtles and take a dip.
Spittal Pond Nature Reserve: A magnet for migratory birds, this 34-acre park hugs the South Shore in Smith’s Parish. Trails, brackish ponds, and phenomenal ocean outlooks draw birders, cross-country runners, and local families, but like all the parks, it is quiet and underused.
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo: Tour this historic Flatts facility, home to more than 200 local fish and invertebrate species, a 140,000-gallon reef tank, and a Natural History Museum that tells the story of Bermuda’s origins. Exhibits reflect links with island environments around the globe.
St. George’s Parish
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: Visitors are welcome at this world-renowned institution at Ferry Reach in the East End. Take a free morning tour of the station, where scientists come to study global warming, natural disasters, genomes, marine science technology, and potential medicines from the sea.
Railway Trail: Stretching end-to-end for 21 miles, the Railway Trail is a well-maintained, signposted route off the main trafficked thoroughfares. Used by runners, walkers, horseback riders, and birders, it provides a serene artery through Bermuda’s parishes.
Excerpted from the Second Edition of Moon Bermuda.