Street facade of the Castillo Serralles. Photo © Mtmelendez (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Explore Historic Castillo Serrallés in Puerto Rico

Set high on a hill overlooking Ponce is a startling reminder of the height of the city’s flourishing sugar industry, when its port was the busiest on the island. Castillo Serrallés, built in 1934, is an impressive feat of architecture housing an astonishing array of antiques. Visit for its history and its beautiful surrounding gardens, including a butterfly garden.

The mariposario (enclosed butterfly garden) at the Jardín Botánico del Quindío. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Colombia’s Jardín Botánico del Quindío

Outside the town of Armenia, the well-run Jardín Botánico del Quindío is home to hundreds of tree and plant species, many of which are threatened. Knowledgeable volunteer guides lead visitors on a mandatory 2.5-hour tour along jungle paths pointing out plants, trees, and birds visitors would otherwise miss.

Looking back towards the Oxford Street entrance to the Paddington Reservoir Gardens through the Victorian fern garden.

Gardens and Parks to Visit in Sydney

Whether you’re looking for a great walking park, stunning vistas, somewhere to spend an active day with the family or simply a pleasant place to sit alone with a coffee and a good book, one of these gardens and parks in Sydney will definitely do the trick.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.

The gardens at the historic Parker Ranch are open to visitors.

Waimea Sights

Waimea sights are distinctly cultural in nature with two heritage sites to explore and a fine art museum focused on Hawaiian and Asian pieces. Make sure to plan ahead, especially if you’d like to take a guided tour, as it’s easy to lose track of time while wandering.

A mural of a train station at the Laupahoehoe Train Museum on the Big Island.

Sights on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i

Sightseeing on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island is a nice mix with a few places to simply relax and enjoy the island, a bit of history and culture, the usual beach activities, and a few surprises like zip lining above beautiful gardens (that you can also explore on foot).