The Arboretum’s 22-acre park, located just outside the city, is home to many of Bermuda’s birds, such as cardinals, bluebirds and kiskadees. Its forest-type setting showcases indigenous cedar, cherry forest and rubber trees. A collection of trees and shrubs from around the world as well as Bermuda palms and Chinese fan palms are some of the Arboretum’s special highlights. Considered a pet-friendly open space, the Arboretum is a favorite with walkers and cross-country runners who prefer its uneven terrain.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)
The BUEI aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of the ocean from the surface to the deep-ocean floor. Enjoy the simulated dive 12,000 feet below the sea, the Jack Lightbourn Shell Collection, the Teddy Tucker Shipwreck Gallery and so much more. You will be delighted by the adventures of the ocean, its shipwrecks and relics.
In the late 1870s, Fort Hamilton was built for the defence of the City of Hamilton and the British Garrison at Prospect. It was designed for seven 64-pounder Rifled Muzzle Loaders on Moncrieff disappearing carriages. As the smallest type of Moncrieff carriage, Bermuda has the only known example of some parts of a typical carriage. Overlooking Hamilton harbour, Fort Hamilton’s beautifully preserved moat, tunnels, gardens and Skirling Ceremonies (seasonally performed by the Bermuda Pipe and Drum band) provides a fascinating glimpse into Bermuda’s past - the perfect spot for photo opportunities of Hamilton harbour and the Paget shoreline.
Hamilton City Hall and The Bermuda National Gallery
The City of Hamilton was founded and named after Sir Henry Hamilton who served as Governor of Bermuda from 1788 – 1794. City Hall’s architecture is considered the finest example of the work of Wil Onions. Built of limestone and cedar, it contains impressive sculptures by Bermuda’s renowned sculptors Desmond Fountain and Bill Ming. City Hall also houses the Bermuda National Gallery which is home to an impressive collection of artwork depicting Bermuda’s heritage and history. Its permanent exhibitions include the African Collection of African masks and sculptures, the Contemporary Collection of international artwork of the 20th and 21st century, the Photography Collection showcasing the work of Bermudian artist Richard Saunders, the Print Collection of images of African-American life and the Watlington Collection with famous works by Gainsborough, Murillo and Reynolds to name a few.
Harbor Night is Bermuda’s largest street festival where culture meets celebration and is a Bermuda welcome not to be missed. Occurring on Wednesday evenings between May and September on Front street, enjoy food, live music, dance, local arts and craft, the iconic Gombeys, the Bermuda Regiment bands, skirling ceremonies, and children’s activities.
Queen Elizabeth Park and Perot Post Office
The Perot Post Office, so named after Bermuda's first Postmaster General - William Bennet Perot, is one of the oldest in-use post offices. It has been used for most of the 200 years that the postal service has been in existence. Perot designed and issued his one penny circular stamp in 1848 resulting in Bermuda being only the second British colony to have its own postage stamp. Only eleven of these stamps are known to exist. The gardens adjacent to the Post Office were lovingly tended by Perot himself before becoming a public park. In 2012, the park was renamed Queen Elizabeth Park in honour of the Diamond Jubilee birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Its shaded walkways, statues, rock gardens, flora and fauna make it one of Bermuda’s favorite parks. Strike a pose at Bermuda's oldest limestone Moongate and folklore has it that you will have good luck forever.