There’s nothing like touring a foreign country with a local guide. In the parks of Hamilton, Bermuda, a guide is provided for you in the form of Tiny the Tree Frog. The two main parks in Bermuda have taken the children’s book, Tiny the Tree Frog Tours Bermuda, by Elizabeth A. Mulderig, and created a fun way for children and adults to interact with the natural beauty of the country.
In Par-la-ville and Victoria parks, the images and text of the book have been enlarged and posted throughout the grounds in an effort by the web site www.letsgo.org to combine reading and exercise in an effort to combat childhood obesity and diabetes. Even without Tiny’s tour, both parks are beautiful places to spend an afternoon, with examples of Bermuda’s unusual flowers and plants at every turn. The Par-la-ville park, formerly an orange orchard, greets visitors with huge rubber trees brought from British Guyana in 1847 at one entrance. Those in need of good luck should stop under Bermuda’s oldest Moongate, which is said to bring good fortune to visitors (and is also a great photo opportunity).
Victoria Park is centered around a large iron bandstand dating back to 1899, and tourists and locals alike can be found taking refuge from the heat under its awning. In summer and around the Christmas holidays, concerts are regularly performed in this park. If the simple beauty of the place is not enough, the cartoons and narrative of Tiny’s story offer an additional hook to inspire tourists to complete a stroll through the grounds, while learning about other sites on the island they may wish to explore, including Bermuda’s famous plants, fish, and shipwrecks.
From Atlanta, Delta Airlines flies nonstop to Hamilton, Bermuda, fares are currently priced at around $650 round trip. With a three-hour flight, you could have your toes in pink sand by the afternoon! Hotels in Bermuda are notoriously expensive, but it’s worth it to have the beaches to yourselves at sunset after the buses take the rest of the tourists back to the cruise ships.