Zoological Park (599-543-2030), located just east of Philipsburg and home to several animal species and an impressive collection of exotic parrots. Boasting an exhibit of beautiful plants from all over the Caribbean, the park strives to conserve endangered species, including the highly endangered Golden Lion Tamarin. There's a great playground for kids, along with a souvenir shop and relaxing atmosphere. Be sure to check out the Night Safari on Saturdays. It even includes a BBQ! The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is US$10 for adults and US$5 for kids. Open daily 9.30am to 6pm. 543-2030. St Maarten Zoological and Botanic Park: http://www.stmaartenpark.com/ It is about 15 minutes from the cruise pier. Horseback ride at Baysider Riding Club. The horses walk through the water only for a few minutes just long enough for the leader to take a photo for you with your camera if you wish. The ride is pleasant and there is no trotting or galloping, just a slow pace. http://www.baysideridingclub.com/ Lucky Stables is more than just another horseback ride! The friendly staff takes riders around Cape Bay, one of the few undeveloped areas in St. Maarten. Lucky Stables also offers one and two-hour tours for US$40 and US$60, respectively. You can also ask for a custom tour made just for you! No experience is necessary and all rides go into the water! The stables have horses for both novice and experienced riders. Riders must be at least five years old and can weigh no more than 250 pounds. The stables are open seven days a week. (599-544-5255) There's also Ocean Ranch in Oyster Pond, which offers both horseback rides along the beach, as well as pony rides for the children. (590-690-61-08-97) I have riden at both Lucky and Bayside. Lucky rides along an industrial area, and is not a pretty ride. Bayside was much nicer. My daughter and I walked to Orient Beach after the ride, approximately a 10-15 walk. You can then enjoy the beach, and get a taxi back to the ship. Observe the underwater world without getting wet, take a ride on the Seaworld Explorer, The craft does not submerge, but has a lower observation deck five feet below the surface. The Seaworld Explorer is the only semi-submarine on the island. It takes you to a great reef at "Creole Rock" to admire the best of the underwater life. It departs from the pier, downtown Grand Case. 599-542-4078 http://www.atlantisadventures.com/tour_info.php?site=12&tour=146 . The eco tourist specialist Tri-Sport will guide you on hiking, biking or kayaking tours. They offer bicycles and kayaks for rent only or for sale. Tri-Sport is located on Airport Road near the Simpson Bay
bridge 599-545-4384. For island casinos:
http://www.stmaarten.org/Casinos/Dolphin.html http://www.princesscasinosxm.com/ http://www.hollywoodcasino-stmaarten.com/ http://www.jumpupcasino.com/ http://www.sonesta.com/stmaarten/index.asp Philipsburg casinos are a 5-10 minute walk from the cruise pier on Front Street--Jump Up Casino, Diamond Casino, Collessium Casino, Rouge it Noir Casino, Beach Plaza Casino...thats what is in town If you venture over to the other side, you have Tropicana, Paradise Plaza, Dolphin, Casino Royale, Atlantis, Princess, Hollywood... and a couple that are in the resorts...The main casinos are Atlantis, Casino Royale, Princess. A few of my favorite casinos are: Princess Casino in Port De Plaisance and Casino Royale in Maho. Also, Atlantis Casino in Cupecoy isn't bad. There are several casino's on Front Street and lots of tourists visit them. Located just off the main road to Pic Paradis, the tallest hill on the island, the former sugar plantation Loterie Farm (00590 590-878-616) is an excellent place to explore what life in the Caribbean was like many years ago. You can take the hiking trail through the last remaining forest on St Martin to spots where you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the island, but don't worry: There are easier trails for the kids as well. Loterie Farm is also home to the island's first canopy-style riding, known as "The Fly Zone." This exciting course of zip-lines was installed by a team of French technicians and is safe for both children
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