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   Thursday, July 18, 2019 

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic: Places to Go

Sightseeing:

Parks and Zoos.

National Park Zoo:

This is a unique zoo, in that the normal cages were opened and the animals released into the Park to give them a greater feel of their natural habitat. These conditions have made for the successful reproduction of the animals. The combination of flora, fauna and wildlife is a mix that is working excellently in this park. The following is a short list of some of the animals that can be seen at the zoo. There are animals such as Emus, White Rhinoceros, Hyenas, Jaguars, Elephants, Crocodiles and Lions.

The Isle Cabritos National Park:

A large population of wildlife is now present in this park. This was almost a wasteland before, due to the destruction of the vegetation, either by lumbering or by the extensive grazing of animals. The turn around has been a wonder to this park. This is made apparent by the wide variety of animal life that is currently residing there. Some of the present residents are crocodiles and almost sixty-two species of birds.

Parque National del Este:

Another unique park, this one includes a beach, caves with pre-Columbian art and writings on the walls, and a wonderful array of wildlife.

The National Botanical Garden:

With an impressive orchid population it has over 300 species. An annual orchid show is one of the highlights of this park.

The Anthropological Reserve:

Considered to be the most impressive cave system in the Caribbean. These caves are fill with a variety of wall paintings and rock drawings that make it a great archaeological value. Admission to these reserves is $5.00U.S.

The Monte Cristi National Park:

Situated on the Northwestern end of the island, this park is a vast expanse of marine and an impressive land ecosystem.

Museums:

The Alcaza Museum:

Exhibits religious and colonial objects.

The Amber Museum:

A Victorian Mansion transformed into this museum exhibiting prehistoric anber- encased specimens.

The Museum of Taino Art:

A historical trip going all the way to the first inhabitants of the island. The exhibits include the period of Slaves and the conquistadors.

The Numismatic and Philatelic Museum:

It is believed that the collection of antique coins, bills and stamps dates as far back as 1865.

Other Museums:

  • National Museum of History and Geography
  • The Museum of the Dominican Family
  • The Museum of Modern Art

Historic Sites:

La Torre del Homenaje:

Built in 1503, served as a prison, this is the first military building.

Casa de Cordon:

This cultural center was the first Spanish styled home built by Francisco de Garay.

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