St. George’s Town Square is a nightmare for the “non-history” person. We’re talking historic old buildings, museums and tours.
I just returned from a “different” kind of Bermuda visit. I went around the island with my brother who is a big history buff. (Me, not so much) As much as I was dreading the full day of history tours and museums, I decided to make it a challenge to find fun non-history things to do in between the museums and tours.
We set out at a very early 7:00am start for a day of history at the East End of the island in historic St. George’s and St. David’s. Not only was I going to spend the day in museums and taking tours, but I had to forgo sleeping in, too. Bring it on.
Non-History Tip: Getting There
I recommend taking the ferry from Dockyard to St. George’s. The ferry is a fun way to get to St. George’s. You’re on the water and seeing the North Shore of the island from a unique vantage point. A plus for non-historians is that there is no historic narration en route by the boat crew. We’re off to a good start.
We arrived in St George’s in just under an hour. Passing through Town Cut, the harbor entrance, I couldn’t believe that cruise ships once navigated this narrow channel. I understand they will begin regular visits again in 2017.
St. George’s Town Square is a nightmare for the non-history person. We’re talking historic old buildings, museums and tours.
So far I’ve been in St George’s for over one hour and I’ve avoided tours and museums.
Non-History Tip: Find a Fort
There are several forts in St. George’s. We walked out of town and found an old military fort. Forts are historic, but still fun to climb around. Most are on the shoreline with great ocean views.
Non-History Tip: See the Dunking Stool
Back in the historic Town Square we timed it perfectly to see the reenactment of a dunking stool. How can you not enjoy seeing someone get dunked in the water, especially if you’re a guy and the woman’s crime was for “nagging”.
So far I’ve been in St George’s for over two hours and I’ve avoided tours and museums.
After lunch we spent the afternoon in St.David’s, just across the harbor from St. George’s.
Non-History Tip: Climb a Lighthouse
St. David’s Lighthouse is about halfway around the perimeter road on St. David’s and gives a great view of the surrounding area as well as the airport. It also serves as the finish line for the Newport-Bermuda Race and other transatlantic races.
I’ve spent 4 Hours in historic St. George’s and St. David’s and still have avoided any tours or museums. But my luck is about to change.
Non-History Tip: Museum Survival Techniques
Towards the end of the perimeter road we visited the Carter House Museum. This is a hardcore museum about the culture of the St. David’s people. I especially liked the maps depicting what St. David’s looked like before the airport was built, the replica fishing boat and thatched roof cottage. I learned a lot and the docents were great. Surprisingly, we spent more time here than any other attraction. And yes, I was even the one who extended the visit.
Tip: Find a Beach. You deserve it.
Reward yourself for surviving a historical day by heading over to Long Bay Beach on Cooper’s Island, St. David’s. The beach which is just beyond Clearwater Beach is relatively undiscovered and not crowded. I’m told it’s less crowded, because you can’t park directly at it, and you have to walk in a few hundred yards from the parking area. On your way out you’ll pass a large building. Don’t worry it’s not a museum, but an abandoned NASA tracking station for the space program.
Other Non-History Diversions:
- St. George’s Haunted Tour
- Jetski Tour at K&S Watersports
- Tobacco Bay Beach
- A Sea Glass Beach-Secret spot, sworn to secrecy
- Photo tour of St Georges
I never knew “history” could be so much fun.