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Family-friendly Activities in Anguilla

Above: The Heritage Collection

If this is your first visit to the island, invest in an island tour led by one of the tour companies or a taxi driver. Guided island tours are available from most taxi drivers. From there, you can rent a car and motor around to the beaches and natural attractions scattered around the island (remember, though, driving is on the LEFT).

Anguilla is home to several small museums. The National Trust is currently at work on a museum in The Valley, but several privately owned collections welcome visitors. The Heritage Collection, Pond Ground, Tel. 264/497-4440, is the work of Colville Petty, an authority on Anguilla’s rich history. Housed in part of Petty’s home, the museum spans the entire range of the island’s history, from its Amerindian days to the 1967 Revolution. Kids enjoy the collection of Arawak artifacts, including an Arawak shell necklace, a hollowed conch shell that served as an early drinking vessel, and spindle whorls, used to spin cotton to make hammocks and religious symbols for the Arawaks are also on display. This fascinating museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5pm and Sunday by appointment. Talking to Colville Petty about the island’s history is well worth the few dollars for admission.

Anguilla enjoys a rich West Indian culture. Have a look at the traditional song and dance with a visit to the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, La Sirena Hotel, Tel. 264/497-6827, a group that plays every Thursday night at La Sirena hotel in Meads Bay. Call for reservations.

Kids five to 10 years old also have a unique opportunity to interact with Anguillians. Children are invited to a weekly Saturday morning storytime at the Anguilla National Library, The Valley, Tel. 264/497-2441, a Caribbean-style building designed by a local architect. The National Library is seeking assistance with the purchase of books, computers, software, and audiovisual materials. Contact the Anguilla Library Service, The Valley, Anguilla, BWI, Tel. 264/497-2441.

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