Goal.com gives you the inside scoop on the special places to Visit in Port Elizabeth. . .
Port Elizabeth, which is one of the host cities for the 2010 World Cup is a place for art lovers as it has art galleries, museums, an oceanarium, coastal villages and much more. World Cup visitors may just decide to stay in the peaceful coastal city after the tournament is over.
Port Elizabeth Museum Complex
This a major tourist attraction located on the beachfront at Humewood. It comprises of the Museum, Oceanarium, Snake Park & Tropical House, as well as the No. 7 Castle Hill Museum. You will certainly enjoy every second of your time there. The Museum has a strong emphasis on cultural and natural history and fully rigged models of early sailing ships, artefacts, fossils, dinosaurs, marine animals, ethnic bead work, historical costumes and plenty more.
Art At The South End Museum
Meanwhile, the Oceanarium will rock you with a dolphin and seal show daily and an underwater observation area. You can learn more about the Dolphins at the province’s dolphin research centre and get to see tanks with a diversity of fish including sharks and stingrays.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
The Stadium has been showered with praise from FIFA as it is stunning and was the first newly built stadium ready to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It played host to a friendly encounter between Bafana Bafana and Japan to near capacity in November 2009. This masterpiece has also been given five stars by the British and Irish Lions rugby troops as a state of the art facility after they played the Springboks at the venue.
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
This is a family delight as you wander through a fairytale and nursery rhyme setting surrounded by lily ponds, palms and lawns and at nightfall the valley lights up with coloured lights, giving a Christmas feel to the place. Happy Valley is a relaxing and pleasant venue, and of course there is a giant chess board on the lawn that awaits the chess enthusiast.
King George VI Art Gallery
This is a wondrous site found at the entrance to St. George's Park, and it houses a permanent collection of 19th/20th Century British Art, South African art, Oriental miniatures, pottery and sculptures. Artists exhibit on a temporary basis and theatre lovers will be in for some fine lectures, films and concerts, which are often on the program.
This is a small picturesque coastal village found 24 km away from PE on Marine Drive. At this place you are guaranteed to spot dolphins, as they are a frequent sight. Safe bathing and holiday resorts are some of the attractions on offer for those visiting.
Sardinia Bay lies between Schoenmakerskop and Seaview, and is located when driving out of PE on Sardinia Bay Road. This is a very popular beach picnic spot that allows one to sand bask and perhaps a game of beach football with your friends and family should be on the cards.
This place is probably the best beach for a long walk, with miles of unspoiled coast. Above all, it is the snorkeling and scuba-diving areas that make the place an Adventure Arena that will make a good pit stop during the day ahead of matches.