Beto Carrero World (Penha) and Unipraias (Balneário Camboriú) cannot be left out of your visit to Santa Catarina. There are also several ecological, zoological parks and recreational complexes scattered throughout the state, which also features attractions such as the Sakura Matsuri Park, located in the Japanese community of Frei Rogério, which has beautiful chestnut and cherry trees brought from Japan.
Parque das Quedas
10 waterfalls, three islands and a wood make up the beautiful scenery of the place. There are also ecological trails, a motocross track, fee-fishing, bird observatory, swimming pool with a waterslide, barbecue pits and cabins for accommodation. The park also houses the Santuário Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Sanctuary Our Lady Aparecida) and the Gruta Caracol (Spiral Grotto), which served as a refuge for those taking part in the Federal Revolution (1893-1895). Daily, from 8:30am to 8:30pm.
Vila Quedas, s/n, Vila Ceres, at 500 m from the Center.
Phone: (49) 3445-4811.
Horto Municipal (Municipal Vegetable Garden)
A track for walking, kiosks, barbecue pits and playground are some of the attractions of this area filled with native palm trees. Monday thru Friday, from 7:30am to 11:30am and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Rua João Araldi, 20 D, Parque das Palmeiras. Phone: (49) 3329-8863.
Parque Angelo Sartori (Parque Palmital) (Angelo Sartori Park)
It has a sports court, barbecue pits and tables, playground and green area. Daily, from 7am to 8pm. Rua Olinda, s/n, Palmital.
A 4 km do Centro.
Phone: (49) 3328-4669.
In the midst of the green area with native trees, it has a lake, track for walking, squares, playground and appliances for physical exercises. Daily, from 6am to 9pm. Avenida Getúlio Vargas, s/n, Centro.
Costa Verde e Mar
Tourist complex with cable cars that connect the Praia Central and Praia de Laranjeiras. There are three stations: the initial station at Barra Sul, with a shopping and leisure center, the final station in Laranjeiras, with a pier for vessels and ideal conditions for bathing in the sea and water sports, and the intermediate Mata Atlântica station at the top of the Morro da Aguada (240 m high), with spectacular views from three viewpoints, as well as walkways, a tree climbing circuit, kiosks, bars, restaurants, panoramic auditorium and open air theater. It is at this station that there is a mountain slide that runs along a steep and sinuous 710 m track, reaching a speed of up to 60 km/h in the middle of the forest. December to February, daily, from 9.30 am to 7 pm; in other months, daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
Av. Atlântica, 6.006, Barra Sul.
Phone: (47) 3404-7600.
Parque Cyro Gevaerd (Parque da Santur) Zoo
More than 1200 animals, mini-city inhabited by rabbits and five museums: Archeological (with bones and tools from up to 3 thousand years ago), Craft (with more than 700 pieces of ceramics, rattan, wood and straw), Oceanographic (with a permanent exhibition of marine species), Taxidermy and Skeleton (with stuffed animals) and Fishing Museum (with equipment and vessels used by locals). December to February, daily, 9 am to 7.30 pm; March to November, daily, 9 am to 5.30 pm.
BR-101, Km 137.
Phone: (47) 3367-0033.
Kat Schürmann Institute – Environmental Park
Includes an ecological trail in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, exhibition center, auditorium, environmental laboratory and store selling books and DVDs recording the voyages of the Schürmann family to more than 54 countries. Located at Praia do Ribeiro.
Av. Vereador Manoel José dos Santos, 220, Praia do Ribeiro. Schedule visits.
Phone: (47) 3393-7112.
Beto Carrero World
Situated in an area of 14 million m², the complex is divided into themes: Avenue of Nations, Animal World, German Village, Old West, Pirate Island, Radical Adventure and Fantasy Land, all of which offer rides for children and adults. The highlights are the Big Tower (the largest freefall tower on the plant), the Tower of Terror and FireWhip elevators (first upside-down rollercoaster in Brazil and the largest in Latin America). Beto Carrero World is also home to a zoo and an impressive water park (Water Kingdom), with boats that slide along a meandering river almost 1 km long, with ascents and descents between waterfalls, whirlpools, caverns, gorges, scenarios and light and sound effects. There is a complete infrastructure for visitors, including restaurants, diners, bars, stores and ice cream parlors. December to February, daily, from 9 am to 7 pm; July, daily, from 10 am to 6 pm; other months, Thursday to Sunday, 9 am to 6pm.
Rua Inácio Francisco de Souza, 1.597, Praia de Armação.
Phone: (47) 3261-2222 / (47) 3261-2354.
Spitzkopf Ecological Park
Located at 14 km from the Center, it has more than 8 km of trails indicated and protects the most beautiful waterfalls of the region, besides housing the culminating point of the city (936 m in altitude). It has chalets and natural swimming pools. Daily, from 7am to 7pm.
Bruno Schreiber, 3.777, Progresso.
Phone: (47) 3336-5422.
Ramiro Ruediger Park
A lake measuring 4 thousand m², deck, a track for races and walks, a cycle track, polysports and tennis courts, restrooms, snack bar and space for skating. Daily, from 5am to 11pm.
Rua Alberto Stein, s/n Velha.
Saint Francis of Assisi Municipal Natural Park
Inserted in the Environmental Conservation Area Francisco de Assis, it houses agoutis, monkeys, anteaters and several bird species. It has a 3 km trail which goes past a spring.
Rua Ingo Hering, s/n, Centro. Temporarily closed.
Phone: (47) 3326-3733.
Edith Gaertner Botanical Garden
It houses a small native forest, a miniature zoo and a cat cemetery.
Alameda Duque de Caxias, 78, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3326-6990.
It has crystalline waters running over stones, 2 km of trails in the wild jungle, a space for camping and meals, barbecue pits and chalets. Daily, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua Santa Maria, 4.269, Progresso, at 14 km from the Center.
Phone: (47) 3336-5447.
Itajaí Mountain National Park
Monday thru Friday , from 8am to 12pm and from 1:30pm to 5pm. Schedule a visit.
Rua Progresso, 162, Garcia.
Phone: (47) 3326-1527 / 3329-5887.
Parque Municipal Leopoldo Moritz
A miniature farm with domestic animals, waterfalls, a waterwheel, a lake with fish and a suspension bridge. Situated in the top part of the Center of Brusque, it provides a panoramic view of the town. Daily, from 8am to 5:30pm.
Rua Manoel Tavares, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3351-1481.
Ecological and Zoobotanical Park / Ecological and Zoobotanical Foundation of Brusque
Approximately 200 animals of 70 species, including birds, mammalsand reptiles. Daily, from 8am to 5:30pm.
Praça das Bandeiras, 45, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3351-1481 / 3355-5640.
Founded in 1932, it is the first zoological garden of Santa Catarina and the third oldest in Brazil. It houses 1,300 animals of 210 species, 19 of which are in danger of extinction. Maintained by the Hermann Weege Foundation it receives approximately 175 thousand visitors a year. Daily, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua Hermann Weege, 180, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3387-2659.
Parque Jardim Botânico
Hear the town center, it has a large green area with lakes and ecological trails, barbecue pits and a restaurant. Daily, from 6am to 8pm.
Rod. Tercílio Marchetti, s/n, Capitais.
Phone: (47) 3382-4203.
Vale do Contestado
Fritz Plaumann State Park
Offers nature trails and visits to properties that focus on family farming. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm to 5pm; mornings by appointment.
Saturdays, 9am to 5pm. Sundays, 1pm to 6pm. Sede Brum.
Phone: (49) 9978-3198.
René Frey Forest
A preservation area with a mini zoo, a refuge for meditation and the option of going on a jeep tour. Visits must be scheduled. Open daily, 8:30am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Av. Videira, 30, Centro.
Phone: (49) 3246-2352.
150 thousand m2 of green area for recreation, with lakes, a playground, grills, restaurants and a fast food stand. By appointment.
SC-453, Km 37.
Phone: (49) 3246-2729.
Sakura Matsuri Park
Stands out for the species of trees brought from Japan, such as the cashew trees and the cherry trees. The beauty and the color of the leaves grabs visitors’ attention, especially when the cherry trees are in bloom (September), when the gardens are filled with reddish and white tones.
SC-451, 4 km from the Parque Sino da Paz.
Sino da Paz Park
Has a monument in the shape of a tsuru (a bird that is common in Japan) and a bell from the Daionji temple, donated in 1998 from the Province of Nagasaki. Every year, between August 6th and 9th, the dates that the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bell is used in a ceremony in memory of the victims. Some survivors of the catastrophe live in the community.
SC-451, 25 km from Curitibanos.
Has a mini city (replica of Treze Tílias), a nature trail and a lakeside restaurant. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 6pm.
Rua Antônio Pattis, 10, Jardim das Flores.
Phone: (49) 3537-0658.
Park of Dreams
The main attraction is the “labirinto verde” (green labyrinth), made of hedges and which enchants children. The park is also home to the city’s most traditional ice cream shop and stores that sell colonial products, artisan liquors and typical sweets, such as apfelstrudel (apple strudel). Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm to 6pm; Saturdays, 10am to 7pm; Sundays and Holidats, 3pm to 7pm.
Rua Gardina Knolseisen, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (49) 3537-0202.
A green area with a lake and paddleboats, where the Capela São Bento (São Bento Chapel) and a Station of the Cross that came directly from Austria. Open daily, 8am to 5:30pm.
Rua Franz Pointl, s/n, Centro.
Cableway, lake with paddleboats, swings, seesaws, slides, a restaurant, grills and other attractions in the middle of a 60 thousand m2 green area. Open daily, 8am to 8pm. On rainy days the park is closed.
Avenida Constantino Crestani, Cidade Alta.
Phone: (49) 3566-9000.
Encantos do Sul
Includes the Marcos Rovaris Municipal Palace, the Dino Gorini Memorial, the Santos Guglielmi Cultural Center, and Olavo Sartori Sport Center, and the José Ijair Conti Exposition Pavilion. The park was inaugurated in 1980 to commemorate the city’s 100th anniversary.
Rua Domênico Sônego, 542, Santa Bárbara.
Phone: (48) 3431-0200.
Cincinato Naspolini Park of the Nations
The attractions include a touristic mini-train, a scenic overlook, a stage for artistic/cultural presentations, a walking path, bike path, sporting courts, and bocce court, as well as a green area with native and exotic plants. Daily, 6AM to 11PM.
Av. Centenário, s/n, Próspera.
Phone: (48) 3445-8727.
CAMINHO DOS PRÍNCIPES
Jaraguá do Sul
A preserved green area with 17 beautiful lakes (the largest being over 100 thousand m2), ideal for water sports. The park has a bicycle motocross track, sports grounds, ecological retreats, 2 restaurants (one being typically German), a museum, and houses the Popular Cultural Center. Daily, from 7:30am to 5pm.
Rua Wolfgang Weege, 770, Parque Malwee (8 km from the Center).
Phone: (47) 3376-0114.
Zoo Botanical Park
There are 200 animals in captivity and other species in the forestry areas of the park, which also has a trail, kiosks and playground. Near there, the Morro da Boa Vista (Boa Vista Hill) provides a panoramic view of all the city. Visits must be scheduled. Tuesday thru Sunday, from 9am to 6pm.
Rua Pastor Guilherme Rau, 46, Saguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3431-5016.
Finder Hill Ecological Park
A green area of 500 thousand m2, with trails and rises, as the Pedra do Veloso (Veloso Stone), from where one can see all Babitonga Bay. It is in the city, on Morro do Iririú (Iririú Hill). Visits must be scheduled. Tuesday thru Sunday, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua Waldomiro Rosa, s/n, Adhemar Garcia.
Phone: (47) 3454-9018.
Caieira Environmental Park
It is where the Sambaqui da Caieira (Caiera Shell Mound), an important trace of prehistorical communities in the region, is located. There are also sandbank and mangrove swamp areas at the edges of the Lagoa do Saguaçu (Saguaçu Lagoon). Visits must be scheduled. Tuesday thru Sunday, from 8am to 6pm.
Rua Waldomiro Rosa, s/n, Adhemar Garcia.
Phone: (47) 3454-9018.
Rua das Palmeiras/Alameda Brüstlein
the seedlings come fromk the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. Access by Rua Rio Branco or by Rua do Príncipe, in the Center. It is in front of the Museu Nacional de Imigração e Colonização.
São Bento do Sul
Parque das Aves (Bird Park)
Ecological walks over footbridges in the midst of the forest, nurseries and butterfly sanctuary. Tuesday thru Sunday, from 9am to 6:30pm. Rua Floresta, s/n, Rio Natal. Phone: (47) 9115-8609.
Salto do Rio Caveiras (Caveiras River Falls)
Has a large green area, a lake for fishing and nautical sports, an artificial waterfall, restaurants, camping and a large pier. Do not forget to visit the Usina Hidrelétrica de Caveiras (Caveiras Hydroelectric Power Plant), the first one built in the region, in 1953. BR-282, toward São José do Cerrito.
Parque Ecológico João José Theodoro da Costa Neto (João José Theodoro da Costa Neto Ecological Park)
Fully preserved mixed temperate rainforest reserve, with pine trees that are around 500 years old and reach as high as 20 m. At the site, it is possible to spot blue jays, the region’s symbolic bird, which helps to spread the araucaria trees’ seeds. Located at the junction between BR 116 and BR 282.
Parque Jonas Ramos (Jonas Ramos Park)
Also known as Tanque (Tank), it was used in the past to wash clothes. Today, the lake welcomes visitors for paddleboat rides. Centro.
Horto e Parque Ambiental dos Sabiás
weir, interpretative trail, playground, earthworm culture, vegetable garden, orchard, nursery of Atlantic Rainforest plants, auditorium, library, aquariums and ecological miniature museum. Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm.
Rua Francisco Inácio do Nascimento, s/n, Forquilhinhas.
Phone: (48) 3247-3330.