Family-friendly activities on Nassau/Paradise Island.

Pirates of Nassau Museum – Located in the Lofthouse building on Marlborough Street, the Pirates of Nassau Museum lies just steps away from bustling Bay Street. The museum, which first opened on August 31, 1999, offers a world-class, interactive and educational experience into the pirate era when pirates dominated the Bahamian waters in the 18th century. Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate, interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages. Pirate themed pub and Courtyard bar and PLUNDER! The Pirate Gift Shop. Open Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Admission $12 adults, $6 children, 2 children under the age of 12 yrs admitted FREE. pirates-of-nassau.com

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre – Situated only minutes from the heart of Nassau, there’s no place quite like the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre. Part jungle, part gardens, home to hundreds of beautiful mammals, birds and reptiles – many of them endangered species of the Caribbean. The zoo is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, and is renowned for its famous marching flamingos, the national bird of The Bahamas, which perform daily at 10.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm daily. ardastra.com

Dolphin Encounters – Located on Blue Lagoon Island, only 3 miles from Nassau, Dolphin Encounters offer visitors the experience of a lifetime! Choose between two exciting interactive programs: the heart-warming Close Encounter by which visitors interact with the dolphins from a waist deep platform and the thrilling Swim With The Dolphins, a 30-minute swim where guests can touch, kiss, feed and even dance with these lovable mammals, or simply watch the action as an Observer. www.dolphinencounters.com

The Dig At Atlantis – A recreation of the underwater and lost city of Atlantis in the largest outdoor aquarium in the world featuring thousands of fish and crustaceans of all shapes, colors and sizes. There is a non-hotel guest fee of $25 per adult, $19 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children under 3 to tour “The Dig” and walk under the aquarium via glass tunnels. Call (800) 321-3000 or visit atlantisresort.com.

Explore the Forts – Be sure to include Nassau’s historic forts and monuments in your travel. For more information, please visit bahamas.com

Fort Charlotte – The largest of Nassau’s three forts, Fort Charlotte covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, a good part of Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore, this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression.

Fort Fincastle – Built in 1793, the front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and would have provided a good spot for a lookout to stand. Its cannons have never been fired in battle. Located on Elizabeth Avenue, you can reach this fort by way of the Queen’s Staircase a few blocks up from the harbour on East Street.

Fort Montagu – Built in 1741 of local limestone, Fort Montagu is the oldest fort still standing on the island of New Providence. It is at the eastern end of Nassau harbour along the waterfront.

Stuart Cove’s – Stuart Cove’s is a top supplier of underwater activities in Nassau. From scuba diving to snorkeling, even SUB (scenic underwater bubble) adventures, visitors of all ages will enjoy discovering the beauty and enchantment of exploring the underwater world! Please visit stuartcove.com

Information courtesy of Bahamas Tourism.

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