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There are many activities and attractions for families with young children and teens to participate in. See the Museum and Attractions article.
Ardastra Zoo, Gardens and Conservation Center has something for both kids and adults with it's variety of animals and marching flamingos, yes they are trained to march! As well as turtles, lemurs, monkeys and two jaguars. The gardens feature native plants and flowers, exotic fruit trees, coconut palms, bromeliads, orchids, brilliantly colored bougainvillea and hibiscus blossoms of every hue. Visit their website for more information on the gardens and zoo at www.ardastra.com.
A short cab ride away or a 20 minute walk from the zoo is historic Fort Charlotte and Government House. Fort Charlotte is the largest of the three forts in Nassau and offers a fabulous view of Nassau Harbor. It features a waterless moat, a canon and underground dungeons. It was built in 1789. Government house is a beautiful pink building and is the official home of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801. Here, kids will enjoy watching the changing of the guard and the police marching band.
Just head east a little ways up the street to Parliament Square with more colonial style pink buildings. And just a little south between East Street and Collins Avenue is Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower and the Queen's Staircase. The magnificent staircase was carved out of the limestone rock in the 18th century. Walk to the top of the 65 stairs to get to Fort Fincastle, which was built in 1793, to see amazing views of the island.
The Bahamas Historical Society Museum provides a plethora of information about life on the islands prior to the arrival of European settlers. On display at the museum are exhibits featuring archeological, anthropological, and historical collections. Located at the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, the museum is open Monday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and closed Sundays. Price of admission is $1 for adults, and .50 cents for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
Pirates of Nassau is an interactive museum that offers visitors a first-hand look at the Golden Age of Piracy, where the port of Nassau took center-stage. A highlight of the museum is a replica of the pirate ship Revenge, which visitors are encouraged to board and explore. The museum is located at the corner of George and King Streets, and is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Price of admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 3 and 18. In addition, one child under the age of 12 is given free admission per paying adult.
The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, housed in a building that once was the location of slave auctions during the 1700s, is dedicated to teaching visitors about slavery and its impact on the people of the Bahamas.
Travelers with kids may wonder what is the best resort to stay when visiting New Providence. Many visitors agree that Atlantis resort on Paradise Island offers the best opportunities for the kids' enjoyment. There are many activities that the kids will love, including the dolphin and sea lion experiences ranging from shallow water interactions, swimming and learning how to be a trainer for a day. The Dig, Predator Tunnel and Ray Lagoon will give them an educational experience while viewing over 200 species of marine life, art & architecture on the myth of Atlantis. If you are brave enough you can "walk" underwater alongside Nurse and Caribbean Reef sharks in the Mayan Temple shark exhibit.
Atlantis is not exclusive to guests only. Visitors staying at other hotels can buy a day pass that will allow them access to the 141 acre water playground known as Aquaventure, with 9 amazing waterslides, river rides and a predator slide through a clear tunnel where the bravest of guests can see sharks all around them! Passes can only be purchased the day of use at the front desk of the Atlantis resort. Call Atlantis for details at 1-800-Atlantis.
Older kids will have access to their own party experience as the resort organizes parties just for them. And they can still be supervised by parents. There is an early and and a late party, the first is for kids under 13 and the second that ends at midnight, for teens 13 to 17. They serve non-alcoholic beverages and be sure that this is a very controlled environment for kids. Younger kids can enjoy Splashers the water playground for climbing and sliding fun.
If you stay at Comfort Suites nearby to Atlantis, not only do you get to use their amazing Aquaventure facilities but you get to do it for much less than the Atlantis room rate!! The rooms don't compare to Atlantis, they are very standard. If you are concerned about budgeting then it may be worth looking into.