A colorful parade of Bahamas tourist attractions awaits you during your visit to Nassau and Paradise Island. Make friends with stingrays while scuba diving off Blue Lagoon Island. Take a leisurely stroll over to Atlantis, where you can check out the array of upscale shops, various restaurants and bars, and world-class gambling casinos or visit one of the many local attractions on this island paradise. Some of the most popular attractions are:
Marvel at the beauty of rare tropical birds and lush foliage. Transport yourself back to 1793, when pirates snuck onto the harbor of Fort Fincastle - which boasts a 126-foot-tall water tower, the highest point above sea level.
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
This unique attraction is home to the well trained, world famous marching flamingos. Its mini zoo has more than two hundred mammals, birds and reptiles that are nestled in over five acres of plush, tropical landscape.
Bahamas Historical Society Museum
Founded in 1959 by Lady Arthur, the wife of the then-Governor of The Bahamas, Sir Raynor Arthur, The Bahamas Historical Society is a non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to stimulating interest in Bahamian history and to the collection and preservation of the island’s history.
Bahamas National Trust/The Retreat Gardens
The Retreat Gardens, established in 1977, is an 11-acre property that houses one of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in the world - about 170 species. It is a national park and the Administrative headquarters and educational center of The Bahamas National Trust.
Balcony House Museum
A free standing balcony gives this 18th century wooden Loyalist-style, architectural gem its name. Charming Balcony House is believed to be Historic Nassau's oldest standing residence; it was fully restored as a period museum in 1992 and appointed with stately furnishings.
Bay Street, the main street of the city of Nassau, is the premier shopping mecca for millions of tourists who visit New Providence every year. The island's oldest thoroughfare, it was constructed on reclaimed coastal land. The buildings lining both sides of Bay Street reflect the architecture of the island.
Bonefish Pond National Park
This 1,800 acre park located on the south central coast of New Providence is an important marine nursery area. It provides protection from storm surges to the communities on the southern coast of New Providence.
Christ Church Cathedral
Built in 1841, the present edifice is the fifth church that has occupied this spot. Along the walls, tablets trace the trials Nassau citizens endured over 150 years ago. Be sure to look at the baptismal font at the back of the sanctuary.
Clifton Heritage National Park
The Clifton Heritage National Park is the only national park in The Bahamas where you can find remnants of the historical and cultural legacy of three important groups that had an impact on the country: the Lucayans, the Loyalists and Africans.
Da Fish Fry
Arawak Cay offers the authentic atmosphere of the Bahamian "Fish Fry" with vendors selling "made to order" conch salad, fried fish and other Bahamian dishes. Arawak Cay was artificially built from the sand when the harbor was dredged in 1969.
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery
Located in Nassau at #18 Village Road home to a large Exhibition Gallery in an historic Bahamian building nestled amongst lush gardens which showcases the work of over 70 local artists.
Festival Place is vibrant and colorful. Its design reflects the architectural style of a Bahamian village and evokes a time when Bahamian artisans and crafts persons practiced their art and trade in small island communities.
If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788.
The Fort was constructed of cut limestone c. 1793 and strategically placed atop Bennet's Hill to protect historic Nassau town and harbour; it was built under the governorship of John Murray, also called Viscount Fincastle, in the shape of a paddle-wheel steamer. Daily guided tours are available.
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. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Fox Hill is one of the oldest Bahamian villages in The Bahamas. Persons living in this area are affectionately called Fox Hillians. The name is derived from Samuel Fox, a freed African slave who was granted 23 ½ acres of land in 1801.
Gambier Historical Village
Gambier is one of the oldest villages in New Providence, dating back to the early 1800s. It is located nine miles west of Nassau and was established by liberated Africans after the abolition of the slave trade in all British Territories in 1807.