Step into history at this awe-inspiring fort with a moat, dungeons, underground passageways, 42 cannons and 100 acres! Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore, Fort Charlotte provides both a vast view of Paradise Island and meaningful insight into historic times.
Located on West Bay Street.
Queen's Staircase & Fort Fincastle
Climb this amazing staircase, Nassau's most popular attraction, to reach the fort with its famous front, shaped like a ship's bow, and the water tower. The 102-foot staircase has 65 steps carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 18th century.
Versailles Gardens & The Cloisters
Wander through these fabulous gardens with stunning statues, fountains, waterfalls and reflecting pools on your way to the Cloisters, a Greco-Gothic masterpiece built in France by Augustinian monks in the 13th century.
Located on Paradise Island is the famous Atlantis Resort, home to the world's largest saltwater aquarium. Day visitors can purchase Discover Atlantis tour wristbands which allow access to the aquarium, casino, and Marina Village which is a delightful Bahamian marketplace with live musical entertainment and a mix of dining experiences from causal and fun to upscale elegant.
Wristbands cost around $29 each for adults, and $21 each for children aged 4 - 12.
The wristband does not include access to the water park which is available to Atlantis guests or those staying at nearby Comfort Suites, or those buying a one-day pass for around $110.
The Discover Atlantis shore excursion includes the same tour with transport from Nassau.
The Dolphin Encounter program is offered as a Disney Cruise Line shore excursion, but only allows guests to wade into shallow water to interact with dolphins. If you want to actually swim with the dolphins you'll need to book the program yourself.
The beautiful Blue Lagoon Island is home to Dolphin Encounters, which offers a basic dolphin encounter program, or swim-with-the-dolphins program. In the swim program, you get the unique opportunity for some playful, educational interaction with these wonderful animals. Your program begins with a fun orientation, briefly covering the natural history of dolphins, animal training techniques, ocean conservation and Watchable Wildlife Guidelines.
Once in the water in your lifejacket, experience the joy of a dolphin kiss and fall in love with their gentleness as you hug a dolphin in your arms. Dance and sing with your dolphin then marvel at the dolphin's strength as you are propelled across the water in the finale behavior --- the footpush!
Also available is the Sea Lion Encounter, which is your chance to experience sea lions live and close-up like never before in our pristine all-natural marine habitat. One of the few programs of this kind in the world, it will be a unique adventure you will never forget!
Cost includes round-trip boat transportation from Paradise Island Ferry Terminal to Blue Lagoon Island (takes approx 20 minutes), with four departure times per day.
Website for more details and reservations
Blue Lagoon Island
Blue Lagoon Island is yours to enjoy for the day! Take a scenic boat ride through Nassau’s historic harbour over to the private island. Swim in the calm lagoon, relax on a pristine beach, observe friendly dolphins and sea lions at play, enjoy water sports, grilled lunch, refreshing tropical drinks or just do nothing but watch the coconut palms sway as you lounge in a double hammock.
Packages include Beach Only Day or Animal Encounters & Beach Day.
A few miles from Nassau by taxi or ferry, Cable Beach is so named because the first Bahamas-U.S. telegraph cable was installed here in 1892, this four-mile stretch of off-white sand is the longest on the island. Resort hotels line the beachfront, their restaurants and bars offering refreshment and lively music. Crystal Palace Casino is also located here.
Paradise Island is located across the toll bridge from Nassau. The north coast of Paradise Island is an enticing three-mile ribbon of white sand beaches running almost the entire length of the island. On Paradise Island, walk east from Cabbage Beach to Snorkeler’s Cove. The best reefs and marine life are to be found farther offshore, where visibility can reach 100 feet. Join a boat excursion to a nearby reef or cay such as Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay), with its seven beaches, or Athol Island National Marine Park.
Paradise Island can be reached by taxi or ferry.
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
Home to the world famous marching flamingos and more than two hundred mammals, birds and reptiles, contained on over five acres of plush, tropical landscape.
Take the #10 bus from Downtown or Cable Beach to Arawak Cay, and walk five minutes to the entrance. Or any of the numerous Taxis will take you right to the zoo for just a few dollars per person.