Cruising through the Bahamas, a place once prowled by pirates is an adventure in itself. But the fun doesn’t stop when your cruise ends!
Nassau, the Bahamas’ vibrant capital, is packed with family-friendly experiences. Whether it’s swimming with dolphins or exploring a pirate museum, Nassau has it all. Get ready for an unforgettable family vacation!
So what are you waiting for? Hoist your flags, pull on your eyepatch, and head right down for our curated list of things to do in the city of Nassau!
How to Get Around Nassau with Kids
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Exploring Nassau is easy, and there are several options to suit your family’s needs and preferences. Let’s take a closer look at your choices to make your travel experience in this vibrant city as smooth as possible
Walk or Bike Your Way Around!
One of the most accessible ways to explore Nassau is on foot or by bicycle. The city’s downtown area is pedestrian-friendly, with sidewalks, crosswalks, and well-maintained streets.
Walking through the colorful streets of Nassau allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture, discover historical landmarks, and enjoy shopping and dining experiences. Many resorts also offer bike rentals, which can be a fun way for families to explore the nearby areas.
Taxis and Cabs
Taxis are a convenient and popular mode of transportation in Nassau. They are readily available at the airport, cruise ports, and throughout the city, or through online booking apps such as Uber.
Nassau’s taxis are known for their distinctive appearance, with a bright yellow color and taxi license numbers. While you’re picking a local cab, it’s important to confirm the fare with the driver before starting your journey, as rates are regulated by the government.
Taxis are an excellent choice for quick trips to attractions, beaches, and dining spots, making them flexible, and a much more private option for getting around Nassau with your family.
If you plan to venture beyond Nassau and explore more remote areas of New Providence Island, renting a car is your ticket to privacy and convenience. However, it’s important to be aware that traffic and road conditions in Nassau are maybe a little different (for instance, you need to drive on the left side of the road) from what you’re accustomed to.
Rental car agencies are available at the airport and in downtown Nassau, and you’ll need a valid driver’s license and a good understanding of local road rules.
The public bus system is a budget-friendly way to get around the city and nearby areas. Just look for the bright blue and white buses.
While they cover various routes, the service might not be frequent enough for tourists. All in all, it’s a good choice if you want an authentic local experience.
Because Nassau hugs the coast, water taxis offer a one-of-a-kind and picturesque way to hop between Nassau and its island neighbors, like Paradise Island and other nearby cays. Water taxis provide a view of Nassau’s skyline and harbor and are often used by tourists on Paradise Island to access Nassau’s downtown.
It’s a convenient way to experience the beauty of the Bahamas from the water and the kids are sure to love the commute.
Air Travel and Yachts
If you’re up for a little splurge, you can take domestic flights from Nassau’s airport to explore other Bahamian islands. This lets you see the diverse landscapes and cultures of the entire archipelago from above.
Nassau is also a popular spot for cruise ships, making it easy to explore the downtown area and nearby attractions if you’re arriving by sea. And if you happen to have your yacht or go for charter services, Nassau is your gateway to discovering the beauty of the Bahamas archipelago – pristine waters, hidden islands, and endless adventures await just beyond the shore.
Things to Do in Nassau with Kids
Paradise Island lives up to its name, offering beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and endless entertainment. This sought-after destination is just a stone’s throw from Nassau, accessible via two bridges.
Start your adventure on the stunning beaches. Cabbage Beach, the star attraction, stretches over two miles along the northern shore, offering soft sands and crystal-clear waters. It’s conveniently close to many island resorts, including Atlantis Paradise Island.
Speaking of Atlantis, it’s a sprawling resort complex with a casino, water park, marine habitat, and more. The Ocean Club Golf Course is perfect for a relaxed round of golf with an ocean view.
For a quieter experience, explore Pirates Cove Beach, Garden of the Groves, or Ocean Club Beach. Keep in mind that some beaches are privately owned by nearby resorts.
The show-stealer at Paradise Island is unquestionably Atlantis. Atlantis is home to impressive marine habitats, like The Dig, which is an archaeological-themed aquarium.
As you walk through the underground maze of tunnels you’ll catch all kinds of marine animals, from majestic sharks and rays to exotic fish.
For the little ones eager to make some fin-tastic friends, Dolphin Cay is the place to be, offering a variety of interactive activities suitable for kids of all ages. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, there are opportunities to snorkel or scuba dive amidst the underwater ruins of Atlantis.
Your Atlantis adventure wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Aquaventure Water Park, one of the most elaborate and thrilling water parks on the planet. Get ready for an adrenaline rush with jaw-dropping water slides like the Mayan Temple, where you can literally slide through a shark tank.
As the sun sets, Paradise Island comes alive with dining, shopping, and live entertainment options. It’s an all-day adventure for the whole family!
When you’re traveling with kids, you want things to be easy. Junkanoo Beach is just that – super convenient.
It’s very close to downtown Nassau, so it’s perfect for folks coming off cruise ships or locals looking for a relaxing spot. Whether you fancy a quick ocean dip on a cruise stop or a full day at the beach, Junkanoo Beach has got you covered.
This beach is on the north coast of New Providence Island, and it’s all about those classic Bahamian beach vibes. Think soft, powdery sand that stretches for miles – the kind of place you’d want in your vacation photos.
Now, why’s it called Junkanoo Beach? Well, that’s because of the famous Junkanoo Festival, a big deal in the Bahamas. Even when the festival’s not happening, you can still catch some of that lively spirit.
Local vendors set up shop, selling tasty Bahamian treats like conch salad, fried fish, and coconut water. And as you enjoy the food, there’s often reggae and calypso music in the air, adding to the good vibes.
Blue Lagoon Island
When you picture the ultimate island escape – clear blue waters, a peaceful setting, and zero stress – that’s Blue Lagoon Island. It’s a short boat ride from Nassau and is sometimes called “Salt Cay.”
This island is easy to reach, whether you’re a tourist or a local. You can hop on a ferry or water taxi from Nassau’s Paradise Island Ferry Terminal.
During your cruise adventures, you can sign up for activities like swimming with dolphins. It’s a blast! The crew is super friendly, and the trainers are happy to teach you and share some laughs.
Plus, they make sure the dolphins are well taken care of. After hanging out with these amazing creatures, you can kick back with some tasty cocktails in the sun.
If you’re into nature, there are guided nature walks and cool presentations about the island’s plants and animals. It’s a hands-on way for families to connect with nature and take a break from the daily hustle and bustle.
Whether you’re up for an adventure or a learning experience, Blue Lagoon Island offers a memorable journey into the heart of The Bahamas.
No travel guide would be complete without a shoutout to Downtown Nassau – the heart and soul of the Bahamas! Tourists adore this vibrant, historically rich capital city for good reason. It’s like a living canvas, splashed with colors and steeped in culture.
Downtown Nassau is a blend of Bahamian charm and exciting activities. There’s so much to do here, it’s like opening a treasure chest of experiences!
You can explore historical landmarks, indulge in luxury shopping, savor delectable cuisine, immerse yourself in local culture, and even dive into some swashbuckling history.
Begin with a journey into history. The Queen’s Staircase is a must-see – the 66 steps carved by enslaved Africans in the late 18th century are a powerful symbol of the past. Nearby, the Water Tower and Fort Fincastle give you stunning views of Nassau.
Got little adventurers with you? Take them to the Pirates of Nassau Museum. It’s like stepping into a pirate movie, with stories about legends like Blackbeard.
Foodies, you’re in for a treat! Downtown Nassau is a culinary paradise where your taste buds can embark on a never-ending adventure.
From fantastic brunch spots to international delights like Mexican and Japanese cuisine, this district spoils you for choice.
You’ll find a diverse array of dining options, offering a delightful blend of traditional Bahamian fare and global flavors. Local eateries serve up Bahamian classics like conch fritters, fried fish, and peas ‘n’ rice.
And if you’re craving some authentic Bahamian seafood delicacies, don’t miss a visit to Arawak Cay, locally known as “The Fish Fry.”
Sweet tooth alert: “I Dream Of Sugar” candy shop is a sugar rush waiting to happen. They’ve got candies, ice cream, slushies – you name it.
Downtown Nassau isn’t just about food and history. There are beautiful beaches nearby, like Junkanoo Beach, just a short walk away.
Nassau Harbor is charming too, with boat tours for snorkeling, sailing, and island-hopping – perfect for your inner pirate. And don’t forget the souvenirs!
There are plenty of stores to grab cool keepsakes for yourself and your loved ones back home.
Pre-booked Tours and Excursions
To enhance your Nassau experience, consider joining organized tours and excursions. These guided adventures offer a convenient way to explore the island’s top attractions.
You can engage in activities like swimming with dolphins, snorkeling in coral reefs, or embarking on boat trips to remote islands. Many tour operators even provide transportation, making it hassle-free to access these unique experiences and destinations.
One standout option is the Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour. Led by knowledgeable guides, this tour allows you to delve into Bahamian history while savoring traditional flavors at each stop. By the end of the tour, both your mind and your taste buds will be thoroughly satisfied.
For those interested in a comprehensive sightseeing tour, the Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour is a great choice. You’ll be conveniently picked up from the port (if arriving from a cruise) or your hotel in a comfortable minivan.
A local guide will accompany you, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the city’s highlights.
If you’re up for a truly unique and unforgettable adventure, imagine swimming with Nassau’s most charming residents – the pigs! The Swimming Pigs Encounter takes you to some of the most breathtaking islands, where you’ll have the incredible opportunity to meet and interact with these friendly and playful pigs.
Picture them joining you and your little ones for a swim and a delightful adventure like no other.
Now, if you’re a thrill-seeker, get ready for some heart-pounding excitement with the ATV Island Tour. You can take the reins of your very own ATV or hop on the back for an adrenaline-pumping journey through Nassau’s lively streets and scenic sands.
They’ll ensure you’re geared up with all the necessary safety equipment, making sure you and your family have a safe yet thrilling tour that you’ll remember for years to come.
Book a Family Photography Session
Capture those priceless family moments in one of the world’s most stunning vacation destinations without the hassle of toting your camera everywhere. Travel light, look your best, and leave the photography to the pros!
For a seamless photoshoot experience, explore the Professional Photographer for Hire tour. Simply preselect a few locations, coordinate the timing and spots with your photographer, and meet up for your shoot.
Whether you prefer candid or posed shots, they’ll guide you through the process to ensure your pictures perfectly frame the breathtaking landscapes. Once it’s done, you’ll receive all your professionally edited photos directly in your inbox.
If you’re craving unique and jaw-dropping shots, don’t miss the Clear Kayak Drone Photoshoot. It offers a chance to capture mesmerizing images of you leisurely enjoying the crystal-clear waters of Nassau while floating in an almost invisible kayak.
The kayaks, complete with life vests, are available for rent, so you can relax, soak up the sun, and let the photographer craft your unforgettable vacation Instagram shots!
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