I’ve been in vacation planning mode lately. I love traveling and one of my favorite things to do when I’m home is research and plan other vacations. One destination I’ve always heard wonderful things about and have wanted to go but haven’t yet is the Bahamas. That’s why when an email landed in my inbox with a collection of fun things to do in Nassau Bahamas for families it all sounded so amazing I just had to share. After reading about these ideas and seeing the incredible photos I’m even more excited to visit one day!
Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is home to sand, surf and family-friendly accommodations (like the mega-resort Atlantis), but families on spring break will find that the destination also offers immersive and educational experiences fit for kids and adults alike.
Some of the most popular include:
The 141-acre waterscape of Aquaventure, the incredible centerpiece of Atlantis, Paradise Island, is home to20 swimming areas, 11 pools including three kids pools, thrilling water slides, a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids and wave surges – amounting to over 20 million gallons of water . Perhaps the most recognizable attraction is the six-story Mayan Temple, where guests plummet down into a shark-filled lagoon. Those who’d rather take things a little easier can do so at the lazy river ride, the Royal Baths or a zero-entry pool, all with easy access to the sugar white-sands of Paradise Beach. Whatever your aquatic-loving heart desires, you can find it at Aquaventure!
Dolphin Cay at Atlantis, Paradise Island is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated marine habitats and animal rescue-rehabilitation facilities.The 14-acre habitat gives families an opportunity to interact with dolphins, sea lions and stingrays while learning about the animals and their environment. Dolphin Cay is also home to the Education Center, where kids and parents can learn about wildlife conservation.
Pirates of Nassau Interactive Museum
From 1690 to 1720, Nassau had the highest concentration of pirates ever seen in the New World. At the Pirates of Nassau Museum, which provides the perfect mix of entertainment and education, kids and parents alike will love learning about the Golden Age of Piracy. Guests can board the “Revenge,” a replica of a real-life pirate ship, and feel as if they’ve gone back in time for a truly interactive history lesson.
Tru Bahamian Food Tours
Tru Bahamian Food Tours, led by knowledgeable and entertaining Bahamian guides, gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the destination through local food and culture. A great introduction to Nassau, the food tour will leave the whole family with an appreciation for Bahamian culinary tradition and history. Tru Bahamian Food Tours also offers a special Young Foodie ticket fare for children ages 3-12.
Junkanoo and Island Culture
Nassau Paradise Island has a rich history with Spanish, West African and British influences that have created a unique blend of island culture. Junkanoo, one of the Caribbean’s most well-known events, is a massive celebration featuring brightly-costumed people that showcases the music, spirit and multiculturalism of the Bahamas. Visitors can learn the history of the tradition at the Educulture Junkanoo Museum, or witness the excitement firsthand at the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, happening May 7-9.
For more information, visit www.nassauparadiseisland.com.