Choose from 18 Fun Things to Do in New Providence Island
- Ardastra Gardens and Zoo is a wonderful stop for families visiting the Bahamas.
- Tickets are discounted for children under 12 and Bahamas residents; children aged 3 and under enter for free.
- The zoo and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users.
- There is an on-site café and gift shop.
- The flamingo show takes place daily at 10:30am, 2:15pm, and 4pm.
- You can hand-feed the lory parrots daily at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm.
- Be sure to bring everything with you that you’ll need for the day, including sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, and a sun hat.
- Most guided snorkeling tours include use of snorkel gear.
- A Rose Island day trip is a great option for those wishing to escape the bustle and frenetic energy of Nassau.
One of the traditional crafts of the Bahamas, straw working has become infused into Bahamian culture and industry. Each island has developed its own distinctive plaiting or braiding style to create beautiful straw hats, baskets, etc.
The Straw Market in Nassau serves as the ultimate destination to pick up Bahamian souvenirs. Grab a hat to protect yourself from the sun, or maybe pick up a small wood carving as a trinket to take home to a family member. In addition to the authentic hand-crafted merchandise, the Straw Market also offers many other items. What makes the Straw Market a unique shopping experience is getting to bargain the prices down; just remember to never accept the first offer and have fun seeing how low you can get the price to go!
The Straw Market is located on downtown Bay Street along the northern coast of Nassau.
The pastel Georgian-style buildings of the Supreme Court, the Public Library and Museum and the Houses of Parliament surround the square, where a statue honoring Queen Victoria stands. This government center is within walking distance from the main cruise ship ports, as well as numerous shops and restaurants, making it a perfect stop to learn a bit of history while touring the town.
Get out your eye patch and peg leg and get ready to delve into one of the most infamous and legendary aspects of Caribbean history. During the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1690 to 1720, pirates patrolled the waters of the Caribbean, terrorizing merchant ships and no place played a greater role in illegal pirate operations than Nassau, home base to the world's largest concentration of swashbuckling seafarers.
A trip to Pirates of Nassau takes one back to the Golden Age when pirates ruled the Caribbean. A favorite of both adults and children alike, this museum is one you won't want to miss. It is said that when a pirate slept, he did not dream of heaven, but of returning to Nassau. Come and find out for yourself what made Nassau pirate paradise.
Located in downtown Nassau, the museum is a short distances from most places on the island and easy to access.
- Many Nassau tours include pickup and drop-off at the cruise port, allowing visitors to make the most of their time on the island.
- Although Nassau offers many ocean excursions that typically involve some physical activity, those with mobility difficulties can see marine life on a glass-bottom boat tour without getting wet.
- If you’re in port for a short time, consider a private tour to escape the crowds and catch all the can't-miss attractions without a large group.
- Entry to the library is free.
- Wi-Fi available at the library, as well as computers that visitors can use.
- The library’s basement was once used as a dungeon.
- Don’t miss the veranda on the top floor, which offers great views over Nassau.
- The National Art Gallery is a lovely stop for those wanting to learn more about Bahamian art, culture, and history.
- Discounts are available for local residents, seniors, and students. Children under the age of 12 visit for free.
- The gallery is accessible to wheelchair users.
- There is an on-site store selling works by local artists.
- Bring your own beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas.
- Known for its many restaurants lining the shore, Cable Beach is one of Nassau's best dining destinations. Food-loving visitors can plan their Cable Beach stop around a gourmet breakfast or lunch.
- Many hotels along Cable Beach sell day passes that give access to all of their amenities.
- The Queen’s Staircase is a must-see for all visitors to Nassau.
- The limestone steps of the Queen’s Staircase are steep and a tough climb, suitable only for those with full mobility and proper footwear.
- The staircase can be slick after a rain, so be careful. (The Bahamas’ rainy season is June through November.)
- If the 65-step climb sounds daunting, plan to visit Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle first, then walk down the steps from there.
The Queen’s Staircase is located on the northern end of New Providence Island, on Elizabeth Avenue. Use the staircase as a shortcut to Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle.
- Entry to the fort is via paid ticket.
- The site is equipped with restrooms.
- The fort was built with the same limestone excavated to make the nearby Queen’s Staircase.
- The water tower adjacent to the fort was built in 1928 to help maintain water pressure on the island.
Arawak Cay is a fun stop for an afternoon snack or a delicious local dinner. And since the streets come alive at dusk, this waterfront spot is an ideal destination for a frosty beer or a strong sipping sundowner to round out the night.
- Entry to the museum is by paid ticket.
- Discounted tickets are available for children.
- Access to the museum is via a flight of stairs, so it may be unsuitable for people with limited mobility.
- Look out for the faces carved into the suits of Spanish armor designed to frighten the opposition armies.
- Grilled items such as hot dogs and veggie burgers and drinks such as fruit punch are available on the island, but budget-minded travelers may prefer to pack a picnic.
- Those traveling to the Bahamas on a cruise can book shore excursions to Blue Lagoon Island.
- Don’t forget sun protection such as a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Amenities such as showers, beach chairs, and changing stations are available at the island’s beach.