If you're heading to Nassau, Bahamas on a family vacation, we've got a list of fun activities for you to do with kids. Whether you're arriving via plane or cruise ship, definitely check out these family-friendly things to do in Nassau, Bahamas and Paradise Island.
On my recent press trip to Nassau, Paradise Island, I got to experience some of the awesome activities that the islands have to offer when you're traveling with kids. I brought my 4 year old son along and, with a handful of other travelers and their children, we set out for adventure. Here are my top 5 family friendly activities in Nassau, Bahamas.
5 things to do in Nassau, Bahamas with Kids
1.) Swim with the dolphins at Atlantis: If you've always want to have a dolphin interaction, Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island is THE place to do it. We experienced the Shallow Water Interaction at Dolphin Cay and it was nothing short of incredible. Dolphin Cay at Atlantis is gorgeous and they've got a variety of different interactions for families.
The Shallow Water Interaction is available for all ages. I was a little nervous that my 4 year old would be too afraid to interact with the dolphins but he did amazing. I suppose I underestimated him a bit because all of the children in our group were brave and touched and kissed the dolphins. If you're traveling with a child age 6 or up then you can participate in the Deep Water Swim for even more interaction. Atlantis also offers an "Ultimate Trainer for a Day" experience (for adults and kids), a Sea Lion Interaction, a Stingray Experience and you can "Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis." Or, if you just want to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, you can purchase a Dolphin Cay Beach Pass. Be sure to check out my review for all the details.
2.) Experience a day of fun at Atlantis' Aquaventure: Atlantis is home to a 141-acre water park that includes a mile-long river tubing adventure, nine water slides, and 11 pools. We spent an entire afternoon at the park and barely made a dent in the list of things you can do there. This experience is included in your stay if you're an Atlantis or Comfort Suites Paradise Island guest, or you can make a day booking if you're just visiting the resort.
If you've got older kids, they're going to love the Challenger Slides. They can race another person down the high-speed slides set in Atlantis' Mayan Temple, and then check their speeds on the time clocks at the bottom to see who won. There's also the Leap of Faith and the Abyss for true thrill-seekers, and several other slides to get their pulses racing.
If you're traveling with little ones, Atlantis has you covered too. "Splashers" is one of the best children's play areas I've ever seen. Designed with the youngest in mind, it's a Mayan-themed kids pool and water playground featuring three tube slides, a side-by-side slide, cargo nets and rope bridges for climbing, water cannons, fountains and water. The maximum pool depth is only 3 feet so that gives parents a little extra peace of mind.
You can also enjoy some time at Atlantis' beautiful beaches. The powder white sand and crystal clear turquoise water are so inviting. You can settle at Cove Beach, Paradise Lagoon or Atlantis Beach to take in the views and relax. It's truly paradise.
3.) Make your own chocolate at the Graycliff Chocolatier - The Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas is a historic mansion that's been transformed into a boutique hotel that boasts 20 beautiful guest rooms, multiple award winning restaurants, a museum, a cigar factory, and chocolatier. You can contact them ahead of time to set up tours like the Graycliff Chocolatier tour that we took.
We learned so much about how the chocolate is made thanks to our lovely tour guide. We also got to make our own chocolate bars and roll our own truffles. Everyone in our party had a great time, especially the kids who got quite the sugar buzz.
4.) Visit the Atlantis Marine Habitat: Guests of the hotel (and those who purchase a day pass) have the opportunity to explore the Atlantis marine habitats and aquarium exhibits which feature lagoons, caves, coral formations and underwater ruins that showcase exotic marine life like dolphins, sharks, and more.
In total, the marine habitat encompasses 14 lagoons and there are more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species. It's definitely impressive and the little ones will love it, especially the awesome rope bridge that hangs over the predator lagoon.
5.) Spend some time at the Pirates of Nassau Museum: The Pirates of Nassau is a fun, interactive museum where you'll learn the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. Located in the heart of Nassau, this attraction is located right down the street from the Graycliff Hotel so you could certainly do both on the same day.
Once you enter the museum, you'll go on a self-guided tour of the pirate ship Revenge. There are several exhibits and interactive elements to teach the kiddos. They've also got a great little gift shop where you can buy reasonably priced pirate gear and memorabilia for your children.
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Special thanks to Nassau Paradise Island for all of the hospitality and adventure on our press trip!