Family Fun In Nassau, Bahamas

Traveling to the Bahamas as a family can be overwhelming if you don’t do a little research beforehand.  You will want to make sure that you are staying in a family friendly hotel and that you are planning family friendly activities.  If not, it can cause a few ruffled feathers with your group.  It’s not going to be a lot of fun for the kids if that tour of the city ends up being for ages 18 and up and you didn’t know about it!

One of the best family friendly hotels on the island of Nassau is Atlantis.  This isn’t to say the other hotels are bad, but this one seems to be the best fit for families.  They offer all inclusive packages which includes the hotel, dining and select activities.  The dining option includes certain restaurants with a special menu, but the choices are plentiful.  The activities that are included are the marine exhibits, the Aquaventure water park, fitness center, movies in the theater, the library, daily fish feeding and the pool.

The Aquaventure water park is every person’s dream location for a vacation!  You get to choose from water slides, river rides, zip lines, children’s play area, cownose ray feedings, shark safari and the beach.  You can also indulge in shopping and eat at numerous restaurants right there.  No travel is necessary!  Atlantis also offers sea lion discovery programs and multiple dolphin adventures.

If you ever tire of the water, take a day to visit the Ardasta Gardens & Zoo, right in the heart of Nassau.  This is the only zoo in the Bahamas and has over four acres of tropical gardens with jaguars, lemurs, snakes, iguanas and much more.  They have a petting zoo too.  You will even get to see the national bird of the Bahamas, which is the Caribbean Flamingo.  Three times a day these flamingos will march in line and follow commands up on stage, delighting everyone in the audience!

When you are in town, you might want to stop in at the Pirates of Nassua Museum.  Here you will learn the history of the pirates and how they used Nassau as their home base.  You will board a replica of a pirate ship and enter a world of interactive pirate adventures.

Don’t be afraid to wander through the town of Nassau, near where the cruise ships dock.  There are some interesting stores and an outdoor marketplace.  At the marketplace, plan on saying a lot of no thank you’s or if you do see something that you want to buy, plan on haggling on the price.  It is expected in this area.  The good news is that you will find lots of places to eat in town.  If you have an adventurous family, then you can try out some of the places where the locals eat.  If not, a couple of your other options are McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts.

The most important thing when traveling to the Bahamas as a family is to have a good time and learn about other cultures.  You will also want to learn about how people live in different countries.  It will definitely look different than where you live.  Travel is all about learning and discovering new places, so go out and explore.  You’ll be amazed at what you can find!

Family fun in Nassau, Bahamas


  1. We just went there as a stop on our Christmas cruise. That was my favourite port of all. Atlantis is a place we will return to and Nassau of course is part of that journey since you know Atlantis is there. LOL.

  2. I used to have a penpal in Nassau long ago. It looks like a beautiful place.

  3. kathy downey says

    Never been there but your photo looks so inviting !

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I’ve always fancied travelling to the Bahamas but haven’t made it so far. It sounds like a wonderful place for a vacation in the sun 🙂

  5. My husband and I visited the Bahamas about ten years ago. We have always wanted to make it back as a family.

  6. Catherine S says

    I am going on 2 cruises this year to the Bahamas. My sister and I have a dolphin excursion book at the Atlantis resort. I can’t wait to go.

  7. Nassau sounds like an awesome place for a family vacation. I’d definitely try to include the zoo and the water park in our plans.

  8. I would love to take the family to Nassau for a vacation. It sounds like there’s so much to see and so much to do! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Bahamas sounds so good right now. I would love to take a summer vacation there.

  10. I would love to be in the Bahamas right now. It is so cold here i need to feel my feet in the sand.

  11. How I wish I was there right now and enjoying the waters. It looks so inviting!

  12. Any family would love to have a vacation in the Bahamas. I’d love to take my family there some day.

  13. That would be the perfect place to go right now. Sunshine, beach and beauty!

  14. The Bahamas is a place to enjoy everything about sand, sun and sea! If you really like to unwind, I agree that the Bahamas is the place to be. So lovely!

  15. I’ve never been to the Bahamas but I have always wanted to go. This is a great post to help me know what to look forward to if we ever do travel there.

  16. I love to explore and learn about other cultures. I def. would love to visit the Bahamas.

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