Natural Attractions in Nassau

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There is a world outside of the beaches and resorts that Nassau is known for, a more natural environment where tourists can go to see what life would be like had the island remained untouched.  In addition to the sites you stumble upon as you explore the area like unique land formations, there are zoos, aquariums, gardens, and even a petting far all available within city limits. 

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Garden of Remembrance

Guests can spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as 2 botanical gardens in Nassau.

Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park is found in western Nassau. Over 100 avian species make their home at this spot, including herons, egrets, ibises, and cormorants. As you venture through the park, you will travel along a long boardwalk that is elevated off the ground.

Another popular attraction in this category is The Retreat National Park. Since 1977, guests have been able to view one of the largest private collections of exotic palms in the world at the Retreat in Nassau.

The parks and gardens worth considering are shown below.

Parks and Gardens In Nassau
Name Type Location
Garden of Remembrance Botanical Garden Downtown Nassau
Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park Park 1.5 mi. West of Central Nassau
Malcom's Park Park 1.1 mi. East of Downtown Nassau
Rawson Square Park Downtown Nassau
Rm Bailey Park Park 1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
The Retreat National Park Botanical Garden 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau

Zoos and Aquariums

Ardastra Gardens

If the idea of passing some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting Ardastra Gardens. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre is a boutique zoo and conservation area dedicated to educating guests about its native and non-native animals. Guests can explore the habitats of many wild animals.

Another similar attraction is Punkie Cates Petting Zoo. This small zoo is a perfect attraction kids, who will be able to explore and pet some farm animals. There is not much else to do here, so plan on just spending a little time before moving on.

Look through this table if you want more information.

Zoos In Nassau
Name Type Location
Ardastra Gardens Zoo 1.2 mi. West of Downtown Nassau
Noah's Ark Petting Farm Zoo Nassau
Punkie Cates Petting Zoo Zoo Nassau

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these in Nassau are summarized in the chart below.

Land Formations In Nassau
Name Type Location
Big Pond Pond 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Nassau
Harold and Wilson Ponds Pond 1.9 mi. West of Central Nassau
Lake Waterloo Lake 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau

Keep in mind, Nassau has additional attractions. To learn about more other attractions for Nassau, visit this page.


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