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

Travelers can enjoy one of the many parks, or 2 botanical gardens in Nassau.

Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park is located in western Nassau. This National Park is the perfect spot for bird lovers vacationing on the Bahamas. Not only does the site feature a glorious abundance of bird life, but it also provides some outstanding educational offerings.

Another popular choice 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 available are provided in the following chart.

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 thought of passing some time at the zoo tickles your fancy, you should visit 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.

A second related venue 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.

Take a moment to read 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 idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Nassau are summarized in the following table.

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

If you would prefer having a wider selection of points of interest beyond this category, you can expand your planning horizon. Take advantage of this page dedicated to even more attractions if you need some more details.


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