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.
Travelers can enjoy one of the many parks, as well as 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 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 looking into are listed right below.
|Garden of Remembrance||Botanical Garden||Downtown Nassau|
|Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park||Park||1.5 mi. West of Central Nassau|
|Park||1.1 mi. East of Downtown Nassau|
|Park||1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
|The Retreat National Park||Botanical Garden||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
If the idea of spending part of a day surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, consider visiting Ardastra Gardens. Despite its name, Ardastra Gardens is actually a full-fledged zoo and conservation area. Guests can explore the jungle habitats of many wild animals, and are even encouraged to bring quarters for the feed stations.
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.
Glance through the following table for more information about what's available.
|Ardastra Gardens||Zoo||1.2 mi. West of Downtown Nassau|
|Punkie Cates Petting Zoo||Zoo||Nassau|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these in Nassau can be seen right below.
|Pond||1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Nassau|
|Pond||1.9 mi. West of Central Nassau|
|Lake||3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
Keep in mind, Nassau has other attractions. For more information about other attractions, go to this page.
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