Natural Attractions on New Providence Island

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New Providence is the busiest island in the Bahamas, the most highly populated by both local residents and tourists.  In addition to the beaches, the shopping, and the unique landmarks, that the island is known for, there is also an abundance of natural attractions that are worth exploring, from simple parks to zoos and aquariums, and even a full-on nature reserve.  If you'd like to get to know more about the natural state of the island, these are the attractions to be on the look-out for. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you hope to spend more of your vacation time under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the island has a nice nature preserve on it.

Primeval Forest is a nature preserve situated on New Providence Island. With limited amenities and facilities, it is best to contact the park directly to see what is currently available. Common excursions usually include hiking and kayaking.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On New Providence Island
Name Type Location Island
Primeval Forest Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Old Fort Bay New Providence

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Versailles Garden

Visitors can experience one of the many parks, as well as 3 botanical gardens on New Providence Island.

Clifton Heritage Park is found within western New Providence Island. Clifton Heritage Park is a great way to get an overview of nature in the Bahamas. Whether you're interested in birdwatching, camping, fishing, snorkeling, or hiking, there is space to participate in all of these activities on site.

Another popular choice in this category is Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park. 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.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are shown here:

Parks and Gardens On New Providence Island
Name Type Location
Atlantis Lagoon Park 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau
Bonefish Pond National Park Park 5.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau
Clifton Heritage Park Park 0.8 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay
Freedom Park Park 3.3 mi. East of Central Nassau
Garden of Remembrance Botanical Garden Downtown Nassau
Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park Park Nassau, Central New Providence Island
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
Versailles Garden Botanical Garden 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau

Zoos and Aquariums

Ardastra Gardens

If the idea of spending some time at the zoo sounds like fun, 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.

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.

Be sure to look at the following table to learn more.

Zoos and Aquariums On New Providence Island
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
The Dig Aquarium Aquarium 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on New Providence Island are listed in the following table.

Land Formations On New Providence Island
Name Type Location
Atlantis Lagoons Lagoon 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau
Barracuda Shoals Other Natural Formation 1.7 mi. West of Central Olde Town Sandyport
Big Pond Pond 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Nassau
Bonefish Pond Pond 4.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau
Clifton Point Point 1.0 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay
Corry Sound Lagoon 8.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Nassau
Fish Hotel Other Natural Formation 6.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
Harold and Wilson Ponds Pond Nassau, Central New Providence Island
Lake Cunningham Lake 1.2 mi. South of Central Cable Beach
Lake Killarney Lake 6.3 mi. West of Central Nassau
Lake Waterloo Lake 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
Millars Sound Lagoon 6.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Nassau
Paradise Lake Lake 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau

If you would prefer having a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to look beyond these choices. To navigate to our complete guide to other attractions, click here.

 

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