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.
Do you enjoy being outside? You might be happy to learn the island has a nice nature preserve on it.
Primeval Forest is a nature preserve located on New Providence Island. Primeval Forest National Park has only just recently been opened to the public, and is for the most part, undeveloped. Left to its natural state, this park is for nature enthusiast and experienced hikers.
|Primeval Forest||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Old Fort Bay||New Providence|
Vacationers can experience one of the many parks, as well as 3 botanical gardens on New Providence Island.
Clifton Heritage Park is located 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 attraction 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 available are listed here:
|Park||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau|
|Park||5.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau|
|Clifton Heritage Park||Park||0.8 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay|
|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|
|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|
|Versailles Garden||Botanical Garden||3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
If the concept of passing some time surrounded by animals sounds like fun, 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.
Another related option 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.
Check out this table if you want more information.
|Ardastra Gardens||Zoo||1.2 mi. West of Downtown Nassau|
|Punkie Cates Petting Zoo||Zoo||Nassau|
|The Dig Aquarium||Aquarium||1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau|
Another idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on New Providence Island are listed below.
|Atlantis Lagoons||Lagoon||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau|
|Other Natural Formation||1.7 mi. West of Central Olde Town Sandyport|
|Pond||1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Downtown Nassau|
|Bonefish Pond||Pond||4.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau|
|Point||1.0 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay|
|Lagoon||8.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Nassau|
|Other Natural Formation||6.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
|Pond||Nassau, Central New Providence Island|
|Lake||1.2 mi. South of Central Cable Beach|
|Lake||6.3 mi. West of Central Nassau|
|Lake||3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
|Lagoon||6.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Nassau|
|Lake||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Nassau|
Keep in mind, you'll find other attraction types available too. Navigate here to see our discussion of other interesting attractions for New Providence Island.
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