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 spending time outside? You might be pleased to know the island has an interesting nature preserve on it.
Primeval Forest is a nature preserve located 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.
|Primeval Forest||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Old Fort Bay||New Providence|
Visitors can spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as 3 botanical gardens on New Providence Island.
Clifton Heritage Park is situated in 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. 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.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find can be seen 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 thought of spending part of a day with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Ardastra Gardens. A trip to the zoo is like a walk through the jungle, with furry friends at every turn. Here, you will see over 200 animals that include lemurs, monkeys, and even jaguars.
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.
View the table just below for 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 fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on New Providence Island are listed in the table 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||Central New Providence Island|
|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|
If you are seeking a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other locations. Click to visit our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for New Providence Island.
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