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 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.

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

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:

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 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.

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 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.

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

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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