Wistfully planning your next (or first) family vacation? With an abundance of attractions spread across sixteen major islands and hundreds of smaller ones, you’re guaranteed to find something to excite every member of the family in The Bahamas. This amazing archipelago of white sand beaches, mysterious coves, and vibrant wildlife is the destination of a lifetime. For children of all ages and those who are still young at heart, The Bahamas promises endless family fun in the radiant Caribbean sun.
Of course, the true appeal of The Bahamas lies in the diversity of its experiences. Whether you prefer being wet or dry, you’ll find no shortage of engaging excursions. Read on to see our picks for the top family-friendly attractions both on and offshore, and discover why it really is “Better in The Bahamas.”
Get wet at Aquaventure
Get ready to take the plunge! Plunge down one of the high-speed water slides, dip into one of the pools or just float down the river at this 141-acre waterpark located inside the lush Atlantis Resort. Eleven swimming pools, eight water slides and the iconic Mayan Temple are just the tip of the iceberg at this aquatic wonderland. Parents can relax in a private cabana as the kids brave the twists and turns of Aquaventure’s many attractions. As a bonus, Atlantis is also home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, giving families the opportunity to observe over 50,000 aquatic animals at home in fourteen on-site lagoons.
Lucaya Watersports and Tours
The beauty of The Bahamas goes beneath the surface as you’ll discover on a snorkelling or diving excursion. Whether you’re a family of daring divers or a group of flipper first-timers, The Bahamas is the best place for getting your feet wet. With hundreds of species of beautiful tropical fish and expansive coral reefs to explore, this underwater adventure is not to be missed!
Lucaya Watersports and Tours is a well-known snorkelling tour operator in Freeport. They will provide all the gear and instructions you’ll need and guide you throughout your entire journey. For fans of The Little Mermaid who’ve been wondering what it’s really like under the sea, The Bahamas is the perfect place to dive in and find out.
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Glass bottom boat tours are a popular attraction in The Bahamas and for good reason: these accessible, relaxing excursions allow visitors to discover The Bahamas’ exotic marine life and beautiful coral without leaving the comfort of the boat. As a highly visual and safe activity, a glass bottom boat ride is ideal for families with younger children or those travelling with grandparents. Enjoy a day out on the water, with the sun on your skin and the ocean breeze flowing through your hair, as the kids marvel at passing stingrays. While these tours launch from the majority of The Islands of The Bahamas, they are extremely popular in Great Harbour Cay, only a short ride away from the captivating sea life of the other nearby Berry Islands.
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
Step into a natural haven composed of four lush, tropical gardens and be amazed by the diversity and beauty of the animal species that live there. Originally founded as a nature preserve in the 1950s, Ardastra has since developed into a collection of gardens, a conservation centre, a zoo and a wildlife rescue facility. Kids can get up close and even handle an array of exotic and native wildlife, including The Bahamas’ national bird, the striking Caribbean flamingo. Drape yourself with a boa constrictor or debate with a parrot as you immerse yourself in the wilderness and take in the majesty of nature. As the sole conservation centre in The Bahamas, Ardastra is designed to both entertain and educate and is perfect for the entire family.
While technically a land-based activity, it wouldn’t be a true Caribbean horseback ride without a trot across a pristine white sand beach, gentle waves lapping at your trusty steed’s hooves. Live out your fantasy of being on the cover of a romance novel with an unforgettable ride by the sea. Whether you opt to ride as the sun rises or sets, this activity promises both amazing photos and memories to last a lifetime. Horseback riding is available on most islands in The Bahamas but is most common in Freeport and on Half Moon Cay, Harbour Island and Paradise Island. It is a relaxing activity for the whole family to partake in and is guaranteed to complete your ultimate vacation in The Bahamas.
Bahamas Out Island Adventures
Bahamas Out Island Adventures offers individuals and groups the opportunity to embark on their own private island odyssey. A guide will greet you at the marina on either Harbour Island or Nassau and Paradise Island, where you will begin your journey by ferry to the wild and beautiful island of Eleuthera. These trips are fully customizable to suit the structure and desires of your group: adventures range from a single day jaunt to a three-day stay. There are activities for the whole family, including kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, beachcombing, spelunking and more! Bring the entire family and discover the secluded island of Eleuthera.
Source: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation