My name is Will, and I’m an 11-year old who loves to travel!
Last month, I was able to visit Nassau and Atlantis for the first time, and trust me, your kids are going to love it!
Here are 10 of the best things for kids to enjoy in Nassau, Bahamas:
1. The water slides at Atlantis’ Aquaventure!
What kid doesn’t love a good waterslide? I know that I do! And some of the best I’ve ever ridden are at Atlantis, the most famous resort in the Bahamas. They have so many of them that I could have spent a whole week here and never gotten tired. A few tips: If your child is a beginner in waterslides, they should ride The Jungle Slide, a soft, relaxing, winding slide. It’s a good way to start. If your child is ready for the next level, they should ride The Challenger (if they like their rides fast paced), or The Serpent Slide (if they like winding on an inner tube in the dark). And if your child is a daredevil, they will love the Leap Of Faith, which is an extreme vertical drop.
2. The aquariums and sea life at Atlantis
When I grow up, I want to be a marine biologist, so Atlantis was the perfect place for me to visit! The aquariums found all around the property are some of the best I’ve ever seen – and your kids will love them too.
My favorite is “The Dig” which is found in the Royal Tower at Atlantis. I couldn’t believe the wide variety of species there (including moray eels, piranha, jellyfish, lionfish and more). I also loved Predator Lagoon, an underground aquarium with a wide variety of aquatic predators. You can even walk over the shark tank on a Rope Bridge. Exciting!
3. The Pirates of Nassau Museum
This museum in downtown Nassau is so cool! It’s like walking through the set of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It has wax figures, fake cannons, and even a huge ship. If your child enjoys learning about history, this is the place for them!
4. Baha Mar
Another amazing place to visit if you love sea life, the new Baha Mar resort has an animal sanctuary full of juvenile sea turtles, nurse sharks, and southern stingrays. Your child can have an encounter with the sea turtles and rays, and you can even feed them! I’ve never fed a green sea turtle before, so this was a huge highlight of the trip for me!
The other thing I loved at Baha Mar was the pool with an aquarium built into the side of a cave. You can swim right up to the fish – so cool. And, you can even jump off the grotto-style rock wall into the deep end of the pool!
5. Graycliff Chocolate Factory Tours
What kid doesn’t like chocolate? At Graycliff, you can take a class and make your own chocolate bar. What I really loved is that they encourage you to get messy with your chocolate. It’s fun for kids of all ages.
6. Marina Village
When your kid is tired, you can hop on over to the Ben and Jerry’s in the Marina Village for a little pick me up. It was fun to get a cone and sit outside to watch the party in the streets. They had Jamaican music playing, and fun stores to find a souvenir in. It’s a great way to spend the evening.
7. Junkanoo at Atlantis
On Friday nights, Atlantis throws an amazing party, called Junkanoo. You can enjoy the Bahamian food, music, and dance, and your kids will have fun getting their faces painted and making costumes. At the end, the party gets really wild with dancers, drummers, and a brass quartet. It was awesome!
8. Dolphin Cay at Atlantis
It’s hard to say what my favorite thing at Atlantis was, but it might be the amazing special opportunities they offer at Dolphin Cay. I was able to “play fetch” with some dolphins and watch their training, and it was really cool. And, not only are there dolphins at Dolphin Cay, but there are sea lions and birds too!
Carmine’s is an Italian restaurant in the Marina Village that serves food family-style. I loved that, because we were able to order several things and share. Their menu was awesome, and had delicious pasta, pizza, salad, and desserts. It’s a great place for a family!
10. The beach, of course!
The Bahamas offer a lot of beautiful beaches to enjoy, and your kids will really enjoy a day in the waves. At Atlantis, there are three different beaches to choose from: Cove Beach, Paradise Lagoon Beach, and Atlantis Beach. I loved body-surfing the big waves at Atlantis Beach, and my mom enjoyed Cove Beach, which was more protected and located close to the waterslides at Aquaventure.
I’ve been to several places in the US, Carribean, and Mexico, but the beaches in the Bahamas had the whitest sand and clearest water I’ve ever seen. It was hard to drag my mom away!
I really recommend Nassau, Bahamas as a great family destination. There are so many fun things to see and do!!
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