Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is setting itself apart as more than a beach destination by offering immersive experiences for visitors with diverse interests. A sampling of tours and experiences now available for travelers to book in Nassau Paradise Island include:
Tru Bahamian Food Tours, led by knowledgeable and entertaining Bahamian guides, gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the destination through local food and culture. A great introduction to Nassau, the food tour will leave travelers with an appreciation for Bahamian culinary tradition and history. There are multiple tours daily beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $69/adult and $49/children (ages 12 and under) and need to be bought in advance. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com
John Watling’s Distillery is a favorite for a rum or history buff. Visitors can tour the historic Buena Vista Estate, which showcases antiques and exhibits dating back more than 300 years. The tour also explores John Watling’s storehouse, where guests can see the barreling and bottling of rums. Tours include a tasting of John Watling’s Pale, Amber and Buena Vista rums. Tours are free and offered daily. For more, visit www.johnwatlings.com
Pirate Republic Brewery is making history as the first and only craft beer brewery in the Bahamas. Visitors can try the Island Pirate Ale, an IPA, and Gold & Haze of Piracy, a Witbier, for a local taste of the island. The brewery is open seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome. For more, visit Pirate Republic Brewery on Facebook or Twitter.
From 1690 to 1720, Nassau had the highest concentration of pirates ever seen in the New World. At the Pirates of Nassau Museum, which aims to both educate and entertain, kids and parents alike can enjoy learning about the Golden Age of Piracy. Guests can board the “Revenge,” a replica of a real-life pirate ship, and feel as if they’ve gone back in time for a truly interactive history lesson. Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6.50 for children 17 and under. The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more, visit www.pirates-of-nassau.com.
The new Graycliff Heritage Museum of The Bahamas, which opened in summer 2014, offers visitors an in-depth look at the heritage of The Bahamas, ranging from pre-historic times to today. The majority of the collection exhibited at the museum is owned by British antiques collector Hamilton White. Mr. White’s expansive collection showcases the history of The Bahamas, with relics and treasures spanning centuries. Entrance fees start at $12.50 for adults and $6.25 for children 12 & under, and the museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more, visit the Heritage Museum on Facebook.
Islandz Tours showcases the history and culture of The Bahamas through an array of tours that introduce visitors to downtown Nassau’s historic passageways, architectural treasures, galleries and street art. Tours include the Gallery Hop, Rum-Runner’s Passage, Art & Dine, Bites On Booze Avenue and Nassau City Seeker, all lead by local tour guides. All tours are offered daily and ticket prices range from $9.99 – $69.95, depending on the tour. For more, visit http://islandztours.com/.
The only zoo in The Bahamas, Ardastra Gardens & Zoo offers over four acres of lush tropical gardens inhabited by an array of animals. While there, visitors can hand-feed parrots, watch the world-famous marching flamingos in action and take a free lecture on wildlife conservation. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 & under. For more, visit www.ardastra.com.
For more on Nassau Paradise Island’s cultural attractions and its wide range of accommodations, visit www.nassauparadiseisland.com.