Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre Tours
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With tropical birds, lemurs, jaguars, iguanas, and more, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre in Nassau is educational fun for the entire family. The zoo is also home to a marching flamingo show, where the salmon-colored birds show off their marching skills, and popular lory and other animal feedings.
Jamaican horticulturist Hedley Edwards developed the Ardastra Gardens in the 1930s, and today they serve as a refuge for more than 130 animals, many of which belong to endangered species. Along with enjoying the animal encounters, you can explore the four acres (1.6 hectares) of jungle gardens filled with tropical plants and flowers designed to be a haven of peace and tranquility.
You can buy an admission ticket upon arrival or in advance to skip the line. Local bike tours of Nassau often stop here.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ardastra Gardens and Zoo is a wonderful stop for families visiting the Bahamas.
- Tickets are discounted for children under 12 and Bahamas residents; children aged 3 and under enter for free.
- The zoo and gardens are accessible to wheelchair users.
- There is an on-site café and gift shop.
- The flamingo show takes place daily at 10:30am, 2:15pm, and 4pm.
- You can hand-feed the lory parrots daily at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm.
How to Get There
Ardastra Gardens is located along Chippingham Road on the edge of downtown Nassau, on New Providence Island. It is accessible by car or taxi, or by public transportation—the #10 bus from Cable Beach stops close by, and any bus heading west from the downtown Hilton hotel stops here on request.
When to Get There
Ardastra is open 9am to 5pm every day excluding Christmas, December 26, and New Year’s Day. Last entrance is at 4pm, though most people enjoy around two hours visiting the animals. Mid-morning tends to be the busiest time here.
Revel in Nassau’s Pirate History
In the 18th century, the city of Nassau was a hotbed for pirates and smugglers who roamed the waves, holding ships to ransom and stealing their precious cargo before storing it in hiding places on the island. This swashbuckling history is brought to life at the Pirates of Nassau Museum via re-created street scenes and performers in period costume. There’s even a replica of a pirate ship (smaller than life size!) that you can explore.
Address: Nassau, Bahamas
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When your cruise ship docks in port, get a comprehensive overview of Nassau's cultural heritage on this 3.5-hour shore excursion. Attractions include the Cave of New Providence, the Ardastra Gardens, and Fort Charlotte. Stop at Junkanoo Beach with the option to end your tour here, or enjoy the included port drop-off.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Maximize your time in Nassau by renting your own bus for the day. Perfect for families, wedding parties, and groups, choose from more than 30 island activities to create a customized adventure with a pre-arranged itinerary. A professional guide shares a wealth of information about Nassau along the way, and the bus is decked out with snorkeling gear, inflatable toys and rafts, and boogie boards in case you spontaneously decide to hit the beach.
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