Visit Ardastra Gardens in Nassau, Bahamas with Kids
Whether you are traveling to the Bahamas to spend a few days at British Colonial Hilton Nassau or coming in for a just a few hours by cruise ship, a visit to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center will be a fun and memorable stop.
When to Visit Ardastra Gardens
Though just a short drive from the Hilton hotel or cruise ship pier, the gardens were farther than we wanted to walk with four kids in tow. We hired a cab to take us there and arranged a time with the driver to be picked up.
We were at the zoo for a little under two hours, which provided ample time to see everything and visit the gift shop. Tip: If a cruise ship is in port the day you want to visit, plan your visit for mid-afternoon. We practically had the place to ourselves!
What to See at Ardastra Gardens
The primary exhibits of the zoo feature Caribbean flora and fauna, birds, and reptiles although there are a few small mammals as well. We meandered around the paths while taking in the peaceful views and sights. Even though we were there on a hot Caribbean day, the gardens provided plenty of shade as we walked around.
Towards the back of the zoo we happened upon the Lorikeet enclosure at feeding time. We were able to feed apples to the colorful birds right from our hands while they landed on our arms and heads. Visiting with the Lorikeet keeper and her children who had come to the zoo after their school day was a fun experience for all of us.
Ardastra Gardens Flamingos
We had fun with the birds that have free range of the zoo, particularly Caribbean Flamingos and two beautiful peafowl. We attempted to get pictures with them while also being mindful not to be too intrusive of their space.
Ice cream and cold drinks from the snack stand perked us up as we waited until the stars of the zoo were ready to officially strut their stuff in the afternoon Flamingo Experience. The free-roaming flamingos are called to order and march around an enclosure. Photo opportunities abound as guests are invited to be part of the show. With a few corny jokes and occasional rebellious birds, the show had us giggling and having a good time.
On our way out we stopped at the gift shop for a few souvenirs. I even caved and bought a stuffed flamingo wearing a Ardastra Gardens hoodie for my son, who makes sure we go to at least one zoo on every trip.
Although I felt the cost of admission was slightly overpriced for the size we are accustomed to in the U.S., I also felt like I was supporting a good cause with my admission and gift shop purchases. The only zoo located in the Bahamas, Ardastra Gardens offers a variety of educational programs for local groups in addition to its conservation efforts. The exhibits make every effort to provide the animal residents with their natural habitats. In fact, the zoo has capitalized on maintaining the charm of being 80 years-old and still updating things for the good of the animals. Being a patron of their efforts was enjoyable and a privilege.
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