Title: Bahamas Attractions and Things To Do
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The myriad islands of the Bahamas are one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. The weather is balmy and the water blue, and these islands north of Cuba offer unparalleled opportunities to get away from the daily grind.

Besides five-star beaches, lavish resorts and first-class casinos, the country also offers some unique points of interest for travelers of all ages:

The Marine Habitat at Atlantis, on Paradise Island, is the one of the largest marine parks in the world and the home of more than 50,000 sea creatures in 14 lagoons. The list is seemingly endless: dolphins, sea lions, sharks, rays, barracuda, piranha and eels – even the rare, endangered and charmingly ugly alligator gar. Snorkel, explore and take a swim with the dolphins. The habitat and Aquaventure Waterpark are free for those staying at the Atlantis resort; call (888) 877-7525 for information about hours and purchasing day passes. http://www.atlantis.com/thingstodo/marinehabitat.aspx

The Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden at New Plymouth, Great Abaco Island serves as a tribute to people who played a major role in the Abacos’ history. The garden boasts 24 busts of prominent Bahamians. Admission is free. (242) 367-3067. http://www.bahamas.com/vendor/loyalist-memorial-sculpture-garden

The Albert Lowe Museum, near the sculpture garden, is located in a century-old Victorian-era home and serves to preserve local history. Exhibits include model ships, artifacts, photos, paintings, writings and more. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children. (242) 367-4094. http://www.bahamas.com/vendor/albert-lowe-museum

Kids will love the Pirates of Nassau museum in downtown Nassau, a remembrance of the days when lusty pirates roamed and ruled. Enjoy interactive adventures and board a replica of the pirate ship Revenge. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon. Adults $12, children 4-17 $6. (242) 356-3759. http://www.pirates-of-nassau.com/home.htm

Fort Charlotte in Nassau dates back to 1789 and offers a water-less moat, a draw-bridge, ramparts and dank, spooky dungeons. Free tours Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 pm. (242) 325-9186. There’s also a superb view of Nassau Harbor. http://www.bahamasgo.com/treasures/fortcharlotte.htm

Seaworld Explorer in Nassau is a perfect way for less-than-perfect swimmers to do some undersea exploration. A 45-passenger submarine cruises for just under an hour, visiting various points of interest, including houses of the rich and famous. During an 11-foot dive, visitors will enjoy views of a protected ecology zone. $45 adults, $25 children 2-12. Reservations required. (242) 356-2548. http://www.seaworldtours.com

The 2 ˝-hour Nassau City and Country Tour is a perfect way to conveniently enjoy a wide array of points of interest, from the Queen\'s Staircase at Fort Fincastle to historic government facilities and the colorful Native Market. Coaches depart at 10 a.m. Monday and Friday and 1:15 p.m. daily, except Friday. Hours may vary depending on season. From $44.99; children 3-11 $19.99; kids under 3 free. Hotel pickup is available; consult your hotel for reservations. http://www.viator.com/tours/Nassau/Nassau-City-and-Country-Tour/d420-2605CITY

Author: staff writer 2012-06-16