Ardastra Gardens and Zoo
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: NAS-015
Stroll the shaded paths of the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, admiring the lush tropical foliage and the zoo’s diversity of indigenous and regional animals.
After departing from the pier, you will soon pass several landmark buildings such as the House of Parliament and Supreme Court while your knowledgeable driver guide regales you with details and anecdotes about the sights you will be seeing. Soon, you will arrive at the serene Ardastra Gardens & Zoo. This four-acre oasis in the heart of downtown is a tropical paradise filled with exotic plants and home to hundreds of birds, reptiles and mammals.
As you walk along the winding paths, you will pass towering royal palms, tamarinds, Indian tulip trees, and West Indies mahoganies. Splashes of color from flora such as yellow elders, ixoras and delicately scented frangipanis add texture to the understory, leaving you with a great sense of tranquility. Even so, there is plenty of excitement within the gardens and zoo.
Peacocks often strut by fanning their tail feathers, bright green iguanas cling to the tree branches above, and the March of the Flamingos is a performance that never fails to entertain. Once nearly extinct, the Caribbean flamingo is now so popular and has been associated with the Bahamas for so long that it has become the national bird.
If you wish to interact with some of the animals up-close, you are welcome to pose for photos with "Toby" the Cockatoo, "Jackie" the Snake and "Freddy" the Peacock, or perhaps feed the lory parrots, also known as rainbow lorikeets. These birds are highly social, brightly colored and always eager to be hand-fed an apple. Before rejoining your bus for the transfer back to the pier, you will have the opportunity to purchase a cool beverage from the Parrot Pit Stop and browse through the eclectic gift shop, Toby's Treasures.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 3/4 hours of easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.