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Embark on an Unforgettable Nassau Walking Tour

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on May 13, 2024

There is no better way to explore Nassau than on foot. It's the ultimate way to enjoy the area’s historical landmarks, local shops, and dining spots at your own pace. It’s laid back, relaxed, and the best way to explore Paradise. So, lace up your walking shoes and check out our list of must-see sights and attractions to include on your unforgettable Nassau walking tour adventure!

Start your adventure in downtown Nassau at Rawson Square. Named after Sir Rawson W. Rawson, the Governor of The Bahamas in the late 1860s, this square is a hub of colonial charm. Here, you'll be surrounded by beautiful pink government buildings and historic monuments. It's a great starting point for exploring Nassau's history and stunning architecture! Across from Rawson Square, you'll find Parliament Square, another must-visit attraction in downtown Nassau, where you'll see the iconic House of Assembly, the Senate Building, and the esteemed Supreme Court of The Bahamas.

Keep your adventure going by heading west along Bay Street to visit The Straw Market. This bustling market is filled with thousands of locally made and hand-crafted items, from stunning jewelry to intricate wood carvings. It's the ideal place to find unique gifts or souvenirs for all your loved ones back home. After exploring The Straw Market, continue down Bay Street and take a left on Georges Street to immerse yourself in the pirate’s life at the Pirates of Nassau Museum. This interactive museum traces piracy’s fascinating connection to the region and is great for all ages — featuring the perfect mix of entertainment and history to ensure swashbuckling fun!

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Family on a Pirates of Nassau tour
government house

After some shopping and sightseeing, take a break at one of Nassau's top spots for a delicious meal – Arawak Cay, also known as "Fish Fry". Arawak Cay is the place to go for mouthwatering Bahamian cuisine and refreshing drinks, from seafood to conch and delicious Island beer. The various restaurants in this iconic area have been serving both locals and visitors since 1969. You may even catch a live performance or concert at Arawak Cay’s open stage if you're lucky!

After refueling, make your way to Fort Charlotte, the largest of the three forts on Nassau. Fort Charlotte was built in the late 18th century by Lord Dunmore after the end of the American Revolutionary War. It was named after King George III's wife and boasts a water-less moat, a drawbridge, dungeons, and breathtaking views of Nassau Harbor.

From Fort Charlotte, take a leisurely 15-minute walk to John Watling's Distillery, a must-see for rum enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Explore the famous Buena Vista estate and enjoy handcrafted cocktails infused with Bahamian rum. Another short stroll around the corner on West Hill Street, you'll find the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. At this museum, you can immerse yourself in the dynamic art scene of The Bahamas through the works of both local and international artists. It’s a great way to learn about Bahamian art and a fantastic family-friendly destination that all ages can enjoy!

To end your walking tour on a high note, visit Fort Fincastle and The Queen's Staircase, two of Nassau's most iconic attractions. To reach Fort Fincastle, ascend the 66 limestone steps of The Queen’s Staircase, which is named after Queen Victoria. This staircase is surrounded by beautiful water features and gardens. Then, when you reach the top of Bennet’s Hill, you’ll find yourself at Fort Fincastle, another historic landmark of The Bahamas that was constructed in 1793 to defend Nassau Harbor against pirates. From here, you can take in the breathtaking views and sights of historic Nassau from the highest point on the Island — it’s the perfect way to end your walking tour adventure!

Explore Nassau at Your Own Pace

With its rich culture and fascinating history, Nassau & Paradise Island offers an abundance of exciting sights and experiences for every traveller. Embrace the spirit of adventure and set out to explore the captivating streets of the city one step at a time — there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of The Bahamas. Start planning your Nassau & Paradise Island getaway today and prepare to be enchanted at every turn!

A cooked lobster over a bowl of fruits and vegetables.
Family outside of a colourful mural

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