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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center
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Ranked #8 of 125 things to do in Nassau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre is a peaceful 80 year-old retreat spread over 4 acres of lush tropical gardens. It is a boutique zoo that specializes in bird rescue & rehabilitation, education, preservation of history and conservation of natural resources. Ardastra is home to many native species of plants and animals - including the Bahamas National Bird, the beautiful and exotic Caribbean Flamingo. We are well-known for our animal encounters that allow visitors to get "up close "with some of our residents. We encourage all of our visitors to take a guided tour for a better appreciation of our residents and our property. To maximize enjoyment, we also encourage our guests to schedule their visits around our Signature Showtimes: 10:30am, 1:30pm or 3:30pm. You can participate in the "Flamingo Experience", a unique show of the glory and antics of these incredible creatures together with an excellent narration of their story. Guests can also hand-feed the colourful and playful South Pacific Lory Parrots and have numerous photographic opportunities during your visit. While walking the Gardens, friendly and informed staff will answer questions while two-legged feathered friends will freely entertain. Light refreshments are available at the "Parrot Pit Stop". "Toby's Treasures" is filled with gifts/souvenirs so that you can take a piece of Ardastra home with you.
Marietta, GA
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Very Fun and Worthwhile Visit”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We visited Ardastra Gardens as a shore excursion from Allure of the Seas. The facility is, for the most part, a zoo, with some interesting flora as well. The flamingo parade was fun and entertaining. I wish we could have spent more time here, but the excursion kept us on a schedule, so we only had about 30 minutes prior to the parade, and 5 minutes after. In retrospect, I'd recommend simply visiting yourself and paying the admission fee (I think it was $14?) rather than the $49 ship's excursion fee. Usually I say to just take the excursion in order to simplify your life, but in this case, it really was just a very overpriced taxi ride. Side note - afterwards, I highly recommend walking from the cruise ship port to the Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. It's only a 10-15 minute walk, and you can spend as long as you like, rather than being rushed by a van driver.

Visited June 2013
4 Thank Glenn90
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Alice Springs, Australia
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“Flamingo Parade is Special”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Layout and gardens are lovely and easy to find your way around. We really enjoyed the bird feeding of the Lorikeets. The parade of the Flamingoes was very special as they responded to their handlers commands. Well worth a visit

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Alison P
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Rockville, Maryland
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“Fun for the kids!”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We took my niece (10) and nephew (6) here while in port from a cruise. The flamingoes unfortunately were NOT marching that day, since there had been so much recent rain in Nassau. However, we were given 20% off the price of admission and went in anyway. The kids had a great time--they still got to see LOTS of flamingoes and peacocks, which are all just walking around the park, free. And they got to feed the lorries, which was a great experience--they let you into the large cage and give you apples to feed the birds. Great photo opportunities and fun for all ages.

Visited June 2013
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Norfolk, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Had a blast”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Visited Nassau on a cruise. The zoo was not advertised or offered as a cruise ship excursion but I had found it on my own before leaving home. We took the #10 bus to the road that the zoo is on and hiked the rest of the way. My husband and I were surprised that there were only about 15 other people in the zoo. We got to get up close and personal with a variety of animals. We fed the lorakeets apples, marched with the flamingos and took pics with macaws. Everyone was very friendly and we could tell that the animals were well cared for. Probably the highlight of our trip!

Visited May 2013
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Greenport, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Walking with the flamingos”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

On a recent cruise stop in Nassau, we stopped at the fish fry for lunch. After we finished, we decided to take our 7 year old son to the Ardastra Gardens (well within walking distance from the resturant). Not expecting much, we were pleasantly surprised. The highlight of the visit were the trained flamingos. They followed their trainers commands and marched around the enclosed arena. At the end of the show several guests were invited into the arena with the flamingos. As you could have guessed, our son was chosen. When his turn came, he was hesitant but stood his ground when surrounded by the birds. Needless to say we got some great pictures. My sons comment when it was all over? "That was great!" The rest of the zoo was run of the mill. But we'll never forget the flamingps.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank John G
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