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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center
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Ranked #20 of 129 things to do in Nassau
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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.
Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was a fairly unique experience because of how close you can get to the animals here, their cages are not like those in the states, you could literally lose a hand here if you wanted to. That being said, it allows you an up close view to some exotic animals that you would not experience elsewhere. The parrot feeding was a ton of fun, the beautiful birds jump all over you and are very friendly and the flamingo march was pretty fun to see as well!

2  Thank Jaxelrad
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The zoo is ok, but the flamingo Show is really the main reason to go. The flamingos march around a circular grass area and hang out around kids (and adults) doing flamingo poses. It's a funny sight all the kids there seemed to really enjoy it.

Most of the animals are birds with beautiful colors, and you can feed them at a few times through the day.

The whole zoo area is relatively small, so you can get through all of it in less than two hours (including the approx 30 minute flamingo show).

The walk to the zoo from downtown Nassau is a little tricky. Alternating sides of the street have sidewalks and the street signs aren't very obvious. Was about as long of a walk as we wanted to make in the summer heat from downtown Nassau Hilton.

1  Thank Alan G
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The zoo was much smaller than I thought it would be, but it is also a pretty small island. There are several different animals and it is definitely something to check out if only once. We did not get to see the marching flamingos, which I hear is a real treat, but we did see the flamingos and they definitely had some personality to them.

Thank Julie D
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

I visited this facility in late April 2014. Upon arrival I paid an entrance fee and received a ground plan.

I could hear the animals screeching and calling from a little distance away from the property. The overall appearances were a little on the down side. There was a wide range of animals though (swan, monkeys, jaguar, peacocks, doves, flamingoes). The trails were quite clear with signs to direct you along. There are gift shops and refreshment on the grounds.

The staff was friendly. There was a kids show; and bird feeding (staff and visitors) and a flamingo show in the late afternoon to close the day off. Be sure to walk with your cameras, a few extra bucks for souvenirs and umbrellas as precaution.

The entertainment is in blocks so you might want to call . I took the bus from Downtown which was $1.25.

3  Thank terryann s
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

It was a nice Zoo. I think it could have been better. They had a Flamingo show that could have been a little better. Their Jaguar just passed away. It looks like they are in the process of updating some of the cages for the animals. The animals are cared for very well.

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