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Government House, Nassau

Government House, Nassau

Government House, Nassau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nassau: Bahamas Culture Tour with Electric Trolley and Water

1. Nassau: Bahamas Culture Tour with Electric Trolley and Water

Take a fascinating and fun tour of Nassau and Bahamas culture as you ride an open-air bus, See key sights from the city, and drink complementary water as you take part in an interactive and informative sightseeing experience. Hop on board a beautiful bus decorated with images from Bahaman culture and history. Feel the thrill of riding a fully electric open air bus through the streets of the island. Explore the highlights of the island on a tour which combine stories of its eventful history with the warmth and kindness of the Bahamian people. Stop and taste the island's famous Sky Juice while dancing and singing to island melodies. Enjoy trivia and prizes as you make the most of your visit to the island.

Nassau: Guided ATV Tour with Bahamian Lunch and Drink

2. Nassau: Guided ATV Tour with Bahamian Lunch and Drink

Choose to either start in the morning or afternoon. Roundtrip transportation is provided from most major hotels or cruise port. Receive your ATV safety briefing.  See the sights of Nassau with a narrated tour; including the Government House, Fort Charlotte, Arawak Cay, Bahamar, and Queens Staircase and Water tower. Ride along a scenic beach route to discover Nassau's most popular attraction, the Caves. Enjoy a full Bahamian lunch at one of the local restaurants. 

Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

3. Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

Begin your adventure in downtown Nassau and follow your guide as you stroll to some of the most historic landmarks and sites in town. Walk up to the top of Elizabeth Avenue for a 15-minute stop at the famous Queen’s Staircase, a major limestone staircase that consists of 66 steps. Here you will get the chance to capture its majestic beauty with your camera as your guide shares the history of this 18th-century staircase, including how 600 slaves constructed it in honor of Queen Victoria’s assistance in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. Continue up Elizabeth Avenue for a five-minute stop at Nassau’s tallest structure, the historic 126-foot Water Tower that supplied water to the island of New Providence back in the early 20th century. Next, your tour will take you to the top of Bennet’s Hill to spend 15 minutes at Fort Fincastle, a fort built in the late 18th century to protect Nassau from pirates. Next, grab your cameras for the chance to take beautiful pictures of the exterior of the Government House. During a 10-minute stop, your tour guide will share tales from this historic site’s past as you admire the architectural excellence of this Georgian Colonial-style residence of the Bahamas’ Governor-General. Now that you have worked up an appetite, make a stop at Graycliff Chocolatier and indulge in a sampling of these locally made delicious treats. Next, tour the galleries of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and learn about the history of Junkanoo at the Educulture Museum. Afterwards, you will travel to John Watling's Distillery where you may sample rum and tour the facility. From here your next will stop at Tasty Teas where you will learn about the Bahamian bush teas and traditional medicines. Next up is the Nassau Straw Market for a brief history and shopping break. The last stop is at Rawson and Parliament Square where you can learn about the history of the buildings and statues from the colonial era up to present day.

Nassau: City Sightseeing Tour with Rum Cake Tasting

4. Nassau: City Sightseeing Tour with Rum Cake Tasting

Enjoy a fun-filled time as you explore Nassau and Atlantis with your driver/guide. Relax with a convenient pickup service and see landmarks like Fincastle, the Government House, Atlantis, and visit a rum cake factory. Meet your friendly and knowledgeable local guides and depart the pier. Stop at the historic forts of Fincastle, a small fort shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer. At this location you will have time to explore the fort, the Queen Victoria Staircase, and enjoy some light shopping on your own and take pictures. Gain beautiful views of the Government House (official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801), the Governor’s Mansion, and Gregory’s Arch. This stone arch was named after Governor John Gregory who served around 1850. Travel along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau’s shopping district, and home to the native Straw Market on the way to the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Once you arrive sample the namesake cake and choose from flavors like banana, cinnamon, and piña colada. Head to Paradise Island, an island connected to New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbor. See the famous Hog Island lighthouse, constructed in 1817, at the western tip of the island. The highlight of Paradise Island is the world famous Atlantis Resort. Visit a magnificent resort encompassing over 3,000 hotel rooms, 20 restaurants, a wide variety of stores, a 123-acre water park, beautiful beaches, and the largest casino in the Bahamas. Your tour will make a short stop at Atlantis where you will have free time to explore the amazing lobby, casino, or the shops. After your free time, you will be driven back to your ship.

Nassau: Historic Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

5. Nassau: Historic Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

Take a guided tour of the historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Meet the staff for a short safety briefing, before you start exploring the points of interest like the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, the Queen's Staircase, the Graycliff Chocolatier, Bahama Barrels winery, and the National Art Gallery (closed on Mondays). You will also explore Fort Charlotte, Junkanoo Beach, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House, and more. Following that, discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. You will later be taken for a lunch break at a vibrant and energetic food spot called Arawak Cay, where at a nominal fee, you may purchase food and beverages unique to the islands of the Bahamas. Following lunch, stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors, and at the conclusion of your experience, your guide will return you to your tour collection point.

Nassau: Historic City Tour with Drink and Food Tasting

6. Nassau: Historic City Tour with Drink and Food Tasting

This unique city tour will give guests a greater appreciation of the life, food, drinks, and culture of the Bahamas. The guest will be able to explore the rich history of the island of New Providence while traveling through some of Nassau's indigenous villages, such as "Fox Hill Village." Guests will be able to sample some of the island's unique foods and drinks as we visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, The Chocolate Factory, the John Watling Distillery, The New Duff, and the popular Nassau Fry Fry at Arawak Cay.

Nassau: City Highlights Private Pedicab Tour

7. Nassau: City Highlights Private Pedicab Tour

Step up into your pedicab carriage and let's get rolling! This fun, active tour of Nassau hits all the highlights! As we pedal through historic Downtown Nassau Attractions, your friendly, enthusiastic guide will relate the history of the city through your audio ear set. It's just a short ride to the tropical setting of the Queen's Staircase. You'll hear the story of its architecture and climb the 66 steps to see the iconic Water Tower, a prominent landmark in Nassau's skyline, and visit Fort Fincastle. Although never actually used as it was intended (to defend the harbor from attack from the French), the fort remains an important part of Nassau's history. Back down the stairs and back into your pedicab, there's much more in store. Your next destination is the beautiful colonial Government House, home of the Governor General of The Bahamas. Right next door is the elegant Graycliff Hotel, a true Bahamian treasure. Visit the Graycliff Chocolatier and sample their exquisite chocolates before moving on to tour the galleries of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and its sculpture garden. A tour of the John Watling's Distillery is up next, where you'll learn the magic of turning raw, local products into the finest varieties of rum using traditional English methods. A sample is in order before pedaling on to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to tour exhibits portraying the golden age of piracy. Next, you'll head to the Straw Market to look for that perfect souvenir from your visit to Nassau. Your last stop will be the colonial style buildings of Parliament Square, where Queen Victoria Statue sits and the House of Assembly and Senate meet. It is here that we bid farewell. Join us on one of the best things to do in Nassau.

Nas: Atv guided tours best beaches, historical sites & lunch

8. Nas: Atv guided tours best beaches, historical sites & lunch

On this comprehensive yet fun tour, you will be able to feel and see the natural beauty of Nassau, the vibrant energy and local flavor that is only found here. Your experienced local driver will guide you on an itinerary that will cover many significant historical and cultural locations. The tour will begin at The Rum Cake Factory, where you will have the opportunity to sample the six flavors that are made at the factory. Next, the Queens Staircase, the 102-ft., 65-step staircase carved from solid limestone by slaves in 1793, surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation. In the 1800s, the steps were named to honor Queen Victoria for her role in ending slavery in the British Empire. Right nearby is the Water tower. You will visit the famous tea store, Tasty Teas which was founded by mother and son. All of the different teas are made from organic Bahamian herbs, fruits, a spice. Moving on, you'll pass the Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas. Painted a distinctively lovely Bahamian shade of conch pink, it is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian Colonial architecture in the Islands. The immense Fort Charlotte, set on more than 100 acres, is another reminder of the city's past. Built between 1787 and 1790 to protect the west side of the harbor from attack, the fort is set on a hill overlooking Arawak Cay and offers superb views of the Nassau Harbor. And speaking of Arawak Cay, it is next up on our historical exploration of Nassau. Named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the island, Arawak Cay was built from the sands dredged during construction of Nassau's harbor. This bustling street in the heart of the city is known for its live music and Bahamian restaurants and bars offering authentic dishes and beverages, each with their own unique spin. Point your ATV toward the Caves, a place that is purported to have been used by pirates in the late 1600s and early 1700s, but is now home to much friendlier fruit bats. Walk down the stone stairs and let your imagination picture how pirates used it to store their barrels of rum and ill-gotten gains. Next enjoy a local Bahamian lunch with a beverage that will deliver a final, delicious taste of Nassau. Then take a nice ride along the outskirts and see the sandy beaches at Clifton pier and the Poinciana flowers that creates an arch for you to ride under. The tour will end at Shore to Shore location where local drinks will be waiting to refresh

Nassau: Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

9. Nassau: Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Feel the sun on your skin as you stroll across Nassau and listen to your local guide give you a quick glimpse of the history of the Bahamas. Join a small group and listen to your guide give the important context to the Bahama's past and admire the city's highlights. Meet your guide and small group and get the one-on-one experience to learning about the history of the Bahamas. Walk through the Nassau Downtown and ask anything that comes to mind about local culture, traditions, and history. Find yourself in Parliament Square discussing the political context, admire Fort Fincastle and learn the important history of the place, and discover the local perspective of the Government House.

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(42 reviews)

Excellent tour! Not just a bus tour. You get off at the Rum Cake Factory, Tea Shoppe, Atlantis (30 min) and make sure you sample some Conch fritters. The tour covered history and current events and we got to see how your average Bahamian lives. Chippie and her crew are amazing and super friendly. Very patient with my elderly mother. They are obviously very proud of their island and should be!

This was a fantastic tour and a great way to see more of Nassau in a short time. The tour guide was beyond lovely, knowledgeable and funny. The island and Nassau are lucky to have such an asset.

The tour was great. Highly recommend it to anyone. Thankyou wonderful experience exploring Nassau today.

Awesome tour to see all aspects of the Bahamas and great tour guide

Chipper was very knowledgeable and super friendly!