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Rawson Square, Nassau

Rawson Square, Nassau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

1. Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

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: Private and Personalized Island Tour

2. Nassau: Private and Personalized Island Tour

Tour your way! Private Tours with just your group. Your Tour Guide will pick you up from your hotel or address in a clean, and stylish vehicle of your choice. You will be guided through the island's many exciting attractions: - Tap into your inner warrior at the Historic Fort Charlotte, Fort Montague and Fort Fincastle - Feel the romance in the air at the Gardens of Versailles and the French Cloister - Taste the tantalizing islands in rum form at the John Watling's Rum Distillery - Enjoy the scrumptious goodies at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory - Eats. Eats and more Eats at the Rum Cake Factory - Explore local exotic animals at the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo - Dare to be a pirate if only for a moment at the exciting Pirates of Nassau Museum - Appreciate local history of the architecturally stunning Parliament and Rawson Squares - End your tour feasting on the best of the best Bahamian cuisine at the world famous Arawak Cay 'Fish Fry' At the end of your tour, your Guide will drive you back to your hotel or drop off location.

Nassau: Guided City Tour by Scooter

3. Nassau: Guided City Tour by Scooter

Explore Nassau’s tropical streets by scooter and get to know Bahamian culture on this guided tour. Stop off at historical landmarks like the Queen’s Staircase and Fort Fincastle, savor the spicy aromas of the Rum Cake Factory and learn about the history of Junkanoo at the National Art Gallery. The first stop will be at Rawson Square, named after a former governor of the island, before you move on to the Rum Cake Factory. Here you’ll learn about the unique flavors and techniques that go into making this classic Caribbean delicacy. Next, you’ll head on to Fort Fincastle, stopping first to admire the dramatic Queen’s Staircase, which is made of 65 steps of solid limestone carved into the hillside. The fort itself was built in the 18th century to protect Nassau harbor from pirates and offers spectacular views out over the water. After this, the tour will make its way to Bahama Barrels, the first winery in the Bahamas, and on to the National Art Gallery. Here, you’ll be able to learn about Junkanoo, a Bahamian street parade, and admire the collection of colorful clothing and masks worn by the dancers. Finally, you’ll visit the John Watlings Distillery, where you can learn about small-batch rum production, and the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, where your tour will come to an end.

Nassau: Historic and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

4. Nassau: Historic and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

Take a trip back in time through Bahaman history on an informative discovery journey to the major landmarks of downtown Nassau. Learn some key facts about The Bahamas before heading out with your guide and seeing each historic site up close. Get picked up from your hotel, or the port if you're a cruise passenger, and discover some of the local highlights. Begin with a walk past Pompey Square, the Straw Market, the Pirate Museum, and the Parliament Buildings, where you'll hear about the function and importance of the site. Move along toward Fort Montaque for a fantastic photo op, passing Atlantis along the way. Stop at Fort Fincastle and the Queen Staircase, then enjoy some time to explore and shop from local vendors if you wish to. See the Governor General's estate while heading toward Graycliff Chocolate Factory, the National Art Gallery Bahamas, and John Watling's Distillery. Culminate your experience with a view of Fort Charlotte and Clifford Park.

Nassau: City Highlights Private Tour

5. Nassau: City Highlights Private Tour

Embark on a private city tour of Nassau with your live guide. Visit popular food productions such as the John Watling's Distillery, Tasty Teas Bahamas, and The Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Feel free to purchase some souvenirs, teas of alcohol to take home with you. You will also visit iconic sites such as the Queen's Staircase, Government House, and the famous Parliament Square. Start your activity with a pickup from your hotel. Jump in the car, sit back and relax and you travel around this beautiful island which is the capital of the Bahamas. Experience the other side of the island; that's not just the stunning beaches. Marvel at the scenery out the window as your guide tells you all about the history, art, nightlife, and culture as you drive around. Enjoy a day out like no other in Paradise. See the thriving art scene as you marvel at the National Art Gallery, walk around the beautiful squares such as Parliament Square and Rawson Square and get a feel for the place. Head up the Queen Victoria staircase and get your daily dose of exercise and make sure you get a photo at the top as the views are unreal. Visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory and get yourself some sweet treats. If you are more of a chocolate lover then why not buy yourself some tasty chocolate from the Chocolate Factory? If you love a good bottle of spirits then why not treat yourself to something from the John Watling's Distillery? Total Duration: 2 hours - The sites you visit are listed below Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, Bay Street, in front of George Street, Nassau New Providence Island, pass by without stopping Straw Market, Bay Street Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas, Nassau New Providence Island, pass by without stopping Parliament Square, Bay St., Nassau New Providence Island, 5 minutes Rawson Square, Downtown Nassau, Nassau New Providence Island, 5 minutes The Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, 602 E Bay Street, Nassau N-4122 New Providence Island, 10 minutes Fort Montagu, Eastern Rd New Providence Island, 10 minutes Doctor's Hospital, #1 Collins Ave, Nassau, The Bahamas, pass by without stopping Princess Margaret Hospital, Shirley St, Nassau, The Bahamas, pass by without stopping Fort Fincastle, Bennet_s Hill, Nassau New Providence Island, 10 minutes Queen's Staircase, Top of Elizabeth Avenue, off Shirley Street, Nassau New Providence Island, 5 minutes Nassau Public Library & Museum, Shirley Street, Nassau New Providence Island, pass by without stopping Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery, Frederick and Market Streets, Nassau N-4668 New Providence Island, pass by without stopping Government House, Blue Hill Road and Duke Street, Nassau New Providence Island, pass by without stopping The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, West & West Hill Streets (Same street as Gray Cliff and across the street from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral), Nassau New Providence Island, pass by without stopping Tasty Teas Bahamas, Delancy St, Nassau, The Bahamas, 10 minutes John Watling's Distillery, Buena Vista Estate 17 Delancy Street, Nassau 00000 New Providence Island, 10 minutee And we will drop you back to the destination you were picked from at the start of the tour.

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What people are saying about Rawson Square, Nassau

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Charles was a great guide: very receptive to us as a group, answering all of our questions. He gave us history without overwhelming us. Our group was given all the time needed to see and do what we wanted. Charles went over the three hour tour time, as we needed to use the restroom & an ATM. He was very flexible and friendly. Great guide and well worth the fee! Loved it!

Charles was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable, and we were able to see and learn about many interesting sites in Nassau. Would highly recommend this tour.

This was a great tour of Nassau with a little bit of everything - history, food, drink, etc. Charles was very knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout the tour.

The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and had good sense of humor. He took his time and responded to our groups' preferences.

We had a great time. Learned so much about the city. Charles Schwab was a delight. Very informative and also fun to be with.