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Rawson Square, Nassau

Rawson Square, Nassau

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Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

1. 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: E-Scooter Tour with Food Tasting and Local Drinks

2. Nassau: E-Scooter Tour with Food Tasting and Local Drinks

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 Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

3. 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: Private and Personalized Island Tour

4. 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 Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. Nassau Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover Nassau's lesser-known treasures on this sightseeing bus tour. Begin with a brief stop in Rawson Square, located in downtown Nassau, to view and learn about its historical government buildings. Take in the numerous statues of Queen Victoria and hear about the first black Bahamian Governor General. Continuing on to Fort Fincastle and explore the historical landmark known as the Queen's staircase. Afterwards, continue on to view the governor's mansion. Next, head toward the largest fort on the island, Fort Charlotte, and enter to explore hundreds of years of history. After a healthy dose of history, journey along towards the rum cake factory to taste some of the country's finest treats. Before returning to Nassau, head to Paradise Island and stop by the famous Atlantis Hotel. Finally, return to the cruise ship terminal with a new found appreciation for the historic city.

Explore Historic Nassau!

6. Explore Historic Nassau!

Discovering the vibrant history and culture of The Bahamas is an exceptional adventure that guarantees an unforgettable experience. The Bahamas is renowned for its enthralling heritage that encompasses piracy, slavery, forts, escape routes, and modern civilization, making it an exciting and exclusive destination for cultural connoisseurs. Our tour is exquisitely curated to take you to all the significant points of interest, allowing you to learn and appreciate the narratives surrounding them. The tour is conducted in small groups for a personalized interaction with your guide and enables you to ask questions throughout the itinerary. Keep in mind that the tour route is over 2 miles long, and there might be walking on uneven surfaces or up stairs. Join us on this excursion and immerse yourself in The Bahamas’ history and culture for an enlightening and enriching experience.

Nassau: Historic and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

7. 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: Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

8. 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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What people are saying about Rawson Square, Nassau

Overall rating

4.8
(42 reviews)

Charles gave a wonderful tour. He was mindful of my specific interests and took lots of time to provide historical and cultural information with great insight. He was very personable, pleasant and courteous with me and those we encountered on our tour. We were able to make the most of our time together and visited many diverse and interesting locations. I enjoyed this tour thoroughly!

We had an excellent experience! Charles was a wonderful guide and his tour was the perfect start to our stay in Nassau. He made us feel very comfortable, was happy to let us pause and take pictures or look around, and the information he shared helped us understand more about the past and present of Nassau and the Bahamas. Highly recommend this excellent tour!

Charles, the guide, is very knowledgeable about local history and culture. Additionally, visits to a local candy maker, winery and a rum distillery were interesting and fun.

Brilliant. Guide was enthusiastic, obviously very proud of his island and took us to place we wouldn't have thought to go. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon

Had a good time. The guide was knowledgeable. There are a lot of hills and the bike is old school (no gears and backpedal brakes).