Cut by slaves into solid limestone in the late 18th century,the 66 steps, known as Queen’s Staircase, gave troops protected access to Fort Fincastle. More than a century later, the staircase was named to honor Queen Victoria and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. Today visitors can appreciate this amazing feat of construction as they climb the steep staircase, now flanked by a cooling cascade. Once at the top, visitors can take a short walk to Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower, the highest point on the island. Built by Lord Dunmore in 1793, the fort is shaped like the bow of a boat and affords panoramic views of Nassau and the ocean beyond.
Pirates Of Nassau
Pirates of Nassau Museum is a wonderful way for children to learn more about Nassau’s seafaring days. Visitors to the museum can explore a replica of the pirate ship “Revenge”, see pirate paraphernalia, and interact with theatrical pirate hosts.
National Art Gallery
A large historic mansion, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is the most important art institution in the country. The oldest section, looking toward the harbor to the north, was built in the 1860s by William Henry Doyle, Chief Justice of the Bahamas. The southern wing was added in the 1920s by Sir Walter K. Moore. The impressive collection includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and textiles.
Blue Lagoon Island
Blue Lagoon Island is a private island, three miles from Nassau, offering a range of water sports as well as close-up encounters with dolphins and sea lions. Enjoy the day and relax in hammocks along the palm-lined beach or snorkel and swim in the lagoon.
Downtown Bay Street
A mix of shops, restaurants, and street hawkers, downtown Bay Street offers some of the best duty-free shopping in Nassau. Cruise ship passengers flock here to buy jewelry, T-shirts, and perfume. Visitors will also find the straw market and Pirates of Nassau Museum along this strip.
Nassau Straw Market
Located on Bay Street in the heart of downtown Nassau, this is where local artisans present their skills in braiding and weaving the leaves of palm trees and sisal plants into baskets and fishing traps as a way to boost their income. Shoppers can buy woven items such as hats, mats, and baskets, as well as fine wooden carvings, colorful fabrics, and many other souvenirs.