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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

#8 of 123 things to do in Nassau Features Animals
Chippingham Road, Nassau, New Providence Island
+1 242-323-5806
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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.
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Chippingham Road, Nassau, New Providence Island
+1 242-323-5806
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ardastra Gardens is a quaint zoo with a very small population of animals. The West Indian Flamingos were the highlight of this visit. During scheduled shows the flamingos march around and spectators are given an opportunity to take photos with them. Great experience for young...More

Thank Allene A
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a Bahamian, Ardastra is a place I always take my visitors to. The zoo is small and one should not expect it to be as grand as some of those you'd find in the US. Nevertheless, you're bound to have a good time here....More

Thank Ashley F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to choose something other than water-related activities for a change and visited here while on a cruise. We were a small group and enjoyed touring the Gardens/Zoo. Lots of animals to see which included a beautiful male peacock in full dress, feeding apple...More

Thank SuenDon2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me, my husband, two 5 year olds, and an 11 year old enjoyed the couple of hours spent here. The gardens were pretty. We enjoyed feeding the parakeets and the peacocks and flamingos walking around freely. The staff was very nice and the kids even...More

2  Thank jessicaq448
Reviewed 24 May 2017

At the zoo/gardens, we got to see birds (peacocks and flamingo included), turtles, pigs, meercats, etc. We had a nice day here. The only down fall is that it seems slightly disorganized - the paths are dirt and there aren't really enough signs that I...More

1  Thank shariiibaaby
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle in town and out of the sun. The grounds were nice and we enjoyed seeing the flamingos and lorikeets.

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

The staff was very nice. We enjoyed the flamingo show and the parrot feeding. I am glad that we got to visit and support the local zoo. If you are interested in the local ecosystem and it's inhabitants, like I am, then you should visit...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 5 May 2017

A nice, well maintained zoo in the middle of a residential area. The admission price seemed a bit high, although I'm fine paying for conservation, and that's what they do here. They have a cute flamingo parade, and there's some interesting animals, although some of...More

Thank Tara L
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We walked to Ardastra from the Hilton in downtown Nassau. It's about a mile walk over flat terrain. The walk along Junkanoo beach and passing Fort Charlotte is relatively pleasant and only took 25 minutes. Most of it has footpath and it is safe to...More

Thank AnnaSkent
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

The zoo was adorable. It was small but had so many interesting animals. The zoo was very damaged during hurricane Mathew last year and is in need of major repairs. My favorite part was feeding the lorries. The birds fly around and eat apples out...More

1  Thank Julia N
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how much is the zoo in late may?
22 June 2017|
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Response from Ardastra G | Property representative |
Hi Angiecastroc21. We apologize for the delayed response. Zoo admission remains the same year round. $18 for adults, $9 for children (4-12) and toddlers (3yrs and younger) are free. We hope to see you soon!!
Was it safe walking to the zoo? Can you get a map at the pier giving walking directions to the zoo?
13 January 2017|
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Response from Sherry K | Reviewed this property |
I didn't walk there so I can't comment
Hi, we are thinking of including a stop here as part of a private tour of Nassau for our day in port...what would be the ideal amount of time to spend here? Margo
14 October 2016|
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Response from Eric M | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your pace. You can see everything in 45 minutes, maybe less including the Marching Flamingo Spectacular Show. On the other hand, if you want to get to know the flora and fauna, browse the souvenir show, plan on... More