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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

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Address: Chippingham Road, Nassau, New Providence Island
Phone Number:
+1 242-323-5806
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre is a peaceful 80...

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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Nice change of pace

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 this zoo.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 them need a friend as they're all by themselves.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 walk. We arrived at 9:15am to try and beat the cruise ship excursions. The lady... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 of your hands. Some will even perch on your head. Definitely a stop to make... More 

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

We walked from downtown Nassau along Bay St to the Ardastra Gardens & Zoo with a stop at the Heritage Village Fish Fry area. Admission to the zoo was $18 US. The attraction has seen better days and is in need of a lot of maintenance. A sign said it had been damaged by a hurricane last year but also... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We spent just over two hours here, I would suggest going around 9:30, that way you can have a look around before the Flamingo show at 10:30, then to parrot feeding at 11:15. During this we were given about three pieces of apple each to get the birds to fly up to you and eat the apple fro your hands.... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We were looking for an activity for a couple of hours to get out of the sun. We went to this little conservation park with low expectations. It was delightful and fun. It's quite small and it's very low tech but the parrot feeding and flamingo show was original and good fun.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Did a Shore excursion here with my son. The Flamingo presentation was nice and it's cool that they let select visitors interact with them during the show. Bird feeding was neat but over crowded. Animal feeding for an extra fee. The zoo is small and all exhibits can be seen in less than an hour. Snack stand with drinks, food... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

So we decide to walk to this attraction from cruise port easy 2 mile walk in each way just follow Bay Street Small and a little disappointing If not for bird feeding and flamingos would certainly say not a must see

Thank Mark W

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