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Government House Tours

Government House
Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas. 

The Basics
Visitors head to Government House to admire its facade, enjoy breathtaking views of neighboring Paradise Island, and see the changing of the guards at the gates, which takes place on some Saturdays. Government house is a regular stop on many city walking tours, including those that focus on the island’s history and culture, which also include stops at landmarks like Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, and the Queen's Staircase. 

Things To Know Before Going
  • Neither Government House’s interior nor its grounds are open to the public. 
  • Make sure to bring sun protection if you’re planning to wait outside of Government House to watch the changing of the guards. 
  • The building has been remodeled and repaired multiple times over the course of the last 200 years.
How To Get There
Government House is located on Duke Street, between Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, in the center of Nassau. You can also reach the site on the public bus, or jitney, operates throughout Nassau everyday, and you can walk to the site from the cruise port in about 10 minutes. 

When To Get There
You can admire the building and the view from the gate at any hour. The changing of the guards ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of every month at 11am. Nassau’s peak season is between December and May; during this season, you’ll have perfect weather, but attractions will be crowded. Hurricane season generally runs from June through November. 

The Queen's Staircase
After visiting Government House, head to the nearby Queen’s Staircase. This landmark in the Fort Fincastle complex is a 102-foot staircase is made out of solid limestone rock that was carved by some 600 slaves using pickaxes and hand tools. The stairs took more than 16 years to complete and were later named in honor of Queen Victoria, who abolished slavery upon her ascension to the throne in 1837.
Address: Blue Hill Rd & Duke St, Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

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Explore Bahamian cuisine and culture on this food and walking tour in Nassau’s historic neighborhood. Sample tasty foods at six venues – including family-owned restaurants and specialty shops. Sip on handcrafted rum cocktails while you nibble on classic conch fritters and Bahamian mac ‘n’ cheese. Expect food quantities to be equivalent to a hearty lunch. Beyond the bites, you’ll also experience the rich culture and architecture Nassau has to offer. This is a small-group tour, with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Jeep / Buggy Tour of Nassau (Free Snacks,Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

Jeep / Buggy Tour of Nassau (Free Snacks,Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

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Drive your very own Can-Am Commander 1000 XT buggy through the streets of Nassau and Paradise Island. With space for up to four passengers, this is a great option for families. Comfortably cruise along the coastline and visit highlights such as Fort Charlotte, the Queens Staircase, the Straw Market, and more. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and lunch at Charley's Philly Steaks.
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 ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Free Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Free Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

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Hop aboard a Can-Am Outlander 450 ATV and experience the best of Nassau during a morning or afternoon tour with an expert guide. Drive your own ATV or ride as a passenger and comfortably cruise along the coastline. Learn about the history of the Bahamas and visit historical sites like the Queen's Staircase and Fort Charlotte. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and an included lunch on the beach.
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Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour

Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour

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Cycle around the island of Nassau during this small-group guided bike tour. Stop at locations such as the historic Fort Charlotte, the home of the Bahamas Governor-General; shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market; and relax on the white-sand beaches of Junkanoo Beach. Sample local Bahamian products like tea at Tasty Teas, small-batch rum at John Watling's Rum Distillery, chocolate at Graycliff Chocolatier, and conch fritters at Arawak Cay.
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City Tour

City Tour

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This sightseeing tour with a local guide packs an impressive amount of history and cultural insight into one tour. Visit landmarks such as the Queen's Staircase, Rawson Square, Parliament Square, Forts Fincastle and Montagu, and Straw Market, where you can purchase Bahamian souvenirs. You’ll also sample local foods such as chocolate, rum cake, and piña coladas.
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Half-Day Cultural Bike Tour of Downtown Nassau with a Guide

Half-Day Cultural Bike Tour of Downtown Nassau with a Guide

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Take a guided tour of historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Points of interest include the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, The Nassau Public Library/ Former Prison, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House and much more. Discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. We will take a lunch break at the vibrant and energetic food spot called Arawak Cay where, at a nominal fee, you may sample food and beverages unique to the islands of the Bahamas. Then, a stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors. Our tours are safely led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Comfortable, clean and well-maintained beach cruisers.
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Dilly Dally Walking Tour of Nassau

Dilly Dally Walking Tour of Nassau

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Take a guided tour of historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Points of interest include the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, The Nassau Public Library/ Former Prison, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House and much more. Discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. Then, a stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors. Our tours are safely led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable local guides.
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Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake

Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake

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Immerse yourself in the island life of the Bahamas with this sightseeing tour from the city of Nassau. With a local guide, you'll visit a range of sites that reflect the culture and history of the dreamy Caribbean archipelago. Discover herbal teas and remedies at Tasty Teas, sample an authentic piña colada at John Watling's Distillery, and learn about the islands' history as you gaze at the Queen's Staircase. The tour also includes a slice of rum cake at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory.
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Island jeep tour of Nassau

Island jeep tour of Nassau

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Explore Nassau by Jeep on this 2-hour tour that introduces you to the city's top cultural and historical sights. Enjoy traveling by open-air vehicle for better views as you go along. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.
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Atv tour of Nassau

Atv tour of Nassau

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Take a guided ATV tour to see Nassau on an open-air journey past the city's top sights. Cruise around on your ATV stopping at historical and cultural attractions such as Fort Charlotte, Arawak Cay, and the Queen's Staircase. A traditional Bahamian lunch, all necessary equipment, and hotel transfers are included.
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  • 3 hours
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4-Hour Nassau Buggy Ride and Beach Tour

4-Hour Nassau Buggy Ride and Beach Tour

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Get off the beaten path on a half-day tour from Nassau by UTV (utility task vehicle). With a guide, shake, rattle, and bump along a scenic road, passing by historical and cultural sites before arriving at a beach for snorkeling. Lunch and a beverage are included at a local restaurant. Snorkeling gear is not included.
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  • 4 hours
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Land & Sea Adventure on ATV & Tiki Bar Boat (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks)

Land & Sea Adventure on ATV & Tiki Bar Boat (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks)

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See the best of Nassau and Paradise Island during a morning or afternoon ATV tour with an expert guide. Drive your own 3-passenger Can-Am Outlander 450 Max ATV or ride as a passenger and cruise along the scenic coastline. Visit highlights such as Fort Charlotte, the Queen's Staircase, the Straw Market, and Atlantis. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and lunch at Charley's Philly Steaks.
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  • 5 hours
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