Atlantis Paradise Island, in the Bahamas, has long been prominent on my family vacation bucket list. So, when I went on the Disney Dream last month to celebrate my 40th birthday, I knew that our Nassau excursion had to involve Atlantis. There are lots of things to do with kids in Atlantis, and it can be overwhelming. So, if you are traveling to Atlantis with kids – either on an excursion or for a vacation, it’s important to do your research first.
Our cruise offered several excursion options to Atlantis. Since we traveled in January, when the weather in the Bahamas can be cooler, we chose to do only the day at the beach and Discover Atlantis excursion.
After leaving the ship, we were guided to Atlantis reps that provided us with wristbands and lunch vouchers. It was a bit hectic coming through the line – there were a lot of people going to various excursions. Once we received everything we needed, we were directed to a few buses to take us to Atlantis.
Paradise Island is just a short drive away, and our driver talked a bit about the landmarks and shops as he drove us. Once we arrived at Atlantis, another guide met us to bring us down to the beach. At this point, I wish we had a bit more freedom – the resort had lots of fun things to see but we just walked right past. Once we walked about ten minutes or so, we were able to pick up complimentary towels and were dropped off at the beach.
The section of beach we were on was somewhat small, but had lots of beach chairs as well as a lifeguard. As I suspected, the water temperature was quite cold, and my kids weren’t excited about going in. After a short while, they tired of the beach and we headed out for lunch. Our lunch vouchers included several different quick service locations, and after doing a bit of research we ended up finding a great option that had something each of us could enjoy (I desperately wanted some conch fritters – a staple in the Caribbean). After eating, we headed to the Dig – a large open-air aquarium that represents what the ruins of Atlantis would actually look like.
My kids loved the Dig, and my husband and I agreed that it was really a unique spot. It is something you can wander through at your own pace, and didn’t take too long to explore.
After exploring the Dig, my kids were really eager to return to the Disney Dream, so we did a bit of shopping in the lobby of one of the hotels and then headed back on the bus. In retrospect, I would have booked the package that includes the water park. The beach explorer excursion didn’t include any of the pools, and once we got there, that’s what my kids wanted to do. If traveling a different time of year, when the weather is warmer, the dolphin explorer option would be a great idea too.
To learn more about Atlantis Paradise Island, visit their website.