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Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island is paradise indeed for families. From babies to teens, kids of all ages love this resort. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world and a 141-acre water park, it's easy to see why. Discover all the fun awaiting your family at Atlantis Bahamas with kids.

The Dig at Atlantis Bahamas with children
Connect with undersea creatures in The Dig at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

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Aquariums and Open Air Marine Habitats

If your kids love the ocean and its creatures, Atlantis will knock their flippers off! Water and sea life are everywhere at this unique resort.

Atlantis Bahamas stingrays (Photo credit: Atlantis)
View sea animals like rays in the world's largest open-air marine habitat at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

World's Largest Open Air Marine Habitat

The Atlantis marine habitat includes 14 lagoons filled with more than 50,000 aquatic animals. Think giant rays, sharks, sawfish, tropical fish, and more. Your family can participate in daily fish feedings, too. Check the hotel's daily schedule for details.

Aquarium at Atlantis Bahamas with kids
Families are amazed by aquariums at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

The Dig Underwater Maze

All ages enjoy exploring The Dig, an underground maze of tunnels and passageways. Wander through here in search of the mythical city of Atlantis, viewable from underwater windows.

Atlantis Aquaventure waterslide
Waterslides abound at Atlantis Bahamas, from thrilling to mellow (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Aquaventure Water Park

If swimming pools and waterslides appeal to your family, then get ready to dive in! Atlantis Bahamas boasts 11 swimming pools, four beaches, 18 waterslides, and two river rides as part of its Aquaventure Water Park. There's also a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, a perfect place to see marine life for those new to snorkeling.

Beach at Atlantis Bahamas with kids
The beach is a big part of a family stay at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Thrilling Waterslides

Adventurous teens will dig thrilling water rides at Atlantis. As part of a replica of an ancient Mayan Temple, Leap of Faith will wow the most jaded teenager with its 60-foot nearly perpendicular plunge that sends sliders through a shark-filled lagoon via a clear acrylic tunnel. Competitive siblings can race against each other on the Challenger Slides, two high-speed dueling rides. Meanwhile, Serpent Slide riders spin in and out of blackness before emerging through the shark-filled lagoon. Not for the ride phobic, the Abyss drops thrill-seekers 50 near-vertical feet into total darkness before they float into an underground river.

The Abyss waterslide drops riders into a cenote
The Abyss waterslide drops riders into a cenote, or underground river (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Moderate Waterslides

Semi-adventurous kids and parents will be pleased to find waterslides just their speed on their Atlantis Bahamas vacation. Three inner-tube slides — The Drop, The Falls, and The Surge — utilize jets of water to create waves to propel riders. The Jungle Slide is even more easy-going; it meanders through a jungle-like landscape and caves at a mellow pace.

The Current river ride at Atlantis with kids and teens
The Current river ride (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

The Current

There's nothing lazy about The Current, a mile-long river loop. Expect wave surges, drops up to seven feet, and white water rapids on this river ride.

The Lazy River

The whole family can chill out on The Lazy River together. Floaters kick back on a tranquil quarter-mile loop.

Ripples, a splash and water area for young children at Atlantis Resort
Bond with your babies at Ripples, a splash and water area for young children (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Water Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children under 54 inches can get in on the splashy fun with their parents at Atlantis Paradise Island, too! Little sliders will love Ripples with its miniature waterslides galore. Splashers is a children's pool and water play area. Then there's Poseidon, with all sorts of fountains and in-play water structures just for wee ones.

The Beach at Atlantis
Families can stay at The Beach without breaking the bank (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Hotel Rooms for Families

Choose from a variety of room configurations, locations, and extras in five towers with five different price points at Atlantis. What's more, kids 11 years and under always stay free at Atlantis Bahamas. Large groups, or those who just prefer suites for better sleep, will be pleased with an array of sweet suite options here. Deluxe rooms, meanwhile, work for smaller families.

The Beach at Atlantis

For value-minded guests, The Beach offers the Atlantis experience without breaking the bank. It's located just steps away from Atlantis Beach. Room service is not provided in this tower, but The Beach guests have access to all other Atlantis offerings. Bonus: The Beach just unveiled a new oceanfront bar featuring small bites and yummy cocktails.

The Coral at Atlantis
How gorgeous is the pool at The Coral? (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

The Coral at Atlantis

Popular with multigenerational groups, The Coral at Atlantis boasts newly designed rooms along with a new pool and cabanas. Many rooms offer harbor views.

The Royal at Atlantis

Similar to The Coral, The Royal at Atlantis is a favorite among traveling families. It's a mid-range offering, between more affordable The Beach and more expansive The Reef or more luxurious The Cove.

The Reef at Atlantis
Find lots of space to spread out at The Reef (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

The Reef at Atlantis

For the amenities of home and more space to spread out, book a studio, 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom suite in The Reef at Atlantis. Every room in this tower comes with a kitchenette or full kitchen, great for families who want to eat breakfast or other meals in during vacation. Parents traveling with babies and toddlers might be happiest here, for easy snack and meal-prep.

The Cove at Atlantis

Children are even welcome at The Cove at Atlantis, the location of the resort's adults-only pool. Families can splash instead at Cascades Pool, which is shared with The Reef. This all-suite tower went through a relaunch in 2017. If ultimate luxury is what you want, the more secluded The Cove is where you belong.

The Cove is home to the only adults-only pool at Atlantis Bahamas
The Cove is home to the only adults-only pool at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Kids' Concierge

Every Atlantis Paradise Island property offers its own concierge to help guests manage their vacation stay. Families staying at The Coral, however, also have access to a Kids' Concierge. Kids get in on the vacation planning in this family-friendly space. A dedicated team helps families connect with local Bahamian culture and ecology through special activities. 

Atlantis Kids Adventure
The kids' club at Atlantis Bahamas features video games galore and so much more (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Atlantis Kids Club

Atlantis Kids Adventure is where children go to play and chill sans parents. Adventure Guides help with electronic art, theater, outdoor play, and themed programs. Plus, kids just might be treated to a Candy Carnival, Kidz Kasino, or Pirates & Mermaid Party. There are even Sleepless Slumber Parties, for parents craving date night fun of their own. Fees for participation vary, depending on time of day and length of time spent at Atlantis Kids Adventure. Open to ages 3 to 12, children can also choose their own adventures within themed spaces.

Atlantis Kids Adventure cooking class for children
Kids can sign up for supervised cooking classes at Atlantis Kids Adventure (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Atlantis Kids Adventure Theme Rooms

  • LEGO Construction
  • Wizardology
  • Grocery Store
  • Theater
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Kitchen (for supervised cooking classes)
Teens have a space all their own at CRUSH at Atlantis Bahamas
Teens have a space all their own at CRUSH (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Tween and Teen Club

Atlantis is all about making sure every member of the family is content. That's why big kids have CRUSH, a club all their own. Some tweens and teens can only take so much together time with parents on vacation. Get them on board with a Bahamas vacay by promising time with peers their own age at Atlantis Bahamas. Picture a 14,000-square-foot space dedicated to all the things tweens and teens love.

CRUSH Fun for Tweens and Teens

  • Video gaming (Wii U, Xbox, PlayStation)
  • Internet lounge
  • 2 foosball tables
  • 2 pool tables
  • Air hockey
  • Dance floor and live DJ
  • Concession stand with snacks and drinks
Dolphin Cay at Atlantis Bahamas with kids
Interact with dolphins and other marine animals at Dolphin Cay (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Interactive Animal Experiences

For an amazing experience your children will always remember, be sure to book an animal experience. Dolphin Cay opened at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in 2007 as a safe haven for 17 stranded dolphins whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Today, Atlantis guests can pay a fee to interact with such marine animals ranging from dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Cay to sharks and rays in various lagoons around the property.

Corinne McDermott, editor of Have Baby Will Travel, says, “Sea Squirts is the cutest, cutest program for children ages 3-6. They learn about the various sea life at the resort and then don Atlantis rash guards (theirs to keep) and head into a small area to feed baby rays and (harmless) nurse sharks. I’m certain this experience has contributed to my son’s love of the sea and all marine life.”

Nobu Japanese restaurant at Atlantis Paradise Island
Nobu at Atlantis Bahamas! (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Family Dining Options

Your family certainly won't go hungry at Atlantis Bahamas! Choose from eight fine-dining options, including Fish by Chef José Andrés and Nobu by Chef Matsuhisa (where my husband and I had the best Japanese meal of our lives!). There are also many casual dining restaurants, some of which are located poolside. For parents' night out, take your pick of an array of bars and nightclubs, too.

If you plan to eat on-property for the majority of your stay, then your family may want to purchase one of two Dining Plans. The Casual Dining Plan gives a choice of 10 restaurants for breakfasts and two-course dinners. The Gourmet Dining Plan provides a choice of 16 restaurants for breakfasts plus three-course dinners. Best of all for young families, children 6 and under dine for free on both plans.

Frankie Gone Bananas at Atlantis Bahamas
Taste the flavors of the Caribbean at Frankie Gone Bananas (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

Atlantis Day Passes

Even if you're not staying at the resort, you can buy an Atlantis Bahamas day pass to experience the aquariums, water park, and other offerings at Atlantis. Christalee Walker, a mom of three, did a day trip to Atlantis during a Bahamian cruise. She advises other day-trippers to, “Make sure you have plenty of water; it's very hot and humid in the summer. Take, apply and reapply sunscreen. Wear comfortable shoes. Enjoy the magic that the Atlantis' atmosphere creates!”

Challengers Slides Atlantis Bahamas
Aquaventure Challengers Slides (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

Embark on a guided tour in The Bahamas.

While there is plenty to do at Atlantis, it would be a shame not to explore the beautiful Bahamas beyond the resort!

Swimming with pigs in The Bahamas? Why, yes, you can! Sign up for an exciting Exuma Island tour from Nassau with our trusted partner, GetYourGuide. You'll have an opportunity to swim with pigs, pet sharks, visit iguanas, and more.

 

Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Island, just 14-minutes or so by car from Nassau. Discover the capital of The Bahamas during a Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau.

Pedal through the city during a Downtown Nassau Bike Tour, which includes rum and chocolate tastings.

Swimming pigs in The Bahamas
Swimming pigs in The Bahamas (Photo credit: bearacreative, Depositphotos.com)

Book Your Atlantis Bahamas Vacation

Ready to visit Atlantis Bahamas with kids? For every 10th night booked at hotels and resorts all around the world with Hotels.com, you earn a FREE NIGHT! Book your Atlantis Bahamas vacation now via Hotels.com!

Atlantis Bahamas Resort in Paradise Island
There's so much to explore at Atlantis Bahamas with kids! (Photo credit: Atlantis Paradise Island Resort)

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Monique West | Traveling the West Way says

    Hi Colleen,

    This is the most thorough and well-written blog I’ve read about Atlantis so far. We’ve always had an interest in visiting but it hasn’t really been a priority until now. It sounds like a place everyone in my family would enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to break down everything this resort has to offer.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Monique – Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you found our Atlantis tips helpful!

  2. Would water shoes be worthwhile for the kiddos? Everyone says you walk a lot and I confirmed with the resort that they are allowed, even on the slides.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Couldn’t hurt! Then you won’t need to search for your shoes after a long day of play. I do wonder if water shoes would slow down your progress on waterslides, though.

  3. blair villanueva says

    Definitely,, Atlantis Bahamas is a dream destination! There are so many activities to experience for the whole family at all ages.

  4. Autumn Murray says

    Atlantis is on my bucket list! It looks like a great place for families to enjoy. So jealous of you!

  5. Danyelle Whitley says

    I want so badly to do to any of these! I love Atlantis Bahamas’s images. We may have to look into going for summer vacation!

  6. That pool at the Coral is breaktakng! I am at awe but that slide is massive I dont know if i can do that.

  7. Thena Franssen says

    Wow, this looks like an awesome adventure. I know my kiddos would love it!

  8. Subhashish Roy says

    I love water and Atlantis seems to be the perfect destination with it’s water park & beaches. Must visit sometime.

  9. Lisa Favre says

    The Kids and Tweens/Teens Club is such a great idea! Really does make it an ideal family destination.

  10. Atlantis Bahamas is one of the best leisure hotels that’s great for relaxation that I’ve ever seen. :0)

  11. Elizabeth | Tiredmom Supermom says

    #dreamvacation! Definitely on my list of places to visit with the kids.

  12. Terri Steffes says

    Maybe I missed it, but where is Atlantis Bahamas located? I need to add this to my travel list! What a beautiful place.

  13. Amy Desrosiers says

    Wow, that slide looks amazing! This is literally on my bucket list to do with my family!!

  14. StylishGeek says

    That is a wonderful feature on Atlantis Bahamas. I want to take a trip there with my family and can use your info as my resource! Thanks!

  15. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says

    Oh wow. What a fantastic vacation destination for families! I wish we had the resource to go there. Maybe someday we will. I will add this to my dream wish list and pin a photo on my vision board.

  16. Ahhh! That is so amazing! We’ve been trying to get to Atlantis for a few years now, but we haven’t been able to make it happen yet. I know we’re going to love it once we finally do.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      This sale makes it a great time to book. Hope you can make an Atlantis Bahamas vacay happen for your family someday soon!

  17. Atlantis Bahamas is on my travel list. I would like to visit the adventure waterpark for its thrilling rides. ?

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