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Top 20 Things to Do at Atlantis Bahamas Resort

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Atlantis Bahamas Resort boasts amazing water adventures, beautiful sand beaches, and luxurious accommodations. This massive hotel stretches across 141 acres and has something for everyone to enjoy during a Caribbean vacation. Whether Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is on your bucket list or you're planning a return visit, your vacation days are sure to be packed with fun. Let's dive into the 20 best things to do at Atlantis Bahamas!

Atlantis Bahamas Resort
Atlantis Bahamas Resort (Photo credit: Atlantis)

1. Splash and slide at Aquaventure Water Park.

The mind-blowing 141-acre Aquaventure Water Park is the star of Atlantis Bahamas. In fact, it is the biggest water park in the Caribbean and the fourth largest in the world. It features 18 waterslides, kiddie splash areas, and 20 swimming areas. One slide even sends daredevils through a shark-filled lagoon via a clear acrylic tunnel!

Mayan Temple Leap of Faith Waterslide
Mayan Temple Leap of Faith Waterslide (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

Aquaventure also offers two river rides for your floating pleasure. For a relaxing family-friendly ride, the scenic Lazy River Ride transports swimmers through a tropical landscape. Those seeking more adventure will want to try out The Current, which moves guests via water escalators, rolling waves, and extreme rapids.

The Rapids River ride at Atlantis Bahamas
The Rapids River Ride (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

2. View fish and sea creatures in Atlantis Bahamas aquariums.

Atlantis Bahamas is home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world. It contains over 50,000 aquatic animals! You'll find nurse sharks in Reef Lagoon, green sea and hawksbill turtles in Hibiscus Lagoon, rays in Stingray and Royal Ray Lagoons, and much more.

Even non-swimmers can explore by foot the underwater Lost City of Atlantis at The Dig. View dozens of marine life exhibits, sunken ruins, and an interactive touch tank aquarium. Make sure to pick up a scavenger hunt map for kids.

The Dig aquarium at Atlantis Bahamas
The Dig Aquarium (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

3. Interact with rays at Stingray Lagoon.

Adults and kids alike love watching graceful stingrays swim in the shallow Stingray Lagoon. Look for daily scheduled feeding times when guests can actually pet and interact with the rays.

View sea animals like rays in the world's largest open air marine habitat at Atlantis Bahamas with kids (Photo credit: Atlantis)
Stingrays at Atlantis (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

4. Enjoy expansive sandy beaches.

Choose from four beaches at Atlantis Bahamas: Cove, Atlantis, Paradise, and Lagoon. All offer soft, powdery sand and gorgeous water views. Get up early in the morning to enjoy the solitude of the beaches before resort guests and day pass holders hit the shores.

Beach at Atlantis Bahamas
Beach at Atlantis Bahamas (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

5. Play with dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Cay.

Dolphin Cay at Atlantis is one of the largest and most sophisticated marine-mammal habitats in the world. The first residents here were 17 dolphins and 10 sea lions rescued from Mississippi Gulf Coast after their original habitat was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. For additional fees, book a variety of sea mammal interactions from kayaking or paddleboarding with dolphins to playtime with sea lions or even swimming with dolphins.

Top 20 Things to do at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort ~ Swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cay, one of the largest and most sophisticated marine habitats in the world.
Dolphin Interaction (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

6. Take in a show with the Atlantis Live concert series.

A wide range of top performers are showcased throughout the year as part of the Atlantis Live concert series from hilarious stand-up comedians to popular rock and country music stars. Past performers include Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, and Doja Cat.

Atlantis Live concert series
Atlantis Live (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

7. Eat celebrity chef meals and other delicious food.

Looking to celebrate a special occasion or just in the mood for a fabulous meal? Atlantis Resort's fine dining options range from traditional French to Asian fusion and everything in between. Restaurants include Fish by José Andrés, Chef Matsuhisa's Nobu, and Todd English's Olives. More casual and affordable offerings are available, too (like Starbucks!). In fact, there are more than two dozen restaurants on-site.

Fish by José Andrés at The Cove Atlantis
Fish by José Andrés at The Cove Atlantis (Photo from Fish by José's Facebook page)

New York's famed restaurant, Carmine's will please diners of all ages with pasta dishes and other Italian specialties. If you've got a dessert lover in your group, then the restaurant's Titanic dessert is not to be missed. (Think loads of ice cream, chocolaty cake, and fresh fruit!)

Top 20 Things to do at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort ~ Indulge your sweet tooth at Carmine's with the oversized Titanic dessert.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Carmine's with the oversized Titanic dessert (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

8. Gamble at the famous Atlantis Casino.

Gamblers will be impressed by Atlantis Casino, the second-largest casino in the Caribbean. Play at 85 gaming tables featuring Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, and more. Need to improve your gambling skills? Check out the resort's daily complimentary gaming lessons. If slots are more your thing, then you're in luck with over 700 to choose from. Even non-gamblers will be wowed by the casino's amazing Dale Chihuly glass sculptures. (Guests and visitors must be age 21+ to enter the Atlantis Casino.)

Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Atlantis Casino
Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Atlantis Casino (Photo from Atlantis Bahamas' Facebook page)

9. Play on a Cartoon Network obstacle course.

Every summer, Atlantis Bahamas partners with Cartoon Network to up the fun factor at the resort. The highlight is a signature Adventure Time water obstacle course featuring inflatable slides, climbing structures, trampolines, and more. Look also for Cartoon Network outdoor movies, parades, and character meet-and-greets.

Cartoon Network's Adventure Time water obstacle course
Cartoon Network's Adventure Time water obstacle course (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

10. Snorkel at Atlantis Bahamas.

Whether you bring your own gear or rent it at Atlantis Bahamas, there are several great spots for snorkeling including Paradise Lagoon and Cove Beach. For a unique snorkeling adventure in a contained environment, reserve a Ruins Lagoon snorkeling experience to swim with fish and other sea creatures among the artifacts from the ancient make-believe Lost City of Atlantis.

To explore beyond the resort, book this Pearl Island Beach Snorkeling Tour with Lunch.

 
Snorkeling at The Ruins
Snorkeling at The Ruins (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

11. Watch a complimentary movie in the Atlantis Theatre.

The Atlantis Movie Theatre offers Hollywood blockbuster movie viewings at no charge for resort guests. Check the daily schedule for film titles and times. Purchase popcorn, candies, and refreshments from the concession stand before your flick starts.

Atlantis Movie Theatre
Atlantis Theatre (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

12. Paint pottery at Earth & Fire Pottery Studio.

The Earth & Fire Pottery Studio provides a wide selection of ready-to-paint ceramics and colorful glazes. Paint bowls, mugs, figurines, and more. Fired pieces can be picked up the next day or painters can choose for a non-fired option. Jewelry making is also available. If you're looking for an indoor activity on a rainy day or when you need a break from the sun, then this makes a great option for all ages.

Earth & Fire Pottery Studio
Earth & Fire Pottery Studio (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

13. Shop Atlantis Bahamas Marina Village.

Peruse jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, restaurants, and ice cream shops at Marina Village. Look also for entertainers and occasional parades in this scenic waterfront setting next door to Atlantis Resort. Find luxury brands as well as local specialty stores. Art Walk, featuring locally grown and made products, takes place every second and fourth Saturday from 12-7 pm at Marina Village. To enjoy Bahamian cuisine, order local favorites like Jerk chicken, conch stew and fritters, fried plantains, and fresh seafood at Frankie Gone Bananas at Bimini Road.

Frankie Gone Bananas at Atlantis Marina Village
Frankie Gone Bananas at Atlantis Marina Village (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

14. Create your own stuffed toy at Atlantis Pals.

Kids (and adults!) can make their own cuddly souvenirs at Atlantis Pals. Pick from plush animals like bears, dogs, cats, and pink flamingos. Then stuff them with fluff and outfit them with fun clothing and accessories.

Atlantis Pals
Atlantis Pals (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

15. Splurge on a private cabana rental.

A private cabana provides the ultimate in pampering. Atlantis Paradise Island‘s pool cabanas come with a changing area, ceiling fan, fridge, exclusive pool access, personal safe, shaded seating, and electricity for all of your electronic devices. There are upgrades for WiFi, too! Purchase food and drinks delivered to your private space from a dedicated guest service host. Cabanas accommodate 6 to 10 guests, depending on the location within the resort.

Atlantis Paradise Island Private Cabana Rental
Private Cabana Rental (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

16. Play a round of golf on a championship course.

Hit the links during your Atlantis Bahamas vacation on the resort's 18-hole Ocean Club Golf Course. Golfers can't help but be impressed by this beautiful 1.5-acre waterfront course.

Ocean Club Golf Course
Ocean Club Golf Course (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

17. Challenge your travel mates to a tennis match.

Choose from three clay courts and three hard courts for your tennis-playing pleasure at Atlantis Bahamas. Rent courts and equipment from the Pro Shop. Tennis lessons and clinics are also available for juniors and adults of various levels for a fee.

Tennis court at Atlantis Resort
Tennis court at Atlantis Resort (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

18. Indulge in a spa day.

For true relaxation, book a treatment at the onsite Mandara Spa during your Atlantis Bahamas vacation. Body treatments, facials, and massages are available. At the salon, book services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts and styles, and men's shaves and beard trims. Then take advantage of the spa's warm and cold plunge pools as well as steam and sauna rooms. There's also an aromatherapy room just for ladies. (Spa guests must be aged 16+.)

Mandara Spa at Atlantis Bahamas
Mandara Spa (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

19. Stay fit in paradise.

After indulging in all the delicious food at Atlantis Bahamas (not to mention those tempting frozen blender drinks!), you might want to hit up the gym. Up to two resort guests per room, per day, have complimentary access to the Atlantis Bahamas Fitness Center. That includes the use of the cardio studio as well as weight machines and free weights. Purchase a fitness pass for access to steam rooms, relaxation lounges and refreshments, a lap pool, and locker rooms with showers. Yoga, Pilates, spinning classes, and personal training are available for additional fees.

Atlantis Bahamas Fitness Center
Fitness Center (Photo credit: Atlantis Bahamas)

20. 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.

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Even if you're not staying at Atlantis Bahamas, you can still experience the wonders of this resort. Purchase your Atlantis Bahamas Day Pass!

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

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A Note from The Globetrotting Mama: Thank you to Nassau Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and Atlantis Bahamas Resort for hosting my visit. All opinions are my own, as always.

About Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama

Long before the glamorous world of marriage, motherhood and travel blogging, Lyla Gleason had an exciting career as a travel publicist representing hotels and destinations across the globe. She spent her childhood on Long Island and then attended college and grad school in Boston and lived abroad in Rome. Some of her favorite vacation spots include the Caribbean, India and Turkey. She is currently a downtown NYC mom who can be found chasing after her daughter, cooking dinner, mingling at blogger events, and exploring near and far with a camera in hand. She is the author of GlobetrottingMommy.com, a lifestyle blog dedicated to travel, family fun and fabulous finds. Connect with Lyla on Twitter at @travelmommy.

Comments
  1. Sara Nichols says

    Is there horse back riding on the beach anywhere ?

  2. John Anderson says

    This is a place where I want to go this coming summer. Just got ready my packs. Traveling alone is a quit challenge but I need to for healing. Looking forward to you Atlantis! Thank you for the tips!

  3. Karen A Lanzetta says

    We are going there in January and can’t wait to see this for ourselves! Thanks for a great post!

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